I will deliberately take a contrary position just for the sake of writing incredibly long arguments
Well, the essential point of my post was that the final map of a megawad has to provide the conclusion because a wad's story is about as important as a porn movie's plot, so our posts aren't especially at odds with eachother, but I'll be happy to magnify differences and argue what I can :)
I suppose what I'm really critiquing is the writing quality in Pl2's story. As these stories have to fit pre-constructed maps in a predictable way, calling them "uninspired" was a poor choice of words when there's little room for inspiration in the first place. But, the writers of these stories still have the chance to do their job better or worse, and, if the job is done worse, and the unlucky scenario arises where someone like me comes along and witnesses the aftermath and is prodded along by someone like Myk, then a rant is going to get written complaining about it.
As an example, compare the following snippets of post-victory text:
Alien Vendetta said:
YOU STUFF YOUR ROCKET LAUNCHER IN YOUR
BACKPACK AND START STROLLING AROUND THE
RUINS OF HELL. YOU WONDER IF YOU CAN
FIND A CAB OR SOMETHING, CAUSE AFTER
ALL THIS CARNAGE AND RUNNING AROUND,
YOU THINK YOU'VE EARNED YOURSELF A
GOOD REST, NOT TO MENTION SOME
EXTRAORDINARY REWARD. YOU STAND THERE,
LOOKING UPWARDS, TAPPING YOUR FOOT
Awesome! This is the Doomguy we know and love, right here. After struggling against all odds, and having to painfully pick himself back up for fight after fight after fight, he remains an utter badass to the end, shrugging off everything he's endured with some casual quips. Bonus points to the writer for a touch of compelling ambiguity - does the Doomguy actually have a path back home, or is imprisonment in Hell his grand reward?
Plutonia 2 said:
Maybe now that Hell is dead your fellows will
look up in wonder to free themselves from the
blood frenzied madness and destruction that
nearly spelled a final doom for our universe.
After taking a few runs at that sentence, I still don't like it. It should be taken out and shot. Sometimes less is more - a proverb ignored by H.P. Lovecraft, famous for his absurdly florid prose at his stories' climaxes, and the sentence up there sounds like it was written by Lovecraft's retarded cousin.
Edit: Oh fuck I didn't know you wrote it
I can assure you that any offensive passages above were written for entertainment value and that I harbour no ill will.
Last edited by Creaphis on 01-06-09 at 09:19