Single Status Update
Doomer: I am making a magnificent megawad that no one would notice anyways!
Another Doomer: I am hosting this deathmatch server, anyone wanna join?
Third Doomer: Nah I am too busy handling this ACS script for my extended custom weapon arsenal.
First Doomer: Can relate. Making sprites for my lvl20 Nightmare Hellimp was a BITCH!
Third Doomer: I know right?!
Fourth Doomer: Hey, first Doomer! Your high quality megawad sucks! Not enough archviles and/or cyberdemons! Also we need moar brown textures!
First Doomer: Oh shit you're right. Everyone, the download link was updated! Make sure to type -idk -map666 -idbeholda before starting it!
Fifth Doomer: Brutal Doom sounds nice with this. Hey third Doomer, when is that Brutal Doom compactibility patch coming up?
Third Doomer: Go suck a dick. I told you it isn't happening.
Me: I HAVE A FUCKING ACCOUNT HERE ALREADY.
How the fuck can you guys focus so much on Doom btw? Like, do you do anything else but Doom?
I do many other things that aren't Doom. Inbetween gamedev and art/illustration, I like to attend shows (KMFDM last week was pretty amaze if I'm honest), time-attack Sonic Mania (got a rivalry going on with a Facebook friend right now, it's fun) and head to friends' places for D&D or other geeky shit.
But I hang out here because I love Doom; and talking about Doom on a Doom forum kinda makes sense, you know? ;)
Yeah okay, but I see people here who seem to live for Doom mapping and modding. Or are super productive and pump out several high quality maps a day (those who read this will know who am I talking about). Like FFS I started one map somewhere half a year ago then I see people like these and I just dont wanna do it :P
None of what you describe here actually happens the way you think it does, and nobody is able to make several high quality maps per day, not even people like Mechadon would be able to pull this off, and he is kind of like one of the most efficient mappers that I know of. Very experienced mappers like Ribbiks don't have an easy time creating even medium sized maps once per day, his frog.wad is comprised of maps that he made on a one map per day basis, and they're all vignette style maps.
And yes, there are some very dedicated people around here. This community (due to a certain subset of people) is probably one of the most dedicated ones to exist these days. However this changes nothing about the fact that some people are so experienced with mapping that they can work a lot faster than somebody who doesn't have a clue as to what's what, the latter being true for anybody who starts their first mapping attempts. That being said, I have yet to hear of somebody who cranks out several objectively high quality maps per day.
What @Nine Inch Heels said. Some people are probably efficient enough that they spend their "Doom time" making us all think they have a lot more time on their hands than they actually do. Some people here probably don't have an actual life, so they really do spend an inordinate amount of time Dooming. Then there's people like me who don't really do much (I try to turn out a YT video per day, trying to learn to map, etc.), but I hang out here 'cuz there are a lot of cool people who share my interest in Doom. A lot of my posts here (as well as a lot of other people's posts) are not strictly Doom-related.
fyi, I was wondering how do people get to be so dedicated. Not are people dedicated or not. Game forum = game dedication yeah, thats logical. But how? Where do you find that much time to do so? How did you find that enough time to get that experience to do the same in even less time? I am sure as heck that not everyone is supertalented at Dooming that much that as soon as they sit down they can make a decent enough mappack on the first try.
NIH and 42%HP said it righteously.
When you start doing something and find yourself still doing it 13 years later, you tend to learn a thing or two. Nothing keeps me going other than the enjoyment of doing it.
When I see the things other people are doing, great! More cool stuff to play. But I always do my own thing and follow my own influences.