I think it's safe to say that I am primarily a Classicist. I appreciate the map, the history, the simplicity and can honestly look back at the great times I had with so many players in the past and how can I not be nostalgic and long for those days again. What I enjoyed about that time was not necessarily the gameplay, it was the comaraderie and experience.
I am not one who is a stickler for everything being all neat and tidy in regards to raw, stats, rankings etc. It doesn't bother me if the raw system gets messed up a bit because let's face it, raw is nothing but silly magical internet points that when it comes down to it, really means nothing. What I think is more important is the experience.
That brings me to the discussion regarding bio in the mod lounge.
First let me say, as all mods past and present can attest, things move very slowly there. I think that para's somewhat innocent enough second post in the other thread mentioning that all the mods agree that something should be done about bio got taken out of context and people responded thinking that we were going to yank Bio out of Lux by the roots:
These were my personal thoughts on Bio as I look back to the start of the thread that is currently running in the mod lounge. Mind you it was started in July 2012 so.. not exactly overnightparanoiarodeo wrote: Long story short, after months and months of disagreement and discussion, the entire Mod Squad came to a unanimous decision that biodeux, as it exists today, needs to be phased outta Lux, and replaced with better alternatives.
The topic was started as a discussion thread by one of the mods just to discuss our thoughts on what would happen if bio disappeared from the tracker. It was presented in an honest manner to see where we the mods stood on bio. The vote did not go in favor of removing bio. I will not reveal the other mods votes but I was one who said that I did not feel we should take bio away.
I suggested that maybe we could sort the tracker to always put Classic on the top of the tracker to make it more visible to new players. I don't know about y'all but whenever I open the tracker I always have it sorted to what room has the most players. I thought that if Classic was always on the top then that might encourage new players opening it up for the first time to maybe give it a go instead of first being dumped into a hectic bio environment.
I made suggestions to possibly restore classic a bit back to getting rid of the current time limit. I know that one of the things I enjoyed the most about classic was the challenge to play hour long games with players like jwd and strategize my way into a win when it seems hopelessly deadlocked. Back then it was rare that people just flipped the table. That seems to happen a lot more in Bio.
I made a suggestion to maybe change the name of the Classic Map and call it Retro Lux (sometimes retro is cooler than classic)
Anyway... getting to why I ultimately started coming around to the other side of the discussion.....
I think it was around February this year when I personally felt that it really was time to see if we could do anything about Bio. I admit to a few KILL BIO!! posts primarily out of absolute frustration that when playing it, it just didn't seem that was the direction that I felt would personally be the best way forward for LUX.
(Yes this is a personal opinion but let me remind any player that starts getting offended that I just said that, that I have done my best to contribute to LUX in a positive and meaningful way from my time as a player to my time as a moderator. I have been around for long enough that I have seen much. I do not act like a dictator and tell people what they should or shouldn't want to play but I think I have seen enough that maybe it's time for a change)
I think the reality that LUX has been in a decline is quite evident and no one disputes that. The reality that I personally saw was people fleeing LUX and not returning. Raw has been tinkered with, many positive changes when para began hosting have been brought around but yet, people just continue to leave. I guess I had an aha moment that maybe just maybe Bio really is contributing to it. So many people have posted on the forum that Bio has really contributed to their not enjoying Lux anymore and maybe I personally ignored it for too long. Maybe it is time to just see what would happen if Bio disappeared for a bit. I mean really, would it be that bad to just see what happens???? I guess my thinking has come around to let's give it a shot. For those of you that are getting your knickers in a twist just take a step back and try to see that we are trying to come up with ideas to make LUX a better place. Many of the changes that have occured in the past did just that, many of them didn't and they did not last.
All I am saying is that if one day you opened the LUX tracker and didn't see BIO, your world wouldn't collapse. The sun would still go on shining, the birds would still be singing, THE PUB would still have political threads for people to fight in.
Don't forget what makes LUX unique is that it has a ridiculously extensive map library with so many options. BIO has certainly had it's day in the sun without any major tweaks to improve it. Maybe shelving it for a set period of time would encourage people to try new things. And maybe they might like it.
Again, try not to take the possibility of not seeing BIO on the tracker as a sign that we are trying to ruin your day. Just keep an open mind and give us the opportunity to try to give your some other options and allow them enough time in the sun to see if they stick.
Who knows, next year at this time we may be having a thread with everyone upset for pulling USA WARZONE off the tracker. Could happen..
Change is many things.
but most of all, it can be scary.
However if change didn't happen, we would all still be sitting in front of black and white TV's eating Swanson dinners and going out to the roller skate rink.
Let's see what positive things can come out of Lux changing rather than fighting to keep it constant. It might work, it might not, but to just criticize us for trying to do something isn't exactly fair either.
Anyway... I think I am done rambling now.
I hope your appreciated my thoughts and you certainly are welcome to disagree with them but I hope that you can respect me in my approach to giving you my opinion and keep this thread civil.