This morning, I posted a request on TWHL.info (the best GoldSource mapping community around) asking for people to let me know which maps and mods I should add to the site (expect the next few months to be GoldSource-rich with new content!)
Somebody suggested a map of theirs only to find out I had already added it. The reviews were not glowing but he accepted it with humility. Here is what he said “Unfortunately it was a rushed map( done in about a week), and most of the members there don’t know that so they judge accordingly. I don’t feel bad about that,such good criticism helps you discover your weaknesses.”
The fact it was made in such a short space of time, shouldn’t have anything to do with a review, but the reality is that it probably does. At least in my opinion.
When something is fantastic, it doesn’t seem to matter. If the author of Transmissions: Element 120 had said it took him 2 months or 5 years, still doesn’t change the fact it’s freaking awesome. If we had learnt it was made in 2 months, we would no doubt be more surprised but our feelings for the mod wouldn’t really change.
However, if we look at a mediocre map I believe it does make a difference. If somebody makes something playable and fun in a really short time then I feel that much better than somebody who makes a mediocre map over a much longer time. Speed mapping is not really a thing but being able to create something good quickly is a particular skill.
It would be impossible for me to do, but I would love to be able to publish the exact number of hours a map or mod took to make. I feel that would help some of the smaller maps get a fairer review.
Do you agree?
If you learnt that a map you thought was not very good was made in a fraction of the time you had expected, would that change your review or recommendation?