BYOND needs to be an Engine.
Multiverse, I don't think the idea is bad per se. I just think there are a lot of complications with it that make it at best pointless and at worst, destructive. If I had a successful business model, I'd 100% offer it.
I think it comes down to marketing the engine in a positive light. A highlight reel would be a great start, but BYOND lacks but three games I'd put on a highlight reel. It has to start there: with the games.
If BYOND doesn't care enough to showcase itself, why would anyone else think of doing so?
We need something more than just NEStalgia, Epoch, Severed World, and SS13 to showcase.
It's not that BYOND doesn't care enough. It's that BYOND is literally one dude investing all of his time improving an engine so that YOU can more easily make games. This is what I mean by entitlement.
You make it sound like Lummox JR, the one and only developer, is working for free.
BYOND is still a business, and if a business isn't making enough money, or bringing in new customers, it's probably doing something wrong.
There is no "entitlement" at work here.
needs help from all of us.
all of us.
BYOND is a failing business no matter how you look at it.
BYOND has been going for over 15 years, and you are trying to tell me that in that much time, nobody has made anything worth advertising? That's ridiculous. There has to be something. It has to start somewhere.
BYOND might have hidden Undertales, but since nobody bothered to advertise them, they might as well have never existed, because the world doesn't know that they exist.
You can't really compare the BYOND of back then to the BYOND of now, and the BYOND of now hasn't been around for very long.
I'm just saying that we should at least show something that BYOND can do.
Anything is better than nothing.