Like Spark stated, the beginning of Nefty's video was a gentle breeze through memory lane. When I first joined Total Miner, I started with two best friends from Castle Miner. We played countless hours of creative, and they even assisted in the creation of my first two challenge maps. We fell in love with Total Miner and officially made it our favorite game. Eventually, with the creation of Corridors, I received the prestigious Zeus placement thus obtaining the old version of the demis. Almost a year later I became a tester for the game, and I guess that was the last gasp for those friends because they removed and blocked me. One removed me almost immediately after BaldyGargoyle placed Zeus.
What's my point in this? My point is throughout the years and time I spent playing Total Miner I started as a basic noob of the game. My arrival on the forums though was met with essential members teasing me for simple questions that I guess they were tired of hearing. My first month on the forums I was too embarrassed to post or chat without having a member who's been here since the .com age tease me. It was hard, and it was not until I reached a little over 100 posts.
Most would say that Total Miner is dying; however, I disagree. I believe Total Miner is in a period of intermission, but if nothing is done soon, like a lot of Twitch live streams after interludes, the viewer count will die. I believe the game has two major problems that can be fixed. My first point was Nefty's main point of his videos on how the development team is being silent throughout the progression of Total Miner. My second point is the toxic community Total Miner has with a lot of members we should look up to; however, they enjoy teasing and bullying members. Over the years and even recently these immature acts have gotten worse.
More updates from Craig would be helpful as stated previously. Almost three months without notice is a bit upsetting. I am hoping that Craig will break this silence streak sometime this month. If not you are only proving Nefty's point of not being in communication with your audience. Craig, you know I respect you but the longer you are silent, the more offended we feel as a community. As for the members who enjoy showing your "power" by making fun of new members or members who have different opinions. Young kids play this game and having them teased on an indie game forums website is second-class. It's driving our audience away.
Finally, I would like to speak on why Nefty aka Jeff named drop me. First, thank you Nefty. My goal as a tester was not only to join fellow community member worlds but to answer questions and show that the team cared. Not saying the team never cared; however, there were a few testers in my experience who enjoyed more of being "popular" over helping the community in my opinion. Regardless, I loved my testing team family and hope one day if Total Miner makes it to consoles to rejoin the team. I do apologize for the long post; however, I felt it needed to be said.