I used to help people all the time. In real life or on the Internet. Both for m own knowledge and for being a helpful guy. Often it was stuff that they could not accomplish themselves, or something that was to hard for them. Examples of stuff I’ve helped ppl with, musical scores for video/computer-games, sound effects for such. Sourcecode to do hard or tedious task’s. For audio mostly but also other stuff. Most of the times it’s been for a specific project they where doing. In at least a hundred specific cases over the years I’ve been asked what I wanted I’ve answered “Buy me a nice gift when your project succeeds”.
This might be naive and trusty of me, especially since it in many cases concerned people that I did not know where well and never met in real life.
Most of these projects didn’t get finished, and the ones that did get finished failed to be popular/profitable.
Except one, it was a huge success. REALLY HUGE. like, dot-com huge. Not all my doing of course, I just helped with a tiny little bit. Still it was qualified work and we’d agreed on the gift thing. I waited by my email-client (not really, but you get the picture). Then I emailed and got tentative or not-really-rejecting-but-sure-feels-like-it answers a few times.
Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t whining, I was very careful of whining. I don’t want to be a whiner. I took special care not to write whiny emails. And I did not over e-mail.
Still nothing a year ago, when we agreed for a solution where music that I’ve been involved and licensing was mentioned (by me).
I came to think about this since it was about a year ago that that agreement was made (to look into licensing) and still nothing.
So for the last year and a half, I’ve given up on helping people to just about any extent on the Internet and I haven’t really released any VST’s over at shuriken.se.
This really feels like crap, I feel stupid because I’ve trusted people, but I still want to do it. I just cant anymore. Fuck that shit.
Verbal commitments can always become void. That’s what contracts are for. I give a big thump down to those ppl who successed huge, that don’t give you something, included money. That’s some shit.
Get psychological balanced by yourself, and keep walking on.