In the past few days there's been a lot of hoo-hah over people 'copying' my Prison story, and I just figured I should make my feelings about it known.
Back in the days of Sims 2 it was Candi I believe who started the whole Uglacy thing. Since then, Uglacies have been cropping up all over the place. Now that doesn't mean that people were copying her, it just means that the concept was a good idea and her stories inspired others to do their own version.
The Stanford Prison Experiment may have been the first prisony type story out there, but even that wasn't an original premise- it was based on an actual psychological study. I'm not surprised that people have started to follow in my footsteps, and I'm not mad about it. Admittedly, it did sting a little when I glanced through some of the other prison walkthroughs and saw that they had laid things out just like mine- the whole misery for prisoners and luxury for guards thing, and this is the reason why I will now probably never put my prison on the exchange.
I'm not really the type to go all RAHHH on people with the vengeance and the outrage; I've had people who've used my Sims in stories 'without asking' or whatev, and even some who have been reuploaded, and I've never got pissy about it. You know why? Because no matter what people try, no matter what ideas they steal, their stories will never be like mine, and I have enough confidence in my own abilities to know that that's okay.
To all the people who accosted the prison 'copiers' on my behalf- I do appreciate you fighting my corner. It was nice to see that others were willing to defend me in my absence, and it's probably the reason why I don't feel the need to do it myself. Having said that, I wouldn't step off on people just because they're doing a prison story, cause that in essence isn't terrible. Regarding the whole Biff thing I can see why people were mad- she lied; said she'd asked my permission, then when called out on it said she'd never heard of my story so wasn't copying anyways.
Hmm, I've just looked around the latest one and again it does seem there may be elements of copying... Okay, maybe my hopes that people were just borrowing the idea and not actual parts of mine were in vain... *sigh* I know people who've actually had their entire stories ripped off; people have stolen the words and just added their own pictures. If that ever happens to me I'm gonna be pissed...
Anyways, I guess the point of this was thus: people doing a prison story= not bad. It's not bad until real plagiarism happens, and you don't need to attack people to get your point across; it can be done calmly. I appreciate the support and the fact that you inform me when these things are going on, but I'm just gonna hope that no real plagiarism occurs.
I can hope right?