Davey Wredon is the writer of the critically acclaimed The Stanley Parable, the innovative, smart piece of work that somehow managed to be an entertaining, well-made video game that brilliantly skewered all video games. Now the game has been commercially successful, and lauded in the games media, Davet Wredon is perfectly placed to discuss the concept of 'success' and what it meant to him personally. You might be surprised by how it has affected him.
In order to make sense of how success has changed his life -- sometimes for the worse -- Wredon created a comic.
"The point of the comic was purely just to clarify that financial and critical success does not simply make your insecurities go away," he wrote. "If you were insecure about other peoples' opinions of you and addicted to praise in order to feel good about yourself, the dirty truth is that there is no amount of praise you can receive that will make that insecurity goes away. What fire dies when you feed it?"
Wredon clearly doesn't like too much attention, so I was in two minds about posting this. But I do think he raises some important issues about how we treat one another online, and how that affects other people.
Davey Wredon puts it better himself:
Obviously you get to do whatever you want, that's how this creator/audience thing works, and no matter what happens I'll be fine. But I want to stress that the weight I have carried is real and it is heavy. And despite my trepidation about posting this online, I really do want to share it with you. I want to be able to show you this weight, to put you in my head. I am compelled to. It is just in my blood. I have no other explanation. Thank you for joining me.