As it seems, April fools has come and gone, with it bringing to new grounds, just a little but long awaited vindication of my "un-hip, elitist" musical ideology. This being the strict prohibition of any and all midi rips and 3rd party samples from my creative process/projects. Also with it, a more lenient avoidance of one button instant pattern devices/programs/sequencers. My record is, of course, not without blemish but I am happy they are greatly far and few between.
If there really is a crack down on rule violating unoriginal material, It's hard not to be smug or bitter. I've always done things "the hard way" by being as original as I could. Creating completely original content of high quality takes talent and a lot of time. Regardless of how good I may or may not be at it, I put a lot of effort into my works. Being ridiculed for that, takes it's toll. Especially when so many of the competitors create so quickly and easily, usually using the shortcuts. Quite painful in particular were the times I was pressured into doing covers, instead of originals, only to be trashed for making the cover distinctly "different" from the original. The exact criteria it seems, new grounds will now more strictly require for covers. For years I felt like I was one of the minority who actually read and followed new ground's original content/ownership rules. As far back as 2009 it was against the rules to post other people's works, even if one claimed to have changed them a bit.
It will be interesting to see what happens to the audio portals over the next few months. Although I will miss many of my favorite VG covers by others, and it is a little unnerving to see so much new grounds history being swept away, hopefully this will be the dawn of better days for original content creators. If you are one who has strived to be original but never received proper accolades, be encouraged. Perhaps you will be more appreciated in the future.