We have a theme today because I need to strike while the iron is hot on this one.
It all started with one of asie's ZZT livestreams where TIPS.ZZT was voted on introducing us to Campaign Against SZZT, a work of an unknown date intending to convince others that Super ZZT was bad and that you should make games with ZZT instead. Several of the gripes are pretty legitimate. Super ZZT's larger boards are rarely taken advantage of and even ZZT boards are often shrunk down. Super ZZT has a significantly smaller number of boards permitted in a file: 33 compared to ZZT's 101. The editor still uses ZZT's 80 column graphics mode while gameplay uses 40 making it difficult to know exactly how your game will look.
I pretty much end up bringing these issues up every time I stream a Super ZZT game.
Then the author comes up with some significantly pettier sounding issues. (Of course, other than the technical difference really all of these are a matter of opinion even if most people agree.) Bears are gone! Replaced with snakes! Water is replaced with flowing water tiles. Lava goes unmentioned. Torches are gone, which means the loss of a counter, but Super ZZT's smaller viewport is kind of doing what torches do already.
And then there's weird attempts at humor, referencing some commercial for AT&T. A list of ways to help "campain" against Super ZZT includes not eating chicken on Mondays at 7:00.
"Campaign Against SZZT" by Timcomput
Needless to say, it was a great find and I highly recommend you take a minute or two to play through it or click on the scrolls in the file viewer.
"Campaign Against SZZT (SZZT Version)" by Timcomput/Anonymous (2021)
Chat on the stream quickly began joking about remaking the world in Super ZZT, or making "campains" against other game creation systems in other GCSes. It didn't take long before somebody acted.
"Campaign Against SZZT (ZIG Version)" by Timcomput/Anonymous (2021)
It quickly got out of hand when somebody ported it to ZIG, the ZZT clone from the early 2000s that boasted the simplicity of ZZT with the power of MegaZeux. This is the first ZIG world made in almost 20 years.
"Campaign Against SZZT: SE" by Timcomput/Anonymous (2021)
A graphical overhaul with bonus content to bring the world into 2021 was made.
"Campaign Against SZZT" by Timcomput, Anonymous (2021)
If you like, you can learn about the ills of Super ZZT in MegaZeux.
"Campaign Against SZZT (Bitsy Ed.)" by Timcomput, Dr. Dos (2021)
Or perhaps Bitsy is more your thing.
HELP ME OUT!! YOUR ASKING HOW YOU CAN HELP. 1. DON'T TELL PEOPLE HOW TO EDIT SZZT AND THEY WON'T GET IT. 2. TELL PEOPLE IN CHATROOMS(MUST BE DEDICATED.) 3. TELL PEOPLE WHAT I TOLD YOU. 4. PASS THIS PROGRAM ALONG! 5. DON'T EAT CHICKEN ON MONDAYS AT 7:00
Special thanks to asie for the preview image for this one.
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