LD is awesome. LD has changed who I am. I am sure LD has changed many people and will continue to do so. I think LD should be free. But it is not free to run. Mike (aka PoV) works on it full-time many months a year AND has to pay for servers. he currently gets around 1100$ per month from the community. That is not even minimum wage (which would be just shy of 2000CAD for Mike alone or about 1500$, not including server costs, which probably eat up most of the earnings during the events).
While this may sound dire, we can fix it easily. I say everybody participating in LD who is financially able to spare 5$ or even just 1$ go to the link on the right of the homepage and donate it to the cause of LD. If you can afford 5$ a month, even better, sign up for the Patreon (there is no reason to be ashamed of it, Mike, LD is your job and you should be payed for it.) And additionally, if you successfully release (or released) a post-LD version of your LD Game, give some of the winnings back to LD, you would not have made the game without it. Mike and everybody else working on LD are part of your team, they earned it.
Let’s all give Mike peace of mind. Let’s all give him the ability to make LD even more awesome by building the new site. Let’s all give him the recognition, appreciation AND compensation he deserves!