Friday, 3 July 2015

Post-Episode Update (July 2015)

So I've decided to try my hand at Brawl Machinima again this summer. The reason I haven't made any in years was because of issues I'd rather not talk about, but it does involve a lot of money and lot of software/hardware issues.

As reliable as my Dazzle used to be, it won't work on my Windows 7 computer. Windows XP maybe, but it's absolutely useless here. Seriously, It works when it feels like it. Also, I can not figure out why VirtualDub keeps messing up my footage, so fuck it. It's the only capture software that works with the Dazzle, and it won't work either. Maybe it's a compatibility issue, maybe my computer is a piece of shit, I don't know and I don't care anymore! I'm done.

You'd think I'd be better off with my Hauppauge PVR, but no. I prefer to use Vegas Pro for editing, but it doesn't work with MP4 files so I tried converting them to WMV. Even then, editing footage is a bitch, because the quality is too high for my shit to handle it. I should have tried another format but, aside from WMV, there aren't a lot of formats Vegas can work with. Capturing footage is easy but, as I learned from SpeedyJuex, sometimes the PVR "hiccups" while I'm capturing. End result? THIS!

So, I stayed away from the console arena and stuck to SSB64 machinima and YTP. But now, I'm ready to give it another try. I've set up my Wii U for soft-modding, and I still have my GameCube controllers. All I need is a GameCube adapter. Maybe, I'll bring back Typhoon School or work on something entirely new. I don't know and it's too soon to tell. But, one thing I can promise, it won't get in the way of Aile x Opal.

That's was another issue; I've been so focused on Brawl machinima, I couldn't devote time for Reycralibur. That won't be a problem anymore. I can't use the Wii U all the time, so in the interim, I'll work on AxO. Then, when I actually have an idea for it, I'll work on a Brawl machinima. Speaking of AxO, I just finished episode one, so I don't have much for episode two. However, since I now have some free time, I can work on the intro sequence...when I have an idea for one.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Anything's Better Than YTV

...Because MTV2 Canada is butch compared to this shit. Short answer: It sucks. Long answer: It's the bleeding black heart of all corporate-sponsored, factory-produced, cheap, low quality, kiddy fodder that has plagued kid networks around the world for the last decade. Even if they suddenly started airing anime again (which would be pointless since you can just stream it), even if Nickelodeon started producing better shows, it still wouldn't change the fact that YTV's original programming has gone downhill in recent years.

Compare that shit to BBC Kids, a network that not only airs YTV's good shows, but a plethora of other great shows for kids and teens. I'm not a fan of Dance Academy, but I know it's better than Open Heart. As long as programming from Nickelodeon is the only thing worth a damn on YTV (mostly Spongebob, Ninja Turtles and Korra), you might as well watch the Canadian version, since they also broadcast their older shows. After all, when it comes to kidcoms, Nick's were the my opinion.

Hell, if your looking for more animated entertainment, just watch Cartoon Network. Unlike the American version, the Canadian version gives screen time to all of their shows; past, present, and future. We don't have a localized version of Toonami, like Asia and India, but we do have better cartoon shows. Then there's Teletoon, a network that's finally getting back on track after years of forgettable live-action fare, and My Babysitter's a Vampire.

Teletoon's original programming has gotten better, with Detentionaire, the short-lived Packages From Planet X, a sixth season of Totally Spies that (in my opinion) was WAY better then the fifth, and Endangered Species being the biggest highlights. Even putrid piles of puke like The Day My Butt When Psycho and Rocket Monkeys are better then Kid vs Kat and, especially, Numb Chucks. Sadly, I can't say the same about Teletoon at Night, but throw in YTV's action programming, which was abandoned to make room for more crappy movies, and you got a network that's more then deserving to take their spot as the top youth network in Canada.

Unless, of course, Family Channel beats them to it once they ditch all that Disney-drivel for more seasons of The Next Step and Gaming Show, the new Degrassi: Next Class, and any other show DHX owns. Really, the only network worse off than YTV, is Family Channel's cable sibling, the Canadian version of Disney XD. The American version has evolved from being the juvenile boy version of Disney Channel to become the go-to channel for animated series and action programming. The Canadian version has become a dumping ground for crappy kidcoms on par with anything on YTV.

At this point, the only thing YTV has going for it is ReBoot: The Guardian Code, assuming that they'll air it. Why wouldn't they? Good or bad, it will be better than anything else the network has churned out in years. If I ever have kids, I'd sooner let them watch grass grow then anything thing on this network.

Also, screw The Next Star. I'm glad that shit's cancelled.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Frederation Force: What's Wrong With You People?

You are all in the wrong.

Nintendo, I was promised a world premiere game at this year's World Championships. But instead of a "Super Mario Bros. 3", I got a mulitplayer mode of a spin-off of a franchise that is long overdue for a proper installment. You promised gold, and gave us silver. This is what you get for being half-assed.

But, as always, gamers are in the wrong. Some asshole had the nerve to put up a petition to get the game cancelled. It's been well documented that publishers are trying to control developers to make the games they want to make, and this could be one of those cases. But now gamers are doing the same shit, forcing developers to make the games they want to play, as opposed to the games the developers want to make. Never mind the fact that petitions and protests and all that shit never works, that fact that its come to this only proves that gamers are basement-dwelling bastards incapable of thinking rational.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 was shit. You don't see me lighting torches.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

How Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Got Away With It

In a modern world, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon of the 80s would have been considered a putrid pile of crap manufactured to sell toys to kids and had nothing to do with the source material. The key phrase here is source material, as in, anything less would be considered an embarrassment. Of course, that's not the case for Ninja Turtles. The 80's cartoon has become the codifying piece of the franchise; when people think Ninja Turtles, they think of this show. Somehow, they got away with turning a gritty black-and-white comic into...whatever THAT was. But if anyone else tries to pull this shit, they get rightfully slammed.

Be it Sonic Underground or Loonatics Unleashed (which was especially infamous since they retooled the show in season two), if it doesn't follow the source material, it's not worth a damn. Yet, The Spectacular Spider-Man had almost nothing to do with the comic of the same name and it was the best thing to happen to web-head since the 90's series. When people talk about The Office, you bet your ass they're talking about the American version. And, for a real mic dropper, the definitive example, Buffy the Vampire Slayer had zilch to do with the movie, and no one gives a shit.

In fact a lot of the more popular adaptions, even if they don't follow the source material, are still considered pretty good, if not better. That's because they're great shows on their own terms. One needs only to compare The Spectacular Spider-Man to Ultimate Spider-Man to see why. It's doesn't matter how faithful you are, if the show sucks, the show sucks. Back to Ninja Turtles, only the 4Kids adaption was faithful to the original comic (at least for five seasons...). Yet, it's considered as good as the 80's cartoon, because it was good show in its own right (again, for five seasons...).

Contrast this, with The Next Mutation and the recent live-action movie. In the modern world, we consider them putrid piles of crap that had nothing to do with the source material, because that's the goddamn truth. When all is said and done, it doesn't matter whether or not you stick to the source material. What matters is if the adaption, on it's own terms, is good. That's why remakes are so notorious. If it doesn't follow the original story, it's considered inferior. But even if they do follow the original faithfully, they might get complaints of being too faithful, they'll be considered a cardboard cutouts that offer nothing new.

So, how did Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles get away with it? Long answer: they took the original concept and did it in an entirely new style that struck a cord, not just with kids, but with those who read the actual comics. Even if they don't consider it better than source material, they can see why other people love it.

Short answer: It was awesome. Period.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

The Real Victims of Game Publishing

Konami, or as I like to call it, the Yu-Gi-Oh! company, because that's all they're good for nowadays. It's been well documented that the recent years of Konami, as a video game publisher, sucked. As such, I'd like to talk about the real victims of publisher stupidity: The IPs.

I was very intrigued by Darkstalkers Resurrection, because I finally learned about the game where Morrigan and Felica came from. It's like Fire Emblem & Super Smash Bros. Melee all over again: the character's popularity in Capcom's VS series led to their parent series getting more exposure. With that came a new release, or rather, a re-release that might lead to the revival. ...Except Capcom deemed the release a failure, not because of the positive critical reception, but because it didn't make enough money.

You see, as long as the publisher isn't making any money, don't expect any long-dormant series to get the time of day, except for when to sell toys and t-shirts. Right now, I got Crash on the brain. I wanna play a new game, but there hasn't been one since Mind over Mutant tanked. Activision should have already made a new game, but they didn't. They were too busy with Call of Duty (and Skylanders) to give a crap about any of it's other franchises. Why? Because COD makes money and these other games can piss right off.

Screw this hippie-bullshit, let's just get to the point. If a fan-favorite series isn't making millions of dollars for the publisher, it isn't worth shit to them. That's why we won't get a new Crash Bandicoot game, its why we won't get a new Bloody Roar, and its why we won't get a classic-styled Castlevania game anymore. Nowadays, the only hope for fans of these series lie in the independent development scene and crowd-sourcing.

Mighty No. 9 is already getting hype and is going to make lots of money for Comcept; money that would have been Capcom's if they didn't screw Mega Man Legends 3. Congrats Konami, you've finally made a GOOD 3D Castlevania game at the cost of, depending on who you ask, removing everything that made the series distinct. Too bad Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is going to steal your thunder. And Rare, I would talk about Yooka-Laylee but it won't change that fact that you've REALLY let yourself go.

When it comes to the future of video games, a future where developers can make the games they want and gamers can get the games they want, it's go indie or go home. ...Seriously Konami, go home. You're sick., REALLY, REALLY, sick.

Aile x Opal Update

So, Aile x Opal isn't going so well. The main idea was to remake Reycralibur but with these two as protagonists. I tried to hack out a pilot episode, but I scrapped it in the end because that's not how you make a machinima. Right now, I've got nothing for Aile x Opal, nothing but a few scrapped scenes. If I want to do this, I'm gonna need to do some daydreaming.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Fave Five: Good Super Mario Games (and by good, I mean shit)

When it comes to the Super Mario series, some games are good, MANY are great. It's not blind hype or fanboy bullshit, Super Mario is THAT good, even when compared to more innovative games (like the re-emerging Rayman franchise). As such, what should be considered a shitty game in any other franchise, is just a slight blemish in this series; not "great games", "good games". Spin-offs are another story but, right now, let me tell you about the core series, because even Mario has had some bad days.

1 & 2) New Super Mario Bros. 2 & New Super Mario Bros. U
There's nothing wrong with doing the same thing over and over again, but these two games really push it. Between New two's coin collecting gimmick and New U's reliance on nostalgia and familiarity, they would have been better off as enhancements to their last-gen counterparts. Hell, they were even released in the same year, if that wasn't any indication to how lazy these games were.

3) Super Mario Land
If this game was to be remembered for anything, its spawning the far-better sequel, 6 Golden Coins, introducing Princess Daisy, and eventually spinning off the Wario series. Otherwise, this game, even by portable standards, would have been simply a time-waster. A very short time-waster.

4) Super Mario Bros. 2: The Lost Levels
Much like the last two entries in the New Super Mario Bros. series, this game was too similar to the original Super Mario Bros. Unlike those games, Mario 2 offers new items and more challenging gameplay. Nonetheless, it was replaced by the reskinned Doki Doki Panic, nowadays referred to as Super Mario Bros. USA.

5) Super Mario Sunshine
Remember, "good" game, not shitty game. But still, FLUDD. If there's any reason why some people didn't like this game, you bet your ass it was because of FLUDD. Hell, I still resent that overgrown Super Soaker-knock-off for almost messing up my game in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, then having the nerve to show its shit in the sequel. Nonetheless, it was a minor hinderance on, what was other wise, another good game.