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Cutie Honey avatar 11:51 PM on 04.20.2013
The New Adv. of Podtoid Episode 2: Delay and HELP US OUT W/ FAKE GAMES! (NSFW)

To keep it brief, weve run into a few hang-ups with development of Podtoid Episode 2. I originally wanted to release it on 4/20, but were simply not moving fast enough on it. And theres some small errors that need refining in order to make this a great video. Its probably going to be pushed more toward May at this point. Like Jim, I dont really start kicking projects into high gear until its dangerously close to the due date and I feel the walls caving in on me, so maybe I should start announcing all my projects a week in the past.

One may notice Im using the word We. Thats because I have Podtoid fan, Frank Margarella, helping out with the animation this time around, along with a possible third person later this month. Id like to emphasize that Margarella is a full time worker/student, and considering how much hes done on it already for free, he shouldnt shoulder blame for this.

Heres the segment list for the second episode in the order it will play in, we were considering some external help with the Willem Dafoe pitch, but we might just wait to include it in a future episode or turn it into its own thing so it take off in its own way without taking up episode time for other Podtoid segments. Theres still a good 8 minutes of animation there so the episode length wont be handicapped too much compared to the first one:

Michael Phelps: Swimmer
The Make a Wish Foundation and Popcap
Commercial Break: Bad Dragon Ad
Willem Dafoe Pitch: The Breast Man (Postponed for now)
Twitter Questions: Final Fantasy: All the Bravest

As of now, only 2 are almost done, and the Make a Wish one is the longest. So we basically have to step-up our game. After all, the only time delays that should ever be accepted are for large scale KickStarter projects with thousands of backers. </sarcasm>

But one bit of good news, I decided what kind of community contest will take place for the second episode:

PODTOID COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN 2: FAKE GAMER GIRLZ GRAPHICS

UPDATE: ENTERING THIS IS NOW CLOSED


Like the Spider campaign in the first episode, were going to push your artistic skills to the test.
Since a large part of the second episode takes place in Popcaps Offices. You can have a chance to design Fake Game Covers that appear in the episode. These fictional game covers will either highlight the office walls of Popcap or be game cases resting on desks. Basically, Im looking for humorous stuff like parodies and absurdities. The best examples are the kind of stuff Max Scoville does on (precious) company time at Revision3:
(Special thanks to Vid Cirman for the suggestion of examples.)





So the steps are simple:

1. Make a DVD Case/Poster sized game cover in whatever file format you would prefer
2. Post a link to it here in the comments, or on the Podtoid Facebook page, by May 5th. Thats Cinco de Mayo!
3. If you don't want to be credited by your Destructoid name, leave your real name or alias in the same post as the image.
You dont have to make the back cover, and it can be done by whatever method you would like.

There are three requirements to keep in mind though:

Safe for Work. I cant emphasize this enough.
Avoid personal images taken without permission. So no images of family members, friends, or people you dont like or standalone art assets without proper context for what youre parodying. Nothing that can cause litigation or even a simple angry letter that will get the whole video taken off. A safer alternative is to simply draw your own artwork for the cover or learn to shamelessly trace.
Self Insert / Personal Fanwankery. I do have to admit to a pet peeve against self-insert works appearing in this campaign. So while they still may get in if done tastefully, Ill advise against making some dream-game cover where your self-insert character is making out with a flawless anime girlfriend. Just use good judgment. And if you dont know what kind of stuff Im referring to, its either for the best you dont know OR YOURE ALREADY DOING IT AND DONT KNOW ABOUT IT. So spooky~.

In apology for all the delays in the first place, heres a character designed for appear just in the next episode. Animating him for just eight seconds took at least two hours. Its the Varka: the black dragon of Scotland, known for his thick sausagey cock. Cum tube (and tribute) not included.



Thanks for your patience (or understandable lack thereof), and good luck making art about video games.

 
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