"Where do dreams end and reality begin? Videogames, I suppose."- Gainax, FLCL Vol. 1
"The beach, the trees, even the clouds in the sky... everything is build from little tiny pieces of stuff. Just like in a Gameboy game... a nice tight little world... and all its inhabitants... made out of little building blocks... Why can't these little pixels be the building blocks for love..? For loss... for understanding"- James Kochalka, Reinventing Everything part 1
"I wonder if James Kolchalka has played Mother 3 yet?" Jonathan Holmes
As some of you may know, Dtoid Reviews editor Chris Carter, former Dtoid powerhouse Tony Ponce, and myself have been working with a conclave of nerds and videogame experts on making a print magazine called Nintendo Force. We had seven issues go to print last year, which was pretty neat. Year 2 is on Kickstarter now if you want to check it out.
Print is expensive, and the magazine doesn't run any ads, so that means that there isn't much money to go around. By that I mean, there isn't any money, but that hasn't stopped us from working our butts off to make the magazine as great as we can, especially Tony, who's written some amazing features for the thing.
Why have we volunteered to put so much time and energy into creating a videogame magazine, when we could be spending the same time and energy working on "profit deal" website like Destructoid?
Just like my old friend Clarissa, this video explains it all.
Hi everybody! I've been working on a lot of stuff. Here is some of it!
Jim Sterling, Conrad Zimmerman and I used to host Podtoid. Now we host a show called The Dismal Jesters. It's almost exactly like how Podtoid used to be, except with some differences. It's funny how just hanging the name and the venue of a podcast can bring a different psychological element to the chemistry. We're having a good time with it so far and I bet we'll keep going for a while.
We're also working on a new episode of Teenage Pokemon. I wasn't sure I was going to keep going with the series, as producing Season 2 was really exhausting and anxiety inducing. Then I had an idea I that I couldn't stop thinking about, asked one of the animators if he could put together the visuals relatively quickly, and checked with Machinima to see if they could pay him. It all worked out, and the episode should be coming this month, next month at the latest.
We've also been working on a new cartoon for Machinima and a beautiful man named Tor about drunk Nintendo characters. It's pretty cute. First episode for that should be done this month too.
The big-ish thing in the oven is a new show for Dtoid with Caitlin Cooke. Dtoid has a loooooot of new stuff planned right now, so it's not a sure thing that this show will fit in the overall picture, but I hope it does, because Caitlin is hilarious. We've only show a pilot so far, but is was so much fun to make. Hopefully we'll get to keep making more.
First, here is a audio review of Pikmin 3. It was going to be used for a video review of the game, but in the end, it wasn't. Some people like it.
Is this a thing you'd like to hear more of? Also, feel free to make your own video with the track if you want. Some of you seem to like doing that sort of thing.
Second, here is a short reflection on Teenage Pokemon by Jonathan Glover of Sprites and Dice. It's called "What Teenage Pokemon taught me about my teenage self". It's pretty great. The line "These Pokemon are probably the most realistic teenagers I have ever encountered in fiction, and that's because they're not all written to be likable" means a lot to me.
Thirdly, Michael "@mukyou" Jordan made a bunch of Teenage Pokemon merch, including shirts, phone cases, and underwear. Full disclosure - I'm not getting one red cent from the sales of these items. All the proceeds go to Michael and the artists from the show. I want them to get money for their hard work and I want people to wear Jim Sterling's glasses on their fannys. That's why I'm telling you about this, and that's why I might buy you some underwear.
The first three people who tweet about the store and get 50 retweets will get a free pair of Ditto underwear. I'm not sure if any of you will be able to get that to happen, but if you do, I will be impressed and you will get booty shorts. So that's neat.
A lot of people told me right off the bat that I shouldn't make teenage pokemon, that I was doing it wrong and that i was trying too hard or not trying hard enough or that just watching the show gave them a terminal illness. That made me wonder "Am I making the world a worse place by trying to make my idea?"
This video proved to me that it was good that I tried to make my idea.