Welcome to the first entry in my Community Interviews series! You'll notice a slight tinge of formulaic formatting throughout these interviews as you read through them, and that is that there are repeated questions that every person must answer. The reason for this is simple: those questions are what form the foundation of the interview. Once those questions have been answered, other questions are asked that are tailored to respond to the answers given. What you will be reading is the end result, conversationally compiled. Without further ado, let's get started. He's been a member of the Destructoid army for over six years, and has eight Community Blog posts deemed worthy of frontpage promotion. He's also carries the distinction of being one of Sheriff Dixon's Barney Fifes, patrolling the Disqus comments on frontpage articles for spam and general asshattery. He's a 27-year-old programmer who doesn't like the idea of being closer to 30 than 20. He's Sephzilla, and he's the first published interview in this series. I sat down with him for a long-winded chat, and by sat down, I mean PM'd him a series of questions, then asked him further questions about the answers he gave. Here's the results of that series of exchanges, and should prodive an adequate window into the mind of Seph. One last question: Who do you think you are?
I'm awesome. I'm goddamn Robocop!
I think Dixon should change the Disqus Deputity forum badge with a RoboCop icon. Because when I'm around people stay out of trouble!
Oh wait... is this a serious question?
I'm a pretty "average" gamer. I think I have a pretty varied taste in video games, I'll sample everything from first person shooters to platformers to MMOs to even the occasional crazy RPG. Given that I've been a gamer for about twenty years and have a pretty deep library of games, I guess you could call me a "hardcore gamer" if you wish. Though, to be honest, I almost want to distance myself from the "hardcore gamer" crowd since it seems like they're progressively turning more and more into the hipsters of gaming.
Alright, I lied. Here's the last question I have for you: tell me how you feel about the upcoming Robocop remake. Does it make you mad? Sad? Happy?
I'm not really excited for the new RoboCop
movie. I've been keeping tabs on it when updates occasionally pop up regarding it, and nothing I've been hearing has been getting me excited in the same ways the upcoming Godzilla
I'm sure most people have seen the pictures of the new RoboCop online by now. I'm not a big fan of that design at all. The original RoboCop suit had a slightly bulky design to it, but at the same time it had a more believable "robot" aspect to it plus it looked more like an industrialized product ready for mass production. It had some parts of it that were made to look sleek, like the chest piece or the helmet, but it still had stuff to it that made it feel like a tool or product (kind of like a car). It looked like a believable robot, not a guy in a suit.
The new RoboCop suit looks, well, it looks too "comic-booky". It looks too much like it's a guy in a rubber costume and the suit looks way too sleek and detailed for a product that is supposed to eventually be mass produced.
Beyond the suit, I've been watching and reading interviews with the director and listened to him explain the basic outline of this new movie and I cant help but feel like he completely missed the point of the original movie. A huge part of the original movie was the idea that you can strip all of the physical traits away from a human but you cant strip him of his humanity, and the whole movie is pretty much the audience and RoboCop re-discovering Alex Murphy.
And it sounds like this new movie is deviating from that a good bit because RoboCop is apparently a lot more humanized from the get-go, still has his family around him apparently, and heck even still has one of his arms and hands. On top of that, I'm getting a huge feeling that the satirical elements from the original RoboCop
are going to the wayside as well. While I don't want the new movie to be a carbon copy of the original RoboCop
, I think there are a bunch of very good elements from the movie that need to stick around. Hell, considering that Detroit is actually bankrupt now I think the original movie is a lot more relevant now than it was even in the 80s.
I think after everything is all said and done, people might think that 2012's Dredd
was a better RoboCop movie than the upcoming RoboCop
Damn, you've inspired a third closer question. Nice job. In terms of any adaptation, whether jumping medium or simply sequelizing / rebooting, do you feel that losing those small elements is what ultimately costs the project its soul? Does the alienation of fans who recognize this act as the potential death sentence to a franchise?
Well, it's kind of a catch-22. In order to stay a viable franchise you need to keep changing things up bit by bit in order to stay fresh, but at the same time you can't really sacrifice what made you popular in the first place (I think the saying is "stay with the girl who brought you to the dance" or something like that).
Ultimately I think shaking things up too much or changing things from the norm hurts more than helps most of the time. When people see RoboCop
, Call of Duty
, or Devil May Cry
on the box they have a certain idea of what they want and if they don't get that they feel disappointed.
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