I have yet to see Kill la Kill… but what i hear it’s good.
This music feeds the magical girl idea that’s in my head…
——-meanwhile in my head——-
(music at 1:01)
*girl rips a flaming gem from chest*
Flame Soul! GO!
*bursts into flame, now covered in armor as the fire dies away*
I was idly browsing tumblr…and the internet in general and I noticed that magical girl stuff was popping up without me even trying to find it…and not a day after my previous post.
Makes me wonder if its a sign or something…
So..out of the blue while im working i get a thought:
"i wana make a magical girl series.."
Random right? Well not really (to me anyways)… the first thing that really got me into anime was Sailor Moon…despite having seen Ronin Warriors, Speed Racer, Voltron, a short stint of Dragon Warrior and Tekkaman Bla—-im sorry, “Technoman” (in the US) before ever seeing Sailor Moon.
Though that’s beside the point, i didnt know what the hell anime even was for the other shows..far as i knew it was really awesome cartoons with awesome super heroes….and lets be honest, all things considered they were. (even if Tekkaman Blade’s translation was 30 shades of what the fuck 80’s syndr—-)
whew…what was i thinking again? oh right, magical girls! :D
So anyways my mind was wondering as it does, trying to create things to entertain me and for some reason it amalgamated some kind of magical girl thing in my head. Though it was an odd magical girl thing…the details are fuzzy (even though i was freakin awake!!) but it came off as something as a mix of sentai (Power Rangers…for the not-yet-knowing) and magical girl.
And as my mind seems to do as it’s creating ANYTHING new (like how it started working on Witchrizer) it starts figuring a way to weave it into the “Elemental Timeline”…as i think i’m gona call it.
Whats the Elemental Timeline you ask? Basically all the series and ideas in my head are connected/in the same universe, the sole thread being the elemental powers each series has. Doesn’t sound too solid, but there’s more to it than that simple explanation.
Hell..im almost pulling the same thing in the Mecha D&D sessions with friends…i’m also pseudo-testing how Witchrizer’s powers and story points work in an alternate D&D involving superheroes…strangely its working.
Where was i..? OH, right… magical girls. So..yeah, about as much focus as i got on that idea is imagining the transformation sequence. Only solid things i have is the transformation phrase and that Apoptosis plays in my head during it——aw shit it’s doing it again. I thought of a previous post where i posted this song and what it made me think of…now its popping in my head when i think of this vague idea with magical girls.
what has science done….!?
I noticed the last recent Music to Draw by post had no text somehow. So I fix’d that..go check it out if you haven’t yet.
I’ve never read anything so infuriating since Mr. Ebert’s opinion that games are not art.
Tom Abernathy entered my shit list..he’s the “Narritive Lead” at Riot Games. Riot Games, if you arent familiar, made the MOBA game League of Legends. The game itself has (or..had..) a rich and interesting story and lore to it. Perhaps one of my favorite things about the game was just reading the Lore behind every champion and how they joined the League of Legends. The Mysteries of the Void and the Shadow Isles, the conflict betwen Noxus and Demacia and everything in-between„,this wasn’t just a online multiplayer team based game, it was one that had a story with all it’s characters.
So to see Abernathy say “Plot is highly overrated in games” given HIS POSITION and the game the company he works at made is rich in the very things he just took a massive shit on; pisses me off to no end.
You see Tom, there is one very FATAL mistake to your conclusion: Without Story, your character is useless. An action figure looking pretty but with no direction or use to play with. Let’s break this down so you can understand your huge mistake:
1: The Character
Let’s look at your character. He/She is cool looking and stylish. Befitting of being iconic for your game as the main character. So…tell us about this character? Congratulations you just made a plot.
How you ask? Simple: In the game the main character is -clearly- trying to achieve a goal/challenge. Mario is trying to save the Princess. Master Chief is trying to save the earth. Samus is trying to destroy the Metroids. Nathan Drake is hunting for a lost treasure.
These simple goals are the story and what the character does, how they interact with other characters, their thoughts and personality, their reasons for accomplishing these goals weave into a narrative, a story..a PLOT.
2: The Two Way Street
Story and Character is a 2-way street. You can’t have a story without characters and you can’t have a character with no story behind them. Who is Mario if you take away the story of the princess and the mushroom kingdom? How would Nathan Drake be as a character if we knew nothing of his history, his motives or his relationship with Sully and the others?
3: Put those words to practice
I bet you that if the story/plot of Uncharted was half assed because “It’s not important” as Tom Abernathy says it is…alot of people wouldn’t of bothered playing past the 1st game…or even through the 1st game.
Or how about this: How would “The Last of Us” and “The Walking Dead” turn out if they followed Tom’s “advice”? You’d have something more soulless than the zombies in both of those games…guaranteed.
Think about it…REALLY…HARD…if you haven’t grasped how bad those two (highly celebrated and loved) games would be if they believed plot was “overrated”.
Now should every game have fantastic plots? No. Just like food there is a certain way to prepare things. Some games do not need a plot, others do. What are those games? It all depends on the developer and the kind of game they want to develop.
As far as IM concerned, my games will have story and i will make sure each one is good to the best of my ability…Tom Abernathy be damned!
I like this theme. It makes me think of the 1st stage of an awesome shoot’em up. Barrage of enemies exploding as a girl in flying battle armor shoots waves of bullet-y death at them.
Song reaches lvl 11 awesome at 1:47. :3c
Thought i’d put this up…in case anyone wanted to know.
I sometimes do a drawing stream when i feel like it…as for when the best i can tell you is to follow the stream channel so you get notifications or my twitter since i put announcements there too.
Anyways heres both:
The stream is set as “mature” because someone had a hissy fit one stream when i was drawing the BREAST OUTLINE and got my ustream banned…that and language and so forth. =p
mellow, jazzy…just the way i like it for something relaxing to draw to.
…some reason i imagine Mith when i listen to this. *shrug*
Soul Gem Art: Cynthia (Burning Vengence) outline
I love it when i draw things~~
Anyways, it’s Cynthia…and depicting something that happens in the next part i’m writing up. I’ll put up the colored version when i finish it.