First SOPA/PIPA gets shoved down our throats, now CISPA is popping up. Why do Govermnents have to insist on rubbing their noses on the internet? The internet isn't made for the Government, it's made for THE PEOPLE.
I understand that Internet Piracy and Copyright Infringement is one thing, but that doesn't mean that you have to restrict freedom of speech and rights to privacy from millions of users. From what I understood, the internet is supposed to be a free interactive communications tool, and when I say free, I mean with Free speech. To be able to do and say things you wouldn't normally do or say in society. Now slowly, each country is developing their "Big Brother" concept more and more. Spying on us 24/7 to see if we are breaking the law in some way or form. Sadly, our rights and freedom of speech are diminishing year by year. Not just in the US, but in most parts of the world.
Do you agree on CISPA? Do you agree on the thought of the FBI, CIA, INTERPOL or any authority figure monitoring your every move waiting to strike not because you're a terrorist, but because of Copyright infringement? if that's the case, then arrest the entire world for illegally downloading and streaming, music, games and movies and not just Kim DotCom for offering the Megaupload and it was shut down immediately after the SOPA protests.
I'm not that into politics really, but I'm against CISPA and Internet censorship.
The internet is for everyone.
Anyone else thinks that Cartoon Network's lineup is very mixed or poor at times and it's current cartoons don't have that charm that the old one do? I grew up during the early era of Cartoon Cartoons and some of these shows even influenced my work, but over the years I noticed that CN's quality has been losing it's touch, with some occasional good material every now and then. But there are times that you expect something better based on the previous stuff they made over the years. which is why I decided to make a quick review of most of the stuff that CN dished out and that I watched since I was a kid (Not counting adult swim related content)
Here's my opinion on most of the content the channel has made since 1995 up to now
1-Codename: Kids Next Door: This show was fun, clever and visually creative. Loved the DBZ reference they made one time.
2-Cow and Chicken: Full of Random "Ren and Stimpy" styled humor.At times controversial, Who didn't like it? BTW, WTF was up with The Red Guy flashing his butt all the time? The butt jokes were for a cheap laugh though (Ben Pants, Dr. HighKnee, etc).
3-Dexter's Laboratory: A true Classic and quite possibly the best CN had to offer. I watched it constantly as a kid. Big Genndy Tartakovsky fan.
4-Ed, Edd n Eddy: Weird yet passable, interesting art style.
5-Johnny Bravo: A guilty pleasure. Just seeing him constantly get beat up by women always made me LOL. In this case Muscles don't matter.
6-The Powerpuff Girls: at first I didn't watch it, but I grew to like the subtle humor and the obscure references ( like South Park, LoZ and The Beatles among others). weird how they did an anime reboot of this one
7-Time Squad: very Anachronistic yet funny Time travel cartoon. Mark Hamill Did the voice of Larry the robot as an intentional parody of C3PO.
8-What A Cartoon!: From Weird and wacky to totally abstract this show had it all and it was awesome. clearly the launching pad for several shows. Back then I didn't know that Bruno Bozzeto made this cartoon!
9-Adventure Time: worth watching. Silly creative and mostly unpredictable
10-Ben 10, Alien Force, Ultimate Alien: I like the show at times, but MAN they're milking this show dry. IT'S ALWAYS ON!!
11-Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: Loved this cartoon's dry humor and artwork
12-The Life and Times of Juniper Lee: Cute flashy and colorful. Monsters could've look more hideous and less colorful though. But it's a kids' cartoon....
13-Megas XLR: one of CN's few attempts to Americanize an anime genre(Mecha). The show was cool and should've lasted longer.
14-My Gym Partner's a Monkey: Original concept. A human stuck in an animal school because his last name is "Lyon". ok at times.
15-Samurai Jack: Being a Genndy Tartakovsky fan I had to watch it. the concept and art style is cool and all, but they should've finished the story after 4 seasons.
16-Sym-Bionic Titan: Another attempt at the Mecha Genre by Tartakovsky. Visually stunning but it didn't click. I was open to a 2nd season
17-Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi Capitalizing on the anime Craze as well, but with Chibi (super deformed) characters. It's cutesy anime mixed with 60's camp. for the most part it worked ok, but the Channel's anime trend was dying out.
18-Star Wars: Clone Wars: Also by Tartakovsky. 2 movies split into several 5 minute shorts. worth watching. But at times I wonder if it's supposed to fit with the canon of the other Clone Wars series or not (which I like too).
19- The Looney Tunes show: Hit and miss, but still watchable in part due to its nostalgia.
1-Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?: It had a very retro art style and campy humor. It reminded me of Schoolhouse rock. Very 70s disco style, but that's why it didn't last. It's style and humor felt extremely outdated.
2-Evil Con Carne: it had potential until they killed it by introducing "Cod Commando" Really? a fish with a G.I. Joe background?
3-Sheep in the Big City: weird show, full of improv, Real hit and miss and easily forgettable.
4-Courage the Cowardly Dog: Started off ok, but the concept started to drag over time.
5-The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: I watched it at times, it was alright...ish. Not t my liking really
6-I Am Weasel: Amusing at first though for the most part formulatic and repetitive.
7-Mike, Lu & Og: cute and creative, but got boring real fast.
8-Camp Lazlo: it was made by the guy who did Rocko's Modern Life on Nickelodeon in the 90s. Nothing new here. I preferred Rocko.
9-Chowder: This show makes no sense...I hate it.
10-The Amazing World of Gumball: This show can't make up it's mind! Can't you focus on one art form instead of combining everything (flash, puppets, CGI, Stop motion) in a random setting? it's the main reason I can't stand it.
11-Generator Rex: Meh...nothing too new or interesting. They intentionally copied the Agent Smith look from The matrix.
12-The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack: Braindead humor. Don't bother...
13Regular Show: Don't really get this cartoon. And seriously, Why would anyone compare this to Beavis and Butt-Head? at least THAT cartoon is funny.
14- Squirrel Boy: Meh... I prefer Duckman
15-Transformers Animated: I prefer the old school transformers from the 80s.
Overall approval rating for the channel's collection of original cartoons over the years:
19 approved out of 34= 56% approval rating from my POV
I still think they should put more effort on newer cartoons with better art and storylines instead of focusing on crap like Chowder and Gumball. But then again, most of this stuff is aimed at a younger audience that doesn't really care about quality.
Oh well, everyone's entitled to their own opinions.
What do you guys think?
2012-02-20 17:25:29 by HadoukenDude
Time to play Majora's Mask! This may sound silly, but I've been playing MM during the Carnival season for the past 3 years just for the hell of it. To tell the truth the inspiration behind it is because I read that WWE Superstar Cody Rhodes is an avid Zelda fan and admits to playing A Link to the Past yearly. Hell, he even has Triforce symbols on his wrestling boots, just by that he has my respect.
As you can see, based on this I figured I follow his example and play a particular Zelda game once every year. As for OoT, I've played it so much that I know it like the back of my hand. Same with MM, I grew up with both games over the years and later got my hands on the other titles.
Oh and if you're wondering about the next Four Swords episode, I'm slowly working on it since I've been busy finishing my final semester at the university. I hope to get things back into gear really soon once I get things straightened out. In the meantime be on the lookout because I got something special in store for you guys in the next few months. In the mean time, enjoy the carnival season (if you actually celebrate it)!
Hey guys Happy new year! Like I've said in the title, It's time for a new beginning for me. 2011 kicked me hard, but things have been slightly improving and It's time for me to get back on the horse again. I got several projects that have been in the back burner for a while, some of them original animations and others being parodies, and I hope to develop them sometime throughout the year. As for FSM 8, it will continue. I don't care how long it takes I'll have it out at some point.
Thanks to the people who supported me during this tough year and here's to a bright future.
P.S.: The world will not end this year, so don't believe in that 2012 "end of the world" crap! Just enjoy life!
Hey guys, sorry for the lack of updates regarding Four Swords Misadventures 8. This year has been rather troublesome for me and I had very little time (and sometimes very little interest) in continuing the series.
Plain and simple, my life took a 180 degree turn this year for some reason with so much crap going on and I've been seeing things differently now. Almost as if I'm not having as much fun as I used to with flash. As much as I want to continue the series and all, there are times that I think to myself "what's the point? I barely make anything out of it." Though I acknowledge that I do have a fan base that cares for the series, I really would hate to disappoint them about it.
However, I haven't truly decided on canceling the series just yet. It's going through limbo at times since I got more important things to take care of. Mainly class assignments and family related things. So yeah...
If you want to help out in some way to keep the series going, you can message me if you like to audition for later episodes, but currently I'm not accepting voice actors for ep. 8.I got enough on my plate already in that area. I'm also looking for pixel authors. I need someone to make original custom sprites and backgrounds for the episode. the guy I originally hired for it bailed out on the project, so that's another reason why this has been delayed. any additional help will be appreciated
Again, sorry for having you guys wait for over 17 months. I'll have this series going again once I get things settled. BTW, just to show you that the series isn't dead, Here's an upgraded version of the Zelda II based intro that a fan made for me for the episode. Click here to see it.
Til next time.
Ever since I started animating in 2004, there have been quite a handful of projects that I abandoned over the years. Some were cancelled due to lack of creativity on my part, others were cancelled due to technical issues and other reasons as well. Overall there will be the occasional project that will originally look good on paper but comes out differently during development, sometimes with negative results.
I feel like sharing this list of projects that I have cancelled over the years just to show you guys what other things I originally had planned, but gave up on them after some time.
SF Vs. DBZ Budokai (Series): those who originally seen these old flashes knows what I'm talking about. Originally I had planned to make more crossover fights with characters from both franchises, similar to Marvel vs Capcom. However, after a negative backlash in ep. 2 where I had Ryu beat Goku, I was pressured to make a more accurate ending by having the DBZ characters win in ep. 3. I abandoned it altogether afterwards seeing that it was pointless to argue with other DBZ fanboys over a MUGEN styled fight with other characters.
Intergalactic: VG remake: during my "VG style" days I actually developed a flash parody based on an old Beastie Boys music video. It was mostly a shot by shot reenactment of the video done with sprites from Ultraman King of the Monsters 2 and Gundam Wing: Endless Duel (all 3 from the SNES) with Mario, Crono and Link as the Beastie Boys. It was odd and random and the concept had potential, but what happened? A computer Virus corrupted my old computer and I was forced to reformat it completely. I made a backup of the flash file burning it in a CD along with a bunch of other stuff, but I later found out that it was scratched and I couldn't recover neither the fla file nor the swf file. I attempted to work on it from scratch, but eventually gave up on it.
Ken Casanova 3: This flash was a SF parody where I made Ken Masters act like Johnny Bravo getting his ass kicked by women who don't appreciate any of his pick up lines. I was actually working on this at one point and was halfway done. However, due to another virus I had to reformat my old PC's hard drive and didn't have a flash drive to save the project in at the time. I was gonna work on it from scratch after losing the file, but I later gave up on it and worked on something else.
UN Squadron: The Danger Zone: This was originally going to be a music video tribute to one of my favorite side scrolling Shoot-em-ups on the SNES with the popular Top Gun song "Highway to the Danger Zone". Originally I made an intro for it, but after that I couldn't figure out how to continue making a flash involving mostly airplane sprites. I abandoned it shortly after.
Goku Vs. Superman: Another crossover fight that was going to be a music video with the song Man made God by "In Flames". after so much debate over who was the strongest of the two, despite sharing similar origins, and certain abilities, I wanted to create a balanced fight as an AMV. I was going to continue it, but I had hardware problems at the time and lost the file when my computer died on me. I was able to recover the file at one point but I decided no to work on it after that fearing a potential "Superman Curse" in it. I'm not superstitious, but it was a "better to be safe than sorry" kind of thing. Curiously, 2months after I made a Superman gag in MK Mishaps 4, My laptop's hard drive crashed on me, causing me to nearly lose the flash file for FSM 7. I was lucky to make a backup of it and I've been doing that ever since.
Starting with an idea is easy, It's developing it that's the hard part sometimes.
As for FSM 8, It's sort of in limbo at the moment. I had my hands full with a bunch of stuff this year. I haven't cancelled it, yet I haven't had chance to continue it either. But I'll find a way to keep it going. It's a huge project and will take quite some time to finish it. If you want to help in some way, send me a message.I'm not looking for more voice actors though. I got enough for the episode already.
2011-10-02 19:35:50 by HadoukenDude
Anyone remember Beavis and Butt-Head? This was the show that I grew up with as a kid, before South Park debuted. I've been looking forward to this for a long time. Sure, these two were controversial during their time, but they're stuff is tame compared to what Eric Cartman does nowadays.
Hell, I'm so psyched over these new episodes that I've been watching their oldschool stuff for the past few months. Viewing some of their episodes as well as some of their memorable Music Video moments. Classic stuff! I recommend it if you haven't seen it yet.
Seriously though, MTV should have brought them back sooner. I hardly watch MTV nowadays because of all the reality shows they keep throwing at us. I mean, Jersey Shore? 16 & Pregnant? WTF? The same goes with most of the crappy music of this generation.
BTW, is it weird to point out that Justin Bieber (ugh, yes him...) and Lady Gaga are anticipating their return to MTV? Well, as long as they bash the hell out of today's God awful MTV Generation (Including Gaga & Bieber), then I'm happy. I just hope Beavis & Butt-Head help make some much needed changes to the channel. Check out the new clips if you haven't seen them yet.
This is gonna be cool. Uh huh huh huh.
2011-08-31 23:08:42 by HadoukenDude
Who hasn't bumped into these kind of games these days? Every now and then there will always be a game controversial enough to piss someone off, then the news media causes moral panic, then politics later plays a role in what to do with these controversial games. Personally I believe that videogames and politics just don't and shouldn't mix, but that's my opinion.
Sometimes, worse case scenario, a game causes so much controversy that it could end up banned in several countries(depending on their laws) due to the game's depiction of either gory violence, racial profiling, satanic references,profanity, high sexual content,rape, bullying, defamation, the list goes on and on.
Even NG had it's share of controversial games too over the years, believe it or not. (The Torture Game, V-Tech Rampage, just to name a few)
Interestingly, Even the most controversial game can be the most desirable, even if it is out of curiosity. Sometimes it isn't even the game that causes controversy, it's the Obsessive players who attempt to recreate or reenact events that are seen in the game for some random reason AND THEN the victims start playing the blame game with the videogame industries. There are even games that, even though they're "historically accurate" they're portrayed in an extremely negative light.
In wikipedia there's a good list of controversial games as well as a list of banned games that's interesting to read up on if you're curious. I should also point out the games that got my attention the most because of how shocking they are or how laughable the excuse to ban a game is.
Mortal Kombat: From day one this was the game that popularized blood and gore in a fighting games. It has received several lawsuits about kids killing others because they saw it in the game. And now the latest game was banned in Australia for its content. It's because of this game That the ESRB rating system was born on the 90s.
GTA: The game that has often been dubbed as "The Terrorist Simulator" and is responsible for several Deaths and lawsuits over the years. It has been condemned in several countries and banned in Brazil.
DOOM: The Game that popularized FPS and introduced Satanic imagery. The game was somewhat responsible for the Columbine Massacre in 1999 and other school shootings, but there's no proof to this matter.
Resident Evil 5: Unintentional Racial Profiling. A white Guy killing people in Africa. Self explanatory (I'm not racist btw).
Rapelay:A Hentai game where you're objective is to rape a mother and her two Daughters. This game has no happy ending. you either get run over by a subway train or get stabbed by a revengeful schoolgirl while you rape her. This caused controversy after someone tried to sell a copy of the game on Amazon.com in and since then has been banned in several countries because of women's rights.
Dead Or Alive Dimensions: A Fighting game that has ""three underage Characters" in skimpy outfits and a free range camera. The game was banned in Norway, Sweden and Denmark because they consider 17 year old girls as "child pornography"... Really?
Mad World:A beat-em-up Sandbox game dubbed "The most Violent Videogame Ever" and it's on the supposedly "family friendly" Wii. Banned in Germany.
JFK Reloaded: A historical reenactment of the John F. Kennedy Assassination. It's a FPS where you play Lee Harvey Oswald armed with a sniper rifle. WTF? That's all I can say.
I can go on and on with this, but I'll leave the rest to you guys. If you know any other controversial games, feel free to mention them. .
If you decide on playing these kind of games, well, play them at your own risk.
Gamer discretion is advised... :P
Over the years I feel like I unintentionally divided the fans of Four Swords Misadventures when I replaced SpikeDaPenguin for baldboy64 for the role of Red Link. But to be perfectly clear for those still new to the series, Spike chose to quit voice acting after ep.3 and I had no choice but to find a replacement at the time, which is why baldboy64 was chosen instead.
Interestingly enough, I got a message from Spike over the weekend stating that he wanted to reprise the role due to "fan demand". This caught me completely off guard, yet it also left me with another dilemma. This time I want to know your thoughts about who's the better Red Link for FSM.
Spikedapenguin's take on the character (ep. 1-3) was that he was more Gung-ho and short tempered.
Baldboy64's take on the character (Ep. 4-7) gave him a "more bark than bite" approach with a bit of a sharp tongue.
Personally, I like both interpretations and choosing which one's best is like choosing between two of Daffy Duck's alter egos (lunatic vigilante vs. greedy glory hound). Don't give me the typical "this is YOUR series, you decide" excuse. I want to know what you guys like because I'm making this for you guys.
Either way I'm planning on having both VA's in the project somehow. I'll figure it out at some point.
On a side Note, I'm looking for someone else to help me make some original custom Zelda sprites for the episode. Anyone else willing to lend a hand? I'd appreciate the help.