Wow, I can't believe this. I do not even know where to start. Well, I guess I could share this with the people here and show them what's going on:
I received this e-mail early in the morning:
"Dear Mr. Victor Fiori:
It has come to our attention that you have made an unauthorized use of our copyrighted work entitled The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords in the preparation of a work derived therefrom. We have reserved all rights in the work, first published in February 21st 1986 to present day. Your work entitled "Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Misadventures is essentially identical to the Work and clearly used the Work as its basis, for example: Copyrighted characters, backgrounds, artwork and music.
As you neither asked for nor received permission to use the Work as the basis for "Legend of Zelda: Four Swords" nor to make or distribute copies, including electronic copies, of same, I believe you have willfully infringed our rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) therein.
We demand that you immediately cease the use and distribution of all infringing works derived from the Work, and all copies, including electronic copies, of same, that you deliver to me, if applicable, all unused, undistributed copies of same, or destroy such copies immediately and that you desist from this or any other infringement of my rights in the future. If I have not received an affirmative response from you by 04/15/2009, indicating that you have fully complied with these requirements, we shall take further actions against you.
Very truly yours,
Reginald Fils-Aimé, President of NOA
Satoru Iwata, President and CEO, Nintendo Co., Ltd.
Shigeru Miyamoto, Senior Managing Director of Nintendo Co., Ltd."
By the looks of it, Nintendo decided to put their foot down when it comes to authors making sprite related stuff or using copyrighted Nintendo characters in an author's story. I'm shocked, yet at the same time disappointed by this. Looks like Nintendo doesn't appreciate my interpretation of "The Legend of Zelda" and now I'm being forced to stop my Zelda series and work on more original content. What choice do I have? Four Swords Misadventures is now cancelled. I guess its back to the old drawing board. This is total Bull. I'm sorry guys... : (
Update: April Fools!
For those that are unaware of it right now, I posted a teaser trailer for Four swords 7 on Youtube. This will also be used as the intro for ep.7
A flash version of it is also available in my site. I should point out again that there's been a lot of confusion over this being the last episode.
It's the last part OF THE STORY ARC, not the series. I'll try to continue it after that.
Another thing that I should point out for those who haven't visited my site, I'm also planning a new MK Flash. I haven't gotten much done lately, but you'll see it at some point hopefully. Some gags will be loosely inspired by the MK vs. DC game, while other gags will follow the same formula as the original MK Mishaps trilogy. Fans have been asking for another MK flash and this wil be my last MK parody since I should really move on to other stuff afterwards.
And before I forget, I should inform you guys that I collaborated in this year's Street Fighter Collab, again, in a limited way. Basically I did some voice acting for another one of Osuka's flashes and this parody has something to do with some of the villains from the SF series. I don't want to reveal too much, just wait until the collab itself is finished. On another Note, Osuka will also be helping me with FSM 7 by making a special fbf animation scene. His transformation scene was so well received in episode 6 that I figured I'd ask him for one more favor that I had in mind which has to do with a recurring theme in a popular anime. You'll see what I mean.
And finally, I should inform you guys that I've taken an interest in voice acting, so if anyone wants me to do some voicework for a flash, send me a message and I'd be happy to help. However, that would really depend on the project and the author behind it. I'm not gonna work with noobs if you know what I mean..
Well, that's all for now. I'll keep you guys informed if something comes up. Later!
2009-02-12 11:37:14 by HadoukenDude
I sometimes don't know that's worse out of the two:
The fact that 20th Century Fox had to "Americanize" Dragonball, or the fact that we have to stomach another lame Street Fighter movie (also distributed by 20th Century Fox).
I'll be honest, I don't have any high expectations for neither of them. As much as I am a fan of both SF and DB, there's something in these movies that doesn't appeal to me.
First, Dragonball Evolution:
1-Goku's a High school Student in the film (Goku never went to high school, he studied martial arts under the aid of master Roshi)
2-Bulma's Hair isn't blue
3-Piccolo looks like a freakin vampire from Buffy(at least he looks a bit greener now, yet missing his antennas).
4-Justin Chatwin looks nothing like Goku, not even with the goofy hair.
5-Master Roshi isn't a pervert in the film. (A bit of a let down cause I love Roshi's comedic antics)
6-the gadgets look like something out of transformers (a simple "Poof" cloud would've been fine for the effect)
7-Goku at one point in the film says "I'm not ready for this." (Goku almost never backs down from a fight)
8-Krillin isn't in the movie (he's an important character to the franchise too).
I could go on and on, but these are the main reasons why the movie has a good chance of sucking (Dragon) balls.
As for street fighter:
1-Kristin Kreuk, as much as I loved her in Smallville, she doesn't convince me much as Chun Li.
2-The poster itself SUCKS!
3-No Ryu & Ken. that spells FAIL in my book.
4-I got mixed feelings about seeing Taboo as Vega. Not sure what to say about that.
5-The movie doesn't feel like something out of Street Fighter
6-Balrog should have been played by a Mike Tyson look alike.
7-The guy who plays M. Bison doesn't convince me. Hell, Raul Julia was a more convincing Bison in the old campy Van-Damme Movie
My overall feeling is that while both films will be panned by critics (and hardcore gamers alike) they might achieve cult status or will be financially successful. They only care about the money anyway.
I personally think that I would have done a better job of bringing Street Fighter or Dragonball to the big screen, and that isn't saying much...
Oh well, Thanks again Hollywood for ruining my childhood.
Leave anime to the Japanese, will ya?
Wow, I'm in disbelief! I never expected to reach such an honor. I...I'm speechless.
I'm not going to brag about this in the front page (I decided no to post my blogs there anymore). I thought there was some kind of specific rule to reach king of the portal status. Oh well, I guess anything is possible.
I'd like to thank everyone who collaborated with me and the fans who supported my animations.
Thanks to Osuka, Rina-chan, Kenkaku, SamIam Chris Sharpe and the rest of the FSM cast. I wouldn't be here if it weren't for your help.
And a very special thanks to Tom Fulp and his crew for making me King this month.
Wow, I'm still in shock...
Wow, this year has been a roller coaster of a ride for me. I've been through a lot of ups and downs, some of which I would have never expected.
The good: releasing 2 episodes of 4 swords that have been well received, Participating in a few collabs, winning some NG prizes and other Christmas gifts, meeting new friends.
The bad: My Siamese cat Tigger died in May (I got a new cat though), the negative backlash over a blog I made about sprite movies (Mainly from animation purists), Sprite TV 3 being panned my most critics,my grades were slipping in the university, My GF dumped me early this year and to top it off, I was sick during Christmas day (not fun).
Overall, this year was a mess for me, even though things did improve during these last few months.
What I'm hoping for is that 2009 turns out to be a better year for me. Who knows what will happen, but I'm hoping for the best.
When it comes to animating, I'd love to try something new next year. I've thought about making real drawn animations(apart from continuing my 4 swords series). Some users are even encouraging me to quit sprites altogether,but I don't want to do that just yet. It's still a big step for me to take and there are times that I don't feel ready to move on with bigger projects. But only time will tell. In the mean time, I'm going to continue working with what I do best. I know I'm not making any money out of flash at the moment, but that doesn't really bother me right now as long as I have a loyal fanbase who loves my stuff.
Well enough of that. I'd like to wish you guys a happy and safe 2009.
until next time.
You're probably wondering what the whole fuss is about.
Does anyone Remember the Metal Gear Flash Collab? Well, Osuka Participated in the contest a few months back and won 2nd place ($100 and an additional prize). What does this have to do with me? I participated in the collab too, but in a limited way by doing some voice work for Osuka(see The Fulp Paradox). Once we found out about his flashes being in 2nd out of 50+ authors, we were in shock!
I was thrilled that he won something out of it, but I was even more excited to realize that he was going to give me something in return for it, as a personal "thank you". So as a result, I officially own a piece of NG history: Some special stickers (Tankmen, the NG logo, Angry Faic) and a Metal Gear AwesomeT-shirt. Man, I was so excited to get it that when I met Osuka in person earlier today, I immediately tried it on and started showing it off. XD I've been visiting this site since late 2002 and this really means a lot to me. I posted some pics below as proof. sorry about the quality, I took these images from my webcam. I consider this as an early Christmas gift, it was worth the wait.
Also, this marks the first time I met a fellow Newgrounder face to face (we live in the same city, although in different urbanizations). He came over to my house, we chatted for a while and got to know each other a little more. We talked about future projects, ideas & other stuff. It really felt great to actually meet someone from the NG community in person.
Anyway, enough bragging. All that aside, Osuka and I are putting some finishing touches to Four Swords Misadventures 6. The episode will surely blow you away. Again, I'm not saying when it'll be done, I prefer to keep it as a surprise.
I'm also developing another MK Mishaps flash, which will be my final MK flash for a while, so expect that sometime soon.
Well, that's all for now. until next time.
GRACIAS OSUKA! W00t!
A few days ago I posted a little preview of Four Swords Misadventures 6 on Youtube. No, this isn't a rickroll like the last one. This is REAL footage. Click here.
Now, before I get the age old question "When is ep. # coming out?" Let my point out that the episode is about 90% done as of this writing and I'm hoping to have it ready sometime before the end of the year, but things can change. I do, however, have to finish 2 special scenes:
1. a special "flash drawn" animation scene with some help from Osuka. Originally another animator was going to do this, but there were some complications during development.
2. a little surprise ending with Dark Link
Episode 6 is literally "bigger, longer and uncut" (bad South Park joke, I know). I really went overboard with this one and I personally think it's the craziest episode I've ever made.
I should also mention that the episode's progress has been rather slow these past few months due to the fact that I just started my 4th semester in the university and now I Have very little time to work on flash atm. But don't worry guys, I'll find the time to get this done ASAP.
Remember what I always say:
The longer you wait, the better it gets.
I don't know why, but I feel like I'm going to cause even more controversy by posting this. However, I feel like I should still express my opinions here anyway, though I doubt most of you people will even understand me...
I Honestly wasn't expecting a negative backlash from my previous post about sprite flashes. Yes, as a flash animator, I admit that I use copyrighted sprites. Yes, it's considered by many as "stolen and unoriginal content" and whether you think sprite movies take little or no skill to make is a debatable topic. But you know what? I DON'T FUCKING CARE! I do not consider my self an expert flash author unlike most pros here. I'M A STORY WRITER FOR GOD'S SAKE!
I should also point out that I'm not the kind of person to insult someone else's work here. I treat all flash authors equally In Newgrounds nowadays. When I'm in NG, my personal belief is "live and let live", something most of you should really think about. If you don't like my flashes or sprite movies in general, don't watch them. Hell, I'm not even forcing you to watch my stuff. Guys, focus on something else instead of spreading the hate around, because I refuse to play "the hate game" or "flame wars" in this or any other site. I don't spread hate, I spread ideas. Please, quit with your hateful rants already...
Look, I work with comedy. I want to entertain users, have fun and make people laugh in Newgrounds by using my own creative storytelling in a flash. Even if I do work with sprites, that doesn't really matter to me. I've been working on a Zelda parody series for quite some time, for those who don't know, and there are users that are actually interested in it. I occasionally get emails from fans telling me that they want to voice act in an episode. Even Rina-Chan asked me for a part when this series began, she insisted on playing Zelda herself and I just couldn't say no. This means a lot to me because it's saying that I'm doing something right. Criticize me all you want, I'm making this stuff for my fanbase. Without them, I wouldn't even be here. Also, I'm glad Tom Fulp is nice enough to allow most authors to go crazy with whatever comes to mind in flash, even when it comes to allowing sprite flashes. "Fair use" anyone?
Don't you guys realize that Newgrounds is "Everything, By Everyone"? That's the point! Let users express their flash ideas however the fuck they want! This site is supposed to have a little bit of everything, even though I'm definitely aware that the content isn't technically for everyone...
This post might not change things. I simply want to show you guys how I feel, that's all...
Well, after Sprite TV 3 was submitted yesterday, something has been on my mind lately.
I've been reading comments from other flash authors Who I worked with in STV3 and they seem to touch the topic about Sprite Movies not being as popular as they used to. This bugs me because ever since I came to NG Sprite movies were, and still are, an inspiration for me. It was thanks to these flashes that I was introduced to this site in 2002 and most of you these days are now deciding to turn your back on them because of "overused jokes" "unoriginal content" and "boring Mario flashes" for example.
Guys, sprites aren't the problem here. USERS NEED TO BE MORE ORIGINAL! If you give a flash author the right ideas and the right amount of time to work on a project (whether it be sprites or real flash), you're going to get something original and inspiring even. It doesn't matter if you work with sprites or not. The reason I work with sprites is because I want to express myself with a sense of nostalgia and thank the gaming companies in my own personal way by making stuff like this.
I can draw, that yes, but I'm no way near as talented as the top flash authors here and I don't want to be criticized for stealing someone else's art style. I prefer to be known for my Ideas and stories, not just my flashes. I watch all different types of flashes because I'm more open minded.
anyway, what I'm trying to say is that (if this topic is really true) I still encourage sprite animations, old and new. It's great for amateur and advanced artists because it helps you understand the basics of the program after every submission. There's no need to diss sprite movies because of lame jokes. I'll keep working with sprites until I decide if they're not fun anymore. You guys will not force me to destroy something beautiful here, though most haters have a habit of doing that.
I want to see If i can Ignite that fire of inspiration back into most of you guys. That's a goal that I want to fulfill here.
Update: Looks like this tuned into such a delicate subject for me to talk about. Please quit with the hateful comments. I'm not here to spread hate. Like Tom Fulp said, "Newgrounds isn't a place for you to be a total asshole."
I posted a clip about it on Youtube. Go check it out sometime. The flash is over 60% ready as of this writing.
I'm sure you will enjoy this... Click here