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Yes indeed folks, it's just about that time of year again, when we can all sit down and and enjoy hour after hour of corporate press conferences. Boy, do I make it sound fun! Despite how interminably boring that sounds though, anybody who is familiar with the annual ritual we know as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or 'E3,' will only see that as being a good thing. Every year, these great big corporations try to wow the world with their wares, and every year they all find a way to do or say something we find hilarious, amazing, baffling and/or bizarre, and some of them find a way to screw up even worse. Some of these things end up becoming immortalized in the form of animated gifs and videos, which then spread like wildfire across the gaming forums of the net. We've already enjoyed two bonus rounds of excellent giffage and videos, thanks to this being the launch year of no less than two new consoles, but we're not done yet. In just a couple of days, Konami is going to kick off the proceedings a few days ahead of the competition with the first of the big press conferences, to be streamed online in multiple languages. That's right everybody, it's almost time to welcome back for just a few short days the one, the only, the always spectacular...
DanJ86 posted a topic in Community ShowcaseGood evening. Okay, I believe I briefly mentioned this in my showcase topic. I was considering using that topic for this, but figured it could get pretty confusing. Also though about using the previous animation topic, but considering how many changes I made, I thought it best to start with a new one. So, who remembers this? I'd hate to come across as dragging this out, but to be honest, an animation was going to be the next stage of this project from almost the beginning. I also wanted to keep a couple of my favourite ideas from the original animation project we had planned, while hopefully changing things in a way that will make things easier for those that have not fully mastered there chosen art form. Like me wanting to help with the animation, I'd say I'm below a beginner in terms of skill. ^^; Currently the project does not have a deadline! So what's different? Well the original suggested an episodic type of deal with stories and dialogue. This new version doesn't need dialogue or sound effects, because if will follow alone with the chosen music. It also has a basic story that I came up with, completely by accident. There's a story?? Yes, the whole thing turned into one big metaphor. I'll write it in a spoiler tag. What did you keep? One of the key ideas I think we all like from the original is that SSMB is represented as a town or city. With buildings representing different topics of sections of the board. Why did you show that pic again?? Did I not say? ...oops, heheh. The characters featured in the animation will be the same characters featured in that image. Possibly also including those in the "DLC" list and a couple of special guests too. But I can't promise everyone will make the cut. Please don't be offended if your not featured, it wont be personal. I have chosen the condition that if a character is feature in a dance segment, they wont appear in the story segments. What's the music? Well I've always had a song playing in my head when thinking about it. So I'd nominate Crush 40s Sonic Youth. But if anyone has a better idea, please share. It's not set in stone yet, but I'd suggest picking a song as one of the first things to be done as it helps determine how long the video will be. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQ-jrf9UuGM Also toying with the idea of a second song that could play during an end credits type section. If anyone has any ideas. We could also use a completely customized song from one of our musical members if everyone can agree on one. Here's a possible end credit theme suggested by KaBlamJamDan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrqXpYwS9nI What do you need? Well, we don't really have to assign each member with a certain task for the moment, if that makes it easier. Just do whatever you feel like. But in terms of tasks, I'd say these: Several designs for buildings and areas within the SSMB City. I'd personally like a park area with a solid gold Sonic statue in the centre and a train station, for the hype train to travel alone. Half of the video will take place in "The Badlands" an area with a similar look to the place that Roadrunner and Wile E Coyote live. So we'd need designs for that too. Designs for the dance segments, places like on stage in dance halls or on a random street. Maybe even a fancy colourful background with lots of shapes. Members that aren't confident in drawing designs still want to help in some way, if would be cool if they located screenshots or art from the games that can be incorporated into the animation. Like a screenshot of the blimp in Radical Highway. It'll make things easier for the designers if a link for reference material was just in reach. I'll add links to all the concepts, reference material and any other useful stuff in the opening post. Props, we might need special props designed too. Anything that will give the backgrounds a little more character. Mostly just designing the areas the characters will be at. Once we have a solid collection of designs, the best ones are picked and need to be draw a clean version of, so it can be used as a background. Other jobs will include the optional creating a music track if it is desired, while the animation doesn't need to begin until much later. No doubt I'm forgetting something, but lets move on. So, the reason I called the story a big metaphor is because of what the monster represents. I've named him "Doubt" and his massive size represents a wall. So the character represents a wall of doubt that prevents you from moving forward. That is also why the citizens couldn't defeat it on there own. Consider Sonic representing all video games, hobbies, TV show or whatever you use to motivate and inspire you. That's why Sonic could easily beat it. Here's a quick size guide I mocked up: I also planned to reference a peace of art Inferno created. I've been sketching very rough panels to try and show what's playing in my head. The Inferno art I'm talking about is here: I also jotted down a segment I call "Rooftop Run" featuring Gabe. These sketches don't do my vision justice. I always picture Gabe leaping from buildings similar to how Sonic jumps to each rock in the Sonic CD intro. That would look awesome, if we could achieve it. Dance segment?? What do you mean by that? I haven't properly covered what I meant by dance segment. But I suspect the other otaku of the boards know what I meant. I should still cover it for those that might not know. These gifs in the spoiler tag are pretty much what I'm talking about when I refer to the dance segments. Just like in the gifs, each dancer are doing the same moves, regardless of how many there is. Reference Material Links: Twinkle Park - http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c119/Danfield/idl3Ixx_zps210bef27.png Casinopolis - http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c119/Danfield/25isoiD_zps434790b9.jpg Radical Blimp - http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111024012819/sonic/images/8/83/H2_r4.png Design Links: KNiGHTS Building By BlastToThePast - http://i923.photobucket.com/albums/ad71/blasttothepast/NiGHTSBuilding_zpsfd3449a0.png Billboard By BlastToThePast - http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c119/Danfield/Discussionbillboard_zpse8376de7.png Sonic Statue Concept By KaBlamJamDan - http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c119/Danfield/sonic-2-hd-remake-2_zpsb15a7c5f.jpg Desert Concept By SheWhoRantsTooMuch - http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c119/Danfield/ih8qwn_zpsaa4b6301.jpg
(Thanks to Pelly for the name. ='D) We've seemed to have an abundance of news stories involving the moronic actions of people who don't think or have problems or depressing topics about bad shit happening and things making the headlines and bloated by their shocking content. Meh, shit happens. But some of this is very... Disturbing. As a good friend of mine says she firmly believes 70% of people are morons and the other 30% just have to deal with the morons. Just in the last week of this topic we've had 4th grader suicides (and doctors blaming it on video games), teenage girls cooking a cat in the oven, a mom making her son kill a hamster with a hammer for bad grades, and a man raping his neighbors dog. Now this topic will either be very successful or be locked on the spot, but I was thinking instead of overflowing Chit-Chat with multiple topics of varying depression it might be best if we had a "What Bad Things Are Happening in Our World" type of thread. A place where all the stupidity, shocking, "loosing faith in mankind", and revolting stories that happen on some off days can be posted and discussed. Some stories make us revolt and sickened, and those are the type of stories for this kind of topic. There's not much news today besides some famous activist who hired some guy off the street to kill him and gave him all of his money and belongings he had and then ran into the knife of the hired stranger over and over again resulting in his death. Though human stupidity knows no bounds sometimes, sure something will come up.