I really wish that there were no on-screen HUD elements to this game... I think then the cinematic bars would be a lot more justified. The HUD elements just take me out of the immersion that the bars help create. These elements clash too heavily IMO. You can argue that they're concessions to make the game more of a pleasant experience, but surely the developers could have found in-game ways to indicate the same information.
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Thanks everyone for your comments.
To answer a few questions:
- I won't be putting prints or other merch of my Giant Bomb-related stuff up for sale. It's Giant Bomb's call to make.
- I won't be putting original-res files up and I'm not accepting money for them either. I may provide slightly higher-res versions down the line, but I have no interest in making money off this.
- My original plan was to go through the entire Giant Bomb crew, but honestly I underestimated the time and energy investment (which is a lot when you're an obsessive nit-picker like I am). I still want to try, but it will take time. Perhaps Drew's MGS2 playthrough will reinvigorate me to crank shit out (most likely scenario).
Btw I totally flagged someone's comment on this page by mistake, and I have no idea who (itchy mouse-button finger). So, uh, sorry, whoever that was! It was a comment near the bottom I think...
These are insanely good. I am so envious that you can pull off that style so damn well. I feel like I'd have to throw up another hundred drawings before I'd have the confidence to handle a marker like that. So bold! So beautiful.
I'm not that good either! Plenty of mistakes were made and corrected in Photoshop. I'm still learning how to use markers effectively.
Have you at least talked to anyone about the possibility of selling these as prints and getting a % of total sales or a flat rate for rights to sell? I mean these are really REALLY good and there is already a lot of demand just in this little thread. I am sure many more are out there who have no idea you did this but if it was endorsed and shown by the GB guys in some way and put on sale they'd be on board for buying these as well. Maybe even a limited print run or something would be good. Either way, there is definitely a demand and it seems such a shame to just shelve the idea of getting these to users who are more than willing to pay. Yeah, of course these take a lot of time - that's what separates them from 99% of fan art out there that is done quickly just to say it's done. But I'm sure if you are compensated for your time and skill, surely that's incentive enough to continue... Anyway, would be pretty cool if something came from this. I'm not ready to give up hope yet!
They look amazing and I am impressed with the quality. That said, I thought Otacon would be a better fit for Dan, given the glasses, his role in the series, and his passion for anime.
THE CLAIM: I submit that @brad is an actual wizard. I know this sounds crazy, but hear me out on this as there is a lot to substantiate this claim.
THE EVIDENCE: Way back in the year of 2011 Giant Bomb's GOTY series reproduced FMV games as part of their presentation of their awards. Ryan was a Mad Dog McCree style character, Jeff was a space egyptian, Vinnie was a stereotype, and Brad? Brad was a fucking wizard. It seemed innocuous then. No one could have been any the wiser to suspect that this was the real Brad we were looking at...
Fast-forward a few years and it didn't click with me until I saw him playing Gauntlet and Avalon. In the Gauntlet QL, surprise surprise, Brad "Merlin" Shoemaker picks the Wizard to play. He does not even give the other participants a chance to seize the awesome power of Merlin. He is so power-hungry that he claims the Wizard for himself before any of his hapless coworkers even have a chance to react. Why would Brad want to withhold the power of Wizardry from his fellow adventurers?
In Giant Bomb's Unplugged: Avalon video, we find out that Brad is Merlin not once, but twice! How did Brad end up being Merlin twice? Magic. He's a fucking wizard, damn it. A lot has happened before 2011 and since. I am sure Brad has clued us in to his real identity in other videos and venues as well. Unfortunately, I cannot recount them extemporaneously (perhaps some sort of mind-hex has been cast upon me by Merli -- err, Brad). But consider the following: Brad is a proud sesquipedalian who is no stranger to invoking uncommon words and phrases in speech. Some might think that this is because Brad is verbose or just has a fondness for words, but I submit that Brad is actually casting an incantation that is merely (Merlinly?) disguised as an innocent use of the English language when it is in fact a string of words ordered so as to unlock the raw potential of his magical abilities. Now why has Brad done this? One word: Emails.
For years Brad has hungered for the throne to the podcast so he could control the flow of information that reaches our innocent ears. Any long-time listeners of the Bombcast will know that there was always a hunger in Brad's belly for more emails. You can hear it in his voice. In fact, it is one of the few times you can hear in Brad's voice his calm, cool-as-a-cucumber, collected self, gets discarded and he release his true nature. The email is his true desire - he is insatiable - and we have all seen what he has done with his position of power.
THE CONCLUSION: Brad has conned us all. Where many of us had long assumed he was just a natural-born human, we were all wrong. He is a magical entity that survives on emails and has even teased us over the years of his plan, almost begging us to try and stop him. We failed. Now Brad controls the Bombcast and has enslaved the others to his will - they must deal with the emails of his choosing, being fecal-related, sexual, or (hopefully) both. While there once was a begrudging attitude amongst the dais when Brad initially seized control of the emails, he has since broken their will and now listeners can make out a bit of Stockholm Syndrome as the dais now cheerfully responds to any and all emails chosen by the Wizard. Can Brad be stopped? Of this I am uncertain... It may be too late, dear reader.
"Evil wins when good players do nothing."
THE COMMUNITY WEIGHS IN:
I think you're on to something...Remember when Brad, Patrick, and Ryan played Trine? Brad played as the wizard. I remember because Ryan and Patrick were hilariously goofing off/trolling Bradley Merlin Shoemaker as he tried to cast his wimpy wizard spells.
You're neglecting the source of Brad's "I'm not a wizard!" claim. He endlessly denied his sorcerous ways the entire time he was playing Demon's Souls, and yet he chose the most magic-oriented starting class and used Soul Arrow and an enchanted sword throughout his entire playthrough.
Also there's that time when he transformed into a coffee cup on an episode of Unprofessional Fridays.