Patch Notes

Anime/Game Music Videos
August 26, 2009, 12:51 pm
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Anime/Game Music Videos. For the sake of simplicity, let’s just call them AMVs. Got it? Okay, let’s roll. Also: I know I’m going to ruffle a lot of feathers with this.

Quick introduction; AMVs are made by fans, taking clips from anime or games, and setting them to music, making them a music video. Dun dun dunn. There are good ones. There are bad ones. And there are the ones that just plain suck.  You can pretty much write out any AMV as being good if it contains Kingdom Hearts, emo music or Linkin Park.

If you’re going to make an anime music video, make sure you’ve got a decent editing program and not just Windows Movie Maker. I’m seeing AMVs around these days that are just compiled of 30-second clips, put together to fit the length of the song. They are horrible.

Fitting a song with a cool scene from the game doesn’t make it good.  Putting an emo or Linkin Park song to the Angeal/Genesis/Sephiroth fight makes little to no sense, especially because the fight itself isn’t an emotional piece. It’s all eye-candy and plot exposition once Genesis finishes reciting Loveless.

So choose a song, that you may not like as much as the one you want, that actually fits. I’m going to use an example of an AMV I’ve wanted to make for a long time; Manowar’s Heart of Steel set to Fullmetal Alchemist. Do you know why? Because it’s a good song that fits the material at hand. Not my favourite but it works. I’d make it myself but I’m a shitty editor.

Now for clips. Choosing popular fight scenes and putting them to a fast-paced song doesn’t help at all. If that’s your aim then try for something that syncs up.  Also try to keep it to music that suits the series. Having thrash with say, Naruto, is retarded.

If you’re going to make a music video, make it good. Take the time to edit it well and choose a song that fits the material you’re using, otherwise nobody except emo kids and morons will think it’s any good. Taking flashy, overused scenes that everybody else in the world uses, and putting them to some overly popular, shitty song, does not make a good anime music video.

Taking a great song, whether it be powerful or emotional, and then getting material, particularly notable and memorable scenes that fit the song, is what makes a great AMV.



Blizzard (Un)Entertainment
August 16, 2009, 1:04 pm
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I’d like to sit down for a minute and talk about something that’s pissing me off at the moment: Blizzard Entertainment.

Oh yes, the people who brough us such treasures as StarCraft, Diablo 2 and Warcraft 3. Great games, and for me, StarCraft is still a game I play; a fond memory of childhood and bringer of nostalgia. Who can forget the first time they got Zergling-rushed, or that time they forgot to build detectors and got slaughtered by Dark Templar?

These people, who along with Squaresoft, gave me oh-so-many-years of video game time, are destroying the games I play now. Not Square. They can’t release a patch for Final Fantasy 7 to destroy my interest in it. Oh no they’ll just release horrible horrible games that we wait too long to play.

Blizzard have done some fun stuff. The World of Warcraft is going strong and has proven to be one of, if not the most successful MMORPGs, but it’s slowly becoming pretty infuriating, and only the promise of future encounters, and my love for the guildmates I’ve had for three years, is keeping me mildly interested in the game.

We’ll start with the obvious: Death Knights. I played my first Death Knight little less than two months ago, and I had fun. Their mechanic rekindled fond memories of Warhammer Online. They also have interesting talent trees, all of which are viable for tanking. People complain about the Death Knight, citing how overpowered they are as a class. Which is true.

So Blizzard scurries about and nerfs them to hell, along with Paladins and Warlocks. The Warlock did not deserve what has happened to them; no wonder so many Warlocks are rerolling. But there is one particular class that escapes unscathed: Hunters.

The biggest nerf the huntard ever received was in the Beta of the game and the lost the ridiculously powerful Black Arrow spell. Which has been re-implemented with different, weaker effects, but is still a largely powerful ability.

Their penchant for agility gives them dodge and parry rates when engaged in melee, and are very capable of dealing out a lot of pain in ranged. Oh, and they equip mail so they have a decently high amount of armour. Oh! And they get a pet which has the potential to be pretty damn strong.

What in the name of Khaine were they thinking? The Generic Ranger Class is the archetype they aim for, and more-or-less miss their mark.  Generic Ranger Class usually wears light armour (leather in WoW’s case), dualwields and has a pet familiar.

To wit: Hunters can use almost every goddamn weapon in the game, and the many hunters I have met are not afraid of proving it by rolling on said weapons. This is horrible. Hunters should have Daggers, Swords and Polearms. Maces are for clubbing, and I really can’t see Hunters all rushing to join the Seal Cub Clubbing Club.

So Blizzard, rather than screwing around with the playability of classes that were otherwise very sound (see Warlock and Paladins), why don’t you nerf the class that actually needs it? Beat the bastards down to leather, change their weapon skills to actually make them like the Ranger class you guys said you absolutely have to have in the game.

I mean, when I first heard about WoW I knew nothing of the classes. I was hoping you could play as a Demon Hunter or Necromancer. And then, shock, as I see these generically named classes with no option to play as the High Elves! I hadn’t played Frozen Throne at the time, don’t look at me like that. Suffice to say I was annoyed.

And then tragedy strikes with every update about StarCraft 2. Removing the LAN capacity wasn’t at all nice. All I’d play at LAN centres was WarCraft 3 and Starcraft, cos I’m too classy to play Counter-Strike. And they announce that travesty. And the campaigns-released-seperately… that could go two ways.

I mean, the campaigns had better be masterpieces of gloriousness that we experienced in StarCraft and Brood War. But this wait, this twelve-year wait has raised our hopes and expectations; nobody is going to be truly happy with Starcraft 2. It’ll start out well and good…and then there’ll just be this major kick-in-the-teeth that kills the game for so many of us.

Onto Diablo 3! As I’ve never really played Diablo, I can’t really rant about it, but I’d like to call to attention the stupidity here. People have complained about the Red Orbs system, saying it’s ripping off God of War. If you say that, you can go die in a fire.

Devil May Cry was released before that overrated piece of crap God of War, and guess what? It used Red Orbs as currency too! And I’m pretty sure other games did it before Devil May Cry did! I’m going to spare you my rant on God of War, though, but I can tell you it is highly overrated.

In short, Blizzard, stop fucking with the games we loved. No Sequel is better than Shitty Sequel. Shitty Expansions are the reason private servers are so popular. Devil May Cry is awesome. I also cannot wait long enough for Command and Conquer 4.

Also: You can find more things of mine on DeviantArt. Stories, poetry and the occasional picture.

P.S. Square-Enix, you haven’t escaped my wrath either. If Final Fantasy 13 fails to deliver as Final Fantasy 12 did, consider yourself ranted about. But I loved Dissidia…and Crisis Core. You might earn a reprieve if I don’t hate the English Dub of Dissidia.

P.P.S. I still haven’t forgiven you for Kingdom Hearts though. Bastards.

P.P.P.S. I miss Warhammer Online.


We have returned with power far greater than you could ever imagine
July 30, 2009, 6:14 pm
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My name is Mike, formerly known as Revan, Halfblind and Laionhart in Mythic’s MMORPG, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. Co-writer of Spank The Tank, where I’d be willing to bet half of you folk are from. ^^


I’m here with Meteorfall, and our friend Laterium, to educate, enlighten and entertain you guys! This is our try at a General Gaming / MMO blog, to branch out from the calamitous strife that is the Age of Reckoning.

We’ll be doing topical rants and discussions on the world of gaming, ranging from yelling about them damn kids and their crappy new Sonic characters, to how Blizzard are bastards who refuse to nerf Hunters! -ahem- Sorry about that.

I’d like to sit for a minute and discuss a game I’ve been playing lately; Bleach: Heat The Soul 6, a fighter on the PSP. This game is an overall improvement on Heat the Soul 5, with better gameplay, more characters, but nothing really new. Story mode is better though, which made me happy.

The story mode is actually a good remake of the anime, with the difficulty and handicap of some battles being a rather good echo of the drama and tension of the anime. Some battles are damn impossible, but I won’t say much for fear of spoiling it for people who don’t watch the Japanese Subtitled Version or read the manga.

The PSP can tend to be pretty hit-and-miss when it comes to games, ranging from the games like TransFormers and Iron Man, to the gems of the system, such as Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7, Dissidia: Final Fantasy and the Heat The Soul series. I also recommend Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions, Tekken: Dark Resurrection, and Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops.

Sony, you guys owe me for all that advertising.

But yeah, that’s my introduction post, Imma wait for the other dudes to introducionalize themselves. We’ll be doing fairly regular updates, I think. Next time there’ll be sex jokes, though. I promise.  See you then, stay tuned! Same Patch Notes time, same Patch Notes place!