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Message Update:  Saturday, June 23, 2012

... wow. 76 days without an update. Man, I'm slacking. So much so, that I've got MASSIVE amounts of news to cover now. We'll start with the video game news before I move on to the really big news.

First off, DC Universe Online. While I haven't been playing it much lately, I do have 9 character slots to work with all filled and raring to go for those who want to play with me. I'd post information, but this post is going to be long enough as is. Perhaps I'll get the information up upon next update, when I don't have much in the way of news.

Next, Tales of Graces F. I'm still playing this as I've still got stuff to unlock. No. Seriously. There's A LOT to do in this game. While I'm at it, I should mention the same of Dragon's Dogma. They keep adding new quests for each and every New Game + I make. Blarg, it's my third run through. And may very well be my last for awhile... at least until they finally add a bunch of new content. Finally, for Dragon's Dogma, if you see a pawn by the name "Pearl" while playing the X-box version of the game, it's most likely my pawn. Have fun using her.

Next is something revealed at this year's actually kinda boring E3. Gears of War: Judgement. Being a Gears of War fan, I'm looking forward to what they're doing with this. Here's some videos.
Reveal Trailer
New Multiplayer Stuff!

Project X Zone is another game I'm really looking forward too, but so far, there's no confirmation that it'll be coming over to the USA. Meaning it's very likely going to be another one of those "No Export for you" games. :(

Fire Emblem Awakening however DOES have an official USA release date... sort of. We have to wait until 2013 for that game. For those who don't know, Fire Emblem Awakening will be the first ever CROSS OVER Fire Emblem game. What this means is that various Fire Emblem characters from ALL the previous Fire Emblem games will be in. (I doubt all, but at least a small handful from the past games will appear) Don't believe me? Micaiah from Radiant Dawn has a new look she'd like to show you. Marth and Roy will also be appearing in the game, the same two that first appeared in SSBM in the USA. Ike will also be present in the game. God, it's like Fire Emblem fanboy heaven. Wait! I'm not quite done yet. Did I mention that YOU yourself are involved in the game? Yes! I said it and I meant it! Remember Fire Emblem 7? The game with Lyn, Eliwood, and Hector? In that game, you could actually create yourself as the commander of the army. But... that was all your guy did in that game. Here in Fire Emblem Awakening, it returns in full force, with MANY upgrades. Now, instead of just sitting on the sidelines giving commands, YOUR created character will also be on the battlefield, fighting the enemies! ... ... oh, and that also means you can die. Finally, before moving on, your character's gender actually does make a difference in what support conversations you can have with the other characters. You can get the main starting character "Krom" if your created character is a female. Speaking of, your character can literally get anyone on the playable character list, so long as your character is of the opposite gender of the character in question. Yes, your created character is a chick/dude magnet, your gender deciding which sex you'll attract.

And finally, while it's actually movie related, there's a new upcoming movie for November that I REALLY want to see. ... ... look, before I start talking about it, just watch the trailer first.

Wreck it Ralph

... am I seeing things? A Disney movie about videogames in general!? *Commence squee moment* I... AM... HYPED! I've never been hyped for a movie before, but this movie has my interest. Even more so than the Avengers movie, and I LOVED that movie. To put it in as short of a way as possible, "Wreck it Ralph", to me, is basically the website "Battle of the Videogame Heroes" in glorified movie format! *Commence squee moment again* I've heard people comparing it to "Roger Rabbit" as well, which makes sense considering what "Roger Rabbit" was about. (For those who don't know what Roger Rabbit was about, look it up online yourself) There's plenty of forums raving about it right now, including Capcom Unity, which I happen to frequent. Speaking of Capcom, some Capcom characters are confirmed already, including Chun-Li from Street Fighter. (Not seen in the trailer, but picture proof showed up revealing her in one scene from the movie) Seeing as how it's a movie about videogames in general, the number of cameos and scenes they could make via having access to every series is almost numberless. Master Chief with Samus in the same scene? Very possible indeed. How about Bowser with Ganondorf? I could go on about this, but I'll stop for now.

And... actually, that didn't take as long as I thought it would. But now... for the BIG news... ... I'm headed off to College finally. Starting August, my classes begin. Here's to hoping I can manage those classes and work at the same time. I'm stuck in programming classes, since that's about the only classes I really want to get into at the Anoka Technical College. There's no classes in fine arts over there, so I guess I'll have to pick up some other means of really learning how to draw. Maybe I should just buy a stylus for my computer and start... drawing. Maybe get some tips from popular animators around Newsgrounds, DeviantArt, and such.

Finally, as part of the big news, I want to take the time to talk about Mystic Legends, and how things have evolved over the past 9 years. (Almost 10 now) Yes, ladies and gentlemen. This series/comic has been around for about 9 years now, and over that period of time, I've learned A LOT. Like what you should and shouldn't do in a comic. But there's more to it then that. Just from being a maker of a sprite comic, I've also learned a lot about how the internet itself functions. I'm not going to lie. One of the biggest reasons why I've never bothered to advertise my series a lot is because of how fickle the internet is in general. Seriously, there are trolls everywhere. And all it takes is a few rotten apples to to make a series go rotten, (In terms of the fanbase) as many OFFICIAL series have proven. (Megaman, My Little Pony, etc) Granted, I already knew for fact that I wouldn't be able to please everyone, but the time I spent at ATLF has taught me that, like I said already, a few rotten apples is all it takes to set an entire forum in flames. Even if you barely say anything, and even if you do everything you can to remain calm, it doesn't change the fact that humanity is a very fickle, chaotic species. In other words, no matter what I do, no matter how much better I get at making my comic, there'll ALWAYS be critics thinking I'm doing everything wrong. (Just look at how much abuse Capcom has been taking lately if you need an example) Now, I'm not saying I'm flat out ignoring the people who think I need to improve here and there, because... you never know. Perhaps the said person is right. So I read anyway, even if it's something I'm probably not going to enjoy reading. From there though, I have the power to determine if what the person said is right, or if I should flat out ignore him/her. Balancing the two choices isn't easy either, as we all have our own opinions on what's correct and what isn't. The only time I ever start ignoring someone is when all they ever do is complain about every tiny little thing I do. (See ATLF for examples. Hell, they created an imageboard, a place of which I never dropped a single comment on) In short, I just don't consider myself good enough to be... getting out there you know? Maybe it's just my crippling low self-esteem talking, but I don't think I should ever try to set foot into the big world of artists. I don't see myself surviving out there in my current state.

One of the sad facts I've discovered about being a comic artist, no matter what you do for making a comic, is that in order to survive, you HAVE to be a bit of a jerk. I'm not talking about lashing out at people either. I mean as in denying requests, either by telling the person or flat out ignoring them. I... I've noticed I've been doing that lately myself. I'm always looking for ways to improve, but that doesn't mean I'm going to bend to every single request/complaint that comes my way either. I believe someone at DeviantArt even once said something along these lines: "Listening to the people is a good way to improve yourself. But if you listen to them TOO much, and your work ultimately becomes something you never originally invisioned in the first place, then stop listening to them." What that generally means is that you can't allow the viewing audience to take control of your work. After all, it's YOUR comic/flash. If you're no longer building your work from your own heart, then where's the pleasure that YOU get out of it? (And I speak in terms of your drawings and comic construction being a hobby. If it's your JOB, then that's a different story altogether)

Long story short, being an artist/programmer really sucks actually. Not so much in the fact that it takes time out of your day to make something, but because of the viewing audience, and how often they clash against you and each other over how things in your series should proceed. Something about this humanity chaos really... depresses's me, to say the least. Alas... there's nothing I can do about it though. Trolls will forever haunt the internet. For some trolls, it's like they actually try to make a living out of it. I can see why SOPA and ACTA tried stepping in to do something about it, but they were taking things too far, even for my tastes. I guess I just have to suck it up and keep working on the comic, because there really is no way to please everyone.

In quote to Bill Cosby: "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."

Message Update:  Sunday, April 8, 2012

I'm not going to lie. I've been suffering from "Writer's Block" for awhile here. I'm having trouble finding the inspiration to keep going. This has happened to me twice earlier, and both times, I recovered. I should recover again in time, but for now, I'm trying to get back that inspiration I had back then for this comic.

There's also other matters. First off, I got several new games, which have added to my list of distractions. First game I got was "Tales of Graces f". It's been a long time since a new "Tales of" game came over here, so I'm playing the heck out of it! Also, Tales of Xilla is now being rumored to be coming over as well. Two "Tales of" games in one year? What a nice gift for us "Tales of" fans.

Next, I got Kid Icarus: Uprising for the 3DS. I've been having loads of fun on this game, though I haven't gotten very far yet. I did however get far enough to battle against Dark Pit. ... ... Yes... Remember that black/dark skin Pit had in Super Smash Bros Brawl? It's now a separate character. Adding to Dark Link, Dark Samus, and Dark Meta Knight, we now have Dark Pit. Nintendo seems to be a fan of making dark halfs to our favorite Nintendo heroes. Dark Pit is like Dark Link, in which he fights just like you. (Including dodging around your shots and shooting counter shots at you) What's really interesting about Dark Pit though is that compared to the earlier Dark character incarnations, Dark Pit actually... no what... That would be dropping spoilers. Game is still pretty new, so I won't do that.

Next, I got DC Universe Online. Since it has been "Free to play" for quite some time, I downloaded the game and tried it out. You start off under "Free" membership though, so you're rather limited in what you can do. (Including only having two character slots) But upon upgrading to Premium Membership (Spend $5 or more on the game), those character slots shoot up to 6, and you get a few other goodies. The game however is at it's best when you sign up for Legendary Membership, which requires a monthly fee. (Or yearly, depending on how you want to spend it) I don't know about you, but I've been fine with just a Premium Membership. Don't really see any reason to upgrade to Legendary... yet. Anyway, just to deliver some pics...

TruebladeNuke in Gotham
TruebladeNuke in Metropolis

The Metropolis pic was taken when I like... was only starting out in the game. Just look up the name "TruebladeNuke", and you'll find me in the game. (If you're playing the US servers)

Finally, I got a Wii exclusive game called "Xenoblade Chronicles". I heard that this game was getting a very limited release over here in the USA. (Gamestop exclusive I might add) When I learned of this, I decided to quick get it before the game vanishes. And true enough, I can't find the game anywhere else. Not even on Amazon. (Except by other people who bought the game) People at Capcom Unity informed me that if you really like RPG's, you should get this game before it vanishes. I'm usually not much for branching out to games/series I've never heard of before these days, but I'm REALLY GLAD I got this game. It's... REALLY... GOOD! The only thing that sucks is that the Wii can't make this game look REALLY beautiful, but meh.

... and there you have it. It'll probably be a long time before the next episode update, FYI.

Message Update:  Sunday, March 4, 2012

New comic update. Yep. Also, who here is excited for Borderlands 2!? Let me hear it!

... ahem... anyway, speaking of new games, Tales of Graces F is now just a little over a week off from being released now. Come next Tuesday, it finally arrives! That said, Japan already had it since 2009, and they now already have Tales of Xilla out over there as well. There's a lot of talk going around that the sales of Tales of Graces F will highly impact the chances of Tales of Xilla being transported over here as well. So BUY TALES OF GRACES F! Let them know that, YES, we want Tales of games over here! Bring Tales of Xilla please!

Message Update:  Sunday, Febuary 26, 2012

Whoa! Three weeks without an update! I say three because there was actually another new comic update 3 weeks ago, in case you guys didn't notice. I didn't update the main news section that day because I really didn't have much to talk about. But boy, I've got A LOT to talk about today. So lets get started. First off, new comic update. But don't go reading it yet! Here's the rest of the news.

March is now just around the corner. I'm really looking forward to Kid Icarus: Uprising and Tales of Graces F now. They're so close! I'm also hoping that the sales of Tales of Graces F will affect the chances of Tales of Xilla coming over here. I really want that game too. It's been... quite some time since we got a new Tales of game to work with.

Secondly, there's a lot of buzz going on about Darkstalkers now. Understandable, since Darkstalkers 3, which is considered the best title of the series and is also the last one to be made before they started appearing in cross overs, is now getting re-released on the PSN. People are hoping that this means something for the series, including myself. Street Fighter was practically brought back by re-releases and fan demand. The same somewhat holds true for Marvel VS Capcom, with the release of MvC3 after 10 years. Are they now possibly making a push to actually resurrect Darkstalkers with a NEW title after this re-release? Lets hope so. It's been a LONG time since these guys got a new title update.

Next up is Rusty Hearts. Oh man... I've stuck playing this game for quite some time, AND I'M still not done! The main story is practically taking forever to finish. I've mentioned the game in an earlier news post, even linking to the game itself. If you ARE going to pick up and play the game, I have a strong recommendation for you:

Get a game controller for your PC, like a wired X-Box 360 controller.

Even the game developers themselves mentioned that with the way the game is designed, Rusty Hearts is at its best if you have a game controller to work with. Easier access to your combos and all. You CAN play the game with a keyboard, but that isn't recommended. Also, if you do get the game, I've got some character pictures you can look at for if you're really interested in finding me:

SkySword: West Server

TruebladeNuke (Sword Focus): West Server

Actually, you can find all of my characters on the west server. On a side note, I think I may be the only Frantz who's running around in White Magician clothes on the west server. All the other Frantzs I see are in dark colors.

Finally, HAVE SOME TALES OF GRACES MUSIC.

... now you may go enjoy the latest episode. :P

NEWS EDIT: I forgot to mention that Super Smash Bros 4 has been announced to now officially be in development. The moment this got announced, the internet pretty much exploded, and character speculations begin anew. What characters do YOU want to see in Super Smash Bros 4? Personally, I still think Lyn (Fire Emblem) deserves to be a playable character.

Message Update:  Sunday, January 15, 2012

Whoops! Been awhile since we had a new update. Anyway, I've got nothing special to say today except one thing. How many of you here play Rusty Hearts? If any of you are on the west server, I'll totally be there!

Look up the name "TruebladeNuke", and you'll find me.