Friday, October 30, 2015

Dakotaraptor steini

Yes, it is true that Mesozoica is not the king on the front of being scientifically accurate. However, we must be doing something right. After all, our wonderful and talented creature modeler Robert Fabiani would not have been contacted by Robert DePalma on the behalf of the University of Kansas to help model the new dinosaur, the Dakotaraptor steini. It is a brand new dinosaur and Mesozoica has the honour of being able to make the first model of it for a game.
Isn't it beautiful?

This will be a slightly shorter post. However, I am having another second thought on putting in a beat I have made for the Hook video. The reason is because I don't want to just put my own material out there, because well, then I don't really own it anymore aside from having had made it before the next guy. It's kind of why I make remixes, because I've bought the music or downloaded it and am putting it up there for fun, within creative commons. Until I can profit off of my own beats, I don't feel like putting them up. So, the Hook video may take longer.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Star Wars: Battlefront - Hopes

So, I'm actually editing the video right now. It's going to be a longer video because I'm adding stuff in it that was not in the beta. What video you may ask? A video of me playing Star Wars: Battlefront. It is fairly funny, but keep in mind, I'm not a gamer on YouTube. I'm a producer and a screenwriter. So, I'm doing what I do best, editing some funny clips and stitching them into my gameplay. It's coming out by the end of the week, if I'm lucky I'll get some of it done today.

One more thing. Hook. I want to write up the post and I want to make the tribute video. However, I have determined that none of my recent remixes are good enough for a video on Hook. I need to come up with something that fits. To that end, I think I may end up mixing my own beat. Will I sample or go for something urban, who knows. However, the post goes up with the video and the video only goes up with proper music.

Back to Star Wars: Battlefront. I was not too disappointed when I heard there would be no maps from the Clone Wars. In fact, I liked that all the maps in the game would be from the Galactic Empire Era and that there would only be ten maps. I believe that DICE, given focus can make ten amazing maps and from the three that I have seen, it does appear that way. I love the online mode, as you will see. I love the fact that there is two player, couch co-op, splitscreen - whatever you call it - I have lamented about this in the past. One of my favorite two player games is Uncharted 3, the co-op is simple, just like Call of Duty but a lot more fun. I love that Star Wars: Battlefront at least has splitscreen but am disappointed that it may not extend to the online aspects of the game. Disappointing, but hopefully untrue but likely true. I hope that just like they are adding two maps from Jakku, in the future they my add co-op in an expansion. I still hope Destiny adds splitscreen in an expansion.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Small Future Update; More Remixes Out

 I have multiple projects incoming for all of you. I'm currently not working on Mesozoica, but news on that front will be coming soon. In news more related here, I do have a bunch of stuff to talk about.

  • So, like I've said, I have recorded some footage of me playing the Star Wars: Battlefront Beta. I've just been quite swamped right now and have yet to extract the footage from my PlayStation to my computer for editing. Once I do that, though, I will put the video up on YouTube for all of you to watch. Unsurprisingly, I'm badass at the game. Surprisingly, it barely ever shows when I'm recording.
  • I have a sequel to my post about Hook scheduled to come out. Now, I'd have put this post up already, except I have, as said, been swamped. The reason is, I want to make another tribute video, my first in months, about this film. I've created a remix to go with this tribute video, I've just yet to actually do it.
So those are three projects from me you can look out for in the upcoming future, a gameplay video, a special post and a brand new tribute video. Now, I have continued to make remixes. The thing about remixes, though, is that unless I have a video to go along with it, it does not go on YouTube. That is why the remix to the upcoming tribute video of Hook is not already on YouTube. As aforementioned, it goes to Vimeo. I already have a remix up on Vimeo, which you can view at this link.

However, I currently have several remixes converting on Vimeo. This includes my latest one, called Toppa, right here. I also have the one I made before that, called Complexxation converting here. Now, the third and final remix that I have converting there is called Run This Town, Version 3.0 and yes, it is an updated version of the Run This Town remix I already had on YouTube. I've included some vocals by Rihanna and Jay-Z to link it back to the original song. Some new vocals by Trey Songz. It also does not annoyingly cut out at the ending. Oh, and more verses from T.I., Kendrick Lamar and Mos Def. Version 3.0, where is 2.0? It's on my computer and you will likely never see it, even though it is better than 1.0, but not as good as 3.0. That final video is being converted at this link.

Now, as you may have noticed, I deleted the team page. Why? It's Yafisz and I on this blog, we don't need a page just to explain who we are. Our posts do that anyways. It's why, I have created to new Page Tabs, one which links to my YouTube account and one which links to my Vimeo account. This is so that if you're ever on the blog, you just easy access either. It just makes everything easier.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

New Prime Minister and Syriana

So Justin Trudeau is our new Prime Minister. Good job. I wanted a Liberal Party Victory, just so somebody who is younger, not too young mind you, becomes our country's leader. Stephen Harper wasn't much older than Trudeau when he became Prime Minister. Pierre Trudeau was older than Harper when he became Prime Minister. Yet the point that stands is that unlike Harper, both Trudeau politicians have accomplished one thing: they resonated with the crowd. From what I hear, Justin's approach is very different than his father's approach. Now, I wasn't alive when Pierre Trudeau was Prime Minister, but I am alive because of what he did. I find it hilarious, though, that what people internationally are taking of our election is that Justin Trudeau is the "hottest" or "sexiest" world leader. It's probably true given that David Cameron look's like what you'd expect Margaret Thatcher's ass to look like. Yet, I'm glad, because Trudeau I am sure will do a lot of things that I feel will be best for this country.

Now, a lot of news came on the side as well. The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer came out and it looks amazing. However, I can already piece together the story. Finn crashlands on Earth and meets up with Rey. They join the rebellion and Finn becomes best friends with Poe Dameron. In their fight against the Empire and General Hux, Poe Dameron is captured by Kylo Ren and tortured on information on where to find the Rebels or Luke Skywalker. Finn accepts his duty as a Jedi and fights Ren while Rey rescues Poe. Since Finn isn't even a fully trained Jedi and Ren isn't a Sith, they both suck shit but Finn is winning until the rest of the Knights of Ren come. Finn retreats, they kill General Hux and stop the Empire to save the day. Just my theory. There won't be any post-credits stinger or anything, maybe a few leads to follow up or a The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers style ending rather than a typical Star Wars ending.

Oh, and I haven't written about Syria in a while. What I have to say, though, is that this fight was once between the FSA and the Syrian Government and at the core, it is still that. Eventually, the FSA led to what is now the Army of Conquest joining the conflict. This led the way for ISIL to make waves in the country. The US Government has long since supported the FSA and on the Syrian Government's side, maybe Hezbollah wasn't enough? Now, though, they have the power of Iran and yes, Russia, behind them. Russia is much larger and yes, let us admit, much more ruthless than the USA in their airstrikes. They will probably destroy a lot of ISIL advances just off of that. Now, people may bring up the Soviet-Afghan War as a reason why Russia may lose. Yet, who really lost that war? Yes, the Soviets retreated, but was Afghanistan the peaceful country it once was before the war after they left? Soviets could have stayed. They could have, but after what they had done, what was left to fight for? Russia can definitely do the same thing now, except this time, they have more supporters in the Syrian Government, Hezbollah and Iran. I know one thing, it doesn't seem like Assad will be going down.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Star Wars: Battlefront Beta Impressions

So remember when I had all those Destiny videos up before I realized they were shit and took them down? Yeah, I've recorded another gaming video, this time on the Star Wars: Battlefront Beta. However, I figured before I edit and upload them I'll talk about it. Way back when, Rogers Communications used to have stores out in town where you could rent movies and video games. I know, kind of like Blockbuster except they wanted a lot more than that. So, I rented out and played the shit out of a game called Star Wars: Battlefront with my cousin. We loved it and gave it back. Then we saw it in the store: Star Wars: Battlefront II. At EB Games, I bought it and it was so much better, just incredible really. Along this time I got the two Lego Star Wars games as well and they were fantastic, never mind I was never able to finish the third one due to a game breaking glitch. What I'm trying to say is, I love Star Wars video games.

Now, the thing I loved about the original two Battlefront games is that it provided amazing third person shooter action. I love TPS games, they are so great. Down to Uncharted from Crash Bandicoot, I've always loved playing in the third person. So I was disappointed when this game started off in the first-person perspective. Yet, then I made third person mode my primary and dang did I get good. Right away, I led the team in kills like three matches in a row. Yeah, there's some stuff I don't really get like that booster jump but honestly, I love this game so far. So yeah, in my recordings I don't do so hot all the time but when I edit and put it up you'll see, you'll all see...

So anyways, yeah, screw First-Person Shooter mode. TPS all the way. I never played FPS mode in the original two and I'm not going to play it in this one. I love Third Person Shooters, there is just something about them.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Dinosaur Battlegrounds - A Fellow Project

I know I've sort of neglected this blog a little bit as of recent and Yafisz has disappeared somewhere, but I'm here to talk more about news. First of which is that I have a very special post coming out soon, one that is again about the movie Hook. I've talked about this topic before in a post I made called Remembering Hook, which was a passionate response to an article by Travis Vogt and not the most professional thing that I've written. However, I've been known to go off and say some pretty crazy stuff on this blog, Yafisz more so. As a consequence, Remembering Hook Part Two will be an actual endeavor in this topic which will be coherent.

However, what I really want to talk about today is sort of a tangent to what I've been talking about recently, Mesozoica. Now, I am a video editor, producer, coder and screenwriter. I could have adopted any one of those roles in the project, but I chose screenwriter. Why? I have been given the chance to work with YouTubers like The Gaming Beaver or BestinSlot and am able to craft an entire world. I actually announced my involvement as screenwriter in my review of The Order: 1886, but only elaborated the day after in a post that talked about other upcoming games as well. The next post kind of elaborates my troubled history in the game development business. While after that I promoted the Megalodon, talked about delaying Kickstarter and that was the first post of a series of events which radically changed the course of the game. I had to elaborate on what this meant and later confirm the game would no longer look like it did in the UI Tech Demo. Before long, we were back on track with the Originals, and a temporary website. Well, then we went to Kickstarter and I did my damndest to try and promote the campaign while also putting up the Pre-Alpha, Version 1.6.2. That brings us to today, we have officially reached our goal and I can happily confirm that the game will indeed be made. As such, I wanted to talk a little bit about other indie games. One of these I talked abut in one of those very first posts I've linked to.

This project is undoubtedly Dinosaur Battlegrounds, now given that we are on our last legs of Kickstarter they gave us a shout out on their Facebook page. So I feel the appropriate thing to do is let all of you guys know about their project. They have a much larger team than the one we do over at Mesozoica, but their team is equally talented. We share one member in fact, Adrian Brown. He is the animator for both of our projects. Out of all the other games, Prehistoric Kingdom and Saurian included, I am most excited for Dinosaur Battlegrounds. It promises a game that takes elements from MMORPGs, survival games, action adventure games and a dynamic sandbox. They are working with real paleontologists to ensure that there is a degree of accuracy that no other game promises. Essentially they are carving out an entirely new genre in video gaming and I am so glad they are doing it. You get to play as a dinosaur and survive in an open world, best part, you can do it with your friends as well. For more information, check it out here.

Now, Adrian Brown is also working on his own project, called T-rex World and it also looks really fun. It is a battle game set in Hell Creek where you play as the Tyrannosaurus Rex and fight your enemies to completion. The game looks incredibly detailed and great and I recommend you look forward to it as well. Check it out here.