drilnos:

Watching people scramble to defend twdg’s bullshit storytelling in season 2 with things like “it’s supposed to be darker”, ” it’s realistic”, and “the point is anyone can die” is absolutely hilarious to me.

I went into season 2 expecting everyone to die. There’s a difference between using a character’s death to move the story forward and killing them off for the sake of being dark/being too lazy to write or animate them.

Also FYI THIS IS NOT REAL IT’S A STORY. Stories need narrative arcs. Stories need clear themes and consistent characterization and understandable development. And when you don’t utilize characters to their full potential, like Telltale has consistently done with nearly every single character this season, then you have to accept that it’s flat out bad writing.

Season 1 was so successful because we loved the characters. They were all well-written, well-rounded individuals with their own thoughts and opinions. It hurt you when they were killed, because you realized that these people can travel and struggle and move forward only to have their life snuffed out in an instant, and the world keeps on turning no matter how much you grieve.

Season 2 reduces Clementine’s group to a band of redshirts with one or two notable personality traits. “Anyone can die” doesn’t work because we were never given the time to connect with the characters. Everyone is just dying so Telltale can slam us over the head with how Bad everything is and boohoo it’s terrible everything is terrible drama drama drama.

Telltale had a pretty good start with their first couple of episodes, hitches in characterization aside, but by In Harm’s Way, half the character arcs have been dropped and in Amid the Ruins it’s clear they’ve completely forgotten about them. Considering, you know, they killed them all.

Dingdingdingdingdingdingding! We have a winner! Exactly what I’ve been thinking since seeing Amid the Ruins’ blatant disregard for Sarah’s arc; the wasting of Nick’s time by not giving him any characterisation from Episode 2 toward his offscreen death in Episode 4; and how the script of Episode 4 was painfully rushed and railroaded to fit whatever narrow vision the writers have for the finale.

Hypotheticals

An alternate universe where zombies are real and are incredibly difficult to drive to extinction, yet it hasn’t changed the world much. People still have barbeques in their backyards, children still play tag in the street, and cities still bustle with people going about their day.

Zombies are simply another vicious predator in a long line of threats to humans, and people just take it in their stride and deal with them when they show up. If anything zombies have made society stronger through the importance of strong local communities working to cull the zombie population to acceptable levels.

Low-level jobs like garbage disposal and street cleaning are high-paying hazard jobs easily available to high school graduates. Zombie hunting is a viable and booming career path offered by private companies as well as the country’s army.

The world is pretty much like it is now, only with a zombie twist in the background.

So apparently they had completely different writers taking the helm for ‘Amid The Ruins’ in TWDG, and given how flawed it was in the writing and how it seems they’re forcing a theme, I’m willing to bet there’s some disagreements among the staff.

Episode Four, in my opinion, is going to be TWDG fandom’s “Magical Mystery Cure”. And we’re probably going to see evidence that what we got in Episode Four was not what was originally planned when Episode One was published. It seems a lot of the script was hard-writing out any paths other creative hands wanted to use but could not agree upon. The whole thing was railroaded.

I’m slowly making some progress on this. the perspective is what’s killing me. I have a tendency to try really hard things instead of gradually challenging myself. This image by the time I’m done will probably rival the album cover for Destiny in terms of detail.

I’m slowly making some progress on this. the perspective is what’s killing me. I have a tendency to try really hard things instead of gradually challenging myself. This image by the time I’m done will probably rival the album cover for Destiny in terms of detail.

TWDG Season Two: Episode Four spoilers below (Rant).

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emkaymlp:

dennys:

We got our hands on the leaked script for Episode VII and boy is it nuts! And really short? We’re just glad to be a part of it.

what the fuck dennys

Is denny’s like the official tumblr choice of breakfast chain or something? I’d expect this sort of silly from tumblr before they’ve had their pancakes.

emkaymlp:

dennys:

We got our hands on the leaked script for Episode VII and boy is it nuts! And really short? We’re just glad to be a part of it.

what the fuck dennys

Is denny’s like the official tumblr choice of breakfast chain or something? I’d expect this sort of silly from tumblr before they’ve had their pancakes.

Hey, Lasfas, was there a part of Destiny I completely missed where Twilight flies to alternate dimension full of guns and plasma grenades and war? Because there’s this AAA game coming out soon that doesn’t seem faithful to the source material.

Woops I accidentally a one shot.

Context/Image that brought forth the inspiration: http://tsitra360.deviantart.com/art/Get-Your-Breakfast-464591423

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heylasfas:

NEW SONG!!~~~~~~~~~

(She Has A Crush On) Anderson Cooper - Neoteny

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Who here watches the news?

This is an experiment between my roommate (alexisnotarobot) and myself. Please give a listen and share, we’re super proud of it!

I heard this at the Acoustic Session at EFNW. This song is hilarious, catchy, and simply must be shared!

(via heylasfas)

I’m still a bit off-kilter after my flight. I somehow managed to go 36 hours without a solid meal, beating the record I recently set on Sunday by 8 hours. Oops. But that’s okay. I’ll eat when I’m hungry and the cycle shall fall in rhythm once more.

There’s still a sleep debt I’m making up for (sleep is for the weak(end after)) and I’m often realising that while I feel like I’m in 8pm everyone else is in 10pm. I was away for just a week and I clearly didn’t waste the opportunity to fall off-track before I came home. I don’t really know how I’m functioning as well as I am right now.

((I totally rolled 5s at character creation and have just been loading up on perks ever since.))

What am I gonna do now? Resume Destiny. Just two more illustrations for the artbook, so let’s make them wonderful! I should be set to post WIPs this weekend.

I had some good talks with heylasfas whilst in Seattle, so I shouldn’t have any problems designing the last two pieces. It has come to attention that I might be needed for extra content beyond what I’ve already done. Since the forewarning is there, I’m better prepared for if/when that request comes in, though I will most definitely leap into Survivor Shy artwork the minute I’m able to do so.

I’VE GOT A BROTP TO WRITE.

And so begins my overnight haul back to my home, following after an awesome, inspiring, and busy week away.

I want to extend heartfelt thanks to Heylasfas, Alexisnotarobot, Toksyrlel, Courtesy for sharing their home for my stay and putting up with eccentricities I’m not even aware I possess.

For the future, I’m hitting the tarmac running. I’ve got Destiny to finish, Survivor Shy to resume, a tooth to pull out and Pippywish to bring to life. This trip has given me so much inspiration, and I’m ready to get back into the thick of it.

Its like one AM in Seattle and the only thing I’m thinking about is how Cathy Weseluck said at the voice actor’s panel at EFNW that she’d like to see an episode where Fluttershy and Spike form a sibling-like bond.

This is something I’ve wanted to write in great detail for almost two years. This is my platonic equivalent of an OTP. Just hearing Spike’s VA support this kind of relationship between Spike and Fluttershy has given me more encouragement than I will ever need to write a story with it.

One of the biggest things I want to just gush about is how awesome all the voice actors are. They were fun to watch and listen to on their panel, and I was lucky enough to get autographs from all four of them before the autograph room closed for good (pro tip: don’t leave autographs last minute. Sacrifice an event so you can queue up on either the first or second day)

The biggest highlights of meeting the VAs has got to be talking to Michael Dobson like we were just ordinary people and seeing Cathy Weseluck’s reaction when I put a textless version of my ‘The Last of Equestria (Daily)’ piece on the table to be signed. These two alone have sent me on this astronomical surge of joy that I may as well have seen a sonic rainboom.

One thing I really want to highlight is everyone was so supportive and friendly, and when it came to me sheepishly laying down that print before each voice actor, there was just this overwhelming encouragement from them to keep drawing.

It just means so much to me that the voice actors said those things and all praised my artwork.

I’m not able to pick through my camera just yet to post things from EFNW. I’m not going to be home until late Wednesday afternoon, which means I’ll be away from my computer until then.

Just know now that I really enjoyed my time there, even if I nearly wiped myself out from not eating for over 24 hours (don’t do that, the moment you feel nervous or stressed in that state will make you feel horrible).

There is a lot I want to post about. There will be pictures at a later date, but until then I’ll probably spill my text-based musings and maybe post camera phone pictures if I can get it to stop warping the colours.