Question Corner

Question Corner #4 – 1/26/2016

I think it’s time for a new batch of questions, don’t you? I find it kind of ironic how I’m starting an issue of Question Corner (the series I made for you guys to ask ME questions) with a question for you guys, so maybe I should get right into it.

There are a few things I will say before we get started though, because this has been lost in translation apparently, but in regards to WHEN I post these issues; I will only post an issue of Question Corner when I have at least twenty “accepted” questions. This means the questions have to meet the guidelines I established on the Question Corner page, in the first issue and every issue since then, for it to be accepted. This means stuff like really in-depth personal questions (like where I live and what my mom looks like), and questions that have been asked before, will not be answered in this series. Also, questions about “Will I do a Let’s Play for this game?” or “Have you played this game?” will be posted in moderation, but don’t make it a habit to ask those questions, because most of the time my answers will be “I dunno, haven’t played it yet” or “I will LP it soon.” I may have something more to say about it if it’s relevant, but please don’t try to actively hunt for what games that will apply to. Just try to think of something else.

I also had a bit of an issue this time with a troll who wanted me to post the next episode of this series, and started insulting me, my parents, and my ex-girlfriend and people with Aspergers (for some reason) because he couldn’t wait any longer, but at that point, I didn’t even have ten questions yet, well under my twenty question requirement. I understand people might not have a lot of faith in me because there was such a huge hiatus between updates last year, but I am trying a lot harder this year, and every time I’ve had a new update for you guys, I’ve gotten it to you within the week. I’m not saying anybody is as bad as “Mr. Impatient” was here (the guy I was referring to in this paragraph (funnily enough, he even named himself that)), but please understand all of this and take all of that into consideration before sending me a message about it. Chances are, I probably just don’t have enough questions yet.

Anyway, let’s finally get started here…

 

Q: “How did you decide on your Twitch moderation staff?”
A: I figured that out in a very simple way; I picked people who I knew and trusted to be moderators from my past and people who I knew would be at my streams and would take action if things ever got out of control. That’s really all there is to it. Some of them are old friends of CrystalStarStudio, some are from PuddlePlainsHD, and some are people who I met along the way.

Q: “If you could change a shiny Pokemon, which one would it be?”
A: I’m assuming this is asking “Is there a shiny Pokemon you don’t like?” If so, I’m not a big fan of Poliwrath’s shiny form because I’m not a big fan of the color green. And while on the subject, sometimes I feel like Poliwag and Poliwhirl’s shiny color is also not very noticeable unless you have side-to-side comparisons. For being my favorite Pokemon family….I just don’t like their shiny colors that much. Politoed has a decent color I suppose, but I don’t like Politoed that much. If the question is asking, “If you could change into a Shiny Pokemon, which one would it be?” I guess I would still pick Poliwhirl because I love Poliwhirl and I could refer to myself as “shiny.” =P

Q: “What is your opinion about Yoshi’s Wooly World? Did Nintendo finally made a decent Yoshi game?”
A: Yoshi’s Wooly World is a FANTASTIC game and Good Feel struck gold once again with another “yarn” game. And yes, this has been the first very good Yoshi game since, in my opinion, the original Yoshi’s Island back on the SNES (yeah, not a big fan of Yoshi’s Story). It finally got the balance right with both, being fun and being challenging (something that’s been a challenge for the other Yoshi’s Island developers for a long time now). Also, the game is absolutely beautiful and works with the yarn-theme tremendously well!

Q: “What project (that you’ve done) is a perfect representation of who ‘SlimKirby’ is?
A: That’s a very good question and a question I cannot answer easily. I guess if I had to pick a project, or series of projects, I’d probably have to go with the Mario Party video series. I think the series shows what a dorky individual I am, it shows how strategic I can get (or try to get) with some of the moves I try to make in order to win a game, it shows how easily I mess things up and screw myself over…..the list just goes on and on. It just kind of describes who I am….someone who can get excited and full of energy playing a party game with CPU players.

Q: “Will you ever LP Quest 64?”
A: I knew that question would be coming sometime. Yes, at some point I will be LPing Quest 64. But I have no desire to say when or even figure out when I’m going to do it. I guess you will just have to wait for it to happen.

Q: “What games are you looking forward to?”
A: As of right now, probably Fire Emblem Fates because I’ve been on such a Fire Emblem kick lately. I’m also looking forward to Hyrule Warriors Legends. Also, I guess the new Zelda game has been a bit intriguing as well.

Q: “Will you ever do 60fps videos? Also when will you have the most optimal/best video quality?”
A: Lumping this question with a question I feel I get all the time from people. Anyway, I’m going to be very blunt and honest right now. All of those things…..I don’t really give a care about. I don’t feel like they add much at all to a Youtube video, and those that think they do, and that all videos NEED to be “Super HD High Quality to the Point Where my Computer Screen is All Shiny and Sparkly,” they need to take a chill pill and realize that it’s purely a cosmetic effect, and in most cases, it’s hardly even noticeable and it’s completely unnecessary.  I understand it can improve the quality and make some games (particularly modern games) look a whole lot better, but even then, I whole-heartedly believe that it’s nothing I need to concern myself with, and nothing people need to be concerned with as well. Most of my life, I had to play video games on a really small screen that would often get fuzzy from time to time, and I would often have to adjust and readjust the video-input cables. If I could deal with that for several years, I think people can tolerate some Youtube videos not being at the best of quality. At least you can see and tell what is happening. As for the 60fps thing, probably not related to the video quality thing, but even then, I’d still classify that as another purely cosmetic change.

Q: “Do you have any brothers or sisters?”
A: The only brothers and sisters I have are from other mams and misters. In other words, no, I have no brothers or sisters. I’m an only child and my parents are still together and were never married to anyone else, so there are no siblings to speak of. It is kind of a shame though, because I do feel like having a sibling would have probably helped my social life out a lot, but alas, these were the cards I were dealt.

Q: “Would you want to see a sequel of The Simpsons: Hit & Run?”
A: FOR THE LOVE THAT IS ALL GOOD AND HOLY, YES, I WOULD! Seriously, a sequel to this game NEEDS to happen. It’s the best Simpsons game, hands-down, and I was not very satisfied with “The Simpsons Game,” as a game to fill in the void. Shoutouts to Donut Mod, a team that is currently working on making more Hit & Run content, using the original game engine as a base, but a true sequel would be freaking amazing!

Q: “What were the cause of copyright strikes on your channel?”
A: I’ve gotten two copyright strikes (both removed now) in my channel’s history. The first one was a very notorious tale involving Scholastic Inc., who copyright claimed a Simpsons Hit & Run episode titled “The Magic School Bus of Destruction” for including a “Magic School Bus” reference in the title. However, this claim ASSUMED that I had content from the Magic School Bus TV show in my video, which I did not. After disputing this claim, it was removed and I never had to deal with Scholastic again. My second strike was on a Guitar Hero video which I removed LONG before I got the strike. I had Guitar Hero videos on my channel before, but when I saw that those videos were being taken down, I removed any traces of these videos from my channel. However, months later, Youtube strangely decided to give me a copyright strike anyway because “traces” of the video (rather, the link of where the video used to be) were still traceable. Because of this, I had to spend a month taking care of it and proving that I was abiding by the rules. Thankfully, it worked, and my channel is in good standing!

Q: “Do you have an income outside of Youtube?”
A: As of right now, I do not, but that will probably be a thing in a few months because I really, really need to get a job right now so I can continue to finance my channel.

Q: “Will you do a “Day in the Life of SlimKirby” video?”
A: I dunno, do you want to see me sitting at my computer editing videos all day? Haha, ok, my life is a little more interesting than just that. Truth be told, I have thought about it, and I think that would be an interesting video special. I just need a better camera than my laptop’s built-in webcam.

Q: “What is your job?”
A: Well, right now, Youtube is kind of my job. I earn money through ad revenue, and have been for about 5 years now. However, I am looking into getting a data processing and/or data entry job, or something of that nature. Really kind of open to a bunch of possibilities at the moment.

Q: “What is your opinion of The Sims games and have you played them?”
A: I played the first game to death and have always had an interest in the series. I got Sims 3 awhile back, but I haven’t played too much of it, although I did enjoy what I played. I really want to go back to the first game, but I can’t find my game anymore.

Q: “What is your opinion of gay rights and homosexuality?”
A: Kind of a random and very personal question to get on a gaming-related website, but I have very strong beliefs on this topic, so I’ll let this one pass through. In this world, we are all equals, regardless of who we are, what we look like, and how we live our lives. A homosexual man or woman should have the same rights as anyone else and should not be judged or analyzed any differently because of their personal preferences. The sooner we all accept that, the better off this world will be, and the more people try to change that, the further behind we’ll be. I have plenty of gay and bisexual friends and they are great people…hell, they are probably better people than many of my heterosexual friends, so it just goes to show you that people with different lifestyles aren’t hurting anybody…if anything they are making the world a better place because they know what it means to be civil and accepting of others.

Q: “Do you consider Sue Pea from Luigi’s Mansion to be Neville and Lydia’s daughter?”
A: For a while, I thought she was, but I find it kind of weird that she’s located on the other side of the mansion while the entire family sans her is in that one hallway. You would think she would be a bit closer than that, right? Well, until we get more Luigi’s Mansion lore, I guess that will always be an unknown.

Q: “Do you have any other talents aside from Let’s Playing?”
A: I don’t think I have any sort of special skills or talents, just hobbies (which I would technically include “Let’s Playing” into that pool as well). I like golf, math, computers, singing….but I can’t really say any of those would be a talent or skill I excel in.

Q: “What do you hope for in Pokemon generation #7?”
A: I actually kind of hope Mega evolution is nerfed quite a bit and it becomes more of a visual change, or at the absolute least, a form change, where the Pokemon’s stats aren’t altered, just the typing and maybe the kind of moves it can learn. I think Mega evolution just kind of imbalances the playing field because so many Pokemon that are already pretty strong, have mega evolutions, and even Pokemon that don’t evolve normally (like Audino and Kangaskhan), while some have mega evolutions, others don’t, and the ones that don’t are even less viable now. But I don’t know a whole lot about Pokemon competitive play, so I can’t really speak from experience. That’s just the way it seems lately. I just want the field to be more balanced. Also, more original Pokemon would be nice, but only if they don’t sink as low as to make random household objects into Pokemon (you know…like a pair of car keys). Also, make evolutionary stones and items more accessible to get.

Q: “Do you wish Bart’s twin-brother Hugo (a non-canon Halloween character in The Simpsons) was used more in the series?”
A: No, because we saw Bart being born (or at least the scene around that) in a flashback episode way before that Halloween episode, so Hugo would completely mess up the story. There’s a reason why everyone hates Skinner’s “Armin Tamzarian” backstory because it completely conflicts with what we know and love about the character. I feel like expanding more on Hugo would do the same thing, especially after twenty-five years of the show being on the air, Bart being the main character (and one of the most important characters), and the idea just kind of being silly in the first place. “The Principal and the Pauper,” the episode that revealed Skinner to be a fraud, was one of the most hated episodes because it tried to change what we know and love about a character after 9 years of that character making a solid impression. That plot basically said, “forget everything you learned, he’s not who you think” and then at the end decided, “actually….this new change is stupid, let’s go back to the way things were.” I understand that was the point of the episode; making satire out of the fact that some shows will do an extreme change to boost ratings, but it still didn’t really work, because now when people see Skinner, there will always be a small part of that plot reminding us what could have been. Hugo would do the same thing, honestly.

Q: “What idea made you want to start your Youtube channel?”
A: Just the idea of being able to make my own walkthroughs for people without having to write a whole bunch. Then as time went on, I decided to go with a more personal route with Let’s Plays….and the rest of that story pretty much writes itself.

 

Ok, that was actually a pretty lengthy episode for only twenty questions, but good news is that I do have some leftover questions that I’ll use for next issue, so maybe the wait won’t take two months this time. If it does though, just remember that it’s only because I haven’t gotten enough questions yet. Also, if you would like to ask a question, make sure you submit it via the Contact Form and not through the comments section of this page, comments in my videos, or through Twitter. I will only answer questions for Question Corner through the Contact Form, so please keep that in mind.

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Question Corner #3 – 11/17/2015

I promised that it wouldn’t be more than a year until the next Question Corner. How does one week sound? Better, right?

To be fair though, as I mentioned in the last installment, I had a lot of questions to work with.from the very long hiatus of April 2014 until now, and this installment is pretty much going to finish off what I had remaining before I posted Issue #2. As far as the next issue is concerned…that wait is now up to you guys! I am pretty much out of questions now (aside from a few random ones I received since my return), so before Issue #4 is posted, I’ll need some more! Generally I’m going to go to about twenty questions before I post an issue, but if they are beefy questions with beefy answers, I’ll settle for around 15. If you want to submit a question, go to my Contact page and leave one. DO NOT POST A COMMENT! I WILL ONLY ANSWER QUESTIONS VIA THE CONTACT FORM!

And lastly, just a few reminders, don’t just leave questions about “What LPs are you going to do?” or “When will you do a Let’s Play of this game?” Those questions are honestly very repetitive and will generally have the same answer of, “Whenever I feel ready to LP the game,” or “whenever I get the game and feel ready to LP it.”

 

Q: “Did you ever own the NES?”
A: Unfortunately no, my only experience with the NES was through games that were ported to other systems, emulators and Virtual Console. I would have loved to own an NES, but therein lies the problem of….”If I had one, would it actually work anymore?”

Q: “Will you ever do an lp of super mario 3d land/world?”
A: For the former, if I can ever get my hands on the elusive 3DS capture card! For the latter, yeah, but after I do some of the other 3D Mario games first.

Q: “How come you only upload only one video per day?”
A: I think one upload per day is plenty when you really think about it. Most of my videos are in the 20-30 minute range, which is usually how long a typical TV show lasts. Try to think of my videos as that TV show you watch every day at a certain time. Although my upload times throughout the day are kind of inconsistent now. Regardless, I’ve never really been a fan of multiple videos per day anyway. In a way, it’s almost too much to ask of the viewer to watch more than one part, and one of my biggest peeves on Youtube is having so many videos on my subscription list, so why do the same to others?

Q: “Why do you upload widescreen games such as NSMBWii, NSMBU, and Kriby’s Epic Yarn in letterbox format instead of just widescreen?”
A: Back then, my capture device was not capable of widescreen. I recently updated to an Elgato HD Capture, which is capable of such feats, but that was the reason my videos were not in that format back in the day.

Q: “What is your opinion on the Crash Bandicoot series?”
A: For being games I have never owned, the series is fantastic! I would love to own the games some day because I had a lot of fun playing them at my friend’s houses.

Q: “Are you a brony?”
A: No, I am not a brony. I enjoy watching My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, but aside from watching new episodes when they come out, that’s as far as I go with the series. I have no intention of any of that other stuff that goes along with that show’s following.

Q: “Do you ever plan on playing Street Fighter 2 on SNES?”
A: Street Fighter 2 is actually a game I had some experience with when I was younger. My uncle had the game and I enjoyed playing it with him. Recently, when tackling the game for RetroAchievements though, my god did I struggle with it. I can’t really say I could do a playthrough of it unless I really get good at it and practice.

Q: “Will you continue the Metroid series, and how will you continue it on your channel?”
A: Yes, I plan on continuing Metroid because I do enjoy the series. I’ll tackle Fusion at some point, and I will go back to Metroid 1 for an NES marathon of some kind, and at some point I’ll even get to *gulp* Other M. I don’t have a lot of experience with the Prime games though and might need to get some practice with them before I step foot in that territory.

Q: “What are your thoughts on getting Geno (♥♪!?) into the Smash Bros. series?
A: As much as I love Super Mario RPG and as much as I love Geno as a character, I do not want to see him in Smash Bros., because I don’t think he has earned a place in that series yet. He is a one-game wonder that hasn’t really had a lot of influence on the world of Nintendo or the gaming world in general, which is what I think is absolutely necessary to be included in Smash Bros. in the first place. Some may argue, “Well, what about Dark Pit?” To that I say, “I AGREE! GET DARK PIT OUT OF THERE!” But yeah, no Geno for me yet! At least in my opinion.

Q: “What is your favourite piece of Kirby music?”
A: As a whole, I am completely in love with the Kirby’s Epic Yarn soundtrack. It’s one of the most beautiful pieces of music I’ve ever heard in a video game and is a soundtrack you should listen to when you get the chance. I also really like King Dedede’s theme and MetaKnight’s Revenge music from Kirby Superstar, alongside many of the Smash Bros. remixes.

Q: “Do you watch Epic Rap Battles? And if you do what is your favorite one?”
A: I don’t keep up with it, but I do watch some episodes if I am interested. My favorite one is Walter White vs. Rick Grimes because I am a fan of both Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead.

Q: “What’s the situation with monetizing Let’s Play videos on Youtube, particularly when it comes to legal issues of copyright?”
A: I knew I would get this question at some point, but anyway….the thing about Let’s Plays is that they fall under a very gray area. They aren’t illegal, but you’re still kind of in a position where you don’t own the content, so any gaming company can legally claim the videos as their own and leave you in the dust. That’s where a little thing known as “Fair Use” comes into play. Because you have your own commentary over the video, and because you are pretty much adopting your own style of playing the game, they can’t 100% claim the video as their own, because you did record, edit and change the video into your own product. In a way, you can almost think of Let’s Playing as a parody of a video game. Now, I’m obviously not a legal person, all of my knowledge just stems from what I’ve been told and what I’ve picked up over the past few years of doing this. Also, video game companies seem to have….different feelings towards this….so they aren’t all going to act or do the same things. From my experience, this is what I do; if I get a content claim…and usually the claims are content IDs and NOT COPYRIGHT STRIKES, I repeal the claim, explain that my video falls under the notion of “Fair Use” and how it does, and if the company rejects my repeal, I leave the video alone and let them get the ad revenue instead. Sometimes the company will accept my repeal and they leave it alone, letting me get the ad revenue, and if that’s the case, good, I won the battle. However, I don’t feel like I’m in a position to battle it further in court if they reject it. They do own the content after all and I’m just someone uploading videos to share my love of video games with my fans; my ultimate goal is not to make money here.

I’ve never gotten a copyright strike through this means (I have through other means, but not for what is relevant for this particular discussion), because I feel like video game companies are aware that this isn’t illegal. They are just trying to get their name attached to the video to let people know that they created the game. If the video is being monetized by the Youtuber, usually they step aside and let the Youtuber have it because at the end of the day, they are still getting exposure from it, and if they support the Youtuber, they know they can get more exposure from them through other games as well. This is not true with all video game developers though, especially with Nintendo, who I feel like doesn’t understand this yet. However, with that being said, I have over 2500 videos on my channel that are Nintendo-related content, and while I have gotten quite a few content-ID claims, I have never gotten a strike from them, so as far as legal matters are concerned, you should be fine. Being partnered with a company like Maker Studios, Curse, Machinima, etc. does help with that, because they are a brand that interacts with gaming companies, but being a part of Maker myself, know that you will still get content-ID claims regardless. Probably just not as frequent as other partners or non-partners. So my advice is; do not let any of that legal mumbo-jumbo scare you, and if it does come up, try to repeal the claim once by saying it’s Fair Use and/or parody, but if it doesn’t go through, leave that particular video alone and let them have their victory because it is such a gray area and there are still lots of things people don’t understand. But this is not something you should feel like you will be going to court for though.

Q: “Why don’t your projects have ‘End Dates’ on the website?”
A: I suppose that is something I could add in the future, but the reason why I haven’t (or didn’t when I started) is because for some projects, it’s hard to determine when they are going to end. For example, when I did Advance Wars 2, Fortune Street, and The Walking Dead Season 1, I knew I wasn’t going to do the entire thing at once. I had two sessions of Fortune Street, I had the War Room for Advance Wars, and I knew future seasons would be coming out for The Walking Dead, so at that point, you can’t really know WHEN that project would be ending. So that’s why I didn’t include the “End Date” yet. Like I said, I may add that in the future.

Q: “Y U SO EPIC?????”
A: Again, it’s the sunglasses

Q: “Will Star Fox 64 be in your future?”
A: For the channel I’m guessing? If so, yes, because I love Star Fox 64! I haven’t decided when yet. I think it’s because a part of me wants to do Star Fox for the SNES first, but I don’t have that game, plus I hear it’s very hard so……I dunno…I’ll figure it out!

Q: “Will more Advance Wars be in your future?”
A: Yes it will be, but I want to spend a little more time on Fire Emblem because as a strategy-game lover, especially of Intelligent Systems renditions, I honestly enjoy Fire Emblem way more than Advance Wars. It’s less stressful and less AI manipulation. However, I will be doing Advance Wars: Dual Strike at some point soon. But not before I do a few more Fire Emblem games first.

Q: “Will more Mega Man games be in your future (and not just of the classic series)?
A: I really enjoyed my playthroughs of the NES Mega Man games and I would like to do more of them; including the other variations of Mega Man like X, EXE, and Starforce. Only problem is….I don’t exactly have any of those games. But if I manage to obtain them somehow, I don’t see why not, unless I end up completely despising the games.

Q: “What capture device do you use?”
A: Right now I use an Elgato Game Capture HD. I was using a Dazzle Video Converter, but not anymore.

Q: “What is your favorite LP that you’ve done?”
A: My most enjoyable Let’s Play for me was The Simpsons: Hit and Run. That was the Let’s Play I did where I really felt like my channel was starting to take off and I started gaining subscribers like mad. It was really cool kind of living in that moment during that Let’s Play. Special mention to Donkey Kong 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask too for also being very entertaining projects at the time of recording them!

Q: “Any future plans for Mario Party DS and Island Tour?”
A: As soon as my 3DS capture card plans are permanent, I will gladly get to those games.

Q: “Who is your main character for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U?”
A: My main at this point is probably Ike. Overall he is just the character that is the easiest for me to use and the character I can feel like I can win with the most. I’ve been trying to pick up and get better with Shulk and Ganondorf as well.

Q: “How in the world did you meet FiyahKitteh?”
A: I met her through ShadowMarioXLI’s old chatroom back at the Blargg Pit back in 2011. After the website and CrystalStarStudio kind of fell apart in 2012, she reached out to me through Youtube and sent me a few messages. We exchanged skype information, got very close, and then we started dating for a few years. Although we are no longer dating, I still consider her one of my best and closest friends, and from her I’ve learned a lot about the world and myself. She is also one terrific Smite player!

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Question Corner #2 - 11/10/2015

WOW! A SECOND QUESTION CORNER? FINALLY? AFTER ALMOST TWO YEARS?

First off, my apologies for it taking so long to get to this, but if it isn’t obvious, I am a very busy man with a lot of things going on, and a lot of things had to take priority over this. HOWEVER, just because I haven’t done this in a long time, doesn’t mean that any of your questions were forfeit! I still have all the e-mails and mail from you guys and have been keeping them for an occasion such as this! So let’s get straight to the questions, shall we?

Oh, and second of all, as usual, if your question isn’t on here, please consider the following; someone asked it or it’s been addressed on an earlier part or different part of the website, it was an extremely personal or inappropriate question that doesn’t belong on here, it’s no longer relevant (some questions were related to 2014 and early 2015 after all), it will be answered in Question Corner #3 or a future Question Corner, and I’m not just going to answer a whole bunch of “Will you LP this game?” questions on here. If I have something special or unique to say about the game, I may answer it, but just try to avoid those questions.

And one final thing, feel free to ask more questions via the Question Corner section of my Contact page. I promise it won’t take this long to get to them anymore.

Q: “Will you subscribe to/follow me on Youtube/Twitter/etc.?”
A: This is a very good question….the type of question that probably belongs on one of my other FAQs, so I’ll consider putting this there too. Simple answer with no explanation; no! However, I understand the difficulty of trying to get yourself out there on social media and Youtube, so I’ll at least go into a little more detail with my answer. The reason I say no is because simply asking for followers and subscribers kind of defeats the purpose of what those functions are for. When you see someone you are interested in and someone who you want to keep following and someone you will be notified of whenever they post something new, you follow them or subscribe to them; and to me, that’s what those options are there for and nothing else. Yeah, there will probably always be someone who has more subscribers and followers than you, but in an extremely blunt and honest way…they kind of earned that by posting interesting content that a bunch of other people want to see more of. Not to say that your content isn’t as good or as interesting, but they’ve obviously done something that has made them more viral than you, and while I think it’s normal to be a bit envious and almost a little jealous of them, don’t think of it as a loss, think of it as an opportunity to come back later and try posting some other content and trying to build up your own gang of subscribers. Almost 98% of the time, subscription and follower growth will be positive and not negative (if it’s negative, you are doing something terribly wrong). So just keep at it and try to earn your followers the natural way. So while I’m not following you now, who is to say I won’t be following you in the future? Wouldn’t you rather be in a position to say, “Wow, this person is following my stuff because they are interested in it,” as opposed to “Wow, this person is following my stuff because I asked them to!” Yeah….no offense, but the former is probably what you should be going for, not the latter.

Q: “What are your chances of doing Super Princess Peach?”
A: You may want to re-read your question and remind yourself of WHO YOU ARE ASKING! Haha, just kidding! Hell, if anything, Super Princess Peach actually kind of intrigues me as a video game. I got to watch a playthrough of it on the SpeedGamers Mario marathon last year, and honestly, it looked really fun! It reminded me of a combination of Yoshi’s Island meets The Legendary Starfy! However, as it stands right now, I can’t exactly LP DS games on a regular basis, not to mention that I don’t even have the game either. But I would consider it if I had it.

Q: “Do you plan on doing a Kirby’s Adventure/Nightmare in Dream Land Let’s Play, and if so what version?”
A: Once again, I am modifying the question a little to make it a little less “Will you Let’s Play this game?” and more of a question that is probably a bit more appropriate. At some point yes. As for version, probably Kirby’s Adventure and I would do it alongside a marathon of other classic NES games. I could potentially take a look at Nightmare in Dream Land too and any differences it may have (heck, isn’t there a Meta Knight mode or something?), but until then, it’ll come when it comes.

Q: “Will you Let’s Play (Insert Game Here)?
A: Ok, I should really just use this as a template for any questions like this in the future that don’t get answered, because my answer is going to pretty much be the same (unless I have something unique to say about the game in question). If I don’t have the game, I can’t LP it. If I do get the game and if it’s something I feel like playing for you guys, I will! However, I’m not going to do a game just for the sole purpose of doing it. I have to feel it inside my heart! So basically, if you ask a question like this in the future, and you don’t get a response, it’s because I don’t have it, nor have I played it yet either (or in some cases, I already have Let’s Played it, in the long process of me answering these overdue questions, lol).

Q: “Have you played Fire Emblem: Awakening?”
A: Yes I have! As a Fire Emblem game, it’s pretty solid! Not my favorite Fire Emblem game, but it is a great collaboration of old and new mechanics into a solid 3DS title!

Q: “Do you plan on posting any columns like “Are We Sexist Enough Yet?” in the future? It was a good read and I enjoyed it!”
A: First off, thank you! Second, I would like to, and again, this would have been more appropriate back in the day when I was actually trying to update my site more regularly. Major apologies for that by the way. Anyway, yeah, I would like to write more articles like that, but as it stands right now, it’s going to need to be when A) I’m in the mood to, and B) if I can get back on track with making articles on a regular basis.

Q: “What is your status on M-rated games for the channel?”
A: As it stands right now, I have done a few M-rated games on my channel, namely Darksiders and The Walking Dead. I’ve really enjoyed doing those games, although they are probably not my most-viewed projects on my channel….not even close. As a rule of thumb, on my channel, I do what games I want to do and what I’m in the mood for. If it comes down to M-rated games….if I want to do a particular one, I will. If not, I won’t. And as it stands, there are probably way more E-rated games I feel like doing than M-rated games, so I’ll probably be playing those odds. Not to say that the channel will be completely void of M-rated content either.

Q: “If you had time to pick at least one game to play during your free time, which one will that be?”
A: It would probably have to be Super Mario World, my favorite game of all-time! I can’t get enough of that game and I love challenging myself to play through it and beat it in a variety of different ways, namely in a speed setting! =P It’s always good fun!

Q: “What are the roots of your hatred for Peach?”
A: It all stems from Mario Party. No matter what, whenever I get screwed in a Mario Party game, for the longest time, whenever Peach was in the game, SHE WAS ALWAYS THE REASON! And over the last 16 or so years, that hatred has grown into what it is now. Which is funny, because in most other games, I don’t really mind Peach at all.

Q: “Is there a video game you like to play but refuse to let’s play for your channel?”
A: Dynasty Warriors 2-6. As much as I love these games, I’m just not sure how to go about them for a Let’s Play. I’d like to show off all the characters and their story modes and how to obtain their best weapons and everything, but the amount of repetition required for that…….I just don’t know where to begin.

Q: “What sports do you enjoy?”
A: I love Golf. Golf to me is just so much fun to watch and play. I also enjoy playing Basketball, Soccer and Tennis, but not to the same extent as Golf.

Q: “What were some of your favorite cartoons growing up as a kid?
A: The cartoons I watched were mostly Nicktoons. I watched Rugrats, Doug, Hey Arnold, Rocko’s Modern Life, and when it finally came out years later….Spongebob Squarepants!

Q: “Have you played Goldeneye 007 for the N64?”
A: Yes I have! It’s quite literally the only first-person shooter game I enjoy! I’m still not great enough to beat Secret Agent though.

Q: “Any plans on playing Kirby’s Return to Dreamland for the channel?”
A: This will probably be the next Kirby game I play for my channel. It will either be this or Kirby’s Adventure, but most likely this!

Q: “What ever happened to MegaFreak400?”
A: I realized how much I truly loved him and how I didn’t want anyone else to have him, so I captured him and locked him in my kitchen cabinet. In reality, he just didn’t have the time to do Let’s Plays anymore and kind of just phased them out of his life. I still talk to him on occasion and still consider him a really great friend. I miss his videos though. =(

Q: “What would you say is a good amount of subscribers for one year of gaming?”
A: At this point it’s hard to say. Getting noticed on Youtube is a lot harder than it used to be, especially with how oversaturated Gaming and Let’s Playing is. I can’t really give you a number. Just be happy with the fans you have and remember that they are there for YOU! Kind of a corny answer, but….whatever! =P

Q: “What new characters do you want to see for Super Smash Bros?”
A: King K. Rool, the return of Ice Climbers, Star Wolf, and Solid Snake, Krystal from Star Fox (as long as she is not a copy/paste clone of other Star Fox characters), a Fire Emblem character that doesn’t have a sword, the Splatoon Inklings, Shovel Knight, Banjo Kazooie, and Simon Belmont. Just to name a few.

Q: “What are your thoughts about the Ace Attorney series?”
A: I have not played any of them, but they look like fun games to play. I’d like to take a stab at them someday!

Q: “Do you think Nintendo has been slacking off when it comes to their lack of presence at conventions and other media events?”
A: I don’t know if I could really say they are slacking off persay, but I do agree that cutting their own attendance at these events doesn’t help. It’s a great way to see gamer response and interact with their loyal consumers. They should be doing a lot of that, honestly.

Q: “What was your motivation to get into programming?”
A: I’m a weird person to ask about that because I was never really a great programmer. But for me, it just interested me in how games and software get developed and I wanted to learn more about it, even if it wasn’t my strong suit. That kind of motivation can take you a long way.

Q: “In episode 2 of Mario Party Advance, you referenced My Little Pony. Are you awesome or something?”
A: Uhhhh, yeah!”

Q: “What kind of music are you into and what are you’re favorite bands/artists?”
A: I am a huge fan of 80’s Pop and Rock music. Some of my favorite bands and artists consist of Queen, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Journey, Def Leppard, Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagons and Foreigner.

Well, that’s it for Round 2 of the Question Corner! I’ll have Question Corner #3 at the end of the week which will pretty much round out all of the questions I missed out on from the first one til now. Please send me some more questions though, because after Edition #3, I won’t have any more remaining and will need to build up my stock again.

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Question Corner #1 - 3/8/2014

Hey guys, SlimKirby here and welcome to my first edition of the Question Corner! As I explained on the main page, this section will be updated from time to time with questions that you guys have asked me via the Contact Form. The contact form actually got a lot of activity the first few days it was up and as a result, I have a lot of questions to answer.

Now, normally I will not answer every single question I will get. In fact, some of the type of questions I will be answering in this session would not be answered in other sessions. This is especially true of questions like, “Do you plan on doing an LP of this game?” In this session I am a little more open about those questions, just for the sake of getting started with this series. In the future, please try to avoid such questions, if possible, because chances are, there will not be a lot of variety to those answers, therefore I will not have a need to answer them.

I answered almost every single question I’ve gotten so far except a very select few of them. One of the questions was about my recording equipment, which is stuff covered in the “SlimKirby Workshop.” And anything else was either just a repeat, didn’t fit the criteria I mentioned on the main page, or just too personal for me to talk about.

For the future, please look at the guidelines posted here, and if the question has anything to do with how to record/make videos or about the website in general, check the Workshop and the Introduction respectively. Also, if at all possible, try to avoid the “Will you LP this game?” comments unless you are truly that curious. I will not be angry or punish anyone for not doing this, but just keep in mind that I will probably not answer the questions if that happens.

 

Q: “SlimKirby, what would your reaction be in a future Pikmin game if Beady Long Legs dropped down from the sky, gave you you usual “heart attack,” and after you got the HP down to 0, you find out he is a nice and friendly spider that will help you?”
A: I would still feel no remorse! If he is as nice and friendly as you say he is, he should still learn how to knock!

Q: “What is the font do you use, when you create your custom thumbnails? I mean, what font do you use, when you write “Part 8”, “Extras” etc. texts into thumbnails? It fits really well!”
A: The font I use for that particular instance is called VAGRounded BT. I really like the font as well because it’s very neutral in style and looks neat. I’m not sure how common the font is, but it’s a default font on the version of Photoshop (6.0) I have.

Q: “I watch some of your videos on YouTube on the weekends and I also saw you love gaming a lot, one thing I like is podcasts, there are many gaming podcasts such as giant bomb and rooster teeth. But I was wondering if you and fiyah kitty would do a gaming podcast. You two are always together, so why not do a gaming podcast together and upload them on this site like a DVD extra thing?”
A: Podcasts are definitely something you can expect more of from me in the future. I have pretty much done an E3 podcast every year so far for the last 3 or 4 years and is definitely something I will do again this year. If the demand is high and if there are a lot of things to talk about, we can possibly arrange more!

Q: “What video game consoles do you own?”
A: From the Nintendo line, I own a Super Nintendo (SNES), a Nintendo 64, a Nintendo Gamecube, a Nintendo Wii and a Nintendo Wii U. I also have a Sony Playstation 2 and a Microsoft Xbox 360. If you are interested in handhelds, I have a Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, and a Nintendo 3DS.

Q: “When will your banjo-tooie LP come out?”
A: Funny that you ask that. Why? Well….it may be sooner than you think *whistles*.

Q: “You feel like n64 graphics looked better when you were young?”
A: I’d say that is definitely a given. N64 graphics looked so amazing back in the day, but now they look so freaking primitive. It’s insane how much better these developers can make their games look.

Q: “What ever happened to CSS?”
A: The Shadow Queen was defeated and the crystal stars were no longer needed. But in all seriousness, in regards to my cooperative channel, CrystalStarStudio, the channel has been retired. All of us lost interest in operating a cooperative group channel and have since moved on.

Q: “What’s your opinion on how Nintendo’s shutting down Nintendo Wifi for Wii and DS games? Will you still play those games that are well known for their online play like Smash Brothers Brawl and Mario Kart Wii?”
A: Honestly, it was a long time coming. I feel like it was a bit premature, considering that so many people play those games online still, but Nintendo needs that server space to get ready for other games like Super Smash Bros. 4 and Mario Kart 8. As for playing those games, I actually played the games solo more than I did online, so I’m not too beaten up about it and will probably still play them without the online play.

Q: “Two questions when are you doing thousand year door and is Mario party advance one twice a weekend?”
A: Probably not til the end of this year or beginning of next year is when I will start Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door. As for Mario Party Advance, only once a week for these first two weeks. After these weeks, I am going to try for twice a week on the weekends.

Q: “What the likelihood of a Yoshi’s Island DS LP be?”
A: About as likely as me doing a Let’s Play of New Super Mario Bros. and Kirby Squeak Squad, and I did both of those games so…probably very likely!

Q: “Why don’t you do a minecraft let’s play?”
A: As I’ve stated in the Terraria showcase, I am not a big fan of Minecraft. I don’t really like the interface and the graphics disorient me. I know there is a way to lessen the graphical power, but that doesn’t really change the problem of the interface for me.

Q: “Will you ever be doing a pikmin 3 lets play?”
A: I actually just now started playing the game for the first time, so not anytime soon! It is something I would like to attempt though as I love the Pikmin series and it has always been a staple on my channel.

Q: “What is your favorite N64 game?”
A: It’s a tough decision between Paper Mario and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. Both games were just such innovative concepts that turned into amazing games. I would give a slight edge to Paper Mario though, in my own opinion.

Q: “How do you manage to handle three projects at a time while handling a day job and still manage to find time to visit FiyahKitteh in Germany?”
A: Well, first off, I do not have a day job. My job is, in a sense, the work I do on Youtube through the ads on my videos. Believe it or not, I can actually make a decent living on what I earn, especially due to my high views and amount of content on my channel and that is what I’ve essentially been doing. I will be looking for an actual job soon, but I have been comfy and satisfied with doing the Youtube thing, plus I don’t need to spend a lot either. As for the Germany trip, a lot of money saving. And when I say, “a lot,” I mean a lot.

Q: “What did you major in when you were in college?”
A: I majored in Computer Science and computer programming. I wouldn’t say I am a great computer programmer, by any means, but I had a lot of fun with it and I look forward to what I will be able to accomplish with it at a later date and time. I also plan to use this website as a means for showing any future creations off.

Q: “Do you have a favorite anime?”
A: My favorite anime, or at least the anime I grew up watching, would be Digimon: Digital Monsters. I loved the first 3 seasons, hated anything that followed, but overall it’s never been a problem for me. It is definitely my favorite anime hands down. I also watched Pokemon and the Kirby anime, and started watching Sailor Moon with my girlfriend, but the selection still goes to Digimon for me.

Q: “For the True Arena in Kirby Super Star Ultra, what is your recommended power up ?”
A: Easiest would probably be stone. The stone power-up gives you immunity for pretty much everything that could hurt you. It’s also a good way to help you observe the patterns for the bosses without actually being penalized by getting hurt.

Q: “How old would I have to be to go to PAX East, and what do you think is essential to take to pax?”
A: I don’t think age matters for PAX as long as you have tickets for the event. If you are under-age though, make sure you are attending the event with a parent. Unfortunately, getting tickets for this event is out of the question now because they sell very quickly and you can only find them if you find someone who is willing to sell tickets that they bought. As for what to take, take comfortable shoes because you will be walking a lot. Bring your camera so you can take pictures of the cool things you see. If you have a Nintendo 3DS, bring it, turn it on, and close it as you walk around because there will be MANY Street Passers and you will be able to do some cool things in the Mii Plaza with the people you tag. Bring money, but make sure you can put it in a place where it will be safe and people won’t be tempted to take something. Do that for all of your valuables too, especially if you have a backpack with you. In that case, hide the items under something that is not as important (like a sweatshirt or something) and put that in your backpack, just in case.

Q: “Who or what inspired you to make Let’s Play and other gaming videos?”
A: I wouldn’t say anybody directly inspired me, but the idea of LPing definitely did. I had always wanted to make video game walkthroughs to help people out with specific games and over time, Let’s Play videos seemed like a great direction to fulfill those desires, so I went for it!

Q: “What are your thoughts on the game new super Mario bros u?”
A: It was a great addition to the New Super Mario Bros. series and an amazing launch title for the Nintendo Wii U. It’s presentation is incredible and the unique traits added to this particular game were top-notch and the flying squirrel power-up was so much fun to use. I actually don’t really have anything bad to say about it.

Q: “Will you ever do Super Mario Galaxy?”
A: Yes I will. I want to do Super Mario Sunshine first though.

Q: “Can you make a section where we could see what your opinion of any game is?
A: That is actually a really good idea and is similar to an idea I already had planned for the site. Stick around and I will probably have some information about that later.

Q: “When will our LP of Pokemon Gold/Silver come out?”
A: First off, wouldn’t it be MY Let’s Play? =P Nah, just joking! Anyway, the plan is to tackle 2nd gen at the end of the year or beginning of next year. With how things have been going though, it looks like it may get and continue to be postponed for a bit just because there are so many games I want to play right now.

Q: “Why are you so awesome?”
A: My guess would be the sunglasses.

Q: “If you are going to do a WindWaker Let’s Play, are you going to do the GameCube version or the HD WiiU version?”
A: I would probably aim for the Gamecube version. I just don’t have a reason for getting the Wii U version anytime soon.

Q:”What is your Youtube name, SlimKirby?”
A: MayoPicklesLover64….clearly. Seriously though, it’s just SlimKirby. =P

If you would like to submit a question to the Question Corner, you can submit questions here. Remember to select “Question Corner” on the drop-down box though.

 

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