Hello everybody, SlimKirby here, and welcome to the newest update of SlimKirby Central.
I am fully aware that I did not make an update in June, and by extension, the video update I promised for July is…not exactly a video update, as you can see. I’m not going to make any excuses, I’ve been slacking pretty hardcore on a lot of different things, but I think I have a pretty good reason why…a two hour good reason that has thankfully been uploaded to my channel by this point. Safe to say, the clip show for my 10th Year Anniversary completely wore me out. I pretty much spent the entire month of June rewatching through old projects that still needed to be watched through, editing footage, re-editing footage, rendering video compilations, and watching and rewatching the final product many, many times. It was a huge commitment that I am very thankful is over now, and piece by piece, I’ve been trying to get back on track with everything that relates to my Youtube channel and my streams. There are some other things too, but I’m definitely focusing on those things first. Hell, I’m still not completely done with my Anniversary yet either, but I’ll get into that very shortly.
So once again, like May’s update, I’m going to go lightning-quick through all the things I’ve been working on and things you can expect during the next month and beyond. Although I don’t foresee any big changes soon, from what you guys are already aware of anyway, just consider this a very short and concise direction of where everything is currently going at the moment.
We’ll start with Anniversary stuff as that is currently my main focus at the moment. The first three events have already come and gone. The clip show has been posted on my channel, Undertale has started, and just yesterday, I hosted my Anniversary Name That Tune competition (which will be posted on Youtube in the next week). This only leaves the 24-hour stream event, which is still planned to happen and will probably happen during the last weekend of July or first weekend of August. Until I figure out all of the specific details though, I’m afraid I still can’t give a date or time yet, but I will have one picked out by next week, for sure. Much like the Name That Tune, regardless of when the event will happen, I will be posting the VODs to Youtube, so even if you miss something or everything, you can still view everything.
On Youtube, I’m currently working on three projects; Advance Wars: Dual Strike, Mario Kart Wii, and my anniversary project; Undertale. Dual Strike, naturally, still has a ways to go, being the type of game that it is, but I think from where I am currently, I’m making some pretty good progress. In fact, in August, I may start devoting more upload days for that project just to move it along more quickly, and since Mario Kart Wii shouldn’t be too long either, that may open up a few extra days as well, and a potential weekend slot for the bonus content when I get around to it. I would theoretically like to be done with the main parts of those projects before September, but there are still a lot of uncertainties in the air and I really don’t feel like making any promises or bold claims to get your hopes up.
Undertale is probably the biggest uncertainty, just in terms of how that game/project is structured. I would like to show the three basic paths, and with the way the game is, after the first path I’ll have a pretty good opportunity to abridge the journey of my following two recordings, while also showing off any of the little things I missed or didn’t catch in the initial run. Because of this, I don’t think the project itself will be too long, but I also just don’t know how long it will end up being either. I also thought about spreading out the different paths throughout the rest of the year too, but I don’t want to prolong the videos too long either to the point where I spend half the year with the project uncompleted, like I’ve been doing with Pokemon Stadium for like…3 ½ years now. Once I finish going through those recordings again, I’ll have a better idea of how long the project will be, but for now, let’s just enjoy the ride, because I think the videos have been great so far.
As far as the future is concerned, I’m pretty much planning to start Super Mario Galaxy 2 as soon as I finish one of my weekday projects, whether it’s Undertale or Advance Wars: Dual Strike. I wanted to start Galaxy 2 sooner, but I kind of underestimated the length of some of the projects I would be working on. However, those are just the breaks when it comes to this line of work. Sometimes, you just don’t know how things are going to work out schedule-wise, even if your initial draft seems plausible. There were various projects, long ones and short ones, that I wanted to get to, but there is a pretty good possibility that I may need to push back a few for 2018. On the bright side though, this will continue to give me more projects and gameplays for the future, so it will still be a long time before I officially run out of games play. But anyway, just stay tuned and in my next SlimKirby Central update, I should have a better idea of what to expect as we start getting into the middle of 2017’s second half.
Now we are moving on to Twitch, and my god….I have taken quite the journey…a journey of “randomness” you could say. I’ve definitely talked about this a lot in the past, and if you are a follower of my Twitch account, you should be very familiar with my most recent obsession. Basically, I’ve gotten into speedrunning The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past item randomizer. That’s right…I am speedrunning now, and on some days, even I can’t believe it. I think I talked about this briefly in my last entry back in May, but these days, I think it’s safe to say that my obsession has grown quite a bit. My PB time has gone from a 2:00:51 to a 1:41:37 (almost a 20 minute improvement), and I am in the process of training for the upcoming tournament that should be happening this fall. I’ve also been entering SRL races to test my skills against other players, and while I haven’t made any significant progress (although 38th out of 92 in a big weekly race isn’t too shabby), it’s been a lot of fun and I am very much looking forward to participating in a big SpeedGaming tournament. I also plan to sign up for commentary too, so maybe you’ll get to hear my insight on some other matches as well (we’ll see).
I still try to stream some other stuff too though. Usually after my Monday seed/race of ALTTPR, I try to work on some RetroAchievements. RA has recently come out with N64 games on their website, so because I love that system in particular, I’ve been doing my best to make more progress on that front, even though my interest is still fading pretty fast. Then, during Saturday evening, I still have my traditional Saturday Night Grind stream events, where I do a playthrough of a game that takes a lot of grinding, usually an RPG or strategy game of some sort, and come back to it every Saturday night for a pretty lengthy stream session. I recently finished Fire Emblem Echoes (aside from postgame), and started up Paper Mario so I could tackle the RetroAchievements for that game and the eventual grinding that will need to be done for those to be completed. I also plan to start Hyrule Warriors Legends very soon in that same timeslot. So if you want to check out the action, come on by every Saturday at 8:00 PM Eastern. As far as other stream timeslots, I have no regular time, but you can expect my Monday streams to be in the afternoon, and any other streams I decide to do in my spare time, will usually be advertised on Twitter a few hours before they start. Just don’t be surprised if you see a lot of Link to the Past Randomizer. Like I said…it’s kind of been my thing lately and I need the practice for the tournament.
Also, I suppose I should mention this as well, since I don’t think it was a thing back in May during my last entry, but…I am a Twitch affiliate now. And due to the recent changes of giving Twitch affiliates a “Subscriber” button, you can now officially subscribe to my Twitch channel for $4.99 a month. I’m still in the process of figuring out what my subscriber perks will be, but for now, if you would like to support the type of work I do on Twitch AND Youtube, subscribing is a way you can do so. I also have an emote made already, so if you want to go to my Twitch channel and check it out, feel free to as there is a link at the bottom of this entry.
Finally, as far as the Simpsons retrospective is concerned, I am in the process of planning when I’m going to return to that, but it will for sure be after my final anniversary event. So expect me to start Season 2 somewhere around mid-August, at least as of right now. I even received a Blu-Ray player from my aunt (an old one she had), so I may end up watching my DVDs on that as opposed to watching them online on Simpsons World, which is what I did for Season 1. I really did enjoy going through Season 1 and I’m curious to see how the series will continue as I move on to Season 2.
I think that’s about it and all I have to report on. It may not seem like a lot, but as I said before, it’s hard to recover from an entire month’s work of focusing on one single project. The second half of 2017 has officially started and I’m very much looking forward to the remaining months of this year. With all the projects I have planned, and the huge step forward we’ve taken on Twitch, I foresee some big things happening in the future! I hope all of you Star Warriors are ready for the action!