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Question Corner #13 – 2/21/17

Question Corner #13 - 2/21/17

Ok guys, it’s time for another Question Corner. I don’t really have much to say here, so let’s just get this show on the road!

As usual, if you would like to submit a question of your own, you can do so here; at the contact page. Just make sure the question is appropriate, has some substance to it, and is nothing too personal (don’t ask where I live or what my family’s last name is, basically).

Q: Which Sonic game was worse, the Game Boy Advance version of Sonic the Hedgehog or Sonic the Hedgehog 2006?
A: I have not played either, but I’d probably say the GBA port of Sonic 1, just because of how bad it looks, how slow it is, and how crunched in the screen was. Sonic 2006 was definitely an unfinished bad dream, but at least there was “something” there, despite how broken it was. There was really no excuse to make a classic game like Sonic 1 look and play so badly.

Q: Would you ask your future father-in-law permission to marry his daughter?
A: I consider myself an old-fashioned guy, but not that old-fashioned. At the end of the day, I think the daughter’s opinion holds more value than the father, since she is the one making the decision. I do think it is important though to have a good relationship with the father, if you are going to marry into the family, but at the same time, he shouldn’t be the one making the decision either; if that makes sense.

Q: Do your parents enjoy playing video games?
A: My dad enjoys playing games every now and then, but he only sticks to Civilization and basic computer games (like Hearts and Spider Solitaire). My mom is even less of a gamer than my dad, but she did get into a tablet game once that involved killing zombies with bombs and other projectiles.

Q: Will you do Top 10s and lists for the handheld Mario Party games, and will you do skits for them as well?
A: At some point, yes, but not for awhile. As far as skits are concerned; I’ll consider it, but to be honest, I thought a lot of my skits were pretty dumb honestly, so I don’t see them returning. We’ll see though…

Q: Where would you like to go on vacation?
A: It’s a typical, unsurprising answer, but to my usual vacation spot in Orlando, Florida at my mom’s timeshare. I just love going there every year and it’s just very nice to go to our home away from home and relax for a week! Really don’t need to go anywhere fancy…just to a place where we can relax.

Q: What do you make of the Donkey Konga games?
A: I’ve never personally played them, but they were made at a time when rhythm gaming was picking up steam, so it’s not really surprising that they were made. They seemed pretty interesting though and games I wouldn’t mind trying someday in the future.

Q: Are you a fan of heavy metal?
A: I don’t know…it’s a little too heavy. It hurts my back whenever I try to lift it. In all seriousness, no, I’m not much of a metal guy. I can tolerate it sometimes when it comes to bands like Metallica, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden, but I wouldn’t say I’m a fan of it.

Q: What is your opinion on GiivaSunner and his high quality video game rips?
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Q: What is your ACTUAL opinion on GiivaSunner and his high quality rips?
A: Real talk, I love his high quality rips. Listening to them last year and checking his channel every single day for new videos was always a good time I had with my friends. My favorite ones were ones that involved the DK Rap, Snow Halation and of course, good old FLEENSTONES!

Q: Do you think HAL should make a Kirby game like the 3D Mario platformers, or keep his games in a 2D format?
A: It’s a tricky thing with Kirby, because his gameplay style just seems to work very well in 2D and I don’t really see how it could in 3D. Not saying it’s impossible…I just can’t see it. I imagine it could be done though, but all of the newest Kirby games have been great in my eyes and I would like to see them create more of them.

Q: Who are your favorite video game composers?
A: David Wise, Grant Kirkhope, and Koji Kondo are my favorites for sure. I even had the pleasure of meeting and getting autographs of the former two.

Q: Do you find it sexist that Ocarina of Time has more female sages than male sages?
A: No.

Q: Did someone seriously ask you that last question?
A: Yes…

Q: Do you think Mario Party is the best party series that exists right now?
A: Yes, definitely. Say what you want about Mario Party 10 and Island Tour, but even those games can lead to enjoyment and I just haven’t been able to have the same joy with any other party game.

Q: Would you want to see more Sonic characters in Smash Bros., like Tails and Knuckles?
A: Yes I would, and those two are probably the only two characters I would like to see. They are pretty unique with their own abilities, I can see them controlling in unique ways, and they are good characters.

Q: Do you have any favorite cartoon shows aside from the Simpsons?
A: I am a very big Futurama fan as well. I’ve also watched a lot of South Park as well. In recent years, I’ve also started watching MLP: Friendship is Magic and Steven Universe, so those shows are the ones I feel most strongly about, in a good way.

Q: What do you make of leaplings?
A: I feel no different about people born on February 29th than I feel about any other person that is born on any other day of the calendar year, whether it’s Leap Year or not.

Q: What new games are you looking forward to playing in 2017?
A: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey and Fire Emblem Warriors are already very strong front runners.

Q: Now that Mario Party DS and Wario Land 3 have been done, what is the most requested game for you to Let’s Play on your channel?
A: Pikmin 3 is easily the biggest request I have right now and it will probably remain that way until I do the game. The only thing is….not really sure when I want to do it. I did a stream playthrough last year, but I want to play it again before I feel comfortable playing it in an LP format, since I did have some issues getting through the game.

Q: What’s your favorite Michael Jackson song?
A: My favorite MJ song is either Smooth Criminal or Billie Jean.

Ok, I think that’s it for another Question Corner! Thanks for reading guys and remember, if you want to ask a question, go to the intro of this episode where I have a link to the Contact page!

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Question Corner #11 – 11/18/16

Question Corner #11 - 11/18/16

Hello everybody, SlimKirby here and welcome to another edition of the Question Corner.

It has been awhile since my last update, but to be fair, questions have been slow going again. Honestly, it wouldn’t even surprise me if some of these questions were asked by the same people. Regardless though, I did promise whenever I would get 20 questions, I would immediately update, and here we are!

As usual, if you are interested in submitting a question, please go to the Contact page to submit one. Just remember that I will not be answering any questions that are too personal, questions that have been asked before, most “Will you LP/Have you played this game?” questions, and other questions that just don’t seem appropriate for this section. Also, if you have a question about how to do Let’s Plays or other in-general Youtube questions, check out the SlimKirby’s Workshop section to see if I haven’t answered it there already, as there was a question I got last time that revolved around that.

Anyway, let’s get this started, shall we?

Q: “What are the occupations of your parents?”
A: My mom is an elementary school librarian/media specialist. My dad is an instructor for kids with special needs at a middle school and teaches a few social studies courses on the side. I am very proud of my parents for all the work they do to help children!

Q: “What did you think of the Simpsons and Futurama crossover?”
A: I actually looked into it recently and really enjoyed it. It was fun seeing my two favorite shows come together for a special!

Q: “Who would you save from a burning building? Princess Peach or Princess Daisy?”
A: Do “I” really need to answer that? Haha, well, as you guys know, I like Daisy way better than Peach, so I would be more inclined to save her. However, even though Peach is a big meanieface, I wouldn’t intentionally wish anything like a burning death on her, so if possible, I would try to save both. If this question came down to people in real life, just to make this a little more interesting, I would definitely save my family and friends at all costs. Anybody else? I would do anything I could to help, but I wouldn’t be as motivated to jump in the middle of the flames or anything, if that makes sense.

Q: “What is the best April Fools joke you played?”
A: One time I convinced my dad it was snowing outside and got him to actually jump out of bed early and go to the other room to look. Aside from that, I don’t play a lot of April Fools pranks. Although I do love the “One Hour of Impact” joke I did on my channel a few years ago, when I fooled people into believing I was doing a Radiant Dawn Let’s Play, when it was actually an hour of “I am Impact” from Mystical Ninja: Starring Goemon.

Q: “What do you think of Star Fox Adventures compared to other Star Fox games?”
A: Star Fox definitely does better as a space shooter than an adventure Zelda-style game. I do appreciate the attempt to try something new (although it was moreso a different game altogether that didn’t have Star Fox characters until Nintendo got Rare to shoehorn the Star Fox name into the game), but I think Assault was overall the more enjoyable Gamecube Star Fox game. I don’t think Adventures is a bad game necessarily, but it does fall flat in a number of areas that I think Zelda games overall do better anyway.

Q: “Are there any perks to being an only child?”
A: You don’t have to share any of your toys or games with anybody. That’s really about it. Honestly, I think I would have much rather had a brother or sister growing up. I think it would have been more beneficial in developing my social skills because I always felt I was a little too awkward in trying to make friends at school, and aside from my parents, I just didn’t really have anybody to talk to. I suppose it would also be a bit easier for your parents to provide for you too, just because there would be less mouths to feed, less school supplies to be bought and less college funds to provide for, if that makes sense.

Q: “Have you ever listened to the rock band Muse?”
A: I’ve heard a few of their songs. The first time I heard them was through Guitar Hero III, because their song “Knights of Cydonia” is in that game and I always thought it was a pretty fun song to play through. But yeah, they’ve made some good music. Wouldn’t say they are a favorite artist of mine, but definitely not opposed to them either.

Q: “What do you think of the Kirby and Donkey Kong cartoons?”
A: The Kirby cartoon was all right. I wouldn’t say it was anything spectacular, but for what it was, it was watchable, at least in my opinion. The Donkey Kong cartoon on the other hand; again, I can’t say it was bad, but it was definitely a show that’s easier to mock than enjoy.

Q: “What are your thoughts on YouTube’s new advertiser-friendly content guidelines?”
A: I will admit, it is very silly that people like the Nostalgia Critic and the Angry Video Game Nerd, individuals who have spent years establishing themselves as channels with mature content (AVGN especially) can now have their monetization taken away due to updated content guidelines. As far as I’m concerned though, I’m kind of biased just because I try my hardest to keep my channel clean and accessible for all ages, so I don’t think I will personally have any issues. Heck, even my Walking Dead videos have been clear of issues and there are so many mature themes in those games. Otherwise though, I can’t really support the new guidelines, just because of examples like I mentioned earlier.

Q: “Do you think Spanky from Spanky’s Quest would make a good Smash Bros. addition?”
A: No. As fun as the game is, that’s just reaching way too far beyond the realm of possibility. He would have kind of an interesting playstyle though, I guess, lol.

Q: “What are we going to see for your 10th year anniversary”
A: You will definitely see a clip show (as promised) and there will definitely be a marathon stream following. As far as other specials, I’m still thinking. 10 years is a pretty big deal to me, in all honesty. Aside from that, don’t really want to mention anything about it as to keep it a surprise.

Q: “What video game do you find confusing?”
A: The only game I can think of is a game called “Populous” on the SNES, but only because my uncle had the game, but whenever I tried to play it, I couldn’t figure it out. HOWEVER, I was also only like 6-years-old when I tried it, so I would probably have a better understanding of it now.

Q: “Can I adopt you to be my son?”
A: First of all, no. Second of all, I don’t think my parents would be down for that. Third, I think I’m way too old to be adoptable. I appreciate the thought though, I guess…

Q: “How are your workouts coming along?”
A: I stopped going to the gym because I have an exercise bike at home now, but I am keeping up with it on a daily basis, so very well! Thank you! And with the weather getting alot cooler, it’s the perfect time for me to be going outside on more walks. I hate summer and early-fall temperatures.

Q: “What’s your favorite type of cake?”
A: I am very fond of cheesecake. Shoutouts to angel food cake and carrot cake though, as they are also very good in my opinion.

Q: “What’s your favorite and least favorite character in Scrubs?”
A: Favorite character is Dr. Percival Cox. Just a very funny and down-to-earth character that I really respected and loved on the show for who he was. Least favorite character? It’s hard to say, but of the main cast, probably Elliot, just because I couldn’t connect with her as well as some of the other characters, but even she was fine in doses.

Q: “Why do you play games like Walking Dead and not Resident Evil?”
A: For the very simple reason that I don’t have any Resident Evil games. Well…I guess I do have Resident Evil 4 now, but even then, I just haven’t gotten around to playing any of them yet. With Walking Dead, it’s easier because I am a fan of the show and graphic novel so the Walking Dead games appeal to me in a way Resident Evil doesn’t.

Q: “What type of car would you like to own?”
A: I really don’t care much. A car is just a device to get me from point “A” to point “B.” I would like to have a blue car (I own a silver one now since my old blue car is no longer in service), but I don’t need to have one. I guess I would also prefer cars as opposed to trucks and SUVs.

Q: “Why do you use your website as a medium to answer questions as opposed to your Youtube channel?”
A: I just think a website is more appropriate, especially since my website is kind of an archive dedicated to my online life as it is. That’s really all there is to it. Plus I’m not going to lie, it’s easier to write all of this down than get stumbled on various questions trying to think of answers. This way I have some time to think about it.

Q: “Is there a game that came out 10+ years ago that you remember initially loving, but now isn’t as good as you remember?”
A: Honestly, not really. When I go back to revisit old games, the nostalgia always seems to kick in no matter what. I remember Super Mario Kart being a lot easier than it is for me now, but I wouldn’t say it’s a bad game now because I don’t enjoy it as much. Also had a really hard time getting back into Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Mario Sunshine when I did them for my playthroughs awhile back, but again, can’t really say they are bad games, moreso I just don’t have the same enjoyment with them as I used to.

And that will do it for another Question Corner! Thanks everyone for submitting and if we get enough questions in a short period of time, maybe the next issue will be up sooner than this one!

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SlimKirby Central #10. November 2016

SlimKirby Central #10. November 2016

Hello everybody, SlimKirby here, and welcome to the newest addition to SlimKirby Central. If you’ve stumbled on this page, you’ll notice that this update isn’t going to be like the other updates I’ve done for this series. I’ll have a video posted on November 15th, 2016 explaining the circumstances, but this month’s update is going to be a written update and not a video update. My apologies if you wanted to have my angelic voice guide you through another month of stuff happening on the SlimKirby scene, alongside my video game music collection, but hopefully this will suffice for this month because the update I was going to make just wasn’t working for me. If you would like the advice of a soundtrack you could listen to during this read-through, I recommend the Yoshi’s Woolly World soundtrack, or a game I’ve played through recently all the way through again, Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword. Just to give a few suggestions…

So just like the normal videos, I’m going to go through all the mediums one by one and just update you on things going on, things coming up, and stuff of that nature. I’ll even throw in some shout-outs along the way.

Youtube

Currently I’ve been working on wrapping up The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and I’ve also playing through Wario Land 3 and all the boards of Mario Party DS. Ocarina of Time is about finished and will actually conclude on Thursday of this week (November 17th). Ocarina of Time has been an amazing project and I’m honestly surprised at how much I’ve had fun with it. Going into the project, it wasn’t my favorite Zelda game (heck, not sure I would even put it in my Top 5), but I have a newfound respect for it after playing it again. Thankfully, although the project is ending, it will not be the last we see of Ocarina of Time. It will return next year in a small mini-series where I play through all the dungeons Master Quest style on the 3DS version of the game. This way, you get a taste of Master Quest and you get a taste of the 3DS port of the game, which is honestly, in my opinion, the definitive version of Ocarina of Time.

As for the other two projects, I’ve been moving along quite swimmingly, or at least I like to think that I am. At this point I’m about half-way through Wario Land 3, and this weekend will be the fourth of five Mario Party DS boards I cover. However, while their ends will be certain (early December for the former, late November for the latter), at this point I’m a bit uncertain of how the extra videos will go, not to mention how long they will last. Because of this, once I get to the extra content, I’m going to try and get as much done as I can. This means that I won’t be starting any new projects until roughly December 5th or 6th at the earliest, and I don’t foresee any other new projects until I’ve maybe finished the extra content for one of the two games (or maybe even both).

My main goal is to finish both Mario Party DS and Wario Land 3 before the end of the year. As usual and as probably expected, I am once again hosting a Project of the Year video that will be posted on the last day of 2016, and I would like to qualify both Wario Land 3 and Mario Party DS for the voting of that video. Even though they may be cutting it pretty damn close, the main parts of their playthroughs will be finished before the first full week of December, and I think that more than qualifies them, even if they do have quite a bit of bonus and extra content to go. Anything else that starts in December will not be finished before December ends, so they will not be qualified, but they will be qualified for the following year’s list, undoubtedly.

So breaking all of this down into a calendar representation, this is how each week’s upload schedule will look like for the next 3-4 weeks. Next week (Thanksgiving week), Wario Land 3 will be uploaded every single weekday except Thanksgiving (I have something special planned for Thanksgiving), and I’ll post the final board of Mario Party DS on that weekend. The next week will finish out the main part of Wario Land 3 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while I’ll start posting extra videos of Mario Party DS on Tuesday and Thursday in addition to Saturday and Sunday. The following week (December 5th), is when I’ll start my new project (which I’ll get into next paragraph) and that will more than likely be posted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday while I use the other 4 days to finish up whatever I have left of the other two projects. I know it might seem a little confusing, but trust me, I have everything worked out in my head and I’m pretty confident in what I’m doing.

As for the new project, it’s not really a surprise as this has been advertised for an entire year by this point, but the newest LP is going to be Super Paper Mario, a project I’m really excited about and really looking forward to, especially with how well Paper Mario and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door were received on my channel. They were both Project of the Year recipients and I’m very curious to see if this series can do it three times in a row. However, I probably shouldn’t even get into 2017’s Project of the Year when 2016’s hasn’t even been named yet. Anyway, I do have an idea of what projects I will release after the extras of both Wario Land 3 and Mario Party DS have been finished, and at this point, I’m 90% certain they are going to remain the same, but just for fun, or at least until next month, I’m going to keep quiet and see if I can keep the suspense going. After all, I also need to decide what projects I’m going to tease at the end of the Project of the Year video for 2017!

But what else can you expect on my channel in the coming weeks? Well, I did tease a special video to be released on Thanksgiving, and if you have been paying attention to my SlimKirby Central videos as of late, you probably have an idea of what that video is going to be (I have been working on it for the entire year after all). Also, I have returned to the world of Pokemon Go, FINALLY, after too many months of not playing the game. So maybe, JUST MAYBE, I can work on another log video talking about my experiences and some of the new features I have not discussed yet. And of course, as already mentioned in this section, it wouldn’t be the end of the year without my traditional “Project of the Year” video. Even though it really doesn’t pertain to November and will be more pressing in December, I will announce that voting for that video will start not long after I finish the main game of Wario Land 3 or after I finish the extras of Mario Party DS. So basically, before the next SlimKirby Central, so keep your eyes peeled.

I think that’s all I have to talk about though, so let’s move on to some shorter sections where I have less to talk about.

Twitch

Ok, so I’ll be talking about this a bit more in my November 15th update video, but at this current point in time, I am taking a bit of a break from Twitch for a few weeks. I know this is very disappointing to many of my Twitch fans, but at this point in time, I really need a break, and I feel like it’s a very good time to take one. I just recently finished three games, I’ve had a major lack of interest in RetroAchievements, and moving forward, there’s just not really a whole lot I want to stream at the moment. So instead of fighting the stress of streaming in addition to all of that other stuff, it just makes more sense to step away for a bit and refresh myself before jumping into the fray again.

However, please do not consider this to be the end of my streaming or my Twitch channel. This break is only temporary and I already have plenty of ideas for stuff I will be doing when I return. For one, the Digimon World stream, which has been highly requested since I finished Digimon World 2 and got my hands on Digimon World 1…it will no doubt be one of my top and first priorities when I return. With how much fun DW2 was last year, I would love to experience the same hype all over again (assuming I like the game and it doesn’t pull a DW3 on me). Also, with how much fun my Name That Tune special was last month, I’d love to host another event like that over the Holidays and potentially get more competitors for not only my contests, but also for Odinspack33’s trivia nights that he hosts on his stream channel.

Speaking of which, if you would like to fill the void of your stream viewing pleasures, I highly recommend you check out Odinspack and his brother Cypheron on their co-op Twitch channel called Ami_Bros. They host a stream event every single day and I’m very set on helping them get more followers and more exposure because they are very set on making this channel huge and I would like to see them accomplish that. I’ve known Odin for a very long time and he’s a very good friend of mine, so please, go and show him and his bro some support! I also have many other friends who stream pretty regularly as well, so don’t be afraid to check them out as well, as they are very good people; SMXLI, KingofKienzan, WolfSheikah, AlanEdgeHead

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Still do not have a lot to talk about on this front, but we are getting closer and closer to finishing our next project. We just have to do commentary for a few more parts and we should be good to go. We also have a few other projects on backlog that we are looking into, so just stick with us and maybe we will have something for you guys in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, we are looking forward to the return of Magfest, which will be happening in the first week of January, so maybe we can get a few other things recorded there for you guys as well.

Website

Yeah, don’t have a lot of action here either, but I’m looking to having that change when we get into 2017. I know it may seem like a broken record, but to put things in perspective, I feel like 2016 has seen the most use of my website so far in the last 2 or 3 years of this site existing. I find it difficult for me to keep this updated just because the days I used to frequent message boards and write essays every day are over, so when it comes to writing articles or reviews, I’m just not as prolific as a writer as I once was, which is kind of the downside of this kind of work that I do. However, just from writing this update, I feel like it’s something that I really should try to get back into, because there are lots of things I have to say about video games and gaming in general. But yeah, that’s my plan anyway…whether or not I succeed, we’ll just have to see. Also, I’ll try to have a new Question Corner out this week. With no streams this week, I should be able to get that done.

Star Warrior Shout-Out

I already gave a handful of shout-outs earlier, but there is something I have neglected to mention so far that I really feel like highlighting because it potentially saved me from not only spending more money, but also preventing any delays on the channel as well.

So if you’ve been watching the Ocarina of Time playthrough, you know that I was having some slight issues with my capture device as of late. I really don’t know why that was the case, it’s still a mystery to me, and I’m not even 100% sure that the problem has been fixed. But, thanks to Youtube user General Snivy, I was able to not only contact Elgato technical support, but he also helped me run some tests to make sure everything was working properly. And as of right now, I think I might be good to go moving forward. Again, I’m not 100% convinced everything is working perfectly, but with how fickle technology can be and how it can be your worst enemy in this type of work, I feel a lot better moving forward.

So of course, this month’s Star Warrior shout-out goes out to General Snivy for helping me out of, honestly a situation that kind of freaked me out a little bit. I haven’t had any major tech issues (with exception to my Internet when it comes to streaming, but that’s another issue entirely) in a very long time and I was kind of hoping that I was done with that stuff. Given, I shouldn’t be so ignorant as there will no doubt always be some sort of issues that develop, but still, it was nice having a winning streak for once and it’s also nice to know that the streak can kind of continue. General Snivy has been a long-time watcher of my videos and he was also a frequent competitor in the Star Warrior Cup tournaments I used to host on Mario Kart 8. I also interact with him on Twitter sometimes (which is how all of this tech support started) and he is a very nice guy. He does Let’s Plays of his own on his own channel, consisting of Banjo Kazoie for X-Box Live Arcade, Diddy Kong Racing, Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Final Mix and various other games, so check him out if you are interested in those games, and thank you General for saving me from a giant freak-out.

Conclusion

So with all of that said and done, I think I’m about ready to wrap this update up. Thanks to everyone for all of your continued support and patience, and again, I do apologize for this being a written update instead of a video one and of course for the stream hiatus, but I’m hoping with a month and a half left of 2016, we can end the year on a bang, so let’s see what we can do. I’m really excited for next month’s update as it’s looking to be more of a look-forward into 2017, and I’m very optimistic about the new year. 2016 has been a difficult year for sure, and with recent political updates, 2017 may not have a lot of high hopes right now, but I feel like the more negatively you look at something before it happens, you’re already setting yourself up for failure, which is not a good thing. So let’s all just try to be the best we can be and do what we can to make this world worth living, ok? I’ll talk you guys soon! Later folks!

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SlimKirby’s Name That VideoGame Tune – 10/24/16 @ 4:00 PM EDT

SlimKirby's Name That VideoGame Tune - 10/24/16 @ 4:00 PM EDT

Introduction: Hey guys! I’m hosting a Video Game “Name That Tune” competition on Monday, October 24th 2016 at 4:00 PM EDT at my SlimKirby stream channel! This competition is heavily based and inspired by Odinspack33’s competition that he hosts on his Twitch channel, Ami_Bros, every week. I’m doing this merely as a one-off special stream and don’t intend on doing this regularly, unless the desire is heavily there. If you want to see more of these contests, follow the Ami_Bros at the link above. He does this every week (usually on Thursday) and it’s a very good time.

Concept: The concept is quite simple. I play a song, and you guys try to guess what game it is from. The fastest (and correct) users will get points for answering correctly and at the end, I will crown a winner. Don’t expect any rewards though, as this is merely for fun. I just want to test you guys and see how well you will do.

Games: Any video game console, handheld and PC game is eligible to have songs in this contest, and some series will no-doubt be covered multiple times. However, no single game will be used twice. Also, these are all games that I have played at some point in my life. There will be songs from games I have Let’s Played, but there are also a lot of songs from games I have NOT Let’s Played. I also tried to pick only a small number of songs that appear in my stream grinding playlist, and the ones I picked should be very recognizable tracks anyway.

Songs: When I am getting ready to play a song, I will mute my microphone and let people know in chat when I’m about to start playing the song. I’ll let the song play for about 30 seconds (maybe longer to account for twitch delay), so during that time, please post in chat what you think the song is from. After I stop the song, I will mute the audio again, write down who got the question correct, and then move on to the next song. After every 5 songs, I will recap the answers and who got points. This will continue for 50 songs.

Answers: There are a couple rules you need to keep in mind when answering.

a) Only the first 3 correct answers will be accepted and will get points. The first correct answer will get 2 points, while the following 2 correct answers will get one point. There will be a cut-off though for how long I accept additional correct answers, just to prevent copy/pasting and cheating.

b) You only get one answer, so only your first answer will be accepted if you answer multiple times.

c) If you don’t know the answer, GUESS! Sometimes you would be surprised how often your guess would be right, just by knowing certain styles and sound fonts of music.

d) You are answering with the game where that music track FIRST appeared in. Songs that are featured in subsequent games (unless they are remixed) will not count. Super Smash Bros is a big example here. Make sure you know the difference between original songs and remixes. If it’s a Smash Bros. remix, answer with the Smash Bros game, but if it’s the original, unchanged song, answer with where it’s from.

e) A correct answer must have correct spelling. If you spell something wrong, or make an accidental typo, sorry, your answer will not count. However, you don’t need to have exact punctuation. So don’t worry about colons or hyphens if you don’t include them. I’m also flexible when it comes to spacing as well.

f) Give full titles! Name abbreviations and acronyms are not correct answers. Example: Don’t shorten “Super Mario Bros. 3” to “SMB3” or “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” to “Zelda: OoT.” You need to spell out full game answers, only exception being the following subtitle rule.

g) Subtitles are unnecessary unless they differentiate the game in question. Example: All “The Legend of Zelda” games NEED their subtitle because if you just say “The Legend of Zelda,” that could mean the original game or any of the other games that have subtitles. However, “Zelda II: The Adventure Link” doesn’t need the subtitle, because there is only one “Zelda II” so “Zelda II” would be an acceptable answer. For another example, “Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest,” an answer of “Donkey Kong Country 2” is acceptable. You can still type out the full names, but you won’t get bonus points, and are potentially missing out on points by typing out more than necessary.

h) Stick with North American names only. If you live in a different region and are used to calling a game by a certain name, I may make an exception in that case, but only if it would give you a point otherwise. The answer is whatever it is on the box or game disc.

Cheating: If you are caught cheating, you will be timed out. Any further cheating will result in a disqualification or a ban on my stream channel. No exceptions. This is for fun and there are no prizes involved, so don’t cheat. Unfortunately, since this contest will rely a lot on the honor system, cheating can’t be policed very easily, but in my experience, cheaters usually slip up eventually, so just don’t do it.

Lag and Stream Buffering: If you are experiencing lag or stream buffer during the event, my only advice would be to refresh the stream or reset your router/connection. In between rounds, pause the stream and play again to get caught up for optimal performance. If you continue to have problems, there is not much I can do because unfortunately with streaming, there are a lot of factors that affect performance, like twitch servers, my internet, your internet, or sometimes just random luck. WHATEVER YOU DO THOUGH, DO NOT COMPLAIN ABOUT LAG OR TWITCH DELAY IN CHAT. We know it’s frustrating, but it can be ridiculously annoying watching someone complain about it over and over again. If you make a habit of complaining, you are risking a timeout or potential ban.

My Screen is Law: Sometimes, it may show you answering before someone else on your screen, but sometimes, due to people answering at the same time, on my screen it may show a different result. Whatever it shows on my screen is what is correct, even if it shows you first on your screen. That’s the only fair way to do this.

Common Courtesy and Respect: During the event, treat all individuals; streamer, moderators and fellow competitors with respect and kindness. Do not insult anyone and if you think someone is cheating, let the moderators take care of it and not yourself. If you have a problem with the contest and think something was done unjustly, address it in between rounds and we’ll discuss it before moving on to the next one.

I think that’s all I need to address. The only other thing I can think of is just to have fun and a good time listening to video game music with other like-minded gamers! See you then!
~SlimKirby

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Question Corner #10 – 9/26/16

Question Corner #10 - 9/26/16

Hello everybody, SlimKirby here, and welcome to another edition of Question Corner!

I don’t have much to say this time around. I appreciate people being patient with me and not trying to force me to rush these out. It may not seem like these issues take a lot of work, but when you are constantly and consistently working on Youtube, Twitch and various other mediums, it definitely takes a toll after awhile. If you want to submit a question of your own, please go to the Contact page and send one.

As usual though, make sure your question is appropriate before you send it. Leave all personal and private matters out of the equation. Also, try to avoid very basic “yes” or “no” questions and questions that have a very narrow topic; like questions that ask if I’ve played a certain game series and what my opinion on that game series is (especially if it requires me to play that series, because chances are that I have not played it yet and cannot give an opinion on it. So let’s get this started now, shall we?

Q: “What is your best score at golf?”
A: Nothing spectacular, I’ll tell you that right now. To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever gotten anything lower than a +15. I have been able to get pars and birdies before, even on Par 4s, but my skill at golf is nothing that amazing.

Q: “How has 2016 been in general?”
A: To be bluntly honest, 2016 hasn’t been that great for me. I wouldn’t say it was the worst year ever or anything, and there have been some really nice highlights (Magfest 2016, Momocon 2016, reconnecting with old friends, etc.), but the year has also been filled with a lot of just very slow to no progression on a lot of different fronts. Finding work has been absolutely terrible, and I don’t even want to get into how depressing the world of politics has defined this year.

Q: “What is your favorite Disney movie?”
A: Hands down, my favorite Disney movie is Aladdin. That’s the first Disney movie I remember seeing at a movie theater, I think it still holds up very well today, and as a child, I had the biggest crush on Jasmine…although admittedly, I still kind of do. Shoutouts to The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast for being solid runner-ups.

Q: “Would you like to see another Mario Kart game like Double Dash?”
A: Would I mind it? No, because Double Dash was fun and it worked very well, but a part of me thinks they don’t need to go in that direction again. The last few Mario Kart games have been very solid and I just don’t think there is a need to drift away from their current trend; no pun intended

Q: “What are your thoughts on Pokemon Gen VII?”
A: I’m excited for Gen 7 and have thoroughly enjoyed all the news and updates about it. Although I think Alolan Exeggutor is stupid, I love all the other Alolan forms and am really curious to see how all of the new Pokemon are going to work and play out. I was also really enjoying the footage we got to see at E3. The interface looks neat and with the additional options and data we can now see inside the game, it just feels like we won’t need to rely on sites like Serebii or Bulbapedia as much. I also appreciate them trying to keep the gameplay fresh, by trying something new for the gym system. Not that there was anything wrong with it, but sometimes just mixing it up a little can be good for a series, because aside from general mechanic updates, Pokemon really hasn’t changed much since Gen 1; at least in terms of going to 8 gyms across the land, stopping the evil team, and becoming League Champion.

Q: “What is your opinion on the direction of the Paper Mario series?”
A: Right now, it’s not good. I was incredibly disappointed by Sticker Star and Color Splash seems to be more of the same which is not what I wanted from Paper Mario. I really do want them to go back to the old days of Paper Mario as I’m sure they will not regret that decision one bit if they do because it seems pretty apparent that it is what people want over what the series is now.

Q: “Do you wish you had magical powers to change some of the stuff in your life?”
A: Definitely! I think everyone secretly wants that power just because it would make things a lot easier for people, despite being extremely unrealistic. Don’t get me wrong, I like putting in the effort to do it myself and it will be more rewarding that way, but just to make the journey a little easier…

Q: “What was the most rage-inducing moment in your gaming career?”
A: I seem to run into a very specific moment in certain games all the time where I attempt a really hard challenge, potentially the hardest challenge in the game, have a really good start, and then just proceed to choke big time, watching that golden moment just fly away from my grasp. One moment recently was when I was playing 100% Orange Juice, trying to beat every single player mode on “Expert.” I was playing the hardest map, I set myself up to win the game, but then for like 10-15 turns, I couldn’t move at all, which pretty much caused me to lose the game. I was getting so mad and frustrated, I created some new profanities in my rage. But that is only just one instance of many that have happened over the years.

Q: “Has the NES Marathon inspired you to do another NES marathon at a future date and time or do a marathon with another classic system?”
A: Honestly, I have already thought about the potential for a follow up NES Marathon next year because this marathon has been a lot of fun to do and there are plenty of NES games I still have to do. As for other systems, maybe, but it’s a little harder with other systems because I definitely grew up with Nintendo games and many of the games shown in the NES Marathon are games where I played a future entry in the series, but not the first one.

Q: “What’s your favorite game from each Nintendo console?”
A: NES – Super Mario Bros. 3, SNES – Super Mario World, N64 – Paper Mario, GCN – Tales of Symphonia, Wii – Super Mario Galaxy, Wii U – Hyrule Warriors, GB – Pokemon RBY, GBA – Fire Emblem, DS – Pokemon Heart Gold, 3DS – Animal Crossing New Leaf

Q: “What inspired you to do the NES Marathon?”
A: Pretty much as stated in the introduction video, I never grew up with the NES and many of the series I love in gaming started on the NES, so I felt it was appropriate to take some time and visit/revisit those games for the channel. And since they are all short games, why not just get them all done in a month?

Q: “How does your family and friends feel about what you do on Youtube?”
A: My parents have always been very supportive of my Youtube channel. In fact, they tell their students about my channel all the time and I have gotten a few new subscribers out of it. My friends are also aware and are very proud of me and think what I do is pretty cool. My other family members are usually the same way, but there are some members of my family who don’t really get or understand it, but they also come from a much different generation than I do.

Q: “Would you ever do another 24-hour Mario Party Marathon again?”
A: Definitely! Not right away, but I would be down to do it again in the future. Heck, I wouldn’t mind doing other marathons either.

Q: “Why do you allow only 20 questions per episode?”
A: At first it was because I was getting a lot of questions at once and thought it would be a good number to cover multiple issues instead of just doing one long issue. If an article/page is too long, some people may not want to read the whole thing.

Q: “What is it like to have your birthday on the day after Christmas?”
A: There’s not really a whole lot to it. On the 25th we celebrate Christmas and on the 26th we celebrate my birthday. Usually the 25th is reserved for a family gathering where we exchange all of our gifts and get to see everybody (and I usually get all my birthday cards/money on that day too), and then my birthday is usually just a celebration with my parents (we go to my favorite restaurant) or my friends. As a kid, this never really affected any gifts I got. I usually got some kind of toy or game for Christmas and some extra money for my birthday. Plus, I was never really that picky or spoiled of a child, so I didn’t put a lot of emphasis on gifts anyway. I was always happy just to have the family together.

Q: “Do you find gorons cute?”
A: Why does it seem like I get a lot of “is this cute?” questions every now and then? Well, regardless, I don’t think they look ugly, necessarily, but I don’t know if cute would be my definition of them.

Q: “Did you keep up with the 2016 Summer Olympics?”
A: Honestly, no, I have not. I’m not really big into professional sports as it is, so I wouldn’t really find a lot of enjoyment out of the Olympics either. I think it’s cool that every few years the entire world gets together to compete, but it’s just not something I would personally watch or invest my time into.

Q: “What game could you play over and over again and never get bored with?”
A: Super Mario World is the definitive answer. I would probably also add Kirby Superstar and Paper Mario to that list as well.

Q: “What is your favorite season of the year?”
A: It’s hard to say, because honestly, I like cool and breezy weather; nothing too hot or nothing too cold. So with that being said, probably either spring or fall. If I had to pick one though, I would probably go for fall, especially the month leading into winter. That always just seems to be a time where I am feeling the best.

Q: “Do you want to visit the Kirby Café?”
A: FOR THE LOVE OF GOD YES! That would be so cool!

I’m going to answer one more question because it’s very relevant to recent happenings and I don’t know when the next Question Corner will be up, so it makes the most sense to address it now when it’s still on my mind.

Q: “Do you watch Big Brother and if so, what is your opinion of the most recentseason?”
A: I’m guessing this question was brought on by a few of the tweets I made over the past few weeks. Anyway, yeah, I do watch the CBS reality show Big Brother. I’ve been a fan since Season 12 when I saw my parents watching it and decided to watch along with them, and I actually found it kind of interesting. From there, I went back, watched all the seasons (some a few times) and have kept up with it every year since. As far as this most recent season is concerned though, I was very disappointed. The season had way too many twists and way too many ways for players to come back into the game after they had already been evicted/kicked out. The returning/veteran players (people who had played before) were terrible choices and they either played terribly or didn’t play the game at all, and the fact that the production staff had tried so hard to rig the game so those players would win or get far was absolutely frustrating. The only saving graces of this year were Paul and Victor who were very engaging to the audiences and very entertaining, and I think it’s an absolute travesty that Paul lost to Nicole, who did nothing but lay in bed with her boy-toy for like….80% of the show. Yeah, she played at the end of the game, and of all sixteen houseguests, she was still probably in the upper-tier of the players, but compared to Paul, she should have lost big time. Paul played the entire game, was always in the thick of things, came up with many strategic moves, won competitions when he had to and laid low when he had to, and doing all of that for a player who had never played or watched the game before was absolutely amazing. Next to Danielle from Season 3 and Vanessa from Season 17, he is one of the greatest players of Big Brother to never win the game. Victor was also a really good player, but didn’t deserve to win because he got evicted three times, although him making history by winning his way back into the house twice was amazing to watch. Aside from that though, I don’t really have much else to say about this season because honestly, it was one of the worst seasons to watch as a fan and I really hope they step up their game for next summer. I’m also not going to watch the CBS All Access version of Big Brother that’s about to debut because I don’t want to pay money to watch a show I normally watch for free.

But yeah, that’s about it for this Question Corner. Like I said before, I don’t know when to expect the next one, so if you want to see the next one as soon as possible, send in those questions because you may get lucky with an early release! Just don’t spam any random question though and try to at least put some thought into it, just so we don’t get a bunch of questions like, “What color are your shoes?” X_X

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Question Corner #6 – 5/4/2016

Question Corner #6 – 5/4/2016

Hello everybody and good evening! It is time for another Question Corner update! Once again I have reached the 20 (ACCEPTABLE) question threshold, which means another update will be posted. It’s been almost 2 months since the last one, but again, I need to stress that it is only because I wasn’t getting enough questions that were acceptable for the next issue to be posted. I use the word “acceptable” very strictly, because once again, some twerp thought it was funny to ask a bunch of stupid questions that were not appropriate for the issue, and then complained about the next issue not being up, blaming my laziness instead of his inability to read the rules, and then proceeded to deny any existence of my heterosexuality, which…..I don’t even see how that’s relevant to begin with, lol.

Oh well, it’s a shame for him that his comments don’t really insult me. If anything, the only individuals he is insulting is the human race in general by sharing the same existence with them. But oh well…fools will be fools. Let’s get to the questions…

…after one quick reminder that if you would like to submit a question of your own, please do so via the Contact form. Just make sure your question is appropriate and if at all possible, try to avoid questions like “Will you Let’s Play this game?” or questions that just in general will yield a very small response (so in other words, “Do you like eating chocolate?” will probably not be yielding too much of an answer compared to “What are your favorite types of dessert items?” just to give an example).

Q: “What’s your opinion of the Final Fantasy series?”
A: Despite only playing completely (and loving) Final Fantasy VII, I think it’s a great series that is doing very well for itself. I’ve seen a few Final Fantasy games and I’ve also taken a few steps into Final Fantasy I as well, and I do like what I see/play, but I’ve never been able to take more steps into actually finishing the games. I need to get back into that because I would love to get more into this series and see more what it has to offer.

Q: “What do you want to see in Mario Party 11?”
A: A complete shift back to the way Mario Party games used to be like. Better side games and side modes. Online play! The traditional style of Mario Party being the main focus! It’s that simple NDCube!

Q: “Would you like to see another game like Super Princess Peach?”
A: Super Princess Peach actually looked pretty entertaining and interesting for what the game is, and I would like to see more experimental platformers like that. They don’t necessarily have to have Peach as the main character, but the style of game it is was pretty interesting for it’s time and I’d like to see more of that.

Q: “Do you have any idea when you will take your first steps into LPing Grand Theft Auto games?”
A: I would really like to, because as I’ve stated multiple times, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City may be one of my favorite games of all-time, or at the absolute least, my favorite PS2 game. I dunno though…the timing has just never felt right for doing those games. I have GTA III, Vice City, San Andreas, Vice City Stories and GTA IV, so I have a number of titles to do…I just don’t know where exactly to begin or when. I’m sure I’ll get to it at some point though.

Q: “Are there any games you want a sequel to (aside from Hit & Run)?”
A: After thinking long and hard about this…the only game I can really think of is Kirby’s Air Ride. I thought the Air Ride mode (alongside City Trial) had a great formula to start with and it would be cool to see another game like it again.

Q: “Why does it say you joined Youtube in 2006 when you declare 2007 as your Youtube start?”
A: That’s pretty simple…I created a Youtube account in 2006 for watching videos and in 2007 I decided to start actually making videos. It seems like a simple answer for this question, opposed to the more complicated “a rip in the space time continuum happened” answer you were probably looking for, but I do get this question a lot and understandably so. It does say I started in 2006, and I always say otherwise that it was 2007. In terms of creating videos, 2007 is the only answer I will care about.

Q: “What did you think about the Kirby’s Dream Collection for the Nintendo Wii”
A: I actually thought it was a really sweet collection. Dream Land 1, 2, 3, Adventure, Super Star AND Kirby 64 for retail price? That’s a pretty sweet deal and I love the music CD that came with it as well. I think it would have been cool to include some other non-platforming games as well (like Avalanche and Dream Course), but I suppose you can’t be too picky about it.

Q: “Since you talk a lot about it, what is your history with Asperger’s Syndrome?”
A: I am not an Aspie myself, but I have a lot of friends who are and they are honestly some of the most intelligent, down to earth and wonderful people I have ever met. MegaFreak400, who was like one of my closest friends from the CrystalStarStudio group, is an Aspie and he is one of my favorite people to talk to just because I really value his opinion and he is someone who I feel like I can have a legitimate argument and discussion with, without feeling like I need to punch him afterwards. He was just someone who I really connected with. FiyahKitteh, who I dated for a few years, was also on the Aspergers spectrum and she is someone whom I really admire in wisdom, creativity and spirit, and still do to this day. After all of these meetings, and hearing stories from my parents and other family members, who do a lot of work with kids in their schools that also have Aspergers, I’ve just grown kind of an understanding and respect for those who have it because they are so misunderstood and they get treated like they are freaks, when in reality, are just like everyone else, just with slightly different reactions and interactions.

Q: “What would you love to see in a 3rd Banjo Kazooie game if they ever made one?”
A: They did make one…it’s called Nuts & Bolts. Now, since I just insulted every Banjo-Kazooie fan by saying that, please allow me to explain. I’m only teasing you because of the way you asked your question, because like it or not, another big-time Banjo Kazooie game was made after the original duology on the N64. It’s definitely not the game everyone wanted, and I’d say it’s a Banjo game in the same way that Kirby’s Epic Yarn is a Kirby game. It does have Kirby as the main character, but it’s quite obvious that he was creatively crafted into a game that was already a developed idea. As far as Nuts and Bolts goes, Rare was working on this idea and people wanted Banjo, so they included Banjo into the idea. That’s more than likely what happened anyway. Obviously I don’t work for Rare so I can’t confirm, but that seems to be the most likely scenario. Also, don’t forget about the Game Boy Advance Banjo game either. That game was a pretty neat distraction considering. Anyway, as for a new “true” Banjo game, I would be very interested to see a return to the classic style of game that made Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie what it is; a collect-a-thon platformer with cool moves, items, quirky characters, fun minigames and challenges. Really, I don’t think it’s too much to ask for Rare to go back to their Banjo roots.

Q: “Are there any companies that have the potential to bring Mario Party back to its roots?”
A: Honestly, and this is what really kills me, I think NdCube is more than capable of making a good classic Mario Party game, but they are so incredibly stuck on this mindset that the series is fine the way it is. And honestly, it’s not! They’ve shown that they are capable of making good minigames, and there are visions of a good board mode in Amiibo Party (as basic and bare bones and boring as it is), but they are just not putting two and two together, nor are they listening to their fans either. They literally have no consumer research department and that is a problem they could so easily remedy. It’s so frustrating!

Q: “Have you thought about doing other Top 10s?”
A: The questioner asked in regards to Simpsons episodes, but I’ll make the question a bit more general. Yeah, I have thought about doing other Top 10s, and for something like The Simpsons, which I have a great fondness for, topics of that nature are pretty likely to get covered in some way. My only problem is that making a list video does take a lot of time and a lot of work. Sometimes even moreso than an actual Let’s Play episode. You need to record footage, write narration, record narration, listen to narration over and over again, put it all together and watch through it multiple times to make sure it’s right. There’s a lot of stuff that’s required for a Top 10. I seriously don’t know how rabbidluigi does a list every week on his channel. But yeah, I have thought about some things and if I get some time, maybe I’ll try my hand at it! I know one topic I was considering at one point was a Top 10 favorite Donkey Kong Country levels video.

Q: “What is your opinion of the Grand Theft Auto series?”
A: I love the Grand Theft Auto series. Now, before people assume it’s because it’s the violence, committing crimes and sleeping with prostitutes side of GTA…you’re wrong! What I love is the sandbox atmosphere of the series. The fact that you are given a city to just explore and do what you want. You can play through the story, you can play fun minigames and side missions, or you can just go crazy, buy a bunch of weapons and cause havoc in town if you wanted to. The world is quite literally your oyster, and depending on what game you are playing, you have a lot of different options as well. Hell, even just doing the taxi missions while listening to the radio can be fun. It’s such a great series and why I love sandbox-style games.

Q: “What are your expectations of Nintendo’s E3 for this year and the NX?”
A: Honestly, I don’t have any expectations, but I feel like going into an E3 conference with expectations only means you will have expectations to potentially lose. While, if you go into a conference not expecting anything, you have the possibility of being completely swept off your feet, which is something I want to happen during an E3 conference. Honestly though, I would love for Nintendo to have a conference that would blow everything out of the water because right now, I feel like Nintendo desperately needs it. Not that I think Nintendo is doing bad, persay. I do enjoy the games Nintendo has been putting out and overall, the Wii U has given me more enjoyment than lack of enjoyment. I just feel like public opinion with Nintendo is already on pretty shaky ground and it needs to do something to get the faith back. I also think the NX reveal/announcement needs to be done right because that could be another deal maker or breaker for Nintendo. What would I love to see? Well, I would love to see a new Mario game, potentially a 3D Mario game.

Q: “What did you make of the death of Satoru Iwata?”
A: I was incredibly sad by the passing of Mr. Iwata. He’s been involved in so many games I’ve played and cherished from my childhood days and it’s sad to know that such a great man will no longer be involved in Nintendo Directs, conferences or game development anymore. However, one thing we must remember is that his spirit lives on in the games he has made for us, and we will never forget those gifts he had a hand in making for us gamers!

Q: “With your name being ‘Robert,’ what name do you generally go by or prefer going by (Robert, Rob, Bob, Robbie)?
A: I prefer Rob. It’s short and to the point, just the way I like it. For official stuff, like signing documents, or when I was turning in homework assignments during my college days, I use Robert because it feels more official and appropriate. I used to go by Robbie when I was younger, but I don’t really like that version of my name anymore. As far as “Bob” is concerned, that’s what we called my grandfather (shared the same name), so I try to avoid that name out of respect. My father is also named Robert, but my family just calls him by his middle name anyway.

Q: “What was your opinion of The Simpsons Game playthrough that you did a few years ago?”
A: I thought it was fine. Honestly though, I am a little bitter about that playthrough due to the fact that the Wii version (the version I played) had an inferior amount of content compared to the Xbox360 and PS3 versions, which is really dumb. May want to redo that playthrough sometime in the future, but not anytime soon.

Q: “What would be your dream vacation?”
A: Honestly, the best kind of vacations are when they are with my lovely online friends of the PuddlePlainsHD community and other good online friends. I always have a blast at Magfest whenever I go to it and it would be cool to have a longer period of time to hang out with the people I adore. We really should consider doing a get-together sometime when a convention isn’t going on just to see what it’s like. Honestly, doesn’t even matter where we go, as long as there is a place where Odinspack and I can go hit the gym and some nice relaxing time where we can sit back and game the night away!

Q: “What are your favorite animals?”
A: My favorite animal would probably be a penguin. They are very adaptable to cold weather, much like I am, and they always waddle around like I do. I also like lions, wolves and foxes.

Q: “If you only had 12 months to live, what would you try to accomplish?”
A: I would probably spend the first month relaxing and trying to come to terms with the time I have left, figuring out what things I would like to do before I leave. And then just trying to spend the rest of my time doing stuff I either really love or things I have always wanted to do. I don’t necessarily want to go into any major details, because that’s a very personal topic for me, but yeah, just making the most of what I have left. Would also try to visit people who I have always wanted to meet but never had a chance to.

Q: “Who designed the banner on your website?”
A: That was actually designed by me with help from FiyahKitteh. Her instruction with Photoshop is what allowed me to create that, but aside from the instruction, it was all done by my hand.

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Question Corner #5 – 3/18/2016

Question Corner #5 – 3/18/2016

I feel I must apologize for the lateness of this entry. Not because I didn’t do it, because this has been ready for weeks now, but for some reason, it just kinda slipped my mind that I hadn’t put this up yet. It’s like going out of your way to make a really good pasta for dinner, but then just forgetting that you made it and you accidentally put a pizza in the oven instead. Entry #6, which might be ready soon, should be up sooner than this one because of this random delay.

Before we get started, as usual….if you would like to submit a questions of your own, go to the Contact page and send me a question for the Question Corner. Questions only focusing on “What LP will I do?” or “When will you LP this game?” will not be answered, so do not make a habit of asking those questions. And of course, please leave out questions that I’ve answered before and anything personal that doesn’t really belong on this website. Thank you!

Q: “What was your childhood dream job?”
A: Honestly, just making a job out of video games in some fashion would have been satisfying for my younger self. Whether it was making them, playtesting them, or even what I’m doing know with making videos on Youtube; anything that would put me in the field would have been just dandy.

Q: “What is your least favorite Let’s Play that you have done?”
A: Aside from the really bad camcorder projects of the old days, probably my blind run of Kirby’s Dream Land 3. Mario Party 3 is also pretty bad, but that KDL3 playthrough was just…ugh! I just get a bad feeling from even thinking about that one. Just the fact that it was a blind run, with post commentary just made it seem like it was very unprofessionally done. I’m glad I went back to redo that project at a later date and time, because the redone project was a lot better. Still wasn’t super crazy about the game, but I would have much rather had that new playthrough than the old one.

Q: “What are your 10 favorite characters from the Simpsons?”
A: Homer Simpson, Ralph Wiggum, Troy McClure, Sideshow Bob, Lenny Leonard, Carl Carlson, Professor Frink, Fat Tony, Dr. Hibbert, Rainer Wolfcastle. I think that’s 10! Don’t feel like going into too much detail though, so I’ll just say this; The Simpsons is a great show with many great characters.

Q: ”What would you do if you won the lottery?”
A: First I would pay off ALL of my student loans so I would never have to worry about those ever again. Then, honestly, I would just save a lot of the money just in case I would ever need it for a rainy day. You never know when it could come in handy.

Q: “What did you think of Futurama being cancelled again?”
A: Honestly, I don’t have much of a problem with it this time. This time they were able to end it with a proper finale, they got two pretty good quality seasons out of it being on Comedy Central, and I feel like it has met its goal this time. I’m personally someone who doesn’t mind the newer seasons of The Simpsons, but I do agree that the quality is much lower than what it used to be, and I think if Futurama tried to squeeze a few more seasons out, it would have started going down the same path.

Q: “What is your opinion on Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts?”
A: I’ve personally never played it, so I can’t give you an actual opinion of the game, but based on what I have seen of it, it’s disappointing because it doesn’t really deliver on what made Banjo such a great series (at that point). Whether the actual game itself is good or not, it’s not what many faithful BK followers bought an Xbox for, and it wasn’t really what Microsoft was paying for when they initially bought Rare. Think of it this way…you bought a steak, but instead were given a salad. Maybe the salad is really good, but it’s not what you paid for. That’s what many people seem to have an issue with in regards to Nuts & Bolts. Given, a part of that might be on the consumers and not Rare, because it was pretty clear that Nuts and Bolts was not going to be that new Banjo game everyone wanted, but I feel like the development was not necessarily denying that false identity either. Or rather, they didn’t do enough.

Q: “How far are you from getting a 3DS Capture Card and where can I donate to the cause?”
A: I’m still a few hundred away, but I’ve collected a lot of really great donations from the Star Warrior community so far! If you would like to donate, here is a link to my donation page!

Q: “Have you considered getting into the Mario Party development team?”
A: If it were that easy, then yes, I would totally get on board and make changes and get that series back on the right track. I really don’t see how NDCube continues to screw up on these games because the Mario Party fanbase has been quite vocal about what they want and what they don’t want. Mairo Party 10 was a huge oversight on their part and they could have made an excellent game if they actually did their research.

Q: “On a scale of 1-10, how cute is Kirby?”
A: Kirby gets a freaking 10, no questions asked!

Q: “For your best of/worst of Mario Party series, did you get the ideas for the skits from the games themselves?”
A: Pretty much, at least for Mario Party 5 and onward. I didn’t really have any themes in mind for MP1-MP4. I was just winging it for Mario Party 1, and my skits for Mario Party 2 were based on the viewer response from the skits in the first set of videos. Mario Party 3 was just an experiment I wanted to try on having a guest on board. Mario Party 4 was kind of relevant since there was the mini-mushroom and everything, but really I just didn’t want to spend much time on the skits that time. Everything else tried to feature something from the games I was covering, like the dreams of MP5, the night/day of MP6, the vacation of MP7, the candy of MP8 and driving around in a car for MP9.

Q: “What is your favorite food?”
A: I am a sucker for Italian food, whether it’s pizza or pasta (which explains the pasta scenario I made at the beginning of this post). I am also a big fan of seafood too. There’s an amazing seafood restaurant in my area that we go to for my birthday every year and I look forward to that day every year because of that. Those are definitely my favorites though.

Q: “What are your thoughts on the passing of David Bowie?”
A: Truly heartbreaking! David Bowie is one of my all-time favorite musicians and musical artists and his death hit me pretty hard. I used to listen to his music for hours during my teenage years and it got me through some pretty tough times.

Q: “Do you plan to use face-cam on any of your videos?”
A: If it’s a project/game that would be enhanced by the usage of a face cam, like Slender, Five Nights At Freddys, or many of the other reactionary horror games out there, I’ll consider the idea, but it’s more than likely going to be a straight “No!” I don’t really think facecam adds anything to a Let’s Play and those who “think” it does, only think that way because multi-channel networks tell them that it does, or just think “Well, pewdiepie does it,” so it’s automatically a successful idea that needs to be incorporated (which is also something MCNs will tell you). I mean, I suppose it could add a bit of a personal touch to some videos, but they are mostly used successfully when it’s a game like Amnesia (the horror game, not the dating sim) or Outlast, where Pewdiepie is screaming his head off and the viewers have a visual aid to laugh alongside with. That’s the only time it really works, in my opinion.

Q: “Have you considered stopping Youtube altogether?
A: In terms of just randomly thinking “You know what, I don’t want to do this anymore,” no, I have never really considered it. However, in terms of thinking “Well, there might come a day where I will need to put this aside for more important things,” yeah, I wonder about that all the time. Hell, there are recent days where I have to start thinking about that stuff. As far as what I’m doing about it, I’m just taking it one day at a time and if I need to stop, I will. However, it’s going to be really hard to get me to stop completely. I’m sure I’ll find a way back to this somehow.

Q: “What are your thoughts on the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games?”
A: I think the games are really good in their own right. I would rather play the handheld adventure games because that is where the series shines most, but the MD games are very interesting spinoff titles. I’ve never been able to completely get through a Mystery Dungeon game, but I think it’s because I always approach the games in the worst way possible. Like for RetroAchievements where I expect that I need to do every single sidequest and optional mission in order to get everything. I should honestly just play through the games.

Q: “What kind of movies do you like to watch?”
A: I’m not a very big movie guy, but only in terms of going out to see them. These days I often have a lot more fun watching movies with friends on Netflix, or having a group movie night with my Skype friends. I can watch or pretty much get into anything as long as it’s not super long or boring to the point where I get distracted by the piece of dust in the corner of the room. Some of my favorite movies though are classic movies like Forrest Gump and The Right Stuff, but I’ve gotten into a number of movies very easily. I am also a fan of classic Adam Sandler movies like Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison.

Q: What kind of books do you like to read?”
A: Someone was really, really driven on getting the very basic and broad questions out of the way because I think he asked the previous question too. Anyway, I’m not really that much of a reader. I think it’s because I get distracted really easily and sometimes if I’m not feeling it, I start slurring words together in my head to get through the page/chapter faster. Recently I read through the Hunger Games trilogy and thoroughly enjoyed it, although I only got interested after watching the first movie. I think my favorite book though is “The Three Kingdoms” by Luo Guanzong, which is a novelization of the “Three Kingdoms” saga, which is the same saga the Dynasty Warriors games are based off of as well, so I had a lot of fun reading through that because I had some prior knowledge through the games. That’s all I can really say about books though.

Q: “What was your college experience like?”
A: My college experience was…decent. I wouldn’t say it was a great experience because I kind of felt like the things I did learn were great tools for the real world and I learned a lot about myself as well. However, the things I did go to college for, and by extension, the things I paid thousands and thousands of dollars for, really weren’t that worth it for me. I don’t feel like my professors (most of them anyway) were really that great and a lot of things I did learn were things I had to self-teach myself and it’s debatable if I even left the institution with all the knowledge I did need (at least in relation to what I was studying). Some of the best things I learned were “how to keep a solid budget,” “how to properly schedule your tasks,” “how to keep your living space in order,” “how to deal with (bad) roommates,” and let’s face it, I did all of that stuff while also balancing a Youtube channel that was starting to become moderately successful during those times. Those are all good things, but not things I went to college for. So at the end of the day, college ended up feeling like a fifty-thousand dollar expense that I will never get back and I’ll be paying that expense for the next 10 or 20 years. Not to mention that I don’t really feel that prepared for the real world either. Maybe I just had a bad major choice for my particular institution (I went to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana), so I’m not going to say college is not good, because there is definitely some value to it. It’s just not worth the thousands and thousands of dollars you have to pay for it, especially considering that college isn’t for everyone.

Q: “Have there been games that you didn’t like as much, but after Let’s Playing them, you liked more? And the reverse?”
A: I’m glad I got this question during the Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze playthrough because that game is slowly becoming the perfect model for your question. I was not really into the game that much during my first playthrough, but now, after playing through about 60% of the game for the LP project, I’m finding that I’m enjoying it a whole lot more and it’s slowly becoming one of my favorite Wii U games as a result. Mario Party 7 was another game that I wasn’t too crazy about either, but I liked it a lot more after the LP as well. As for games I found I didn’t like as much after finishing….it’s hard to say. I don’t feel like there have been any games I’ve just not liked anymore after LPing them. Super Mario Sunshine was kind of demoralizing, but that was moreso because I went through the game 100% three times in a span of like 2 or 3 months, not really because of the game or project itself. Mario Party 10 was also a disappointment, but I was already kind of not digging that game anyway.

Q: “Should Masahiro Sakurai be replaced as the main developer of Smash Bros?”
A: No, definitely not. I don’t like some of his decisions, and I think he needs to stop giving ‘so much’ special treatment to his own series, but like it or not, he is a good developer. I just think he needs a little direction in some cases. But as far as being the main developer, I don’t think that should be taken away from him and he doesn’t deserve to be “Kojima’d” for lack of a better term.

Well, that’s it for another Question Corner! Thanks to everyone for the questions and I will see you guys next time!

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Question Corner #4 – 1/26/2016

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

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

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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