Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tails the Fox

Artwork by FireRai

When people think video game side kick, the first thing when tends to pop into people’s minds is Luigi.
However, I think Luigi isn’t that great.
Don’t get me wrong, I have no beef with Luigi, I like him more than Mario (as Mario has zero personality), but I think he is just a gloried re-colouring with Mario not just in terms of visuals but also mechanics and story.
They’re brothers, so they basically look the same and thus practically play the same and really are the same.

But Tails, now Tails is a proper side kick.
Miles “Tails” Prower is the side kick of Sonic, but you already knew that.
So what’s so special about Tails? Well in that era of gaming, side kicks or second-player characters tended to either be a literal or glorified carbon-copy of the protagonist.
On the base functioning level, Tails is more advanced than Sonic. He can’t run as fast (although he can get pretty close as he’s always behind), but he can fly.
Tails being able to fly almost alone justifies his existence, being able to sick up and move Sonic around the level, to greater heights or to save him from falling to the bottom of the screen, his flight makes him different and gives the two of them an instant dynamic.
His flight doesn’t just end at his own personal two-tail’d ability, he also has a plane which serves the narrative throughout the entire franchise.

Personality wise, Sonic and Tails also have a dynamic which I don’t think has been topped by any other video game duo.

The 2003 Sonic anime got super-dark towards the end.
While I dig Master Chief and Cortana/Arbiter, it can feel a little bit wooden at times.
But the connection between Sonic and Tails just fits so well.
They’re not blood-brothers (clearly not, they’re two entirely different species), but the relationship between them often is pitched more as one of brotherhood than just simply best friends.
Tails feeds off Sonic's confidence and Sonic feeds off Tails intellect. Tails is taken from his pathetic wimpy form to one with self-confidence thanks to Sonic.  Sonic is humbled and is allowed to feel emotions when he is with Tails. While not seen in the game mechanics, story wise Sonic can’t swim (because someone at SEGA Japan thought Hedgehogs couldn't swim and didn't bother to research into it), but Tails can.

Sonic is often shown as either coolcynical or even at times rather cold when it comes to how he deals with other characters, good or evil, but rarely has he ever seen to get angry or frustrated at Tails, even when Tails screwed up (like in Adventure when he basically gave Eggman a chaos emerald by accident).

There is a deeper sense of care and love between the two, even when Sonic games are at their most awful (and they can be awful *cough* Rise of Lyric *cough*), the writing of those two stays about the same.
The comics of course take a lot deeper, but I am not here to talk about comics as it would take forever (although they’re awesome).
When game characters so often have the chemistry of a dusty wooden spoon, it’s always nice to know, that a fox and a hedgehog will always remain true.

Oh and he's super cute.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Toxic attitudes in gaming

YouTube commentators give their opinion on an opinion.
Recently I have finished the unexpected success of this year, Naughty Dog’s Last of Us.
However I hadn't touched the game until a few weeks ago when I purchased a PS3.
Before that my prior knowledge of the game was entirely dependent on gaming media and word of mouth.
While most reviews were quick to give the game ten out ten, singing its praises upon a roof and holding out the game disc to gamers akin to Simba at the beginning of
The Lion King.
One review dared to criticize the game.
One review had the audacity to give the game the worst of all scores… an eight.

I had always had an amusing interest in gamers reactions to game reviews, however I was simply confused at the reaction to Tom Mc Shea’s Gamespot review of
Last of Us.
The sheer anger directed towards Tom was incredible, YouTube’s “thumbs up or down” metric system at a quick glance can sum up with the downvotes over pushing upvotes 8:1.
Granted having the “yay or nay” opinions of 9294 votes verse the overall views of 149,077 is pushing it in regards to analyze.

Friday, August 16, 2013

My thoughts on the marketplace closure of GFWL

For many Games for Windows LIVE (GFWL) is a dirty word.

GFWL is Microsoft’s PC online system, in effect attempting to create a universal online service for PC games in a similar fashion as Xbox LIVE on the 360.
Not a bad idea in theory, GFWL launched in 2007 with Halo 2 and Shadowrun.

At this point in history was the “PC gaming is dying” era and the now monolithic Steam wasn't anywhere near what it is today, in fact if you brought up Steam in conversation, I can guarantee most people won't know what you're talking about.

GFWL was ambitious, achievements, in game overlay, DLC purchases, Cross platform play from 360 to PC and for a short time asking for a gold account to access special features.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Thinking of starting a game

A couple people I know are planning a zombie game, but I want to try something a little different.

This is my basic idea.

The three way war between the European Union, Chinese Syndication and United States of North America ended with no victor, only chaos for the world.
Cut off, Australian society fell, most of the population dead the remaining have split into factions or freelancing. Even those who attempt to live life as before in a non-violent way still are split into these factions, the two major factions are CBA (Custodians of the British Monarchy) and the FAR (Free Australian Republic).
Very few firearms remain in Australia and those which remain are considered resources, in this world the factions call on man, woman and child to fight.
Australia is in Tatters.

Friday, January 6, 2012

A new year and a new idea

So it’s a new year, 2012… the year we all die!

Regardless it has been a while since I have updated here or posted a video, well back last year I recorded with my camera a friend of mine (John-Joe) and he took a voice of something akin to a BBC documentary presenter and he just started going on about random things.

I have decided that this will make a good video to upload and maybe even a start of a new series.
I have always wanted to start a series and I have tried many times in the past (most attempts never made it to YouTube or got taken down by copyright issues).
I think the issue is that I am a horrible actor; my voice is a drag and who really wants to look at me?
Regardless John-Joe I think we can all agree is a born star and I have other clips and I will try to upload them too and see how it all goes.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

A change

Some of you may of noticed that lots of my videos are gone.

The reason is that I have removed them so my youtube account is in good standing again also I am reducing the number of people that I am subing too down quite a bit.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

It’s Blizzcon day again!

First up, new WoW expansion!

WoLK didn’t interest me
Cata bored me
I have NO interest in World of Warcraft at all; HOWEVER this expansion looks really good.
So Blizzard, since I have a slight emotion towards this I guess you have done a good job.