Final countdown

So we’ve finally done it! Our plane tickets are booked and we are leaving America on the 20th December!

But first we are making  a quick stop in New York to say goodbye to a good friend over there. I am extremely exited but also very nervous. Flying has never been my fortay. It scares the living heck out of me. That being said, let’s continue on with another topic.

PETA (The People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals) have gotten another stick up their bums. It seems that they’ve sank to a new all time low in grasping for media attention in accusing Nintendo’s beloved mascot Mario for wearing a dead animal.

If PETA, who kills more animals then they save, have an issue with video game characters becoming another creature (in this case, a raccoon that flies non the less), then they have made it clear that they do not know the difference between reality and fantasy. People like that we usually just throw into a mental institution, put on a “I hug myself” jacket and throw away the key.

They claim that it sends out the wrong message.

Honestly, even children know that you cannot fly by putting a raccoon tail on your bum. It is the same issue where the gaming industry seems to be a repetitive victim of crazy people blaming them for raising their children the wrong way. That a game containing  guns and violence will create violent people.

It is so easy to blame a game, rather then your own failure as a parent. I also dislike when people do not give children enough credit for knowing the difference between reality and fantasy. Something that PETA fails to do.

“Tanukis are real-life raccoon dogs who are beaten and, as PETA’s undercover exposés show, often skinned alive for their fur,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman.

It is terrible that it happens, but to blame a game for inspiring such behavior is ludicrous. You know what inspires violence, wars and skinning? MONEY! Go after the people who make money of real war and contributing to real world issues.

Thank you Kotaku for bringing this to our attention.

On that note, I’ll leave you with the latest Shawn Boyd Mix tape cover designed by yours truly!

Music and Art

It’s been a very intense week last week for many of my friends.

My friend Shawn Boyd released his first Demo.

LISTEN!

I am the first to admit that I do not know much about rap, but this is actually pretty good! I always support my creative friends in their craft. It’s good to see when people chase their dreams rather then conform to something they do not enjoy doing. A soul feels a lot better when it has a creative outlet. This is why I cannot fall asleep most night unless I drew something during the day.

For the sake of creativity, here is a drawing I made for Shawn Boyds Demo:

Yes, I started to let deviantart watermark my art. I’ve been having some problems with people using my art without permission. It happens and I will not make a big fuss out of it. Just label them from now on.

I am exited for what this week has to bring. I am currently onboard on my friend Jonathans project and creating yet another fun game! We also have a writer onboard for the dialogue! I’ll keep you fellows posted once we’ve gotten off from the idea phase.

I started sketching the last few weeks and there isn’t really much to show yet.

I’ll end this blog entry here and continue on with Monday!

Till next time!

 

Sgt. Frank Woods Interview / Call of Duty – Black OPS

“Shoot me in the butt”, is the one thing that comes to mind when I think of James C Burns. This is a very funny man with a very outgoing personality and an all around sweetheart. He was one of the biggest smiles on the floor. He was, simply put, enjoying himself! Talking to his fans, the mini gamers (kids) and the bigger gamers (adults) and signing their pictures.

We managed to have an interview with this one of a kind gentlemen. I hope this will give you a lot of laughs as it did us.

James : Didn’t I see you earlier today? You came by the booth right?

Question : Yes you did, you signed stuff for me and it was awesome.

James : I signed “stuff” for her, uhu!

Question : And you told me to shoot you in the butt.

James : Yea! Shoot me in the can because I say funny things! Hi, I am James C Burns, I am Sgt Frank woods in Call of Duty – Black OPS so SHOOT ME! Because I say really funny things, just not when your parents are in the room. They are a bit dirty.

Question : Was this the first Call of Duty you were in?

James : First one yes.

Question : Have you played any of the earlier ones?

James : Never! I never even played a video game, let alone what it was. It was a job that popped up by accident and I almost turned it down. I called my manager and said “Yea, it’s a video game, something called Call of Booty!“. He said, “Call of Duty?! Are you crazy?! Take the job!”.

Question : Are you going to play it now? Are you going to play your own game?

James : The reason I don’t play it is because I SUCK at it. They told me to stop playing it because I was an embarrassment to the franchise. I had to stop and they were nice enough to cut all the sequences of the game together to a full length movie, it was riveting and I was “wow”.

Question : Do you have more games in line now?

James : I cannot talk about it. I am under an NDA : Non Disclosure agreement! Cannot say a thing!

Question : Ok, that means yes.

James : I cant talk about it. They will yell at me.

Question : Seriously, you have to play video games now.

James : I can’t, see I don’t have a tactile skill. It wont allow me to do the things I want to do. I just don’t have the time, the hours that is spent to develop said ability.

Question : There has been so many amazing people here, to the point where you get over from being star struck by people, maybe if Robert De Niro walked by..

James : Hey if Robert walked by, I’d be star struck too! I’d be like ” YO ROBERT! WHERE ARE YOU!! YOU OWE ME MONEY!

Thank you James C Burns for an entertaining experience! You are indeed a very funny man and we wish you all the best in your future game-acting gigs!

You really need to start playing video games.

As an extra treat!

We are giving away an image (the image that is on top of this interview) signed by Sgt. Frank Woodshimself!

All you have to do is guess what catch phrase he wrote down on said picture!

The only hint we can give you is that it’s a catch phrase from the game itself! Once you’ve figured it out, post a comment and the first one to get it right, will be the lucky winner! Only two tries per person!

GOOD LUCK!!

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