Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Blizzcon 2009: The Good, The Bad and The MrgRLGwrrGrgBrlGrgbl

Blizzcon 2009 came and went. So what was good? What was bad? What was something in between?


WoW: Cataclysm
The announcement was not a surprise. It is a great move to destroy the old rold, this is how the world should progress! I was so happy to see Auberdine in ruins, in your face - filthy nelf scum!

The simplification of the stats pleases a retard like me. I have hated maths and numbercrunching my entire life. No shards for warlocks! Paladins get a holy bomb, a 30 megaton nuclear judgement!

Gnome priests! Finally, finally! At the moment I can't say will I be rolling a gnome priest from the start or shall I do a faction transfer. I guess that the re-shaping of the old world and the new talents given to the classes will also affect my decision.

Also, I want to join a gnome-only guild when this happens. O'rly-really.

Goblins! Definitely will be rolling one of those too - might even do the race change thing from some of my currently existing characters should it happen.

Worgen! As they are not weregnomes, I'll probably roll one only for work reasons and to check out the visuals of the starting area. The style and appearance of Gilneas is damn amazing as seen from the previews.

Last but not definitely least.. I'm sincerely hoping that all those "QQ BLIZZ DESTROYED THIS GAME IM GONNA QUIT WWWAAAAAHHH"-people leave the game.

The sooner the better.

Star Craft 2 map/mod creation tool(s) - damn. That was the coolest shit ever. In case someone missed the stream or was not at Blizzcon, the short version is that the SC2 tools will allow you to make almost everything.

The Blizzard programmers had made an oldschool shoot 'em up game (like R-Type) and a FPS game with the SC2 engine.

All this could also mean a new era in machinima creation, depending on how far the customization can go.

I'm having some faith that with SC2 I'll be finally able to make the Nikita storyline machinima (currently it's just not possible, I lack the technical skills and all that).


Old world raids? I did hear from TotalBiscuit @ #machinima irc that they will be spared and left as they are (excluding Onyxia). Also, someone did mention that in WoW-eu forums.

In none of the panels that I listened to this was not confirmed nor denied.

I still want to get a Thunderfury!

Poison resistant and ready to rock!

Machinima contest - I did not participate, but this time it was a move towards something better. They did show all the entries in full, BUT the three minute time limit is just too low.

Every machinimaker who I knew and planned on entering, did not like this. Three minutes is just too short. Five minutes would be the perfect length, not being too much or too little in either way.

The worst thing were the rules which were modified and changed along the way.


DirecTV Stream - oh boy. The first day was a damned disappointment. I paid 30 euros to not see the whole show. You see, the transmission was cut off right before the event was over.

I missed the second half of the voice-a-like contest, some of the dance contest and the announcement of machinima finalists. I was forgiving about the buffering and all, but cutting off the transmission before it's all over was totally not cool.


And second of all, not all panels where shown on the stream.

Really, why?

This is the internet, it can't be a total impossibility to have multiple streams come out and let the user decide what he does or does not want to see. Technically it shouldn't be that difficult.

But hey.. at least I'll get a murloc pet to toss in the various lava pits around Azeroth.

Blizzcon 2010?

Will I be there?

*cough cough* LF sponsor, will rickroll and machinimake a report of the event if requested.


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Friday, August 21, 2009

Blizzcon live reportage, Soosdon style!

Nope, I am not at Blizzcon (2200 eur for flight tickets to US is a bit too much for me) - I gave in and bought the stream!

I've not participated in the machinima contest either.

Every other site is doing this, so am I! I'll be updating some stuff what's going on. The timestamps will be in Finland time (GMT +2).

New day!
Ok, still pissed and disappointment about DirecTV. But, the full list of machinima contest winners looks like this:

1. Cranius & Legs - link to video
2. Mike Spiff
3. Sedrin

Huge congratulations to C&L, excellent video! Solid, simple and functional.

--- first day below this line---

06:47 - THE FUCKING STREAM ENDED PREMATURELY. Ye. Right in the middle of the dance contest, the annoucers say "kthxbai", stream cuts. I paid 30 fucking euros to watch the full show, fucking pissed bout this.

05:49 - Jesse Cox in the voice contest!

05:35 - machinima contest 2nd place: mike spiff (or not - it might be against rules, this one has been released before the contest)

05:20 - machinima contest 3rd place: sedrin

04:39 - boobs spotted (costume contest)

04:25 - Contests starting! Hopefully our own herald of Xenu, master of the sound, the Wilhelm Scream of Waveforms - Caruu - will be joining!

03:29 - spell ranks gone, they grow while leveling

03:18 - ArchaelelelelelLOL-ology, a new secondary profession for everyone - collect items, return them to a npc(?) and you get more items

03:16 - HASTE - will now increase regeneration of rickroll; BLOCK value going away

03:14 - DEFENSE GONE - will be replaced with pink dress, ARMOR PENETRATION GONE - will be replaced with a big, green vibrator

03:13 - ATTACK POWER GONE - will be replaced with a giant penis

03:13 - SPELL POWER GONE - will be replaced with INT giving mana and spellpower

03:12 - Item info.. MP/5 will be gone; all healers will be getting a skill like meditation

03:10 - Hunters... no more mana! (replaced with something called Focus)

03:09 - warlocks get a new spell called Soul Burn, when used with any other lock spell it buffs it (for example Soul Burn + Fear = instant cast)

03:07 - WoW class panel started; computer crashed so lets get on - warlocks are getting shards removed! they'll go UI only

02: 28 - no updates for a while, they've been talking 'bout SC2 and D3 mostly - I'm more about WoW :)

23:56 - a very interesting documentary about blizz cinematic department just ended, nice stuff!

23:25 - lotsa hippie druid scum stuff goint in Hyjal, it'll be basically treehuggers vs Ragnaros (who's back)

23:14 - Sunken City of Vashj'Ir and Mount Hyjal will be the two new 78-80 starting zones

23:12 - just as Bibi the Mighty foresaw, Barrens + Desolace are getting the hippie treatment; more trees and stuff


23:01 - GNOME PRIESTS, YES! I'm not kidding - who is up for setting a 100% gnome-only guild?

23:00 - guild levels! we'll be able to level up as guilds by raiding, pvp'ing etc - we'll even get a guild talent tree which will give lotsa epixxx (AKA HARIKARI COME BACK TO BEASTRO WE NEED THE BUFF OF PINK DRESS)

22:56 - SEVEN new zones

22:47 - since I lack a horde rogue on my main account, i think a goblin rogue will be the thing i'll pick

22:36 - deathwing is so emo that he'd explode if there was no plate around his body holding him together

22:35 - deathwing is really rick astley

22:31 - wow panel starting

22:22 - wow cataclysm page:

22:19 - WoW: Cataclysm will prolly come out in 2010

22:16 - mike morhaine is confident that SC2 beta will start this year

22:10 - i so hope that all the whiners at the forums who said "if this is gonna be true, i'll quit" WILL FUCK OFF FOR REAL, YOU ARE NOT NEEDED

22:09 - archaelogy, hunter items, heroic SFK and deadmines.. zomg

22:08 - moomoo paladins and noame priests. yes!

22:07 - ye, it's goblins and worgens

22:06 - great, great - AUBERDINE IN RUINS - take that filthy nelves

22:05 - it seems that we wont see a naked bibi running

22:04 - new expansion trailer is gonna roll!

22:03 - wait is over he says

22:03 - rumours on the internet mentioned /point bibi

22:01 - more gameplay footage, D3 looks very nice! (let it be noted that i have not completed neither of the previous diablo games, nor played them that much)

22:00 - hmm, i'm not that impressed by the ingame animation they showed - but it is still interesting (there was a video of the monk pewpewing some big ass demon)

21:57 - new diablo class - the monk

21:56 - he said "roll the frozen throne" - zomg.. my wish about a rickroll spell might be true!

21:55 - "we got a couple of trailers to show you!"

21:52 - enter Chris Metzen

21:51 - /cheer it like you mean it

21:51 - ozzy cancelled, rick astley to replace him

21:48 "otto on lonkero, otto pitää japanilaisista koulutytöistä"

21:48 crap, forgot the alcohol

21:48 bruce campbell will NOT be playing leeroy jenkins (but according to mr morhaine it will not be a bad idea)

21:47 sam raimi mentioned

21:46 starcraft 2 coming 2010!

21:45 people are booing at the upcoming faction change feature, lol

21:44 phasing mentioned

21:43 lag

21:42 haha video copilot assets spotted

21:41 footage from old stuff.. time to get alcoholz!

21:36 teeheehee cataclysmic joke

21:35 hi2u mike morhaine too

21:34 - it seems that you can gief feedback @ blizzcon.. i've got negative feedback, still lacking the summon to the event!

21:33 - ZOMG DREWBIE ACTION FIGURES (no, not really)

21:32 - fix'd

21:31 - lol no sound, guy is talking but me no hear nothing.. technical problemos ftw!

21:30 - it be starting now, mon!

21:29 - btw.. if there be gnome priests, i be wantin' gnome paladins too, mon!

21:28 - the announcers say it starts in five minutes..

21:25 - chicks in WoW costumes? WHAT IS THIS? does that mean that there are girls on the internet.. let alone playing WoW... zomg

21:21 - not one, but TWO lesbian vampires in the mountains

21:19 - god damn i want one of those marine thingies.. so umm, anyone got an extra press pass and a summon to california?

21:17 - wtf.. they have some perverse torture devices in the event!

21:16 - btw.. blizz EU loves World of Gnomecraft, it was featured on the WoW-EU frontpage for the second time!

21:14 - i wonder how many seconds will be shown of the machinima contestants' works? 1? 2? 0.75?

21:12 - pfft, tournaments are for pvpEMOS

21:11 - lolol finland was on TV (yea, us finns love teh fame of our country)

21:09 - the tv is showing a document, "inside blizzard co." - still no sight of a big Soosdon The Warlock statue

21:07 - giving a shout out for a friends site, all Diabloists go check out

21:04 - eriyanna promised to spread the great word of rickroll to the event, as i could not be there.. THIS MUST BE SEEN ON THE STREAM

21:03 - zomg, the cataclysm trailer has leaked to the internet

21:01 - the stream has gone live? lolol.. i'm part of ZOMG TELEVISION HISTORY

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

World of Gnomecraft + WTS Skillz!

Due to unforeseen technical issues with the blog, I'm releasing the WoGC downloadable version a bit late.

The funny thing is that I had developed a concept like this in my head for quite a while. When the people asked me to do this video, everything flowed out very easily. Due to the time limit, everything I wanted could not be put there.

Maybe someday I will make a World of Gnomecraft 2. But there's lots of other things to finish before that as always :)

(dead murlocs and rickrolls will cost extra)

The world is in recession, the economy goes straight to hell, the swine flu is here (and soon after the zombie apocalypse resulting from the mutation).. lol wut?!

I'm offering my editing skills to all those in need as freelance bountyhunter.

I've been experimenting with After Effects more and more, I'm getting the hang of the program somewhat nicely.

There's no way that I can say that I'm a great motion designer, hell - I haven't went to any school about the subject. I have no idea where to send a possible demo reel (don't have one) or a CV - therefore I'm WTS'ing myself here!

If you need a guild intro, animated logo for your website or something like that.. gimme a mail! (It does not even have to be anything WoW, machinima or gaming related.)

When I look at the commercials on the TV or game trailers on the net - I often find myself thinking "I could do that".

So one of my questions is, do all these big game companies make their game trailers themselves or do they do it externally?

Or how about smaller game companies, the independent teams - is there a market for trailers produced outside the team? Is there a secret meeting place on the interwebs where the gaming industry gathers to offer and look for services?

I know I can't (and possibly don't want to) make machinima for the rest of my life, that road will come to it's end some day. Trying out my creativity in the other fields of video editing is definitely something I'd love to do.

What I'd like to do is more of this motion graphic stuff, learn to be better by doing. My CV wants more epix inside itself!

If you have an offer which you think I can't refuse, drop a mail to baronsoosdon ( a ) gmail . c 0 m

(ja sama suomeksi)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Never Stay Tuned 4 + Warrior's Dance

Go watch it now!

For NST4 I made two different clips.

Also, I get to be in some clips made by the big O as well - I find myself in a gay bar and I become a victim of scientology.

While Olibith was still making NST4 he showed me some of the completed clips on the way. One of them inspired me to make a machinima called Warrior's Dance.

This was made very fast, about in one day - so do not expect any mega-scale editing!

It's description goes like this:

THE SHORTCHANGE is a new, gnome-only dance club which just opened in Stormwind city. It was opened to honor the liberation of the gnomish race from the enslavement from the traitorous Alliance (gnomes were used as vibrating sex toys, things to step on, cannonballs, garden decoration and many other things against their own will). The opening night was a huge success, the place was full of gnomes. Before the doors closed, a deliciously tasty feast full of "yummy" was served.

And here's the actual vid:

World of Gnomecraft [world premiere]

So, I was asked by the German web-magazine to create a trailer for the upcoming WoW-expansion "World of Gnomecraft". This was a fun little project to make.

And it confirmed one thing.. it is now quite impossible for me to make movies without gnomes. I tried to resist, but no reason to fight it anymore!

To watch the movie - go here. The trailer starts at 00:49

The video will be exclusive to for one week. Downloads and other streams for WoGC will be available 13th of August.

Pain and suffering!

Here we go again!