Monday, 19 January 2015

Obligatory January Post

Missed the New Year moment on the blog.


Well, I'm still doing things here in 2015 too.

I think I'll make a post about an Aussie I met recently sometime soon as well as my new and improved filmmaking arsenal.

Thanks for sticking by me friends, I hope you're all having a good first month too!


Sunday, 21 December 2014

My Secret Base

While it doesn't have everything I want in it just yet, it's at a stage where I want to share it to my friends who have Pokemon Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire.

Come into my dojo!  If you can find it... :D


Wednesday, 26 November 2014


Best birthday present to myself in recent memory.

Thank you GameFreak! :3


Thursday, 13 November 2014

Just some rambling about the coming year

Well, Redlin has got some things going on.

For one thing, the camera I bought over the course of summer is really justifying itself as of lately.  I've been able to shoot footage for a good number of student shorts and whenever I cam op I get incredibly happy.  It's just what I'm wired to do.  I want to keep doing it, get better at it and do it for a living.  There is a lot of other things I can do in the film industry (people say I can direct?!) and I may end up being part of the sound department as the guy holding the stick and the mic above the actors for awhile.  But when it comes down to it, I know what makes me happy and nobody can tell me otherwise.

In less positive news, I'm very uncertain about my ability to continue with my program due to financial reasons.  If I don't get the money I need from the government through a student loan by February, I'm packing up and heading home.  Obviously that would knock a lot of the wind out of my sails but I've been spending the last week and a half contemplating it and its not an utter disaster.  I can still find work back home, build up a bank account and strike out here in the West Coast once again.  I might not get to accomplish my goal of getting my film degree right away but I'll be DAMNED if I'm not going to get myself into the film industry, one way or another.  I don't think I'm much good for much else in the workforce to be honest.  Not in anyway that makes me money and keeps me content...


I turned 23.  I'm not sure what to think about that.  Still feel the same on the inside.  Still kinda self-anxious...  I'm blogging when I should be sleeping.  I'm my own worst enemy!

In Escapist news, things are going better.  GamerGate (ping, did you just hear that?  That's a view from someone running 24/7 search filters just on the term!  Hello bot-and/or-person who argues loudly on the internet!) has vanished from Off Topic and its a minor renaissance with threads about... THINGS instead of threads about CONSPIRACIES.  It's beautiful and I've just significantly dated this post by even mentioning the subject.  Dunno.  Don't care.  Enjoying the lull in the forums while it lasts.

What else...

I asked a girl out this past weekend.



Wednesday, 1 October 2014

The Citizen Kane of Gaming - A Rare Facebook Response and Opinion Piece

Hey, ever wondered what I'm like on Facebook?  Turns out I'm a RECLUSE!

Still, I do go on once and a while.  More so during school because a LOT of film kids organize things exclusively through FB and I can't afford to be left out.  These people will be making films and handling real money in the future and it behooves me to ingratiate myself to them now by working on their projects for free, giving them feedback and generally being a guy they'd want to work with in the future.


An old friend of mine, one that goes WAAAAAY back and has recently changed her identity (power to her) has posted once again that comment she brings up every once and a while:  

"Gaming needs a Citizen Kane.  Some grand work to convince the world of its legitimacy as an artistic medium."

Now in the past I've scoffed or moved on in disinterest but this time I've responded.  Its probably because I was at a screenplay writing class today, finished a screenplay and have been buzzing on "How do I engage my audience" all day.  Going with that "I'mma write things" energy has gotten me in trouble before... >.>

So I posted.  It was long and because Facebook is stupid with not allowing breaks for paragraphs in comments, I will re-format it here for you guys to see.  That's right, its an honest to god Redlin opinion.

At least I know better than to post this in Gaming Discussion.  My writing is already getting torn apart at school.  I've got a blog, might as well use it for things and stuff! :D

 Citizen Kane of Gaming?

A combination of Oscar winning voice acting, script writing and art direction as well as rewarding gameplay is just the beginning. It's going to have to be an entire emotional journey that could not be adequately expressed in any other medium while still being accessible enough for people who have never picked up a controller in their life or pressed WASD in any way outside of typing. It can't be sold to just gamers, its going to have to be sold to everyone. That way it can't be written off by people who have turned away from controls before. Like any good story, the hook has got to be so good and intriguing that the outsider will tolerate learning how to immerse themselves like us.

Existing games with great stories are presented but generally through gameplay videos (which causes the "Why isn't this just a film" question which vexes EVERYONE). Its got to be something that generally is accepted to be only shared by PLAYING it because watching it is worthless in comparison. The problem is there is no gaming publisher with the money to fund such an endeavor who would care to take a risk like that when its entirely too easy just to sell genre games to known markets. The spark for something like this certainly is in the indie market somewhere but they don't have the resources (both in promotion and production budget) to do it on the scale needed for it to break out of the normal markets. 

Hollywood might be slosh because of the fear of risk their executives have right now but in its hayday even they knew enough to put enough money into those innovative movies from unknown directors. Before Jaws there was no Steven Spielberg the Director. Someone took the risk of funding a movie filmed on water (the expense, the inexperience, etc) because they saw a story that could be worth pursuing with a guy motivated to see it through. The Game Industry needs to have a Jaws moment, where a publisher puts the money forward for a visionary team to take that leap and succeed. Of course, Jaws existed before Youtube and I know story spoilers and trolls are much more prolific now than ever before in history. 

What's the answer? 

What's the story that brings in more than just the pre-existing base of gamers? 

 What are the control schemes and game mechanics that aren't insultingly simple yet embrace the coming of brand new players? 

What's the answer to preventing people from sneak peaking it outside of the game experience, censorship on a massive scale? 

Could the gaming community as a whole do the impossible and band together, deciding to NOT record the game (in doing so forcing the curious to actually play it for themselves)? 

I don't know the answers but I am positive the raw materials in the ether that is game design can produce such a title. All it needs is the initial spark and someone rich enough to get it going. We just haven't seen it yet. A Citizen Kane of Gaming, something everyone can agree is the pinnacle of the industry at the time of its release is needed. I just don't think it can be sold for us alone and then be expected to be the definitive proof for those outside without it being something they themselves cannot easily get started. 

And once this gem is made, this best game ever made, this purest experience of the form produced... It has got to be shared in the only way games can ever be considered a legitimate medium of art for: It has to be played.

Hmmmmmmm...  Did I just do what blogs are typically known for?  Did I just...


 You didn't see ANYTHING.... <.<


Thursday, 21 August 2014

What the heck

It's me!  This is for an Escapist thread but I'll toss it up here too.  I'm on the left and a friend from school is on my right.  We were the sound team for a shoot and someone wanted a picture of both of us.