I've posted this on just about every Discord group I'm on, but it's just better if I posted it on my blog I kinda rarely touch anyway. Maybe this time I'll use it more often.
I'm working on my first video game! It's called Quest Of Raziya.
This is the game's story. Buckle in this is gonna be long. You can even just skim through it or skip it if you don't wanna read a long synopsis.
Year 3076: On an alternate universe version of Earth called Ypos-Erets, everything was peaceful. Tranquil. Fun. Plentiful. Prosperous. Sure there was the odd crime here or
there somewhere in the world or the odd seedy town, but there was justice. It was a lot like our world but more of a scientifically advanced utopia with elemental magic. Until
the Supreme Emperor election. There were 10 sages hand picked as candidates representing 10 elements in their respective 10 elemental continents keeping the world at balance.
Earth, Grass, Water, Ice, Wind, Fire, Metal, Electricity, and the two Supernatural powers, Darkness and Light. Some because they were next in line for the throne, others
because they had political ideas their respective people could get behind, all but for one man... Dwezil Bezique. A wealthy playing card tycoon born with a silver spoon in his
mouth, he pretended to be a humble gentleman just to make friends and partners he could run out of business, court women he could marry only to devorce, sue and bankrupt, and
make loyal allies with gulible religious leaders within his party just for candidacy. He covered up any scandal before they could break out, and he pretended to care about the
working class giving empty promises of prosperity to small refugee camps of terror victims and sick, homeless and elderly, as he used a divide and conquer scare tactic pushing
theocracy as peace by indoctrinating thousands into irrational paranoia and distrust of people who doubt him or his beliefs. Enough people followed him afraid they would
perish should they cast their vote for the any of the other 9 sages, and some became terrost support groups for his base and candidacy. Despite all that, he initially lost the
election to the Electric candidate Khotso Vrede. Boiling with rage and jealousy that he had lost to Electricity, he sent a hitman to assassinate Khotso in cold blood and switch
ballots claiming the election was rigged, and before you knew it, he was made Supreme Emperor. Despite not really having any mastery over any element besides Metal, he soon
embezzled funds from the other nations and made executive orders that the other 9 sages relinquish their land to him, and hand over the gems of their crowns that give them
their elemental power. Becoming more and more power hungry by the hour, he usurped more and more of the planet not even caring that their resources were dying. The entire
world's population knew he had to be stopped. A world war between Bezique and every nation of Ypos-Erets broke out, with neighboring planets becoming allies to the anti-
Bezique contingent. Many lives were lost, every sage permanently injured,and their elemental gems stolen. But the power was much too strong for Bezique. He had finally become
a furious god of destruction, and frustrated with everyone wanting him dethroned, he went deep undergound to the bottom most chamber of The Tower Of Rule and caused the
apocalypse as the planet of Ypos-Erets was destroyed into 9 semi-connected flat micro-planets, that at the time of destriction were barely inhabitable. Bestowing the gems
and the countries they originated from, to his top 9 guardians giving each of them overwhelming elemental power, as he no longer needed them. Little did he know that the Vrede clan
were able to take back their Electricity gem. And luckily, all of the allied planets were able to salvage those chunks of Ypos-Erets and make them somewhat inhabitable through a peace
treaty, but they are still owned by Bezique with his forces still guarding the gems he stole. The three major continents have been ravaged by Greed, Chaos, and Famine. The allied planets have formed a uptopian citadel as a space sanctuary where everyone across the galaxy can live in an assemblance of peace until Dwezil Bezique is destroyed. The allied planets are the resistance, the guards are Bezique's shield, and his power remains unstable due to his madness.
20 years later: Enter our hero. Reziya Vrede. She is the great granddaughter of the slayed Khotso born three years before his tragic demise and a member of the Archangels. They aren't literal archangels of course but more of a specially trained intergalactic guerrilla police force formed
to stop the tyrannic rule of Bezique, restore the gems to the sages he usurped, and piece the world back together chunk by chunk back to the way it used to be. Raziya on the other
hand, besides also fighting for peace, tranquility and equality, also wants justice for what Bezique did to her great grandfather and the years of anguish he caused her family and
the entire population of Ypos-Erets. Passed down to her from her grandfather the Electricity Sage, Baruti Vrede, she has the power of electricity as well as a mastery of electronic
technology. Making her able to shoot bullets of electric energy, slash with a retractable plasma blade, stun targets with a mighty zap, and do much much more should she upgrade and
equip new technology, improve her electric abilities, or become strong enough to be bestowed the Electricity gem. Raziya's mom, Hiroka Ito-Vrede, is a military trained and well respected
Chief Archangel, former champion fighter in all combat sports and current special defense trainer to the force. Because of this, Raziya has had extensive combat and self defense training,
which you can further improve to strengthen her striking, grappling and athletic ability beyond tech and magic. In order for her to be strong enough to eliminate the repulsive toxicity
that is Dwezil Bezique, she must learn and earn the magic and technology of 8 to all 10 elemental powers, (while improving and expanding her already superb physical combat skills,)
eliminate Bezique's guards, and return the gems to the sages they belonged to in order to restore the planet of Ypos-Erets and make it whole once more.
This is the main character, Raziya Vrede. She's half South African half Japanese, she will be quick, strong, cute, strong willed, sometimes and have a charismatic sense of humor. Here she is in her default uniform,
And here she is in her expedition armor.
Quest Of Raziya is gonna be a top down pixelated 32-bit 2.5D stealth-platforming RPG with turn based battles and it'll have top down shmup mini games as transitions to new worlds. Which are skippable if you completed that world. It's gonna sound and look as mid 90's as possible hearkening back to the transitional period between SNES and PS1. And it will be compatible with a keyboard and mouse, touch screens if your device has one, and any controller or control scheme with a directional apparatus a pause button and 6 or more buttons. Meaning even SNES or Genesis 6 Button Pad or Saturn style controllers are compatible. Got a first generation bare bones PS1 controller model SCPH-1010? You can use that. Got any loose 3DO and Atari Jaguar controllers lying around and a way to use them on your device? They're 6 button pads they're fine.
At your disposal will be tech attacks and powers, (which will be powered by Electricity magic,) elemental magic attacks and powers, (for the non-electric stuff) and physical attacks. 97% of the physical attacks will be wrestling moves. Mainly obscure and complex wrestling moves at that. Because I'm a massive wrestling fanatic and I feel like it. You can even assign select attacks and powers to your back triggers if your controller has more than 6 buttons, or to certain directions on your right stick if you have one, both for battles and stealth. This also applies to keyboards or touch screens or external devices.
The overworlds will be a stealthy version of Legend Of Zelda A Link To The Past but with platforming and you can freely jump. And you can freely shoot stuff regardless of health. If the enemies see you or are completely impervious to stealth, you engage in a battle with them. But you can stun or damage or even kill most out of battle with a plasma blade or plasma bullets or some select physical attacks as long as they don't catch you.
The battles will be turn based, but with a refreshing twist. Basically you and your opponent both pick an attack. When you attack, you'll see a transitional anime style pixel animation in the middle of the screen as you charge it, (either by tapping or holding a button,) then you have to aim the attack at your opponent as they run around the battlefield trying to dodge it until the attack is done. Or if it's physical, you chase at your opponent until you catch them and you see a transitional animation of the hold you put on them. When your opponent is attacking, it's the exact same thing but you have to dodge. It's essentially gonna be like a Chrono Trigger and Super Mario RPG sandwich on Undertale bread with a side order of Hybrid Heaven chips. (I really hope that doesn't sound too complicated) The control scheme will also be very much like Super Mario RPG Legend Of The Seven Stars.
The shoot 'em up sections will be more or less a mini game and very much like Galaga. But sometimes more bullet hell when it comes to major areas. If you run out of HP on these sections you'll just crash land on a nearby piece of land that you can also manually make a pit stop at anyway to recover or buy some basic items then jump back into space combat or just enter the world you were traveling to if you've already beat it, and in these sections you can earn some extra EXP and loose items by blasting enemies to they'll have a bigger purpose than just tacking on another genre for diversity. And they'll range from relatively short to very very short.
It's ambitious to the nth degree to say the least, but dammit I'm buckled up for this ride already! I've mainly made these sprites, some music, and I wrote down stuff TO design and animate etc. I've had a lot of fun producing stuff especially the music and I have a lot more assets to make. In fact, you can listen to the soundtrack (that I've finished so far) here! But just to play it safe I'm gonna make a free demo FIRST. Once the demo is ready I'll post it to Itch.io once I start an account and then get to work on the full experience taking any constructive criticism I receive. The only criticism I've received is that the character design might be too male oriented and unrealistic, but I guess I can try to make the character design make sense. And after all the art style is strict 90's. The 90's was angular as a hell I love it.
It will initially be a PC/Mac/Linux release, but should I ever afford dev kits for consoles I'm porting this to every modern gaming device out there and everything that has games on it. From all modern and operational Nintendo and Playstation and Xbox consoles, to even Android/iOS/Windows Phone devices and Roku since that has games on it. Perhaps even slightly older consoles like the Wii U and PS3 and 360 if Micfrosoft and Sony and Nintendo allow it. But for right now, since it's the only thing I can afford to produce things on, this will be a PC/Mac/Linux release.
This is a massive undertaking but I'm ready and the ride has just begun.
Anybody whose ever known me since 2011 knows that I'm an avid Mega Man fan, and even bigger Mega Man Legends fan, and a member of the 100,000 Strong For Bringing Back Mega Man Legends 3 movement since the very beginning. Mainly being the guy who makes Mega Man Legends Miis, Mega Man Legends CAWs, an Animal Crossing New Leaf town modeled after Kattleox, (still under construction because of other priorities) an animated project with a tutorial on how to petition Capcom for a Legends 3 revival at the end, (more on that later and in my first blog) and I edit the support hub which was my idea a year or two after our old hub Legends3.com went down. I've been a pretty busy admittedly entitled fanboy haven't I?
As of this post, it's been over 6 years since the Mega Man Legends 3 Project was cancelled back in July of 2011, and while the like counter for 100K Strong has dropped because of Facebook purging fake accounts and pages and some fans giving up, even the fans that gave up still would love to get their hands on this log anticipated third installment of Mega Man's most underrated incarnation. So here are 10 good reasons as to why Capcom should give Legends a chance.
1: Niche products are a hot commodity
The main reason why Capcom was hesitant to even let Keiji Inafune start the Mega Man Legends 3 Project in the first place was because Mega Man Legends 1 and 2 didn't really sell too hot. Both due to a mixed reception among fans and critics at the time and a lack of advertisement as it just got lost in the fray with the dozens of other Mega Man titles being released yearly.
But just look at the popularity of niche items that once had cult following that grew with demand and then boomed like Earthbound or every slice of life anime ever made or the film UHF. Especially the former. Niche items are more popular now than ever before! And with the buzz that Legends 3's cancellation received 6 years ago and the sheer magnitude of how historic it's cancellation was, a revival would make the internet explode with anticipation. Not to mention memes joking about it getting cancelled a second time. And where there,s buzz, there's buy rates.
2: The nostalgia effect
Nostalgic items especially from the 80's and 90's are a hot commodity like you wouldn't believe. The revival of Hi-C Ecto Cooler was ultra profitable even with how polarizing the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot was. The Power Rangers reboot while not so successful financially or critically, got people talking about Power Rangers again and buying Power Rangers shirts and toys at a slightly higher rate than they already were. Mega Man always generates profits because fans have been anticipating anything new and positive in the Mega Man games department. And while fans are still split on the quality of the Mega Man Legends sub series, the nostalgia for Legends is still alive and well.
So by capitalizing on the nostalgia of Mega Man Legends fans while also giving us something new, (as long as it's new and good and doesn't stray too far away from the spirit and feel of Legends,) Capcom can turn a massive profit off of nostalgic PS1 and N64 gamers.
3: Mega Man fans are thirsty
It's been 6 years not just since Mega Man Legends 3 got cancelled, but also since Mega Man Universe, and Mega Man Online got cancelled, and 7 years since the secret Maverick Hunter project got terminated, and it's been about 7 years since we last got a brand new Mega man game outside some Japan only smart phone titles like Rockman XOver, the South Korea only mobile game Rockman GoGo! which is a very basic auto-runner, some eShop, PSN and XBLA ports of previous Mega Man titles, and the Legacy collections. The latter not even being brand new games. The only original title rumored to be in development might be a tie in with the not so anticipated Mega Man Of Action cartoon next to nobody wants, and honestly for many, that won't cut it.
Mega Man fans just won't be satisfied until Capcom revives some of the cancelled projects starting with Universe and Legends 3. Or unless they make Mega Man 11 or Mega Man X9.
4: The boycott
While not as strong as it used to be, there is a small portion of gamers who have been on a Capcom boycott.
Some boycott for legitimate reasons like how they cancelled Mega Man Legends 3 and Universe, like the terrible treatment of workers that lead Yoshinori Ono to a hospital trips and allegedly nearly lead a Dragon's Dogma dev to attempt suicide, (though that story might be false,) greedy DLC malpractices that they're still working on altering or getting rid of, far too many versions of Street Fighter II and Street Fighter IV with very little different and usually no connectivity between remakes, (except Ultra Street Fighter IV,) rushed buggy ports prone to crashing on launch, slow laggy servers especially on 3DS, pretty legitimate reasons to be angry at them and to be fed up with the company.
And then there are some fans who boycott for illegitimate whiny reasons based on emotion. Like how some feel that because they're focusing on Street Fighter and Monster Hunter more than Mega Man or hidden gems like Dino Crisis or Power Stone, this means Street Fighter is trash, anyone who likes it is a blind Capcom fanboy, and they have to stop making Street Fighter. Or how some feel that other fighting games by other companies are better than Capcom's, and because they feel that way, Street Fighter is the worst ugliest thing ever by default, Marvel VS Capcom is also trash and the worst thing ever, and people who play it are trash and blind Capcom fanboys who also work for Capcom and literally have oral sex with the higher ups. Or how some feel that the DMC version of Dante looks like Jacob from Twilight on drugs, (which he kinda does,) and ergo DMC is the worst game ever made, people who like it are trash Capcom fanboys, and the White House should remove and ban it from ever being sold in America because hair style.
It's an intermingling divide between disgruntled customers with legitimate gripes, and hateful whiny pathetic trolls who want Capcom to die because a top YouTuber said MVC3 wasn't that great or because they really suck at Street Fighter and think it's shit because they suck at it. But the best way to get them both back on Capcom's good side, would be to revive the Mega Man Legends 3 project. Even the most stubborn anti-Capcom complainer would likely buy it at launch despite how they'll never get over DMC and the fact that Mega Man X wasn't in Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3.
5: MML3 was co-developed by fans
When the Devroom group was opened on the Capcom-Unity forums in America and the now defunct Daletto.net in Japan on September 26th 2010, the sole intention was to get fans to co-develop Mega Man Legends 3 through poles to determine what enemies and characters designs make it to the final product, and design contests where our own ideas and scenarios could be made canon if the developers liked it. I was one of 4000+ fans who signed up to the American MML3 Devroom on Capcom-Unity both because I loved the first legends, (the only Mega Man legends game I own,) and because my lifelong dream is to become a game designer and indie wrestler. So I signed up around February 2011 because I couldn't miss the opportunity to contribute to my favorite Mega man spin off. Though, my ideas were a mixed bag being the sensitive and naive neck bearded 19 year old goof with spelling issues that I was. I had a cringey idea for a Chun Li cameo, I made an AWFUL Devroom promotional video to get more people to sign up to the forums, I made a half baked potential brother for Data, a pretty good mascot, a funny looking cat, a cute bat creature, and I drew an idea for some stoner's entry that you can't even see anymore because Photobucket is an asshole of a service. I gotta say, looking back I probably deserved some of the comments I got, but the art isn't as bad as I thought and the ideas could work except the Chun Li cameo. None of them won and I know why.
The main reason why Mega Man Legends 3's cancellation was so heart breaking for me, was because while none of my ideas were even runners up, I know and have befriended and acquainted some of the people who would have seen their ideas in game. And a lot of the ideas especially the winners, were pretty solid! Just see for yourself in every "Event" section.
So just to show some fan love I wanna see this game get the revival it deserves.
6: Fans are doing more with the IP than Capcom
Already there are fan made versions of MML3. There's the 8-bit demake that has already had some coverage, there's the 3D homebrew Jisaku DASH3 which is still in development, there's a plethora and a half of other Mega Man Legends fan games at the Sky Pirate Arcade including the long anticipated Tuttle's Legendary Travels, there's a freaking VR Rockman DASH game, my fellow Mega Man Legends fans have been positively busy as bees making new and unique experiences in the land full of endless water.
Meanwhile some fans still feel largely ignored by Capcom as the only incarnation of Mega Man that Capcom wants to focus on seems to be the classic series. There are ports of Mega Man Legends 1, 2 and Misadvetures Of Tron Bonne on PSN, that and the old PSP ports are the newest and closest thing to brand new Legends games we've seen since the year 2000, except for a Japan only cell phone game called Rockman DASH Great Adventure on Five Islands. This can be rectified, if Legends 3 gets revived.
7: The cancellation has made people want MML3 more than ever before.
When Mega Man Legends 3 was in development, it had very little advertisement on official Capcom run websites, the press didn't really care, and fans while fans were worried it would be cancelle ever since Mega Man Universe was cancelled and the initial director Keiji Inafune quit, there wasn't enough worry to warrant a major hike in social media hype by fans except for the really hardcore fanatics. But when MML3 was cancelled, a Capcom Europe employee felt the fans didn't care and some journalists said nobody cared, the fans proved them wrong. The cancellation, the swift backlash and the start of GetMeoffTheMoon/100,000 Strong For Bringing Back Mega Man Legends 3 got everyone talking about Legends 3 and fans of the series demanding a revival. Because it brought a once semi-divided fanbase together. It got people to give Legends a second chance if they didn't like it. And even if it's still an acquired taste, some still can't really get into the stiff tank controls, cheesy voice acting and pointy visuals, even people who don't lke more RPG oriented Mega Man games can agree with Legends fans that cancelling Legends 3 the way they did was BS.
To this day Mega Man Legends 3 is still a talking point. It's brought up every July by at least one journalist. It's still the catalyst to Mega Man and Capcom bad policy related jokes and memes. It was a driving force behind the Capcom boycott for better or worse. It was a driving force behind the creation of the anticipated but flawed Mighty No.9 for better or worse. It was a driving force behind some purchases of the Nintendo 3DS at launch even though it got cancelled. Love or hate Mega Man Legends, this game matters even 6 years after it's demise. And I know over 107,000 people still want it even if 100,000 Strong's like count dropped to 94,561 due to some fake account purges. It may not be the millions Capcom desires, but it's enough to get people to at least rent it on launch.
So what can be done to revive Mega Man Legends 3? Well I have a list of ways to effectively petition and contact Capcom directly over on the support hub, (since Change.org petitions won't work, no, Capcom won't apologize for the cancellation of Mega Man Legends 3 or sell Mega Man to Nintendo or Keiji Inafune, you can stop sharing those old dead petitions,) another way is to buy the new Sentinel Rock Volnutt and Waru Rock Volnutt figures, in fact you can and should buy the Mega Man Legends games on PSN and even some official Mega Man Legends merch also at the support hub. You can also share that hub around, but most importantly get #MML3 and #DASH3 trending on social media anywhere you see fit, especially Twitter, and very politely mention @MYCAPCOM in your Legends tweets as long as you use those hashtags.
I can't guarantee it will work 100%, but you'll at least get responses and maybe, just maybe, Capcom can one day consider reviving Mega Man Legends 3. It's not official, but one can but dream.
Perhaps I'm beating a dead horse as there are already dozens of articles on the internet and videos on YouTube bashing, riffing or exposing prank channels, and of course there are a scant few that aren't cancer, but I think enough is enough. This entire blog is a message to YouTube showcasing the cheap, disgusting, often bigoted and inappropriate clickbait and desperation of just about the entire YouTube prank genre, with proof it's all tasteless and fake, just to show YouTube what they're allowing their advertisers to financially support. Almost like a relatively quick history lesson of why you should never ever support these channels and what rules they are breaking. Call it censorship all you want commenters but YouTube, the prank channels must be put to a permanent end one by one. They need to be banned.
If you've read my blog of follow my twitter and have seen my tweets telling YouTube to stop suggesting these awful unfunny obnoxious videos, you might be wondering why I'm just now ranting about prank channels even now that prank channels have been kind of weaving in and out of relevance. I've touched on the subject of prank channels briefly before in a blog about video piggybacking and stealing Facebook pages. But what ground my gears enough to really devote an entire blog post about these walking talking tumors, is the subject of child exploitation, Case in point, the recent DaddyOFive fiasco.
DaddyOFive has made the rounds on the news as of late, for pranking his own children for clicks. Philip DeFranco explained it all.
So clearly we see tons of torment, cruel pranks and casual violence between and sometimes towards their own sons, and some other pretty fucked up "pranks" that escalate to more torment on primarily the youngest of their sons Cody, and each time this mental and physical bullying occurs, the dad says "it's just a prank bro!" (The cop-out catch phrase of every single prankster on YouTube.) And we see signs of mental anguish on the face of the kid that gets targeted the most, as his older brothers continue to punch him in his face because they find it to be fun, and even the kid's mother calling him names for not taking this torment kindly. Tell me again this isn't child abuse. Go ahead. I'll wait. This is still child abuse to many of the most toxic degrees. This is the kind of abuse that makes kids go postal or commit murder suicide and I hope nobody in that household does.
Luckily they have deleted practically their whole channel and have made an apology video, but their apology seems scripted.
What makes it even worse, is that like Phillip said, they were incentivized because prank channels get buttloads of views and likes even during popularity lull periods, and they're sent free cool stuff by fans on top of the money they're making from this cancerous outdated content, and so they continue to bully their own kids and do fucked up things so they can continue to make money off of shady clickbait, lame humor and child endangerment.
If they weren't sickening enough, they sadly aren't the first and likely not the last to basically abuse or torment their kids for laughs and YouTube money. Not too long ago, some other dumbass on YouTube abused his kids on a disgusting prank and react channel.
(Granted I don't always agree with everything LewReviews says in his other videos like how not all feminism is fake, but when it comes to prank channels and the cancer they are, he's right.)
Not only is mentally tormenting, physically harming, verbally bullying or even drugging your kid's food even if it's just children's laxatives a form of child abuse, but filming it for your YouTube channels just to get those easy views and likes and YouTube cash is simply put child exploitation. It's douchebaggy piece of shit behavior and should never ever be condoned, and it shouldn't be incentivized under any circumstances by any company and shouldn't be categorized as comedy and definitely not "family entertainment" as subjective as humor may be. And when there are people out there who actually find these cruel "prank" videos that go beyond the guidelines and definition of what a prank is funny, this cancerous content might be making them dumber. Complacent enough to let toxic bullshit slide because the general defense from the sentient ruptured sphincters that make these videos is "It's just a prank bro!"
Child exploitation is just one of the lowest lows the prank genre has sunk into. And it only gets worse and worse from there!
The prank channels on YouTube have a long history of rampant sexism as well. Borderline misogyny to be precise. Sexism so bad, even anti-feminists and shitlords out there have complained and reported these awful channels for being sexist towards women. You'd be hard pressed to find anybody who actually defends them.
Case in point of YouTube prank misogyny, douchebags exploiting their own girlfriends for cheap views.
And this prick isn't the only one either!
If you are so desperate for clicks on a video, that you would risk the stability of your romantic relationship, then there is something wrong with you. And you don't even deserve to have a significant other. I'm not saying you shouldn't prank your girlfriend or boyfriend, but exploiting them for clicks and playing with their emotions this viciously proves that you are a manchild. or womanchild if you aren't male.
These videos are just some of the most toxic videos out there both for usually being fake to a degree, (more on that later,) and for the fact that they're literally using their significant others just for the sake of getting clicks and subsequent monetization. If views matter more than your relationship, you may not even really love the person you're exploiting.
And the sexism doesn't stop at manipulation of significant others either! It even escalates to sexual assault. There's a whole article about it!
Sam Pepper was one of the first if not the first YouTube prankster to cause a media frenzy over toxic content. And it took a while for the piece of shit to learn from his mistakes. While he was under fire for public sexual assault, he also made a "prank" about abduction and murder.
Luckily he didn't really murder anybody, but how can torment ever be considered a prank? And why should it be?
Most of the videos linked in those articles have since been removed, but while Sam Pepper may have moved on from toxic sexual assault and manslaughter pranks, he influenced a bunch of copycats who might be even sleazier than he is.
Just look at SoFlo Antonio. Before he was known for stealing and piggybacking off of other people's content or filming unbelievably fake reality TV inspired cheating videos, he was making hideously toxic "pranks." Most seemed comparatively light hearted enough, trying to get random girls on the street to kiss him and somehow not getting pepper sprayed, playing games with them to again, desperately get them to kiss him, sad stuff but not too illegal. But one prank in particular was suspect as fuck. That being, the date rape drug prank.
Even if it's just pretend, even if you hired actors, (which almost all YouTube pranksters do,) this shit is fucking toxic. Rape is a touchy subject enough and really hard to make a joke or skit on by itself. And GHB is one of the biggest catalysts in many rape cases. But to spike a random person's drink as a prank, even if it's not real GHB, is grounds for an ass whooping or better yet, a potential arrest, and I'm surprised YouTube allowed SoFlo to reopen his channel after he got temporarily banned for stealing other people's content. Most YouTube pranksters steal prank concepts all the time but that is just disgusting. Seriously what creepy bastard just slips anything in a random stranger's drink? That's not just douchebaggy and (if it's drugs) illegal, it's socially inept! The epitome of social ineptitude. Who even finds this "prank" unironically funny?
Or how about basically filming super softcore porn, where the prank is "whoopsie, I ejaculated in you and now you gotta carry my baby?" God these are stomach churning.
If this prank was real, this guy would be in jail right now or at least being sued up the ass. And those YouTube riches would be going straight to child support. Why are these guys even verified by YouTube and allowed to have a brand?
That brings me to another corner of the prank channel cancer. Soft porn with no age restrictions.
(A lot of these will be h3h3 or LewReview videos or Vice articles making fun of these awful channels rather than the actual pranks because I like supporting actual comedy and not the individual pranks channels themselves.)
These videos aren't even real pranks! They're just make out videos that sometimes have teased softcore porn in them. But whats worse, is that despite their TV MA nature, the fanbase and target demographic are almost exclusively 9-13 year old boys. Minors. You're making lame soft porn for minors. Prankinvasion is even trying to make his fans believe it's real, with his own shady "how to be a playboy" seminars.
That's just fucked isn't it! It's training people on how to be creeps and sexual predators. Why isn't this guy banned?
And when it isn't soft porn, sexism, assault, child abuse, emotional abuse of another loved one or general obnoxiousness, these pranks can even get racist. Excruciatingly racist.
Basically what goes down in each of these, is the host goes up to a random grouping of people of a certain color, spouts some racist insults or accusations their way, and then gets the fuck beat out of him for it as he screams "it's just a prank bro!!" over and over and reminds his attacker that they're on camera. Tell me exactly who really finds these funny and why they give in to such grotesque and largely unoriginal shock material?
Some have even made racist prank and "social experiment" videos (more on "social experiments" a little bit ahead) that often portray black people as ill tempered violent hood rats, and the white or otherwise non-black host who egged them on with racial slurs or ignorant political views as the victim Case in point, Joey Salads.
Videos like the kind Joey Salads makes are the kind of malignant cancer that make people ignorant to what progressive movements like Black Lives Matter or even feminism are really about. As it makes people ignorant enough to believe it's all orchestrated to spread anti-male or anti-white hatred, when that's really just the toxic crazy few. They aren't all SJWs, most actually fight for social justice.
These videos are a breeding ground for racism and racial tension especially when they're shared on Facebook and YouTube. It's race baiting. They only make white racists even more vicious with every lie about the black community, every staged skit always stereotyping blacks as violent, and the fact that they kind of promote racism by masking it as a prank. Even if you by nature aren't racist, even if you have a few black or hispanic friends etc, even if you don't view middle easterns as terrorists or all blacks as thugs etc, saying racist shit or acting racist as a prank to get a rise out of people or even to get banned from a chat room or to get your ass kicked on camera, is still an act of racism.
Some pranksters like these have also taken to dubbing some of their pranks with a political edge "social experiments." Which whether left or right wing, are completely politically inept, and in the case of the more right wing ones, are pretty bigoted. Like how the OCKTV guys (more on them later) think they deserve to get their dicks wet just for asking someone out.
You see, that just makes us guys look bad. Nobody can come out a hero for demanding that you say yes to their sexual advances. If she turns you down, she turned you down. Telling her she's gonna be lonely just for saying no to you just makes YOU the pathetic loser in the ordeal not her. Not to mention, it proves how narcissistic you are for thinking you're that desirable that nobody can turn you down. It's fucking gross man. No means no.
Much like the "BLM members attack Trump voters" video Joey Salads got exposed on, this and pretty much every other "social experiment" video out there is just your average "prank" video with a slightly more sentimental edge almost like they're trying to recruit you over to their political affiliation no matter how inept it may be. Which might be slightly more cancerous than the prank videos!
But perhaps the biggest source of income for these social experiment producers, is abusing the homeless. Homeless people to them are like Spiderman and Elsa for disguised children's video pranksters. (More on that later) Just look at all these!
They've even made their way to video piggybacking Facebook pages like "Now I've seen everything" which basically relay this cancer. It's like a cancer sandwich!
Now if you shared these before reading this, I can't call you an idiot because you didn't know these videos are faker than Breitbart. But do you know who are the biggest defenders of these fake "homeless experiment" videos? The gullible end of the highly religious.
(Exactly how can you see God in someone who hires actors for a fake experiment and tells you it's real?)
These "social experiments" don't help the homeless, they exploit them! If you're hiring actors to pretend to be homeless and making these videos that are supposed to empower people into sharing them, you are doing literally NOTHING to help the homeless, poor or sick. NOTHING what so ever. These are insulting the homeless more than they are helping them! Which if you are making these fake videos, then that makes you a douchebag! Just go throw some YouTube money at actual homeless people without having to set things up! These are the video equivalent of those malignant "1 LIKE = 1 PRAYER" photos using stolen images of babies with tumors who have already been cured, or who might have unfortunately died by the time their photos are downloaded and used for clickbait.
Basically, these fake charity case experiments are just marketing ploys these producers cook up to make themselves seem like better people than they actually are, after making hideously toxic content in between the tear jerking "experiments."
"I pranked the shit out of my ex girlfriend for not wanting to be around me anymore but I like the idea of helping the poor am I not a dick now?" Fuck off.
And like you just saw, they even stage fake "HOMELESS PRANK" videos where they prank and mock the homeless. The writing is on the wall! They barely give a damn about the homeless. They're just using your emotions for cheap shares so they can keep that fraud video money flowing. They are YouTube's biggest frauds and liars.
These are like a combination of "LIKE 4 JESUS IGNORE 4 SATAN" pictures, prank "GONE SEXUAL" videos and fake news articles all wrapped into one. But what really makes me sick to my stomach about all of these fake as hell "experiments" is that just like those tumor baby "1 LIKE = FACEBOOK DONATES $15" spam photos and religious spam "TYPE AMEN" pictures, there are people out there who would much rather share a FAKE social experiment using actors pretending to be homeless or a clickbait picture using Jesus or Mohammad to bait likes and shares or a clickbait photo using stolen images of those in need and telling you "you'll be cured if you ignore," rather than actually donating money to those in need and helping REAL homeless people. If you REALLY care about the homeless, STOP SHARING HOMELESS EXPERIMENT VIDEOS. Donate to an actual charity helping the homeless. There's hundreds of them pick one!
By now you might seen one of the biggest patterns as to why these channels suck. They're all FAKE.
Every single one of these channels use actors, stage skits to try and look real like reality TV, promote negative stereotypes of other genders and cultures, breed racial tension and toxic behavior among their fans, and lie to them telling them it's real which makes them dumber. The writing is on the wall, and yet their fans fall for it hook line and sinker. If anything, the only people really being pranked are the viewers themselves!
Plus the actors who are in these videos, are booked in one of the most creepy back alley shady ways possible.
Not only is this creepy, it's also ignorant as hell to the Muslim community. It's like putting a rag on your head and calling yourself a Sikh. It would be religious racism.
And when it isn't any of the above cancer, these pranksters have taken to making fake children's entertainment videos, which basically prank the viewer into watching inappropriate and just gross content literally tricking kids into giving them clicks. One of those abusers being the former OCK TV guys!
Now I know that if the fans of any of these producers see this blog, they're gonna likely give me the usual defense they give all these wastes of sperm and egg whenever someone says "these guys can fuck themselves." So allow me to give them my rebuttals before they even comment (if they even do comment lol)
"If you hate them so much, don't watch!": I don't. It's just that YouTube keeps suggesting them to me and to just about everyone who has a YouTube account even if you click "Not interested." The only videos about them I watch are from people riffing them and showcasing why it's fake.
"You hate prank channels for being fake yet you like wrestling.": That's because wrestling hardly tries to tell people it's totally real anymore, the physicality, violence and injuries real even if it's scripted, the fans know the difference between what's a shoot (real) and what's kayfabe, (fake) and wrestling is generally too awesome for me to stop supporting it! Plus wrestling doesn't teach sexist or racist or otherwise bigoted morals through fake stunts pitched as reality anymore unless Vince Russo is booking.
"You're just lying I saw GOD in that man giving to the homeless. Yer goin' ta HELL!" Well I've actually donated money to children's charities like Child's Play and St. Jude, I don't believe fake experiments and pranks, and I don't literally condemn those I disagree with to hell so if I'm gonna run with your logic, then say hi to Satan for me.
"u r an h8r and u need to stfu feg": Don't get me wrong, I'm not hating for the sake of hating, hardly anybody does, these people are really fucking cancerous and are directly breaking YouTube's user guidelines and terms of service on what is and what isn't appropriate. Also work on your grammar.
"you're jealous!!!!!": No, I'm not. You see, jealousy is envy with a hint of frustration, anger or hatred. Or suspicion and envy toward someone you may think is trying to get with your significant other. Or again, hatred based on envy. Why would I or anybody really be jealous about someone who abuses children, sleeps around on their significant others, dresses up as a terrorist or KKK member for lulz or even pretends to commit a crime just so they get beat up on camera in the hood? My disdain for pranksters is not based on envy of any kind even over the views they receive, my disdain for them and my reason as to why they all need to be banned is because of their racist, sexist or otherwise toxic sense of humor tailor made for idiots. And the fact they're all shysters lying to you.
"you're just another triggered SJW cuck go get a job": First of all, do you even know what a cuckold is? Supporting women has nothing to do with letting significant others cheat on you. Secondly no, I'm not an SJW. By definition of what an SJW is, that would involve hating all whites males and straight people because of the few that are bigoted and trying to relate everything around me to sexism and racism. Which I don't. I find these asshats to be sexist and racist, because they're filming actually sexist racist cancerous content and trying to pass it off as a joke. They actually do promote racism and rape culture to a degree and spread ignorance about progressive movements enough that it makes defenders like you toxic enough to relate ALL progressives and outcries of sexism to being a triggered SJW. Also I am looking for a job what does my income have to do with being right or wrong?
And unrelated to the defenders,
"by posting these riffs about pranks you might be giving them attention ignore them": Admittedly you have a point. But making a call to attention and telling major companies to stop supporting toxic content is the first step to the cancer being eradicated.
So what can be done about these awful prank channels? Well it's simple. Report every single one. Even if you think that flagging is censorship.
Every cancerous prank channel uses misleading titles and thumbnails, which breaks YouTube's TOS on misleading content. Some of the videos they make are racist or racially questionable, so you can report those select ones for racism. Some are pornographic in nature, so those you can report for sexual content and at least get unmonetized. But most importantly, get all your friends that care to do the same and mass flag every one of these channels. You don't even have to watch the videos! Just follow my lead.
And if YouTube tells you "we found nothing wrong," (which happens often,) then you can petition them. But most of all, share this blog around to get YouTube to finally shut down the cancerous channels leaching money from them.
Just please. Don't support these horrible prank and social experiment channels. Don't like their content, don't share their content, don't even share the stolen Facebook versions of their videos. They are literally using you to get cheap views and a cheap paycheck which makes them false businesses. They've been an ever growing tumor on the body of YouTube that only gets worse and worse with every trend and controversy among the pranking community making fake and misleading content that is directly breaking the terms of service on far too many levels. They all need to be terminated immediately and banned permanently.
Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments section.