Credit goes to "A wrestling page that doesn't treat itself too seriously" on Facebook for that one. Now onto the topic.
Ever since they replaced the Power to PG Era John Cena spinner belt, which was just about universally hated outsidr of kids, half of teens and some select adults, it seems they've had a bad habit of just blatantly rehashing the current old class fiitball ring inspired belt whenever they make a new title. All while trying to get you excited for the same old shit over and over regardless of how disappointing, gaudy and underwhelming it looks. Like The WWE itself!
First came it's 2013 incarnation. It had the old 2002-2013 WWE logo and the word "Champion" in bold font. (which really that logo should have been discontinued by 2006.) Nothing special, not that pretty, but hey it doesn't spin right? Spinnng was the only thing you hated about it right? Right...?
For as much as I got sick of and started to hate the spinner belt and it's over all ugliness even when they made it stop spinning for some champions, (the spinner gimmick was actually it's saving grace and the only cool thing about it personally, though I liked the spinning US title better,) I remember not liking this gaudy old football championship ring inspired belt at all. The gold was too stained to the point of looking copper, the gaudy color scheme reminded me of my dad's old Masonic Freemason Lodge awards and tobacco pipes, I disliked the lack of gold on the center plate, it's just not that good. If anything it makes Cena's belt look better it's that ugly. But the custom current title holder rounds on the side plates were nice.
But when the belt was re-unified with the "big gold belt" World Heavyweight Championship, (which should have happened in 2008,) they unveiled it's brand new look in 2014! As the same old shit with the new logo in a bigger size and way smaller font saying "World Heavyweight Championship." Exciting right...? T_T
Basically less gold, more stones, even more exposed strap, just look at the pretty logo. Kinda sucks the magic out of that "big historic reveal" from the previous year when they would change the logo within that time and have to update the belt the following year huh? I kinda like seeing the leather exposed in the center plate, I'd just like to see far less of it and see much more gold for the center plate like a proper world title. Who cares about leather when you can have a big golden shield screaming to the world "I am THE champion" right? Just an odd design choice.
This belt remains today as your standard WWE championship, but unlike any belt in company history, the belt has layed eggs. And they've hatched in 2016. Because on Wrestlemania, they unveiled the newly reborn WWE Women's Championship! ...As a palate swap of the world title... Oh boy how exciting... D:
I was underwhelmed when I saw this title. I kind if found the belt to be lazy and kinda disrespectful at first with the notion that they didn't want to design an original title, just palate swap the boy's toy and give it to the girls. Like the sexist as fuck Queezy Bake version of the Easy Bake back in the early to mid 2000's. But the real reason why they made the Women's title a palate swap of the World title, gave this a free pass when the eye rolling disappointment stopped. They made it a women's version if the men's title, because they wanted to book the women on the same level as the men (eventually) and that I can respect. That they're finally gonna start honoring women's wrestling. I actually think the belt looks better on a white strap than a blackish brown bible cover colored strap, and the sparkly red in center makes the logo pop out more as long as it's just the center. I'll take an homage to another belt over a pink and silver Bratz doll butterfly belt and seeing the more honorable title literally comically torn in two and held by a green sloppy copy of The Beautiful People any day of the week. I'm still just not a fan of the current world title design at all though.
But little did we expect the hilarity of what was to come. At Summer Slam 2016, they unveiled the red headed one legged bald headed step child with a kickstand, known as the WWE Universal Championship. Excited yet...? *facepalm*
If the Women's Championship and unified World Heavyweight Championship weren't lazy rehashes enough, this one takes the cake. At least the last two had reasons. The world title had to be a rehash of the last WWE title, because they were banking on it being THE title to strive for. The women's belt was a palate swap, because they wanted to sell the idea that maybe women's wrestling isn't gonna be a comical, no effort, sexy spank material side show made to reel in the frat boys and horny tweens anymore, and maybe they'll start to respect women's wrestling as a just as viable product as men's wrestling. Those belts had excuses. This? This is just a joke in comparison. I usually like red strap titles. The red strap NWA titled looked great.
But this WWE Universal title is ugly! It looks like a fruit roll up with gold and diamonds stuck to it! What did someone spill some cherry Kool Aid in the white dye? It's like some kid made this in the WWE 2K Creatoon Suite. Even in storyline it's a joke, because it's meant to be a wannabe world title so the Raw guys have a reason to compete beyond a paycheck. Which may be brilliant in kayfabe but it's still an assault on the senses. Daniel Bryan was mocking it unscripted on that Smackdown Live post show thing for the name "WWE Universal Champion." The name "Universal Champion" may not be too bad since CMLL has had a Universal title for years, it's their premier belt to strive for and carry, but at least it looks good In fact it's one of the most gorgeous things you'll ever see.
The WWE Universal title however? Good lord it's ugly! How can the best part about the Women's title be the worst part of this one? I dub the WWE Universal Championship, the Ronald McDonnald Participation Championship. This will be a black eye on the company they're sure to laugh at on a countdown special when they inevitably unify the titles sooner or later. I can't see this lasting that long because god this is laughably fugly.
So what's next WWE? Will the tag titles just become green and blue strap palate swaps of the world title? Will the Intercontinental belt become just the world title on a yellow strap? Will the US title become a star spangled banner skinned strap edition of the world title with silver instead of gold? Will all of NXT's titles eventually just be palate swaps of the NXT championship? This is ridiculous! You're better than this.
I will admit the Smackdown Tag Team Titles do look better in silver than Raw's copper, but oy vey this is lazy! Especially the Smackdown Women's belt. It's a rehash of a rehash! How laaazy can you get? Oooo yeah. How laazy can you get? Yeaah yeah.
The irony about the fact they're rehashing the same two belt designs over and over, is that with the first incarnation of the cureent WWE title, The Rock came out and said "The WWE championship should never look like a toy." But now that all the main roster titles are palate swapped copies if each other, it looks like a toy line! What with the minimalist so easy a kid could draw it design and the interchangeable rounds (the only good part about it) on the side plates. They're basically Power Rangers in belt form. I've seen more creativity out of fan made Sonic original characters on deviantArt.
I'm not entirely opposed to a toy like gimmick on a title, in fact I have liked some. Like the spinner on Cena's US belt, (though most of you might strongly disagree with me)
the license plate on the WWE New York Hardcore championship,
the real working doors on the Dragongate Open The Dream Gate title,
and in fact the specialty Hardcore titles, the Open The Dream Gate title and Cena's US title are personal favorite gimmick titles of mine. But what gives them a free pass is the all around design and purpose. Cena's US belt was meant to be a cool gimmick on a belt that let's face facts here, is a joke in the WWE. And it looked good. JBL's hardcore title, was a spin on a joke title. And the Open The Dream Gate title isn't a joke belt what so ever, but it's freaking gorgeous and it's gimmick is centered around showcasing the current champion, and it's from a company that doesn't always take itself too seriously until the bigger more serious main angles anyway. When the whole belt looks completely like a toy and it isn't recognized as a joke title however, like the WWE Diva's title and each of these palate swaps, it doesn't look honorable. Just cheap and borderline lazy.
It makes sense for an upstart indie company to do this. Or even make edits and palate swaps of other past companies. For example, ROH in it's virgining years.
From 2002-2008, ROH had to copy paste the same titles over and over, because that was all they could afford. They had as shoestring a budget as you could imagine for a fastly growing third party. It took them a while to travel to more areas outside the tri-state area besides Chicago Ridge IL (which I frequented as a teen and young adult) or Dayton OH, because Cary Silkin and Gabe Sapolsky were penny pinchers. They wanted to make sure the talent and crew could feed their families and pay rent. That and I guess the founders really liked the mold. So of course, their early titles were identical.
And hell that mold was inspired by the old UWF title!
In fact UWA Hardcore up in Canada (great promotion by the way) had their own mock title carried by the old Cleaveland All-Pro Wrestling and PWO tag partner to "M Dogg 20" Matt Cross, (AKA Son Of Havoc from Lucha Underground,) and the PWO and Prime Wrestling mentor and tag partner turned rival of Johnny Gargano, Josh Prohibition! I couldn't find a clean enough picture but here he is goofing off with it.
And it makes sense for small town, rarely travelling outside of their home city local indies do to it, because they can barely afford to pay their own talent much less look presentable. Let's not forget how many promotions have copied the "big gold belt" late 90's WCW to 2000's WWE World Heavyweight title. From blatantly carrying the replica with nothing added or replaced, like again PWO,
(with Matt Cross being it's first ever winner,) to taking most of it's mold but altering it slightly like Billy Corgan's first experiment as a promoter, Resistance Pro.
Even TNA has copied certain aspects of the WCW/WWE "big gold."
More so with the current design.
But the reason why the indies get a free pass at identical belts and rehashes, is that they eventually save up and evolve with brand new belts. Like again, ROH. Their belts are unique now! Ever since their HDNet days. With that era having my favorite titles in ROH history.
(despite using altered versions of classic WWF molds for the tag championships and altered generic molds Chikara used themselves. I still love them though.)
And ROH was able to update them into something completely different again, after selling to Sinclair! Even if the current belts are kinda gaudy too in some ways. I'm honestly surprised they didn't rehash. All they needed to do is update the logos on the HDNet titles. They can be worse though, and I do plan in getting the replicas.
Even ROH's ex rival CZW can afford elaborate titles. They went from dishonorable replica titles like this,
to beautiful original titles like this!
So if all of these indie to number two tier leagues can be creative enough to make elaborate easily distinguishable titles, why can't WWE?
Those promotions had legitimate reasons to rehash or even steal designs. They were cheap. The WWE has no excuse. The WWE, is a multi billion dollar global empire! You have dozens of belt designers, and all you can do is copy paste the same gaudy post-spinner design over and over again? This is bad design. For the replica belts, it makes it harder for parents who aren't wrestling fans to buy their kids the right belts as gifts. They likely won't read the bottom of the belt or pay attention to the strap color, they'll just look at the logo and say "Eh fuck it it's the WWE title that'll shut 'em up" and likely buy their kid the wrong title unless the kid is with them. Now little jimmy's gonna be walking around dressed as Roman Reigns carrying the Women's belt for Halloween, and get teased by passers by who watch WWE and at school by his friends and bullies. Lazy poor design. Unless they'll make the straps mix and matchable which would be a pretty cool toy gimmick.
Instead of rehashing the same belt ad nausem with a different name and strap color, why not go for more unique designs, but with a similar signature design loosely tying them together like a family? For example, (and I can't believe I'm gonna give credit to this over hyped joke that if it never airs will be destined to be another XWF) Global Force Wrestling?
They may not be pretty either, but what they do have is a form of unity. They all have the logo. They all have dragons and eagles on them. But they're of different sizes, and of different sizes and mostly different designs and shapes. Even different grades of metal! They are linked by theme and company, but are largely still as different as can be in terms of design. You can tell them apart. Do that!
Unify the World and Universal titles as just the World Heavywight Championship. Redesign it to have a big elaborate face plate the size of Brock Lesnar's belly, with a medium sized WWE logo near the top, a round spot in the center for those awesome interchangeable rounds, a king's crown on top of the WWE logo, an eagle clutching the round, it's head staring at you below the WWE logo, it's wings extending the far top corners with a small globe below each wing, world flags rimming the left and right edges of the plate, men grappling below those globes, and the bottom edge taken straight from the current belt with the words "World Heavyweight Champion" on it. Make this a mash up between the Undisputed title of 2002, the beloved eagle belt of the late 80's through mid 90's and the big green and gold belt that Hulk Hogan took off of The Iron Shiek. If all else fails, take inspiration from the IWGP Heavyweight and CMLL Universal titles.
For the Women's Championship, make it sort similar even down to size roughly, but closer to the Fabulous Moola's original women's title. Replace the king's crown with a queen's crown if course, squish the whole center plate a little to be more of an oval than a circle to pay homage to the old WWF Women's title, shrink most of the eagle but the wings and make them extend a little beyond the plate to make the shape a bit different almost like the TNA Knockouts title, replace the men grappling with women grappling of course, give the bottom a more elegant gold ribbon design saying "Women's Champion" in elegant font, and to evolve from the current design, paint most of it sparkly red except for the eagle, crown, globes, logo etc. Whatever isn't a central feature if the center plate will be red, while everything else on and about it will be bright gold with diamonds. This way it itn't a complete rehash, just an homage with the same message as the current Women's title. When all else fails, take more inspiration from Fabulous Moolah's belt
Give these belts three areas for those cool interchangeable rounds telling you who the current champs are. The middle of the center plate, and the middle of the side plates. And for some wrestlers, give them a certain gimmick. Like John Cena gets spinners, The Undertaker gets glow in the dark T cross symbols, Ember Moon gets a glowing blood moon, Sasha Banks gets extra shiny bling with a mirror coat job, No Way Jose gets disco balls and laser lights, I'm just giving examples here. Something cute for the kids and toy collectors to play with on the replica belts. Everything else is up to you.
For the Tag Team titles, base the design mainly off the old tag titles you had until 2002, but with a small roman helmet on either title, looking different ways for both belts, (one has it on the right looking left, the other has it on the left looking right,) and with the three interchangeable rounds like the Women's and World titles. And with the eagles also looking different directions. Maybe interchange the paint job too like on the NXT Tag Team Championships.
Also, make a Woman's Tag Team Title rendition of that for the Women's division, but without being a complete rehash. Just a spin on them that isn't a palate swap.
As for US, eh... Just unify it with the Intercontinental title.
And the Intercontinental title, do not change it. It's perfect.
For the Cruiserweight title, just bring out the old design from when you last had it. Easy on the eyes.
And make every main roster WWE title a pass port between brands. That way you can build up angles for both rosters to drive up Network views and PPV buyrates for PPV events.
This will really inspire people to wanna become WWE Superstars and compete for these belts. Because the elaborate belts are the best remembered and most honored among fans, talent and even promoters what with all the Undisputed and "big gold" pretenders. It's what you promised in 2013 right? Belts that inspire people and don't look like toys?
I know the rule of thumb on fanboy whining is to not talk about it and ignore it, but I just gotta rant about illogical hate here.
As a member of a positive petition asking for a game to be revived, (that being 100,000 Strong For Bringing Back Megaman Legends 3,) hate and anger groups fighting to get a game cancelled because they refuse to even try it like this group Facebook suggested to me, disgust me deeply as a gamer and activist.
I'm all for difference in opinion and free speech, but petitioning for cancellations and bitching about the fact some actually like it without any record of the fans being annoying or ruthless, is childish and among the makings of a bad gamer and bad fanboy or bad fangirl.
Hey whiny fanboys and fangirls. Guess what? ANGRY GROUPS DON'T WORK. When has a private group ever cancelled a video game in the history of the world? And when has it ever been justified? Let alone over "it look bad aesthetically me no want" beliefs? And if it ever has, then oooh good for you! That game plenty of others wanted to play but you hated for small insignifucant reasons, is dead and unlikely to see the light of day because YOU hated the fact you can splatter things or YOU were offended and personally triggered by butts and "the male gaze" or YOU wanted the US government to ban it forever and ever, because the white haired main character now has black hair and to you that makes him look like Justin Bieber, (when he clearly looks more like that Jacob guy from Twilight which also sucked,) and ergo, the whole entire game sucks and "ruined your childhood" or high school days 'cause hair. Oooh what gamer god and a hero to gamers you are! Not! You're just a crybaby with a teenage mindset at the age of 20 to 34 or older, and with no real reason to complain. Confusing your personal minor to major complaints about a comparitively minor thing, with real world problems that should concern you more.
The title of the group I screen capped up there, isn't even grammatically sound in any human language. And most of the posts I saw, are just one dude (who has a serious spamming problem that I've talked with him about on several occasions within the past 5 years,) posting unrelated articles, hastily made troll like change. org peitions that may not even list Nintendo as a contact, and stolen memes slapped together with random comments the dude found, spammed up and down that laughable group out of control. Like, if you tell him not to spam one group, he spams several others. Mostly with stolen Megaman fan art slapped together in MS Paint or Powerpoint with captions like "Capcom will bring back" next to them written in Times New Roman font as he says "gonna love this!" in the caption.
I've dealt with hate page and hate group members and admins before. They are usually volitile, socially conservative, verbally belligerent, prone to sending threats to people and companies obsessively and stalking people obsessively over personal disagreements and conspiracies even dating back years, and after going on random illogical tirdes and rampages and even death threat sprees over insgnificant shit that doesn't bother anyone else, some of which they only hate because they saw someone else on the internet hate it, they play the victim card by claimng every fan of that thing they hate attacked them first which is a lie, and/or blaming their reckless behavior on their aspergers, bipolar disorder or autism. Which in return, makes the autistic community look bad, because most autistic people are nice, friendly, introverted and creative. Trolls running these groups are not. Thanks trolls who happen to have aspergers! Now every nice kid who has autism is getting bullied harder by ablist motherfuckers over the stigma you, and equally as thin skinned and verbally violent Sonic and MLP Original Character artists on deviantArt cause.
Why most recently I dealt with one from Ohio. The guy was spamming Capcom's Facebook page left and right with memes whining about Dante's DMC look, some of old Dante decapitating new Dante, most telling really homophobic jokes about new Dante because hair style, I told him he could get banned for it and it's fucking annoying, and Capcom's Facebook mods finally did ban the guy. He sends me a capslocked hate PM thinking honest to god that I work for them, (which I don't) accusing me of the sort, and actually thinking I banned him. (When I don't mod any official Capcom page or thing.) I block him, he finds my Google +. And starts replying in random comments I made on various vids I liked with "mayne fuck u nobody give a shit" and "nobody like u" shit. I look at his Google + profile, he's spamming "fuck DMC it suck" shit on videos for and against it, bullying people who like it, talking shit about some football player, and promoting an anti-DMC Facebook group called "DEVIL HUNTERS "anti-DMC"" (which is filled with crazy teen weeaboos who can't speak english well, who were making those memes he was spamming and have serious rape face going on when not using their Fairy Tail wafus as avatars,) trying to make friends through toxic hateful whiny fanboyism. And he had his real address there! Pics of his house, his street address, pics of his family, he was doxxing himself and he didn't even know it. I block and report that account. He then follows me on Twitter, asking "how far does Kane have his hand up your ass lol" (because my profile pic was me taking a picture with WWE wrestler and my idol Kane,) along with more "nobody give a fuck I hate u" shit at least thrice, I look through his account and again! There's his address, pictures of his house and family saying "come meet up with me" doxxing himself on purppse like an idiot because he wants friends, and beyond that, there was a whooooole lotta spam he retweeted. A fuck ton of spam. Porn spam, "get free f0110wz!" spam, "RT 4 followers!" spam, you name every Twitter scam a n00b, kid or idiot would fall for, he fell for it. He was also replying positively to WWE wrestlers, and posting nude photos of hawt as hell full figured to curvy black women, saying "yum" like a fucking creep in their description. I then report and block that account. He then e-mails me through some unsafe e-mail service with the usual "I hate u you suck nobody guve a fuck" shit he was replying to me with before. I screen cap it, post it to facebook laughing a bit, reply back with "you know, all your accounts have your address, I can call the cops on yo ass," and block the address. Months go by. Nothing. Then he starts another Twitter posting many of the same TOS breaking shit as before, but this time asking me nicely with only one tweet "why can't we be friends?" I give him the 95 thesis as to why he can't be my friend, all the reasons why I blocked him, and by my 5th reply he blocks me, so I block and report him back. He's since then started another account and subscribed to me on Youtube. And all of his Youtube vids are of him rocking out with his girlfriend at a concert, vlogging about where he lives and where to contact him, (as his eyes roll back randomly like a concussed murderer trying hard not to pass out because he lacks the mental capacity to blink,) and begging for friends to play Playstation with and getting pissed when people report his stupid ass. He's well over 30, he looks like if Beetlegeuse from The Howard Stern Show was average person sized crossed with D-Von Dudley and he is the definition these loser internet user stereotypes I'm blogging about.
And it doesn't even stop at just groups! I've had flamewars when I was 19 with awful pages like "I hate Ryota Nintsuma," "Yoshinori Ono Sucks" "Boycott Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3" "Poison is NOT a tranny she is PURE WOMAN!" and "I hate Phoenix Wright," the latter two of those are still around just dormant, each if them are in broken english, and all of them are founded and run by some derranged teen boy in Pakistan, a complete idiot from Russia, and a guy with "Wii" as his last name, who also run at least one positive page called "Mega Man X deserve to be in UMVC3." Their reasons for why they hate so much is your usual "it look gay" or "this character is shit to play as" or "people cheat online when for they to play" excuses, but it's mainly because Megaman wasn't in MVC3 or UMVC3. The Russian dude once kept making hate pages about me titled "Orion Ake sucks" and one titled "I hate Orion Ake" for criticizing their mentality, all with gay porn on them captioned "ORION AKE SUCK," and the avatar was my old profile pic with devil horns, a devil tail and an extra mustache drawn on in red marker, but they only lasted a few hours before he tried applogizing and refriending me after I told him the hate page admins are weirdos. Needless to say I blocked him before he even started for spamming my timeline in a clingy fashion, asking what I'm doing and if I'm okay. Just sociopathic!
Even just singular users can be volitle. I once knew some 30 something from New Mexico with Franky fron One Piece as his avatar, who shared many of my interests. We both love wrestling. We both are Megaman fans. We both are Pokemon fans. We both are otaku. But our differences were that I tend to rationally think things through before I act, I've been educated well despite being home schooled, and I try to spell well even though I may have an accidental typo here and there and tend to studder a lot and praddle. This idiot I once knew, was the exact opposite of all of that in every way, and would constantly use his disorder as a crutch for his voluntarily bad behavior. Little did I know that until it was too late. You see, I generally know kayfabe (storyline shit) works, from shoots (unscripted shit) in wrestling. I know that a heel, (a bad guy) is payed to pretend to be naughty or evil so the babyface (good guy) can be championed over him or her by the fans. And in WWE, storyline is king rather than the more work shoot play by ear wrestling style of most indie leagues. The idiot in question here, did not know the wiser. He actually thought it was all real. So if a heel were to do something a heel would do, namely ROH and Dragongate allumni like CM Punk, Seth Rollins or Cesaro, (the latter two I knew personally in their indie days,) he'd get pissed and send them death threats and other angry tweets on Twitter. The dumb motherfucker even thought CM Punk threw Paul Bearer's actual ashes onto The Undertaker. He was that simple. I would inform him that threatening people online is illegal troll behavior, that those guys are my friends, and this is all storyline shit, and he would reply back with "RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARG!!!!" accuse me if being a troll as he claimed to loathe trolls wuth a passion, threaten to spread shit about me and my sister saying quote "THERE'S NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT!!" end quote, threaten to send more hate tweets and threats to wrestlers, and inform me quote "YOU'RE WORSE THAN SONIC FANFAGS RAAAAARG!!!!!1!!1!!1!!" end quote. Not realizing that not all Sonic fans are hardcore defensive fanboys, and that by being this thin as a wonton wrapper thin skinned, he is indeed the one acting like a "Sonic fanfag." In fact the usage of the slur "fag" outside of quoting and outside of educating people on why you should never call someone a "fag" showcases the education level and mental state of this jackass. He would then be subdued by relatives, apologize, delete all the TOS breaking tweets he posted, and publicly apologize stating he did it because he quote "haved the aspergers" end quote. When I'm thinking he has schizophrenia, IED and bipolar disorder on top of his aspergers. This went on every once in a while, until the affore mentioned CM Punk urn thing. After Punk covered The Ubdertaker in Paul Bearer's KAYFABE ashes, he went on a more epic frenzy of Twitter trolling. I give him my usual "dude calm down this is illegal" shit. He gave me his SammyClassicSonicFan like "RAAAAARG YOU ARE LIKE SONIC FANFAGS I'M GONNA SEND MORE DEATH THREATS YOU CAN'T STOP ME!!!" tantrum. He says "GOODBYE" and blocks me. A few minutes pass, I'm freaking out a bit. I don't want this Tazmanian Devil of white hot rage spreading shit about my sister and I. She was already dealing with rampaging Encyclopedia Dramatica frequenting Vocaloid fangirls and fanboys accusing her of stealing for palete swapping a MikuMikuDance model despite giving the modeler of the original model credit. (The modeler being one of the guys spreading hate about her.) The idiot in question unblocks and refriends me, apologizing profusely because his sister had to calm him down and remind him why threat sending isn't legal m'kay? He was more concerned about prison because he heard the food there was terrible. He seemed not concerned at all with how people will judge him if bailed, his likelihood of ever getting a job, the likelihood of him being mugged robbed shanked or raped in prison, just the heresay about their meals got him afraid. Does he even have the ability to mentally process priorities? He stayed relatively chill though a bit depressed for a while until The Shield debuted. And because he couldn't decipher reality from fiction, he starts liking and sharing Facebook hate pages about The Shield manned by small children who shouldn't even have an account there, liking and unliking both pro and anti-Obama pages, joining hate groups against Google demanding they change Youtube back to the way it was, cluttering my feed with capslock "THE SHIELD SUCK RARG" conversations with some guy with Shadow The Hedgehog as his avatar, (which why is "RAAAAAARG!!!" the battle cry of the violent bully members of the aspergers community?) and even sharing some Youtube video called "THE SHIELD SUCK" which is just The Shield's titantron video in black and white with the description "THE SHIELD NO DESERVE COLOR THAT HOW MUCH I HATE THEM THEY SUCK" which even for a child is an extremely stupid explanation. An actual 11 year old must have made that. He starts posting screen caps of a private argument that he started, but won't take credit for, with a CM Punk fan page. I inform hin he was being the troll in the argunent. He send me his usual empty promises and "RAAAARG!!!" roars, the usual happens, he apologizes again and realizes he keeps turning into the less than Incredible Hulk whenever he sees anyone else hate something, but because I finally had e-fucking-nough of his bullshit, I blocked him. Waves of anxiety leave my body! (before what went down in Knoxville went down sending me through some pretty tough emotional hurdles which I doccumented in my first blog here,) and in some posts on 100,000 Strong For Bringing Back Megaman Legends 3's wall before I would log in, I could see him applogizing and actually saying he's getting help. But the scary, and sometimes laughable "'ey, someome else is hating something so I should hate it too!" mentality just boggles my mind sonetimes.
This shit just makes gamers with and without disorders look like stubborn crybabies entitled to begging developers to halt their vision for all of us, when most of us gamers don't have a problem with it. You're free to dislike something, you're free to be vocal about it, and you're free to not buy it. You're even free to judge it before it comes out to some degree. We all do it. Just not to the limits of a troll throwing tantrum campaigns.
I believe it was Rich from ReviewTechUSA who once said "It's always the village idiot that makes us all look bad." And I agree wholeheartedly.
Since I decided to start a blog, I thought I might as well repost an old blog I made after I finished an animated project I spent way too long making due to personal shit. Enjoy! I'll come back later in this blog with an update on what's happened since then.
Ladies, gentlemen, boys and girls, anything in between or outside of that, children of all ages and fully grown adults, if you are into Megaman I have something exciting to show and share with you, and an important task for all of you to do. Right below this picture!
Believe it or not, this took me three years to accomplish. And here's why. Get comfy folks, this is gonna be a personal one.
Three years ago, I joined GetMeOffTheMoon. I always had the idea of making some kind of epic animation with a bunch o' Servbots in it, as an advertisement for the movement. But I just didn't have most of the tools at the time. In august of 2011, I noticed all the awesome stuff the higher ups of GMOTM were doing, and felt that I just wasn't doing enough for the cause. So I then, the (now former) leader at the time, co-organized this event with one of the founders MDP. (which you don't have to do anymore, as this is oooold.) I pitched the idea to the guy, hoping that it would put me on a higher plateau and guy me something to do as a GMOTM member, and he instructed me to work his event in there. I said "sure! I'll put it at the end of the video. I'll get it finished by Christmas!" (or something to that effect,) and immediately commissioned Dashe for voicework. Little did I know the adventure I would put myself under.
I wanted the animation to have a lot of symbolism. For Roll to symbolize how us cooler headed fans were saddened and dismayed at Legends 3's cancellation, and disappointed, but ultimately decided to do something rather than stay in an angry rage for years. (though I too admittedly wanted to riot Capcom's offices on the day OF the cancellation.) I wanted Tron, to represent the anger we all felt, but also the gusto a lot of fans have. For Data to represent Greg and Kinako for spreading the news, but also being on our side. And for the Servbots, to represent our growth, our speed ups and slow downs, and perhaps most importantly our unity as a fanbase and movement when it comes to fighting for this game's revival. I added everybody else as just nods and for continuity's sake. But I guess Glyde would represent the trolls we used to ban almost weekly within the first year of the movement.
So I PM Dashe asking for voice work. She corrects me on my grammar, (which was spotty at best when I was 19,) and told me she would get the voicework done by the deadline. I was impatient, so I pestered her a bit, and constantly asked her when her animation "Do you hear the fanbase sing?" would be done, and she actually sent in her tracks on the deadline in a zip folder titled "here." So I immediately started work on the storyboard on paper.
Things were going smoothly, until my pen gave out. I was out of pens, and I couldn't figure out how to properly transition frames. So I was stuck with artist's block for a while, and I was also heavily addicted to Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D and Cityville. And Restaurant City. So needless to say I had too many things on one plate. I told Dashe about how long it was taking me to make the thing, and she told me it would be best to slow down on the gaming a little, and work on my animation. The artist's block lasted until January 2012, when I commissioned Jessica "Tron Bonne" Diamant, Score6 and his girlfriend Hope, to send me some of their voicework. Score and Hope took for-freakishly-ever to send their tracks because they were already busy with other stuff, a whole bevy of it, and Tron took even longer because she was sick and busy. But the tracks they sent were fantastic like Dashe's. Then I got my sister to record her lines. That took a second because we were living together with our parents at the time.
Also, by the Christmas of 2011, (just to briefly go back a bit,) my mom bought us both Wacom BAMBOO tablets. So that REALLY helped a lot with this whole production. And because I had already installed all the software the BAMBOO came with, one of them being Sumo Paint when it wasn't browser based, and I installed and learned how to use GiMP, I just decided it would be easier to scan the storyboards now, edit them into cels, and just make the rest of the thing on GiMP and Sumo Paint. I didn't and still don't have any animation software, so this is the closest thing I could get to it. Plus I get to experience the endurance test that is manual animation.
What I did was scan the storyboard, edit it as best as I cam in GiMP, paint it in GiMP, color erase the white stuff surrounding, and then when it finally decided to work, bevel it in Sumo. For added effect, I would keep in some of the pencil outlines and pen bleedthroughs, and smudge it just right for a natural shadow or a semi-realistic jacket texture. Which worked wonderfully. I was still a noob at this thing, so of course the animation during the first quarter would be wonky. And I also had to resize every single cel I made to fit the 720 x 1280 ratio.
Once that was done, I made three backrounds, and got to work. This is where I found out that animation is more time consuming than you'd think. Here I was thinking Youtube animations take a week to make, but that's only if you have a fancy Flash based animation software. I didn't. So I was stuck with animating manually, frame by frame by frame. It was tedious at worst, but kinda fun at best. So I carried on.
Within a few months, scene 1 was complete! Oooor the first quarter of it at least. But my skills would improve quarter by quarter. management at GMOTM would switch over, (I am not obligated to reveal how or why just accept it,) and I was initially still gonna use that campaign the former leader set up, oooonly it was for garnering new fans. And the Japanese message was poorly translated. And it was too much work. And didn't make much sense at all. And looked even spammier than what I decided. So I decided to change the message, only use the petition thread and Capcom japan's inquiry form, and enlist the help of one of our translators at the time Jack, to translate the message into japanese as he semed skilled at it.
Another thing that delayed it within the first two years of production, was that every other month or so, my mom and sister and I would go to indie wrestling shows in the Chicagoland and sometimes Milwaukee area. Fun times were had, I actually pitched GetMeOffTheMoon to a few of my wrestler friends who game like Gregory iron, (who's a BIG Megaman fan by the way,) and it was a great way to relieve stress.
So then, by the middle of 2012, I had finally gotten most of scene 1 and all of the storyboard finished. Since I'm a stickler for detail, one of the reasons why it took me so long to make this was that I would spend days and weeks on end, meticulously trying to get everything right down to the smallest pixel. Sometimes, I had to pull a South Park and reuse body parts. Most of the time, I animated from scratch. Some small assets like the Bonne logo were even ripped from the Mega Man Legends Station forums, (Just that little Bonne logo sprite,) just to save time on drawing the Bonne logo.
By Christmas of 2012, I was still pushing for this to be released by the holidays just to get Megaman fans hyped! Buuut stuff like more wrestling events, (which I'm damn grateful for,) the holidays themselves, (I'm one of those Jews who celebrates both Hanuka and Christmas,) and partaking in my first MMLS Secret Santa got in the way. (though I was never forced. Just lightly nudged by Dashe who just wanted more artists there..) So times got a bit hectic, but like I always do and always will, I carried on.
2013 rolled around. Here's where stuff gets more hectic. I had set out to get it done, by that year. At least on our 2 year anniversary. And production was really picking up, because I was finally getting scene 2 started, Things were looking phenomenal as my art skills and editing skills improved, I had went back and tried to clean up at least a little bit of scene 1, and I was determined to get it done! ... But then, my house back in Hammond Indiana got foreclosed. it was under foreclosure for a little longer than Legends 3's been canned actually. So, in the summer, my sister moved in with her now fiancee John, (a really cool dude who runs a wrestling promotion Kentucky called PWF,) my parents FINALLY got divorced, and my mom and I were scrambling to find a new place. Some relatives from down south found the best place they could, my sister and grandpa got a truck, and helped us pack up and move. We left a lot of stuff behind because the truck was medium and couldn't fit it, plus we just had a lot of clutter to throw away as well. (not counting some stuff my mom will really miss, half of her book collection.) So we spent that week packing and moving, I was initially happy to move because I started to hate Hammond and their politics, but then we moved down south and frankly, it makes Hammond look like Chicago heights.
Within the first week of being there, I had unpacked and could finally go back to my animation work! But we had no internet for a week! Because AT&T's kinda scarce! Boo! So I had to work off of memory when it comes to getting certain aspects like the Geselleschaft accurate. (yes, I know that it crashed in MML1, I just wanted to throw in a little nostalgia.) We finally got internet access back, and with access to MMLS for referencing and accuracy, the project went along smoothly.
Within the first few months of being in the south, I gave it the benefit of the doubt, it didn't seem too bad, uuuntil my mom got a new job. She works nights. I would have small panic attacks on some nights, not because of being left alone mind you, I can more than handle that being an adult and all, but because of the neighborhood being worse than back in Hammond. I carried on with my project up through December, but I fell into a situational depression. I had cried for the first time since I was 14. I was going through small panic attacks. I continued to work on my project, and played more games, aaand then had a massive anxiety attack. I was worried that I had lost it, (which I didn't and never would,) and started having dreams of being in the Seattle area. Much like most dreams I had been having since my teens of the area, I didn't know it was Seattle. But then my mom showed me some pics she was seeing of the place, and it looked exactly like the dreams I was having. the happy and sometimes epic and RPG like dreams. I knew then and there where I should go. Where I need to be.
So I carried on throughout the early part of this year. I would work a little less to reduce stress, but still have anxiety attacks. Most of the animation was finally completed, and since December I had been actually taking snapshots of Capcom japan's actual address and the streets leading up to it on Google Street View, and rotoscoping them and pasting them together to make it look super accurate and detailed. I had an awesome birthday, I met my idol WWE Superstar Kane the day after, which I'm super grateful for, he even signed my copy of WWF Attitude for the Dreamcast, but was still depressed. I worked on my animation and battled anxiety and depression for more months, until I had another big one just three months ago, and it was at that point I decided I needed therapy to help combat and get rid of my depression. (Apologies in advance to any family members who may read this, since this is being auto-posted to my Facebook. Sorry for not telling you about it!) So I saw a psychiatrist, and she set me up with an appointment with a therapist. She thought I needed anti-depressants at first, but I simply refuse them because they've only been proven to cause even more suicidal thoughts or even make people violent, when you're only situationally depressed. I've seen it happen to every friend my mom has who has depression, OCD or anxiety except for like one or two of them, And I don't wanna lose it, or hurt myself or others, or die ever, by any capacity, (which I will never ever do by the way, don't worry about me if you are,) and since January I've been battling the fear of winging up like JewWario even if we're nothing alike outside of being Jews into gaming and Japanese stuff, sooooo I'm very glad I'm just seeing a therapist instead. Which I still am. Even now. Hoo boy! So back to the production.
Even through all that, I was trying to get it done. And succeeding! I got Capcom's building to look really damn close to the real thing, I had gotten even better than ever with my art skills, and I even improved my audio editing skills. Since I was about 99% done already, and GetMeOffTheMoon's anniversary was coming up, I have been spending the past several days scrambling to and succeeding at getting this finally friggin' finished. I even last-minute recorded the crowd sound effect from an old ROH Wrestling match since the clacking of the barricades (Which ROH fans do as an alternative to clapping) sounds like robot feet clanging, and the tunnel effect from Chris Jericho's old entrance theme circa 2002, and did some last minute voiceover work myself. And while if I had more time, I would have gotten this done on our anniversary and not just a day or two later, I am really happy and grateful to finally have this weight off of my shoulders and to finally have this done. Mind you, I am a first time animator so if you saw anything weird in the animation quality, blame my software, the fact that I made a few too many frames and had to make it fit the song better in tempo, and my computer's CPU. Sometimes just scrolling can make it sound like an espresso machine and grind everything to a screeching halt. Which, aside from glitches with the software I was using, was one of and probably the main reason besides time, circumstances and the fact that I was being a one man team, as to why it took me so freakishly long to make and finish this 6 minute 29 second video. Obviously you have seen how my art skills have improved over the years, just with this one video. I've poured my heart and soul into every second of this vid, and I have an endless truckload left for anything else I will make in the future.
It is very important that you share this video around, and if you too want MML3 to come back, follow each and every step at the end. If enough people flood Capcom japan's e-mail with this message, then it just might get them to make the game as a hail mary attempt at staying afloat. And if anybody asks why should they follow a fanimation, send that guy or gal this blog. I've worked too damn long and hard for this to not be utilized.
Be vigilant, but not rash or immature, stay strong, and as always,
Legends Never Die!
Whoo! That was a lot of drama tribulation. So here's he update.
Since then, I've gotten therapy to combat the depression I suffered down in Knoxville, I still have anxiety disorder, panic attacks and OCD but not anywhere near as cripplingly bad as back then, if anything more manageable even during panic attacks, and I MOVED OUT! Which I cannot be more grateful for. Seriously I hated every other moment in Knoxville besides meeting my idol Kane, the food I had at family feasts and getting much needed therapy.
As for the animated project this was about, it's since then reached over 3,169 views as of this post, and is now featured near the end of the buzzworthy Megaman Legends 3 Documentary. At least about 8 to 15 people have followed the tutorial at the end and sent Capcom the message pre written in the description.
It was a long time coming, but I'm glad I made it in the first place.