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New Cartoon Now Online

Posted by CirrusEpix - January 15th, 2011

So, I can finally make that post I wanted to for the last month.

For those who had not been following, I was contacted by Nexon, the company behind the online game "MapleStory" to create a cartoon for what would become a monthly news-blog about their company and games. While I might be criticized for this choice later, when I stopped laughing and realized they were serious I started to see this as a great opportunity to reach out to lots of gamers and elaborate on many of the themes I explored nearly a year ago including "moderation," and "be nice to others." I finished the first episode before Christmas, and I am proud to say that it is finally online. The whole "Babber Box" (as they call it) is about 30 minutes long, and you can find a snippet of the cartoon at about the 15 minute mark.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ordBvmI xFdk

Of course, (i guess for time reasons) the whole cartoon was uploaded separately at this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMbBHLX id7c

As you can see, the style and art is very similar to the game, but I had to make some changes so that they are a bit easier to animate. This episode was intended to set up the main characters including the return of everyone's favorite fool "Michea." My goal is to follow their misadventures and pick apart all of the weird behavior, logic holes, and funny practices found not just in MapleStory, but in most online games. If I can start a "be-nice-to-noobs" revolution (coming in episode 3), then this will be well worth it for me *smile

So check it out and let me know what you think.


Comments (17)

0/10 you suck

Good job, humorous and it goes to some of everyone's little MMO nit-picks.

I liked it. And you'll need more than good luck to start a "be-nice-to-noobs" revolution :p

I really would like to. I'm gonna try and get them to implement a NX item in the game that turns your weapon into a sign that says that. We'll see how far I can take that.

When you say: "a great opportunity to reach out to lots of gamers..."
You actually mean, sweet sweet money.

Its really more than that. Yes I am getting paid a small amount, but I justify doing it because it will give me the opportunity to share themes like "play in moderation" and "be nice to each other" directly to their community.

Milking the money cow has never been this fun!

I loved the cartoon! Having seen my younger brother play MapleStory several times, I understand the many points you're trying to make. A huge gamer like my younger brother, I played Mabinogi originally, but switched to Vindictus soon after it came out (due to getting bored with Mabi). Keep up the good work, dude! I'll be looking forward to the rest of your MapleStory cartoons... 8)


looks good and sounds great, but i only watched a minute before i had to look away. I don't understand the attraction to these mindless wandering games... give me asteroids any day.

It was quite entertaining to watch, good luck on your revolution

So are you still feeling "I will be doing one a month till they realize they have made a mistake." ?

Are you getting paid for this? If you are, I think I'm going to have to kill you...Didn't you learn anything when you made Slowloft?!

my god! i cant belive you actolly worked with nexon! =D

OMG, I saw the first Episode of new leaf saga, and I knew the art was familar until the name Brian came to mind, so I came on NG to check and I was right! Great job man! :D

congraz on being with nexon!

You know i never thought about the "where snails keep their money" part. o.0

Great animation btw. :D

Your videos are great and very enjoyable. I love how both "Another MapleStory" and "MapleStory: New Leaf Saga" both play on the shortcomings of MMOs and their communities. Keep on rocking, Brian!

By the way:...

Your bio here still says, "One day, I hope to actually make money doing this..."

... Well?...

I Follow you usually but than i had a busy time in my life with my family
i am happy to see you actually might start making money off this if you arent already
i was disappointed when i found out i watched them all so i decided to watch them
all again and i might even watch all of the a 3rd time but i cant wait for the next
one to come out
Good Job.

You're great.
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