Saturday, 16 July 2011

A few days ago a video of the Friendship is Magic musical was thrown up on Youtube, as you can imagine.. It is not anything superb. It basically boils down to a chopped together generic Hasbro plot and a bunch of re-renditions of songs from the show. The costumes were crap, the set was non-existent and it was really nothing more than a corny little romp designed for little girls as a blatant cash-grab.
The voice actors did a great job with what they had and did a much better job at imitating the show's VAs than I expected. It was a lot of fun to hear them performing songs from the show even if the words they replaced because of a lack of half the mane cast really threw off the flow of the songs.
Clearly I didn't like it much, but that's fine because it wasn't targeted at me.

I'm sure their target audience will absolutely love it but what annoyed me and prompted this blog post is the reaction the Brony community had.

I've been part of this community since early March and so far it's been a lot of fun but I just can't escape this one daunting thing, Bronies can be fucking stupid sometimes when it comes to My Little Pony. The reactions to that video really made me lose a little bit of faith in this community.

I'll save you the hastle of rummaging through the comments and sum up the Brony community's thoughts on the matter in one sentence:
They did not care for it.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Losing an idol makes you feel old..

Yesterday the world drew ever colder as one of the finest actresses ever to grace British television lost her battle with cancer. Elisabeth Sladen, best known for her work as Sarah Jane Smith on Doctor Who, passed away.
Though I cannot pretend to have known her, I wish I had. She was my favorite classic Companion of all time, albeit the only one I ever seriously watched due to my limited access to Doctor Who when I was growing up.
I'm glad that the BBC used her so much while they had the chance, while Sarah Jane Adventures wasn't the best spinoff (it was for kids, what do you want?) it still provided me with many hours of enterainment and it saddens me deeply that I may never see a new episode.

From what I understand; half of the series has been filmed. Personally I hope that they do show those episodes when the time is right and round off the series nicely, I doubt they'll admit that Sarah Jane will never return, they could easily do a story arc explaining what has happened to her in-world, I just hope they do something tasteful and leave the series at that. It wouldn't feel right the show continuing without her under the same name.
Several of her co-workers paid tribute to her today, including a lengthy and heart-felt blog post from Tom Baker.
Sarah Jane dead?  No, impossible!  Impossible 
My thoughts exactly, Tom. Except I fell out of my chair while thinking that. I blame Tweetdeck.
Elisabeth, you will be dearly missed by me and, I'm sure, every other Doctor Who fan. My thoughts and love are with your family and friends at this trying time.
Travel well.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Video Advertisement, how not to do it.

How about 'dem logistics?

I will never, ever be using UPS. Would you like to know why?

Well, as they say.. That's Logistics.

The first time I heard the "Logistics" commercial was back in January before a Nostalgia Critic video, at first it didn't bother me. The jingle was catchy, the video was well put together and it didn't out-stay it's welcome. Then I heard it a second time before the BFF report, then again before Legendary, and a again before This week in MMO, and again before The Republic.. And then at least once a day, every day since then. The same obnoxiously loud jingle.. Over and over again. Every day.

Now let's get one thing straight, I have no problem with video advertisement. Sure, it's a bit annoying but I can deal with it most of the time. The problem that I have, is with's way of dealing with video advertisement. It seems to me that they will show you the same advert before every video for months on end. To the point where you're completely exhausted by it.

Video advertisements have always perplexed me, they're always so irrelevant. If I'm watching a video about World of Warcraft, what exactly makes you think that I'd be interested in Britney Spears' new album? I don't think that there's anyone on this planet who is still interested in Britney Spears, least of all World of Warcraft players! They could easily advertise something geeky there, it would have far more of an impact than Britney Spears. 

Most videos have tags tied to them, why not use those tags to display an advertisement that is relevant to the video? I believe Youtube already does this with the little advertisement toasts that pop up, so why not do it with the pre-video advertisements too? Even without a system like that, it wouldn't be hard to at least ALTERNATE the advertisements you're playing so people don't get sick of them so quickly.

Oh, and stop disabling the mute button when an advertisement is playing, you dicks.