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Norithics

Realization -AND- Xbox hullabaloo

After looking at my submissions, I realized I have a drawing for almost every single day since I joined Inkbunny, which was over two years ago. Probably more, considering all those sketch streams that I bundled together.

That's a lot of art, holy shit. I hope you guys aren't getting tired of me, haha.

Oh, and Streams start again Monday. Prices are as follows:
$5 per character B&W, $8 per character color. As an exception, colored one-character pictures are $10.

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As for the second half of this journal, it concerns that whole Xbox One announcement. Sure, it's been talked about, but video games are for nerds what movies are for most other people, and those people yak on about movies endlessly without anyone demanding they stop, so fuck it.

There is a great deal of talk about how the Xbox One is poising for failure based on its features and restrictions. And there's some pushback that it isn't, as there always is, regardless of anything ever.

The thing I can definitively say is, they have poised for failure... at least in the eyes of the public. Why? Because the only relevant information we have about the system is what it won't do, rather than what it will. Now, you can say it's nostalgia to some degree, but I remember in my youth the NES and the Super NES, the Genesis and all that. And maybe even more than the systems, I remember the ad campaigns for them- they were almost minimalist in structure. All they had to talk about was what the new machine could do that the old one couldn't. Not about how much more power there was (I still don't know the numerical processing might of a Super NES, and never cared), but the results; what could be done with it. To some degree that meant better graphics, yes, but it was less about the fact that there were more pixels (and buttons and sound channels), but more about what all those pixels meant for developers: more creativity.

Fast forward to my generation's adulthood. We've got all the pixels we could never count, a bajillion buttons that we can't possibly press all of, and sound technology so wasteful they're actually using raw, uncompressed audio in some cases- which is so decadent and horribly unnecessary that I would ceremoniously dickpunch any audio hipster that claimed it was ever warranted. And yet, what's the feeling from most of the game pals from my generation? "Meh." Because the EAs of the world are creating made-to-order games based entirely on focus groups in order to nakedly grab as much money as possible (and failing to make their absurdly bloated budgets back, as Jim Sterling is unhappy to point out).

These guys don't understand. They've mistaken the currency of creativity (money, hardware limitations, polish) for the potential (things that are fun to look at and experience). And that's why the Xbox One, instead of showing us all the fun things we can do with our games, tells us what we can't do with them. It's like buying your child a toy and telling them all the restrictions they're going to have to abide by before they even unwrap the packaging. You might say that they didn't try to advertise this, but without positive messages to drown out the negative, they've damned themselves with silence, and sucked the magic out of their console before we even got to fondle the 'on' button.
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Added: 5 years, 5 months ago
 
KAIJUfreak
5 years, 5 months ago
Hey, never get tired of your stuff. XD Hope to take part in another stream if I can. If not, I'll just ask for a standard commish if I can.

And yeah, seems like this next gen of consoles is going to be an awkward and strange one.
NikkiBoundWolf
5 years, 5 months ago
hehe, first person outside of gaming sites that I've seen talk about the Spy-Box....which, if you haven't heard, I call it Spy-box because it can be used to spy on you, if the other rumors are true, which all of the ones about the DRM BS and stuff have been, then most likely the Kinect being used to spy on you, will be true too.
KazaOokami
5 years, 5 months ago
that one has been shut down, at least in the terms of microsoft allowing it, doesnt mean it cant be hacked though
NikkiBoundWolf
5 years, 5 months ago
I wouldn't be surprised though if they were lying and re-implimented it like the online DRM, we'll see I suppose :/
canjear
5 years, 5 months ago
Nonsense, we know plenty of what we can do with the Xbox One, like watch TV and have integrated Fantasy Football support!
Nyanki
5 years, 5 months ago
The SNES currently is my most advanced game system.
Norithics
5 years, 5 months ago
My better half would argue you have Confucian wisdom in that.
SuperRobot
5 years, 5 months ago
This. Between homebrewing my Wii to run ZSNES & buying a few Neo Geo games from the Virtual Console, I don't even need a newer system. Can wait a year or so before I play Wonderful 101.
FuzzFace
5 years, 5 months ago
Surprisingly...My snes works better than most of my other systems.
SkyeEldrich
5 years, 5 months ago
Let's not forget the fact that what the XBox One CAN do is act as a listening device for Microsoft and spy on you and your family.... That's one thing they said quite clearly that it can and WILL do... ^^;  And oh, blah, wasn't the first to bring this up. X3
Alfador
5 years, 5 months ago
Even then, that's more of a negative feature, because the Kinect already CAN do this... now you just CAN'T turn it off. O_O
DOtter
5 years, 5 months ago
You could always put a rag over the Kinect when it's not in use. And I expect that a lot of people will...
Alfador
5 years, 5 months ago
Doesn't stop it from acting as an audio microphone. So I suspect that those white noise generators intended to help people sleep better will see a sudden rise in popularity and placement right beside the XBox... >:3
DOtter
5 years, 5 months ago
FTM, they connect by a modified USB, right? So just unplug the stupid thing.
Norithics
5 years, 5 months ago
It's my understanding that it physically won't work if you do that.
DOtter
5 years, 5 months ago
Then plug it back in only when you're going to use it.
...so plugging the kinect in is probably inexplicably difficult somehow.
Nightdrifter
5 years, 5 months ago
I agree, though I don't know about fondling on buttons. D: I think you added that lil bit in there just so we remember whose journals were reading.
DevasiaMentality
5 years, 5 months ago
Given what this last generation of consoles was capable of I already had doubts this next gen was going to provide anything remarkable in the slightest, and in fact I was banking on Microsoft dropping out of the console war altogether.
lipucd
5 years, 5 months ago
I think the entire Xbox One ordeal REALLY is a sign on how...different...the marketplace has become. Then again I guess that also comes with the feeling that we've hit the ceiling to say the least. Sure, the sky's the limit, and there's always some 'new advancement' that can be done and made, but for these corps, they can't market sales anymore with that of info, as towards the average joe, it all sounds the same, or goes over his head. At this point, EA, Microsoft, and the like already feel like they have the market in their hands, so why even try harder? At this point for them, it's less about 'increasing sales', but 'securing sales'. Hench this entire 'having to check in every 24 hours' ordeal, the entire 'can only be resold at the retails we allow you to do such' and 'only usable once by someone on your friends list'. They want to kill off the eBay sales, the used game buyers, and have full, market control over a product. It's...Insulting to say the least, but I guess it comes with the internet no longer being the 'wild west' anymore huh? The gold rush of gaming's over, and it's a pretty sad sight to see.


...Part of me has been thinking about other hobby's in earnest, yet I doubt anything's going to be the same.
Majatek
5 years, 5 months ago
The only thing I'm getting tired of is seeing how far between and intermittent your herm/male submissions are~ :P

And yeah, the Xbox One is perfect for developers, but not consumer-orientated.
OniBara
5 years, 5 months ago
I could never get tired of your art Nori, your like the main reason I made this account
Tendrak
5 years, 5 months ago
I'm reminded of the opposite in the Sega CD era. Motion capture made them throw anything and everything at games with blissful abandon, making possibly the weirdest game generation ever. And what did you know about the system? That it had shiny disks instead of cartridges, and that characters had loooooooooooong spoken dialogue, making for a stark contrast to bragging about your games being able to say 'Sega'.

Also Sonic had his own jazzy-rock theme song. How cool was that?
(You have no idea how many staircases I jumped off the head of and ran down because of that opening video.)
FuzzFace
5 years, 5 months ago
This is strange, because last night I was looking at the most strange secrets in gameing histoy.

One of the highlights was on the Sonic CD, and...the cryptic, scary image and...Uhh, apparenty a message from the devle and there were a bunch of Sonics that looked, scary.
Tendrak
5 years, 5 months ago
Hahah, I've seen that on Youtube. That would have been pretty weird to see back then.
Flexible
5 years, 5 months ago
That  IS a lot of art. :D Hopefully we can increase that number even more. x3
YukiAkuma
5 years, 5 months ago
I predict that the One will still make a profit because most people really don't care about any of this.
Jewelwriter
5 years, 5 months ago
The saddest fact of all.  If anything I think not even the electronic entertainment expo is going to save them.  And that's a killjoy.
Eviscerator
5 years, 5 months ago
Was I the only one who giggled thinking about 'naked money grab' in other contexts?

And yes, between speaking only of limitations as well as the online 'check-in' combined with the fact that it's always listening...it's a little Orwellian.  Oh well, at least you can always unplug the fucker.
Lamia
5 years, 5 months ago
I wish I still had that artistic drive, I had it for about half a year last year when I first got into ponies, the drawing-every-day-and-more thing going on

not sure what I can do about it now
SnapInABox
5 years, 5 months ago
That is a lot of art, definitely. I'm not tired of it, though, you manage to make stuff sexy AND adorable. Though not necessarily at the same time.

And I'm with you on the Xbox One stuff. Granted it's probably got more power than other stuff, better graphics and so forth, but it all seems to be about restrictions and silly extras that have got nothing to do with gaming. I'm thinking of it as the Xbox 1984 myself. I still reckon that Spyro 3: Year Of The Dragon for the PsOne is the best game I've ever played.
chimangetsu
5 years, 5 months ago
At least the 360 will be supported for at least half a decade more. Ironically, we know next to nothing about the PS4. Sony seems content to let MS keep digging themselves deeper without actually saying anything about their product.
ColeSutra
5 years, 5 months ago
For one, as long as you don't get tired of us loving on your art, and more importantly don't get tired of creating said art in some form or another, then don't ever stop.  

As for the rest, I'm sorry, but I lost it at the mental image of a ceremonial dick punch.  Just the thought of you narrowing your eyes venomously at some hipster and marching out of the place.  Only to return moments later dressed in long flourishing robes that would put Ric Flair to shame, followed by a procession of scantly clad choir boys on one side in coin-purse sized banana hammocks, and girls on the other in pasties and thongs held up by friction and a prayer.  The first pair carrying some of those hanging incense burners. The rest carrying colorful banners, singing the hymns of the almighty dickpunch.  And there's you, the high priest of Johhny Cage, standing before the snooty confused hipster.  And then, after blessing them and annoiting them with a sprinkle of dicksweat..  Gracefully drop into a full split and send their nuts retreating back into the abdomen from whence they came with a deft straight punch just below the dick.

Ahhh..my mind's doing it again..  That thing where it takes one little idea and runs laughing maniacally with it over the distant horizon..
Norithics
5 years, 5 months ago
That made my day. <3
Erolunai
5 years, 5 months ago
Darnit, I lost track thinking of the same thing. Though I was thinking less ceremonial, and more... iron gauntlet + rocket jetpack.
Danund81
5 years, 5 months ago
I've been studying game design for 6 years now.  I'm...sad.  I feel like I've been promised a golden era only to at the very last moment have it replaced with the holocaust.  Yeah dramatic I know.  But what else but genocide do you call killing off your entire fanbase?
FuzzFace
5 years, 5 months ago
Change the world. Look the mistakes of others, and make a great game. Be better than the others. don't think of it as a golden era lost, but rather a golden opportunity gained.
KazaOokami
5 years, 5 months ago
i have been watching every news report i can about the xbox one, microsoft is wising up, slightly, about getting the info to less the impact of the rumors, but the facts are thus:
they are pushing hard for voice and motion in gaming, motion is ok, but voice requires an ideal environment to work correctly
the kinect is required, but it can be "paused"
there is 0% backwards compatibility, every 360, xbox original, and arcade game you own can not be used at all on the xbox one
Games you own are saved to your account and must be validated every 24 hours.
There is a license transfer fee if you wish to give a game to a friend
publishers may add a transfer fee to companies like gamestop
used games WILL NOT work for xbox one
xbox will not collect info on you via the kinect without your permission
kinect if very hackable
Sony stocks are rising

basically im gonna be shocked at this point if it sells well
FuzzFace
5 years, 5 months ago
And lots of people went out to purchase the Wii U after deciding what would be the "Great" console this year. Ps4 still yet to come out, for sure, but the Wii U is out now. one less contender in the books of many.
Milkie
5 years, 5 months ago
Get tired of your stuff? Unlikely. Just don't let your well run dry, hm?

As for the Xbox One... I didn't quite care how well it was going to do. My 360 has been a glorified paperweight for well over a year now. I have no idea how long it's been since I bothered with it. But I'm still playing my other consoles to date, so... I didn't even plan on getting a new Xbox.
SCIFIJACKRABBIT
5 years, 5 months ago
truth be told I am rather envious of your output abilities xD
rick2tails
5 years, 5 months ago
I think the long lines for your stream commissions show proof of how little we tire of your art ;)
Also Ill stay quite content with my 360 and ps3 for at least till 2015. If anything I might get a WiiU for the Sonic exclusive stuff.
Exelbirth
5 years, 5 months ago
Honestly love your art and consider it to be some of the best pieces on this site.

As to the Xbox One... they might as well have set their R&D division on fire, with the focus groups tied up inside.  If you look at the tech of XOne, it looks like they tried to make a computer that can only do 2 things well: TV and movies. Yeah, they brought out cloud gaming, which is nice, but lose internet at all and you lose your game playing feature.

PS4 on the other hand is like a computer specifically designed for gamers.  Yeah, there won't be backward's compatibility on that one either, but from what I've read they're at least trying to get something to work (mainly emulation) so you can play the older stuff.  Whether that means you'll have to buy the game again or not is so far unknown.
Jeffron
5 years, 5 months ago
While I usually don't like to let the opinons of others influence me,I won't lie this whole fiasco and stuff about the PS4 is tempting me to give the PS4 a try,though I'll be hoenst I can't help but feel I might regret that decision if none of the games I'm interested in will not be on it in the first place,as far as I see it,it might just be better to wait it out and see what happens,till then,I'm not gonna touch the new consoles until I see what's available

as for your art,I never get tired of busty and bottom heavy girls :3 not only that but some of the fun neat little ideas you put out once and awhile
doomcup
5 years, 5 months ago
I don't think I could ever get tired of your art. It has this animated, energetic feel to it that I love so much. Not to mention your propensity for drawing curves... ;3

As for the Xbox One... I'm pretty much done with console gaming as it is. I wasn't gonna buy one anyway, so now I just still won't.
threyon
5 years, 5 months ago
Tired? Of you? NEVER!
Incaros
5 years, 5 months ago
We can only hope all the bad press (and likely suffering sails) will teach Microsoft a lesson. Though the last time they pissed off the client base didn't seem to teach them anything much. I'm pretty sure htey tried ot pull this with the Xbox 360, but decided against it after the Backlash. The no trading games thing.
Kuto
5 years, 5 months ago
xbox one, buy your glorified cable box brick today with the kinect of evil.
Bledar
5 years, 5 months ago
Is it true that the console will not work unless it can connect to the internet? That's the reason I won't buy it. I can deal with the used game thing, but being forced to play online even for a single player game is just out of the question.
Echoen
5 years, 5 months ago
You are 90% of the reason I am even a part of Inkbunny. Its' the only place I can find your work regularly and damn have I been missing your near-daily multiple uploads.

I'm never able to make your streams - any way to toss you a wad of cash and outright commission you?
Norithics
5 years, 5 months ago
Haha, aw. Flatterer~

Yeah! It's the correspondence list. It's a little pricier, and a lot slower, but you get as many edits as you need and it's generally higher quality.
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