Post by TheGunheart on Jun 3, 2011 16:37:50 GMT -5
Yep. And speaking as an anime fan, the Euro comics are refreshing change of pace.
As for "life of d.duck", it may be out of place, but the section is so well written, I can't really complain. I wouldn't have asked for it, but now that it's there and done well, I think it deserves its place.
Man, I had like 2000 Duck tales, Donald Duck, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, etc comics when I was a kid/early teen. Some were pretty old too, from the 70's or so. Some where in English and others in Spanish. I think I remember a series where Mickey Mouse was a Sherlock Holmes-type detective or something.
I used to buy the old ones in this improvised comic "store". It was in a shady part of the city, right below a huge staircase in an old and almost abandoned colonial building. It was dark, moldy, dusty and had a back room. That's where the really old stuff was stored. I remember fondly going through hundreds of comic books (not just disney comics, but Tintin, Asterix, Condorito, Memin, Spiderman, erotic graphic novels and others) under a dimly lit and stuffy room to find those really old and unknown disney comics. The pages were almost disintegrating and had that ancient paper smell.
Unfortunately, after I "grew out" of them, I threw them all away. I shouldn't have done that. Years earlier I had "grown out" of Transformers too and I threw all my collection down the gutter.
Oh Rey, that reminds me that I remembered to save some states and such for easier screenshooting endings since I remember you asking me a few times in the past. I'll send them over once I am back home if you want. I'm sadly still on the road till Sunday
As for Life of D.Duck. I had originally decided to skip them, but as I played through them just for research I discovered that in addition to being fun and relatively well executed adventure games, they also feature parodies of the Donald Duck staple that are well enough researched and characterized that had I not included it, I would regret it eventually and always have it bother me. Besides, you just know there would be that one guy who would complain they weren't there and how it is stupid I left them out. I didn't feature Duck Tales due to Donald not being in the games and only appearing in 1 episode of the cartoon. It is mentioned sparingly, and Darlene Lacey produced it and talks about it, so I don't feel that I need that much more presence. Duck Tales needs its own article however.
And when it comes to selecting European franchises over Japanese ones, well one thing I always love talking about is the very different, vibrant and beautiful European way of design and tone, which I believe showcase more balanced and effective emotional direction, especially compared to American production which can often feel conflicted and unnatural. It was one of my most passionate interests growing up, learning about the differences in culture and understanding how those differences affects everything in our individual cultures, be it in relationships, media or even politics. I've lived in over 10 different countries now due to being so interested in it. I don't know that much about anime specifically beyond my favorites such as Dominion Tank Police (and if there are other fans of this series here, I will hug you if I ever meet you), and I find often that the background info and just overall tone of the anime and manga items are very often similar. For what I lack as a writer in terms of grammar and structure, I hope I make up for by bringing a certain amount of knowledge about subjects and properties that are not well known, and when people do find out about them it sparks a certain interest. Derboo's Korean article is probably the best gaming related (and one of the best overall works) I have ever read due to the fact that he makes me want to learn and play things that I just would never find on my own. The presentation, knowledge and the inviting style of writing is something I strive to do as good as he does.
I do have some stuff I am working on that is based on Anime (some more H-games, Shounen Ashibe) along with some American franchises (Batman, TMNT) and of course, more European goodness.
That should be pretty interesting, then. I love Batman even more than video games, so it's always nice to run across another fan of the character and his world. If you show the same attention to detail with that article as you did for this one, you'll have officially made up for the last six years of stories by Grant Morrison.
Herr Braun is perhaps the world's leading expert in laser weaponry, and his presence in the Kavango means that the Soviet bloc is planning some sort of laser mission.
The Saturn is still missing in Quackshot's system list and for Magical Quest 3 it first says the GBA version was released in 2003 and then suddenly in 2005, so which one's correct? And shouldn't Mickey's Spedway USA be included as well, if Magical Tetris is. Sure, it has Mickey in the title, but it's no less a Donald game than the Tetris one.
Fixes are coming, but I been gone for over a week and not been able to edit the files. Number slip ups happen.
I clarified it in the Tetris part, but Magical Tetris has a story mode which makes the character you choose the main character and follows his perspective exclusively in cutscene form. Speedway doesn't have any story mode (at least that I could find?) and therefor he is just a playable character in a larger cast. As long as Donald has an established story that is told within the game, it fits in, or else I would have to count every cameo role and that would add another 7-8 pages.
Donald's appearance in Mickey's Speedway USA isn't a cameo, though, as he is among the standard characters. Besides the title of the game it's as much his game as it is any other character's. Plus, I can't think of nearly 7-8 additional pages full of games where Donald is one of the main characters. But, it's your article, so if you prefer to have two games in it that only feature a crude resemblence of Donald rather than an official one where he is one of the main playable characters, then so be it, I guess. And I enjoyed the article nonetheless.
While he is playable, his role is merely just representation rather than any significant focus. That particular game was promoted as a Mickey game on the box and in magazine ads, so Donald's role in it is just purely to be playable as a Disney character along with Goofy and all the others. Comparing it to Magical Tetris, Choosing Donald in that game will affect the direction of the game in story, and focus is solely on Donald. Along with all his other appearances such as in the Disney Dance games and the likes, his Speedway USA appearance fits better in the appearance section than indepth writing overall so that the article focuses on Donald's exclusive video game adventures.
Mickey's Speedway USA can be covered in either a Disney article or a Mickey Mouse article.
I mentioned it before, but Life of D.Duck was almost cut due to it being a parody, but the way it uses characteristics and details from Donald Duck is rather clever, so I personally would feel (much like you might feel for the exclusion of Speedway) that something was missing had it been excluded.