Just a quick post to let you folks know what's going on. I haven't made a really good machinima for a while, let alone make a blog post. This is because I'm reaching the end of my A-level education. As a result, I am VERY busy. After the next couple of weeks my schedule should clear back up again. Around that point I should have a nice little machinima up. Here's a teaser.
Some of the set is built for 'Bellow the Shell' (Working title), so that's... Not stagnant. Will be working on that pretty solidly once education is out of the way.
So yeah. That's all for now. If you missed them, here's some good machinimas I put out... A couple of months ago...
There was also a video about making good Minecraft machinimas and a pilot episode of Bargo's Adventures in the Nether. Bargo's Adventures in the Nether probably won't be continuing due to relatively few views.
And if you're interested, I've started streaming building of sets/recording of machinimas over on Twitch. Let me know if this sort of content is interesting if you catch it. It might be relevant to an important collaboration later on...
Ultimately, I'm not so satisfied with the quality of the series as I'm sure I can do better, but I'm satisfied to have completed it and pleased that it's been so well received. Thank you to everyone involved for your time and effort! :)
Now, I'm about to go into spoiler territory here so watch the episode first before continuing to read. Just wanted to talk about the ending since there are mixed opinions about it. It seems many were expecting a more traditional happy ending. No idea why they expected that from anything I make... But anyway, I suppose I should explain my reasoning for the ending. The series is pretty much about the misfortune of Steve. Throughout the series however, he becomes stronger and things start to go his way, only for everything to suddenly go down the crapper unexpectedly. This is the sort of thing I find funny. It's the same sense of humour that runs throughout the entire series. It's a fairly common example of British humour too, so I can understand why some people don't find it funny.
There's more to it than humour though. A typical, predictable clichéd ending is certainly not my style. I like things to be unpredictable and surprising, and I like some ambiguity as to whether it is a happy ending or a sad ending. I also like to make the audience think a little. In this case, I'd like them to consider where the line is drawn between hero and not a hero.
The ending is also pretty open ended without sacrificing closure. If I wanted to continue the story, I could. And I could do it with style. However, this is very unlikely to happen, and by golly gosh if you guys bug me for season 2 I will not be happy.
Speaking of what I'll be doing next, I do of course have to do the remake of The Life of a Minecraftian I promised and the bloopers for Steve of Minecraftia. Beyond that, I have exciting stuff planned, including that movie I was talking about, and maybe a spin-off of Steve of Minecraftia involving Bargo. I won't go any further talking about this stuff though. That's for next time where I'll have a blog all about everything that will be happening this year on the channel.
Miney Craftmas folks! Thought it was about time for a blog-based update.
So then, MineCon wasn't great. Oh well. But do you know what is great? Steve of Minecraftia is nearly complete!
Looking forward to getting the final episode done so I can move on to even better stuff, which I'll go into detail about in my next blog update. One thing I am considering though, is remaking the classic machinima which kicked it all off: The Life of a Minecraftian. This would be released when I hit 50,000 subscribers to celebrate the milestone. I think it will be interesting to see how I have improved after all this time, and to re-visit the story. I really like the story in that machinima, and it manages to convey a range of emotions over the course of about 4 minutes. Story-wise I think it's the best basic machinima I've ever made.
So uh, forgot what else I was gonna talk about in this blog. That's pretty much it. Have a miney Craftmas folks!
Wait, just remembered what else I was gonna mention. Fellow machinima creator EnderShorts/Alex Carlson has made a Christmas machinima featuring me:
Hey folks. Firstly, if you're headed for MineCon, follow me on Twitter. I'll be updating it with MineCon stuff. If you want to meet me while there and can't find me, just send me a tweet. Anyway, here's a video on the topic:
So there's that... Moving on.
Steve of Minecraftia Episode 10 is out if you haven't seen it. Not the best episode I'll be honest, but it's all ready for the final episode! I look forward to finally getting this year long series finished.
An update on the previous blog post: Went to the GP, and I'll be getting treatment for depression. I think the depression is likely related to my CFS in some way.
I'll be getting a cat soon also. Probably while I'm away at MineCon actually... Would have her earlier but she decided to pick out her stitches from being spayed. Silly cat. :I
I think that's everything... See you at MineCon if you're going!
Hi folks, I'm here to talk about something fun: Depression. After having a think, doing some research and talking to my parents, I believe I may suffer from clinical depression. I'll get on to how this affects my videos later.
Now as you probably don't know, through most of my teenage years I have suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME. I've ignored the possibility of depression because CFS can cause depression-like symptoms. However, as I've recovered from CFS I find myself, having done some research, continuing to display strong symptoms of depression. This could still be related to the CFS, and it could also be a result of my lifestyle, in which I use escapism (often through video games) to alleviate any feelings of depression, and don't get as much exercise as I should.
Now don't worry, you won't catch me committing suicide any day soon (although I did contemplate suicide many years ago. Why I have no bloody idea), I can deal with depression quite well through thinking logically rather than emotionality and through my dry sense of humour. I also feel very lucky to be a live, functioning intelligent being. In a first world country no less, with a reasonably popular YouTube channel and blah blah blah you get the idea. When thinking logically, I'm living a good life.
The main problem that this depression can cause an inability to carry out any tasks I have to do, such as college work and making videos. Yes, making videos. This does not at all mean I dislike making videos or that I will stop making them. No, in fact getting a video done makes me feel kinda good, so it's a healthy thing. The problem is, I'm releasing nowhere near as many machinimas as I could be because I lack the motivation and drive necessary. I'm only willing to record when I'm not feeling so depressed or if I feel very pressured (which ends up not being a good thing). This causes many delays, especially to very organised and complicated things like Steve of Minecraftia. I also think depression has an effect on the content itself. As you probably know I've made some quite depressing machinimas, and I wonder if that's self expression to some extent. People have asked if I'm depressed in the comments before, and... Well, quite possibly.
So yeah, I'm now working to combat this depression (and continue pump out videos). I'll call for a doctors appointment on Monday, and attempt to combat the depression. Currently I have a bunch of homework to do, but whenever I try to do it I just sit there doing nothing, getting depressed. My tutors will be rather peeved.
I may update you on the situation once I've seen a doctor. If you think you may be suffering from depression, take a look here and see a doctor. It's srs beans and all that.