Here’s some news on what’s going on this month:
APRIL FOOL’S DAY
I seem to have disappointed more people than usual this year, and I admit, this might be the meanest AF joke I’ve done. Sorry about that, my intent wasn’t to make people feel bad, this was just the only idea I was able to come up with in time. I had some other ideas, but they were more elaborate and I didn’t think I’d be able to do them this year. I literally thought I wasn’t going to have anything this year, which would have been a first. The fundraiser was a huge morale boost however, and after I finished the last FM episode, I had the Freeman Across The Universe idea and decided I had enough time to go through with it. To be clear, I’m not planning on making Freeman Across The Universe. It’s not that I want to disappoint people, it’s that I REALLY want to make the machinima movie idea I have. I have confidence the movie will be the best video I’ve ever made and top Freeman’s Mind AND Civil Protection. It’s still going to take a long time however, and it’s just not feasible if I’m busy expanding FM to other games as well. Also I wasn’t lying when I said I forgot what game that screenshot is from. I think it’s from a zombie survival mod for Unreal Tournament 2003 or 2004, but I COULD NOT find it again, I tried. Whatever mod it was, it came out no later than September 2004 if anyone wants to try and find it.
DOTA 2 VOICE PACK
EDIT: Below is the original post I made on this, but you can call off the dogs. Since my pack was rejected, Valve has since updated their guidelines (which they KEEP CHANGING) so that mine is no longer applicable. I’ll re-revise it to their current iteration and try again. This will likely take a few weeks.
A few people have asked me what the status on this is. The answer is sadness and frustration. As stated before, Valve sent me an email months ago saying “the developers of “Dota 2″ had to flag it as “incompatible”, so it cannot be used within “Dota 2″, yet the entry on the Steam Workshop is still pending. This is frustrating me to no end, because I can not get an answer WHY it is incompatible. They may be rejecting it based on the name, which is an easy fix, but it could be other mystery reasons also. I tried to follow the guidelines to the letter. The fact that they can’t give me a REASON as to what’s wrong with it I think is very unprofessional. Since then I have tried emailing firstname.lastname@example.org twice, email@example.com once, and made two separate posts in different DOTA 2 dev forums with NO REPLY. I honestly don’t know what to do next. The only thought that comes to mind next is to resubmit the pack as the “Ross Scott Voice Pack” instead of the “Freeman’s Mind” one (the pack doesn’t contain overt Half-Life references). My guess is if I do that, I’ll get another rejection notice, months from now, with NO REASON given again either. Frankly, I think this is bullshit. I spent months working on this, if someone actually did look this over, they could at least pick from some pre-selected reasons as to WHY it’s not compatible (improper database format, audio quality, etc.). If Valve doesn’t want my voice pack, I can live with that. But not even giving me a REASON so I know how to FIX it feels very dysfunctional and passive-aggressive from my perspective considering how much time and work I put into it. I feel like if they can’t even give an honest reply why they reject a pack with thousands of votes, maybe they’re not really ready to be operating the steam workshop for voice packs, or else they’re understaffed. Since I’ve tried doing this cordially with no results, I’m thinking my next step is to gradually get more obnoxious about it. Anyway, if anyone has any suggestions how to contact SOMEONE at Valve about this, please let me know, or feel free to make noise about this to get their attention on my behalf.
We have a BIG redesign coming to Gorilla Gong soon, it’s going to add a bunch of new features, have a better layout, I’m really looking forward to it. I should have another post on that in a few days.
I plan to keep moving forward with more videos, but it may get held up a little bit as I have to do my taxes for two different countries, and the person who was going to send me the 500GB SSD says it broke in transit from Fed Ex, so I may end up having to get one myself afterall. Regardless, my plan is to get to a certain point in the game for Freeman’s Mind (I think it’s 2-3 episodes away), then do a small Game Dungeon spree afterwards, so I’ll be alternating between those two series for the near future. I have some other things planned, but those are less definite at this time.
REPLYING TO PEOPLE
I am still WAY behind on replies, but I do still intend to reply to all emails. I kind of put that on hold so I could make the last Freeman’s Mind episode and April Fool’s Trailer. If I haven’t replied to you yet, it’s not me intentionally ignoring you.
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ADHD version: Ross isn’t making Freeman Across The Universe, he wants to make a badass movie instead, sorry. Valve isn’t replying to Ross about the DOTA pack and it’s kind of pissing him off. More videos coming!