Interview with Mega Man 2.5D's Peter Sjöstrand (Part 2/2)

Interview with Mega Man 2.5D's Peter Sjöstrand (Part 2/2)

Mega Man fans have long been a creative bunch, and the dedicated fans behind "Mega Man 2.5D" are no different. The unofficial game is both gaining a growing fan base online and a seeing a new beta release tomorrow. Recently, The Mega Man Network was able to sit down with Peter Sjöstrand, the lead designer of the project, to discuss the background of the project and the new Beta 3.0 release. 

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Rock Miyabi's FABULOUS Valentine's Day Contest

vdayIt's that time of year again. That time after Christmas, after New Years, and you're in a rut. Well, fear no more, Rock Miyabi's annual Valentine's Day Contest is here! To those of you who are newer, my good friend Rock Miyabi hosts this contest (and a few others) on his deviantART account every year. They're always a ton of fun and he's always looking for more people to enter them. This year, he's got some great themes. CATEGORY 1: 50 SHADES OF ASHE AND GREY (Humor) Content Requirements: - Ashe or Grey from ZXA - Blushing

CATEGORY 2: I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S NOT FABIO-LOUS! (Talent) Content Requirements: - Emulate a Harlequin Novel Cover - Jewel Man - Additional female character of your choice

And what do you get for a prize if you win? To quote Miyabi:

"Sounds like most of you like the option of picking your prize, so the grand prize winners of each category will be able to get the prize of their choice, at $50 USD or less. Want a  Bandai D-Arts figure or one from Kotobukiya before they disappear? Soundtracks like We Are Rock-Men! 2 or Rockman Holic? Got something else in mind you've wanted to get from eBay, but haven't had the cash? Want a year subscription to dA? It's yours. As long as it's under $50, it's game. A cash prize through Paypal is also an option. The second place winners will get a prize of their choice under $25, so something like a T-shirt from the Official Capcom Store, an Archie Comics subscription, or a 6-month dA subscription. The third place winners will get a prize of their choice under $15, with options like Bobble Budds, Epic Scents air fresheners, keychains, an Archie Comics graphic novel or a 3-month dA sub. And I'll probably throw in some random Link/Progress/Advanced Battlechips as usual. Yes again, that's me giving you guys nearly $200 in prizes. I am so broke because of y'all."

The deadline for this contest will be Thursday, February 14th, by 11:59 PM CST.

For more information on how to enter and longer descriptions on the categories, please see Miyabi's post.

 

MAGFest 2013: Smells like Rebellion and Pie

MAGfest logoProbably not many have heard of MAGFest, which is short for the Music and Gaming Festival. It is a small convention that takes place in the Gaylord Hotel down by Washington DC's beautiful National Harbor.

Fellow TMMN poster and Cool Awesome Artist (tm), rnn and I decided to head down for the weekend and take in the sights and sounds of the gaming culture. There was a lot of Mega Man goodness to behold indeed! This is going to be a hefty post, with posts and videos, so hang onto your socks!

The Megas, with Bentelfloss hosting their QnA panel.

While we didn't get to see them perform, we did catch The Megas Q n A panel, which was being lead by Brentalfloss. Their panel had a lot of Mega Man questions thrown at them, and some interesting tidbits came about about their process and their work with CAPCOM and Epic Scents. We took some loose notes, so we're sort of paraphrasing the questions and answers here.

Q: How do they go about creating a song? What's their process? A: The method is that they think of the story and characterization first, then lyrics and tune start falling into place. Finding the angle for the Robot Masters most difficult one for them. For example was Needle Man.  One of the members had started to write out the song and plan his story. Needle man, is he a drug addict? Another joke was when someone wrote a first draft, one of them had written just "guitaaar soolooo" in there. It's now a running gag with them. They settle on the lyrics based on whoever is most passionate about it and compromise from there.

Q: I know they performed music for Mega Man Universe. Were they sad to see the project cancelled? A: Yes. Also, they were supposed to get paid for every commercial they did for MMU but never did.

Q: Will they be doing any more tours? A: Maybe an East coast tour? They think they're overdue for an east coast one since three years ago. (Come perform at Otakon, guys!)

Q: Will they do anymore podcasts? A: May do a Mega Man podcast, but the only reason they don't is because " Nnnnn we probably better write a song"

Q: Most gratifying song? A: History Repeating probably the most gratifying and gave them direction for their next album.

Q: About the song they did for Epic Scents. Did they have total control, or did they have certain things to put into the song? A: "Get equipped with scent busters"  line was the one line they had to use and had free reign for the rest of the song. While creating it, they had to think about the characters and scents, translating those into lyrics. Mega Man was sort of young and innocence, with a clean scent. Proto Man was more rebellion and....cinnamon apple pie. There you have it, Young and Innocence, Rebellion and Pie.

The Protomen at MAGFest2013

The Protomen were also in attendance this year, rocking up the concert floor. Hearing them live is a very intense experience. With all that energy on stage and audience, they rock things pretty hard. If they're playing near you, I highly recommend attending their concerts.

Kinuyo Yamashita

We were also excited to see Kinuyo Yamashita. She is the wonderful music talent behind Mega Man X3. We were very lucky to get a photo, as by the time we got up to her, they were only allowing signatures. So rnn and I used feminine wiles on the gophers. While most of the fans attending the panel seemed to be there for her Castlevania work or her life as a composer, there were one or two questions about her Mega Man experiences:

Q: Was there any homages to Guns n Roses with Neon Tiger's theme? A: When I wrote Neon Tiger's theme at the time, I was not aware of them. *jokingly* Maybe they copied off me.

Q: When writing Zero's theme, what were you trying to convey about the character? A: Cool!

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Seeing bands on stage is excellent, but the remix DJs they had were also excellent as well! We got introduced to DJ Cut Man's music for the first time. (Facebook and twitter)He has a great intro to his routine as well, so I had to capture some video along with a few of his songs.

OverClocked ReMix was also there, hosting a few panels. You may remember them as the chaps who did Maverick Rising album and the Wily Castle Remix Gauntlet. Not only were their panels awesome, one of their own Benjamin Briggs was DJing for the night. He only played one Mega Man Mix (Boomer Kuwanger+Magna Centipede mix) but his other remixes were excellent, so I recommend a listen.

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There was also "new" non-music people to meet. I finally had the honor to meet fellow TMMNer Andrew Dickman (Starfield Creations) in person. We podcast enough together, now we can put faces to the names. I forgot to get a photo, because I'm a dummy and figured we'd get one on Saturday, but kept missing each other. Greg Sepelak AKA MSipher was also in attendance (He's been in the Mega Man fandom forever, and I believe wrote some of the MM Brady Game guides back in the day), but he somehow dodged me the whole weekend. Next year, Gadget. Next year! I also ran into Jesse DuRona in the Market, manning his own table with his excellent wares. You might remember him as the artist who does Despondent Mega Man. If you haven't read it yet, go do it, now!

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Let's not forget about the wonderful cosplayers as well. While MAGFest isn't as big of a cosplay scene as say, Otakon, there were still some fantastic Mega Man fans roaming around all suited up and ready for battle!

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TMMN reader TerrorTabby was in an amazing Proto Man cosplay. She's lucky I didn't pick her up and cart her off. ....Or steal her helmet. Or both, really. Tony Murray was spotted as Vile, strutting around looking like he popped right out of his D-Arts box.

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 A random group of Robot Masters with Dr. Wily was spotted roaming around! (There was a Wood Man, but somehow he kept dodging our cameras). There was also a Zero, Time Man and Elec Man roaming around, but we did not get them on camera as well.

All in all, it was a great convention! If you happen to be in the area and love video game music, I highly encourage you to attend MAGFest. It's also a great convention for first timers, as it's not as large as Otakon, PAX or Comic Con.

Special Thanks to rnn for her photos and help writing this post!

Bon Bonne Figure Released

We've seen plenty of pictures of this awesome figure and now it's finally up for release! Check out the email below from Score and Owl.

Hey everybody, Score and Owl here with big news! For starters we've just posted our first video on our new official YouTube channel YouTube.com/score6owl. Please subscribe and comment on the videos, as we absolutely want all the feedback we can get!Now second and definitely more exciting we're finally releasing our third fully articulated figure, Bon Bonne! This one is the handy work of Owl, and there absolutely no figure representation of this character besides this one. Over the past month or so we've been showing off some pictures of him and he's finally going up.... tonight! As usual we're only posting a small batch at a time, and there's no official schedule for when the next batch will be posted so swipe him up while you can!

Because each of our figures is such an intense little labor of love, Bon will be sent out a month or so from the purchase date, though sometimes things go swimmingly enough that we can send our figures out even sooner than that. Be sure to read his description if you have any questions about the figure, and if you still have questions go ahead and message us and we'll do our best to answer them.
P.S. Note that for those of you that had placed orders in May or June know that you'll be recieving your item or figure within the month of July if it hasn't been sent out already. As always thanks for supporting our work and being patient for your orders. We hope to one day have a back stock of figures and item so we can ship them out the same week you order :)
You can order the figures on their blog here.

Capcom's SVP Discusses Mega Man Legends 3 and Transparency

Sitting down with Game Informer at this year's Game Developer's Conference, Capcom's Senior Vice-President of Planning and Business Development  Christian Svensson discussed a whole host of issues, from Resident Evil to the iPad to the ongoing battle with typos. Most importantly for Mega Man fans, he was asked about the concept of utilizing fan input in games, the ongoing issues with transparency, explaining business decisions, and the Street Fighter x Tekken DLC controversy:

Knowing what you know now about the result of the Mega Man Legends 3 project, would you change anything in the decision-making process [to include fan input]? Are you still happy you tried this experiment?

The transparency and involvement from the fans, it turned out to be a double-edged sword. In the end it’s still something I want to do more of. I don’t think we as an industry do enough of it. Being that transparent, unfortunately, opens the wounds much greater when something bad happens. I wouldn’t have changed that. As for the decision to not move forward with the project, I’d prefer to not comment on that.

There’s been a recent explosion over Street Fighter X Tekken having downloadable content already on the disc. Was it more of a PR situation where you have to be better explaining to fans upfront what is going on with something like this?

It came down to a development process issue more than anything. I wish it had been done differently. I think it just becomes -- the rationality of what content costs to make and how you fund that content doesn’t come into play here for the consumer. It’s an emotional issue that I think we need to be sensitive to. The other part of this is we could have had a better communication strategy around this back at the outset. Left to their own devices, consumers will always jump to the worst possible conclusion. I think what you’ll see in the coming weeks the conclusions that were jumped to were not the correct ones.

While we all wish Svensson would have commented more about the cancellation of Mega Man Legends 3, it is obvious that the decision to cancel is still being handled with extreme sensitivity. Going forward it'll be interesting to see how Capcom plays with transparency and fan outreach, not to mention how it handles explaining its business decisions in the future.

Source: Game Informer 

D-Arts Rockman X Comic Ver. Contest Results

Fuzz Buzz What a great way to kick off this year of contests and Mega Man's 25th anniversary with an Iwamoto tribute. You all stepped up and went above and beyond!

Alas, there must only be one. That one would be... Fuzz Buzz! Their entry consisted of an early touching scene in the manga, of X comforting a little girl whose dog was killed in a Maverick attack. Also, a very important scene as it shows us X is the only reploid capable of crying, which is a huge driving point of the plot. It was also a very unique medium, making it out of wire and clay to present the scene.

Great job everyone and congrats Fuzz Buzz! You can see all of the awesome entries on the contest page.

As a side note, a lot of the entries were X1 related, probably since Dr. Neko's only translated only the first volumes. Clearly, Udon needs to spread the Iwamoto love.

Miyabi's 2012 Rockman Valentine's Day Contest

Ah, February. The time when a person's fancy turns to love... and fan art contests. Miyabi's yearly Rockman Valentine's Day fan art contest is back! So get those pens and pencils ready. Miyabi's got two catagories to win for this contest. The best part is, you can enter both!

Category 1: MegaMan Dating Force (Humor) Category 2: Ribbons and Lace (Talent)

So what's the prize? For first place, you can choose! You have a limit of up to $40 USD. So all you slackers who haven't gotten GigaMix yet, I'm looking at you. He also has some production sketches from the MegaMan NT Warrior anime to give away. Second place gets a DA subscription or an Archie Mega Man Graphic Novel. Third place will get the last choice in one of the production sketches.

The deadline for the contest will be Tuesday, February 14th, by midnight CST. You can submit the entries to Miyabi via deviantART, or shoot him an email at rock2125[at]hotmail[dot]com.

You can read more details about the prizes and categories at Miyabi's deviantART site. Good luck everyone!

Surprise Character in Smash Bros De-make!

What do you get when you combine Super Smash Bros with the GameBoy...? Why, a retroesque, low-resolution, greenish de-make called Super Smash Land of course!

This PC fan-game, which has been in the works for quite a while, is now finally available free for download, featuring six playable characters, eleven stages, 4-player mode and more!

The character roster may be small for a Smash Bros game, but do mind that creator Dan Fornace finally fulfills the one wish that many fans had since the initial announcement of Super Smash Bros Brawl...

That's right, now you can smash your thumbs sore with the Blue Bomber... or should I say Shades-of-Green Bomber? Anyway, his inclusion comes complete with a fitting Skull Castle Stage.

Watch the trailer to see the game in action:

Art Buster: The Mega Man Tribute Fanbook

tribute sampleWhen UDON announced the Mega Man Tribute book, every Mega Man fan artist had a stroke. Right there on the spot. Once medics were called and the artists revived, thousands got to work on their entries. UDON had over 3000 entries. Sadly, being a 300 page book, not everyone got a chance to get in. I didn't envy UDON's job, sorting through all those entries. The entries they picked are going to look awesome once the book comes out. Congratulations once again to all you who got in! But what of the others?

If you frequent deviantART and its Mega Man clubs, no doubt  you've seen some of the amazing artwork that didn't get picked.

That's where deviantART user Soul-Rokkuman comes in. She has decided to collect all the non-winning entries and display them for all of us to enjoy. It's still undecided whether the entries are going to be displayed in a gallery or maybe a downloadable free e-book, or other means. However, she's sending out the call to everyone interested.

If you entered UDON's tribute contest or know someone who did, and they didn't get in, please send the entry her way! Spread the word so we can enjoy all the work that these artists put forth!

For more details, visit Soul-Rokkuman's deviantART journal here.

Fans Duke it out in the Grand Robot Master Remix Battle 2011

It begins! OverClocked ReMix's second annual Robot Master Remix Battle is upon us. Just like last year, artists from around the internet will choose one robot master theme to rule them all and attempt to fight their way through fellow remixers for that number one spot. How does it work? After choosing a stage theme (classic series only!), participants will be pitted against each other in one-on-one remix battles each week. Each artist must create a remix that involves both the tune of their own robot master AND their opponent's. The following week, a public vote will be held (based on production, enjoyability, and how well the piece incorporates both themes) to determine the winner who will then get to move up the brackets and be one step closer to being the last man/woman standing.

You have about 2 weeks to sign up before the competition kicks off in mid May. Simply visit this thread and (after reading the rules) choose the top 5 themes you want to claim in order of preference. If more than one person chooses the same theme, they will randomly decide who gets it and move on to the loser's second choice. Remember, the theme you choose is the one you're stuck with for the entire competition!

It's sure to be a fun competition. Even I've signed up! Sign up now and maybe we'll meet on the remix battlefield in a couple weeks.

Another DASH For Charity

The guys at DASH Republic are at it again today. This time they are doing a 12 hour live-play of The Misadventures of Tron Bonne, as well as the Rockman NEO demo to top it off. Furthermore, they have PayPal donations setup for the Japanese Red Cross so that you can contribute to the Touhou earthquake relief. Be sure to drop by and catch some Tron Bonne gameplay fun, and donate if you can!

Mega Man Legends Played for Charity

Starting around noon Eastern Standard Time, the site People's Republic of Rockman DASH will be putting on a live stream of playing through the Mega Man Legend series, as well as some purported surprises. Dubbed "Endless Water," the goal of the play-through is to raise awareness of the lack of clean drinking water in parts of the world, and to take donations for Water.org, a foundation that aids such regions. Tune in and show your support if you can!

Hitoshi Ariga and More Respond to Earthquake

Earlier the other day, Hitoshi Ariga updated his blog with the sentiment that in times of great crisis, such as Japan faced last week, everybody is capable of being a hero. Ariga himself was moved with a letter, which he later posted, from a child who gave him thanks, as reading his Rockman Gigamix comic helped lift his spirits in response to the earthquake. Now, to help other children lift their spirits and keep their minds off the disaster, Ariga started a coloring contest. He has posted line art from book covers of his original Rockman Maniacs series, and people may print them out and color them any way they please. They can also share the pictures any way, including their own blogs or on TwitPic, etc. Ariga will also open a bulletin board for people to upload pics. He will also be giving out prizes for each of the three difficulties presented, which for now includes reprints of special post cards and bookmarks from Megamix and Gigamix, which he will sign if desired. He may also intend to give away some of his own Rockman goods.

Capcom is also doing their part. They are currently putting Street Fighter IV for iPhone on sale, with 100% of the proceeds going to relief efforts in Japan. Unfortunately, Capcom, along with other companies, have had to suspend upcoming events like the Monster Hunter Festa for concerns of safety following the earthquake. However, the 3DS Experience Event in Akihabara appears to still be taking place for the time being. Hopefully it can still go on to provide fun for many people seeking positive things.

And of course, YOU can help too. There are numerous methods to sending relief to Japan, some as simple as just sending a text message from your phone. Every bit helps, and for a country that has given us so much awesome stuff, please give even a little back to them.

Thank you Rock Miyabi, for the notice about Ariga.

Kotobukiya Rockman Kicks Butt

Here is an incredible stop motion animation by Counter656 Productions featuring Kotobukiya's Rockman model kit. I don't know what's going on when Rockman finds himself battling against Gundams and Transformers, but it's pretty dang cool. And the action runs over a good five minutes, so you know a lot of work went into this.

Thanks, Stealthwoman, for the heads up!

ScrewAttack's Top 10 Fave Robot Masters

Here's a video of ScrewAttack doing what it is they do best: taking a certain criteria of data and arranging it in numerical order from 10 to 1. So enjoy the video, and then complain in the comments how they didn't select any of your favorite Robot Masters. Though really I think I could stand by a lot of their picks. You can also follow up with their 10 least favorite Robot Masters, which will only stand to make you angrier.

Thanks Ryan and ArkaneEvangale!