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3 weeks after the Penny Arcade Expo (it's a gaming convention), I finally stopped wasting enough time to get around to finishing my report!

There it is. Read it, and press [SHIFT] to turn off the squiggling if it bothers your eyes.

This time I'm not going to provide a page-by-page commentary, because that turns out to be quite an unfriendly task for the reader. This time I will assume you've finished reading the flipbook and then talk about things I didn't address!

This was a hard one to write about. Not that nothing happened - there was much experienced! But it was kind of a sad trip for me, to step back and look at the industry all gathered up and see so much of the same thing (at least on a superficial level).

I could keep complaining, but I don't think it helps anyone and I don't even know what it is I really want in my games. All I know is that it wasn't there, and that I was disinterested and sad. And then I ate crab mac & cheese and felt better.

But there was some hope on the floor, too!

From Moonspider Studios there is Harold, a game where you help cheat a loser to victory? But that's not why I'm interested; apparently all that animation is done in 3D! Generally I side with 2D in the 2D vs 3D battle, but I'm all for tech that gives 3D more 2D-like options, so I'm rooting for these guys!

Then there's Capybara Games' Super Time Force, which I am sad that I will not be able to play because I do not have an XBOX. But they do have an animated short on their site that shows some nice humor, and as for the game itself: it felt like a solid platformer, and doesn't abuse the use of "retro graphics" (which is sometimes a synonym for "I can't art").

Last plug: Pixelscopic's Delver's Drop. Unfortunately I can't find any game footage of it, and it was an extremely early build (it only had 2 months (or was it weeks?) of development on it), but it looked promising when I played it ("classic Zelda on ice" is the best way I can describe it). I'm going to be keeping a close eye on this one.


I'm starting to feel like I'm running out of things to say that I haven't already said in previous reports. I don't know how much longer I'll make these - I may try exploring other options (like illustrating a journal?) next time I go to a convention.

Well, until next time!
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scorpianah Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Lol "we killed and ate them their bones are in here lets go." that's something I would say to shut him up😜
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Makoto-4-13 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Hey! It's Minato! Wait, so you actually got (fake) shot by a Minato Cosplayer? Lucky. All I can think of now is that Hiimdaisy comic.
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imran102 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You got shot through an evoker. Do you have a Persona now?

<JohnSu has obtained the strength required to face one's true self. He has acquired the Persona DISCO NINJA FROG!>
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BlazingKnightComics Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
nice
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Jojococomo3 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
that "blood or feces" remark wasn't by chance an SCP reference was it?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nope, it was just a reference to what you might find in an intestine.
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Yuzas Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
OMG. FREEDIE WONG!?
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tsubakiXflower Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
LOL Nice touch making your face look like Kirby in the "Met up with a local friend and ate way too much that night" panel XD
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ForeverIrritated Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How is this MADE XD! It's so COOL
-Nneth
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skeamstroke Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student Artist
your ipod touch... must have suffered a lot... *pats bloody Ipod touch*
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POPTART117 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
The Hideo Kojima page all ways gets me haha
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nikkaroo Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awww but i love reading these, John, and i'm sure many of us do. it doesn't feel like you're running out of stuff to say heh. these make me smile :)
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ThatMarsupicat Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Okay I just entered your gallery

and already I love you
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MINECRAFT~~~
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odmichael Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
You were bored of Kojima?

Don't be dissing yo, man is a genius.
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JohnSu Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Walk me through the chain of reasoning here.
We can start with the foundation of "man is a genius" and work our way backwards to why it's so inappropriate for me to lose interest during his panel.
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odmichael Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
You're drunk.
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JohnSu Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nothing, then?
Okay.
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odmichael Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
If I must...

Kojima is one of the few directors and producers in the gaming industry that actually delivers a good story. He has taken video gaming and turned it into an art form similar to cinema. Whether it be amazing character story and development or an unmatched sense of good storytelling, the man knows what he is doing obviously. Yes you could call his games overrated, but I think that term is better reserved for games like Call of Duty, Final Fantasy, and World of Warcraft. Kojima has the standards of an Academy Award winning Director and it shows within his game design.

I don't care really if you lost interest during his panel, but it almost felt as if you were blatantly blasting Kojima for being "Overrated" by portraying his fans in a negative sense. You are entitled to your freedom of opinion, but before you deliver it, remember that he himself started from the bowels of the gaming industry and worked his way up to stardom. You certainly can relate, since you also work in the gaming industry as well (I assume). He's only human, like the both of us.

So shame on you, John Su. Shame on you.
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JohnSu Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I did not ask for why he is a genius (in fact, I conceded it to you as a starting point - a given fact). I wanted to know exactly what you were accusing me of.

I said nothing of his ability or the credit he deserves: just that I did not remember what happened. To be frank, I attended because I recognized his name and I wanted to see a Japanese developer in person. However, once I got there and he began talking, I realized I didn't know what to expect beyond that. I think the Metal Gear franchise is pretty cool, but I've never played a game in the series - just watched videos and read wikis. It's enjoyable nonetheless.

So seeing Kojima was neat. But listening to him talk for an hour at a half pace (due to translations that have to be made after every sentence) was not an engaging experience, especially when you don't know what you're waiting to hear about. I could not stay focused while sitting there hungry 2 hours past lunch.

The reason I drew a fan in there stating "this man is a LEGEND" is not to portray his fans negatively (there are worse ways to draw fans; I chose to draw a guy in a t-shirt instead of a middle-aged overweight otaku). I drew excited fans to show that my reaction was not shared - that it was no fault of the panel or the speaker, because the people around me loved it. I didn't draw Kojima either - the message was "I was disengaged at this panel," not "Kojima is a boring/overrated man."

There. That is what I was trying to do and why I did it.
Thanks for making sure you understood me before saying something.
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odmichael Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Photographer
:paranoid:


f*ck
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joodlez Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
John Su you are so funny forever
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juliojulio1234 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student General Artist
gotta love minecraft ......... and notch minecraft and notch
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Degran Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Manly cookies, cookies with nuts!
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JohnSu Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
MAN NUTS

I mean wait no
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Zinfer Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
hilarious
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Masterofm Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
Always a pleasure to make manly cookies. Maybe next time I'll get my girlfriend to make womanly cookies and you can compare.

Also was fun to see you during the Halloween party. Shame the music was so loud because it made it too darn hard to actually talk to you. Would have loved to have talked to you for longer.
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JohnSu Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah. On my way home I was like "OH. I could just hang out RIGHT OUTSIDE THE PARTY."

But you know, an object in motion stays in motion unless acted upon by an unbalanced outside force, and so I kept going.
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Masterofm Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
If I had only had your number then... or you know... vise versa. You had a religious attendance event to go to I believe the very next day. Probably for the best you got your sleep.

When I slept in church people didn't take too kindly to that.
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rasenth Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Your reports always bring a smile to my face! =7=! Even though you had a somewhat sad trip. ;v;!! But I do agree with you about the game industry right now;; I am more excited for indie games.
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Rotten-Apple-Doodle Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
I really wish the intestine can hold phones/anything...
I love your arts! Its always weirdly EPIC~
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linkluibymon Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Kirbyface! >u<
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MakingAshes11 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
This was quite the event, intestinePod should be a thing.
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Andarelle Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
I loved the Kirby reference! :D Nice job :)
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otakulena Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student Artist
manly cookies!! lol
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FloatingPostcards Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Were the manly cookies good?
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JohnSu Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
they were!
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FloatingPostcards Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sounds like the secret ingredient was the sweat and tears of a manly man.
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krusca Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student General Artist
so have you copyrighted intestinePod yet or
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JohnSu Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
it is up for grabs!
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HollyEmpire00 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gawd, these are totally insane!!!
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SisterBelldandy Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always look forward to these. They are so spiffy and entertaining.
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riamisu Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow.....its so....................cute.





:iconshytaigaplz: .......
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Slippery-Frog Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
I really liked the "I used to be a taokaka" sketch. Made me smile.
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cddmanful Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the desperation on your face when you missed the fans who MIGHT have been ladies and MIGHT have brought food....

These always make me know what I should do when I go to a con--its like an instruction book....
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Gimron Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
You need to show up in one of Freddie's videos. Maybe he could do a video of that fan fic you wrote years back ouo
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JoeoftheMasks Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I giggled so hard my roommate left...
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JohnSu Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:iconforeveraloneplz:
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rufiangel Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was supposed to comment when you first posted this but I got all distracted by your plugs. *shakes fist*
Awesomeness as always. :D Your journals always make me wanna go visit your table if I ever get a chance to go to a convention in the US! I'll bring you food if I do.
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JohnSu Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hooray! A potential food-bearing visitor!
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