First of all, don’t panic! This is a hiatus I do after EVERY issue so I can catch up and get ready for the next issue to start. Everyone get that? All good? Good!
Why oh why would I talk about this awful game. Good question, maybe it’s because I’m insane but I wanted to I guess get out a decent list of why this game’s story and characters fail miserably. I’ve had the discussion enough times where I guess I feel like this is warranted. And it’s scifi so it fits RIGHT in. Also I like discussing games and especially scifi. The reason that this became a rant is because of how vocal the defenders are. Don’t like it? Well prepare for excuses that don’t work. So, here’s my reasons why those excuses don’t work! 😀
Samus, as with all Nintendo characters has always been a silent protagonist. Both done for hardware limitations and more recently with the Prime series done artistically to give the player a means of self inserting themselves to feel more connected. Even as early as Prime 1 they had considered and even voiced Samus and it’s on youtube but they decided against it. However, she does emote quite a bit in all of the more recent games. From Zero Mission to Prime 3 to Samus Returns, she’s expressive in her actions.
Okay, for those of you that care, Other M spoilers as well as spoilers for other Metroid titles are going to be posted here after okay? Okay.
SPOILER ALERT FOR -ALL- METROID TITLES
Samus in Other M:
Samus was utterly ruined in Other M, she for some reason became a meek greenhorn who was incapable of making her own decisions and utterly failing at her job later in the game. Now, her following orders isn’t the problem, but some points seriously do not make any sense. I’m aware some of this is partially attached to gameplay but it doesn’t make you think any better of the character. Samus running head long into a lava filled area that is literally burning her to death, she has a suit power she’s not activating because she and the player are forced to wait for orders from the mission commander because he feels there may be civilians whom Samus could hurt.
Fair enough, she has quite the arsenal but…the Varia suit which protects against fire damage is entirely passive and doesn’t have any offensive or dangerous abilities attached to this… So she’s just letting herself burn and waiting for orders. It’s dumb, even if it’s gameplay is used as an excuse they could have given a reason she couldn’t use it. Like, the function requires some form of power to reactivate.
Onto the BIGGEST problem which I’m going to shred apart because I’ve heard the dumbest excuses for this crappy story.
Who transforms into this part way into the game after eating enough:
Motherly attachment to something no mother could love:
Samus upon seeing Ridley revived has a nervous breakdown where her suit for some reason cannot maintain itself while she’s in this distracted state. The excuses I’ve heard is that Samus is suffering from PTSD because the baby Metroid she rescued in Metroid 2 was killed in Super Metroid. Let’s clear this up, she’s emotionally torn up because the one creature she spared in a genocidal mission to kill ALL Metroids on the planet, nevermind Metroids found on OTHER planets has her emotionally destroyed with PTSD?
Let’s really get this clear. The Chozo created Metroids to be a weapon, a predator to another more dangerous race. They’re not exactly a dog or a cat that’s got emotions and wants to hang out. Their purpose and design is to kill. A Metroid bonding to Samus later on doesn’t redeem the thing nor does it change what it is. All it did, was act instinct. She saved it, dropped it off without a second thought and it saved her later. I just can’t see getting emotionally attached to something that she spent an entire game killing indiscriminately. Again, no emotions, just a creature designed to kill and act on instinct.
Right, PTSD. Okay, well that’s fascinating as it’s never shown in any shape or form except in this game that she has an emotional link with this artificially created monster. She’s lost friends/battle brothers and sisters in previous titles where she’s had to kill them but she still does her job. It’s PART of the job. She’s never let it get in the way. I’m not saying she’s gotta be heartless about this, but I’m saying she she isn’t stupid. There’s a time and place for lamenting those you lost, and it’s not when your biggest nemesis that you’ve had to kill several times is staring you down. I’m sorry I don’t buy this crap the fans of Other M’s story kick out.
To top this off the first thing she did with this baby Metroid was to hand it right off to scientists and leave. She figured if it could do some good, then they’d be able do to do, so have it. So the ride home she somehow bonded with the thing? Or the fact it saved her? I don’t buy it.
P.T.S.D. and sloppy writing vs hyper advanced armor:
Nevermind how stupid it is that her suit can FAIL in a moment of panic. Or that being shot in the back with a weak galactic federation ice beam would also not only disable her suit, but knock her out? It’s the most advanced armor in the known universe, armor which they have tried to copy but cannot get anywhere NEAR that level of advancement:
She’s been hit by surprise attacks before, that’s kinda what armor is for and it fails for the weakest reasons? Well I guess sloppy awful writing can break any armor can’t it?
Imagine her getting blown out into space suddenly and agh! Scary! Oh no my suit failed and -dead. This has happened before in Prime 3, she got blown into space but her suit did it’s job and didn’t fall apart for no stupid reason.
The other reason is, “Ridley killed her parents, so it’s natural she’d be scared of seeing the monster!”. A photo is worth a thousand words as the cliche goes so, here’s a few of them:
|Metroid Zero Mission:||Metroid Prime 1 & 3:||Super Metroid:||Samus Returns|
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She’s fought him now fewer than EIGHT times and killed him at least SEVEN times before Other M. (2x Zero Mission, 1x Metroid: Samus Returns, Prime 1 and 3, Super Metroid) She’s shoved her gun into his mouth, she’s slapped him around, stood on him, fired missiles at him and how many different beams -and it’s never, ever been brought up in the games. “But they didn’t have the technology to show such a thing” of course they did, even at Super Metroid they had a whole exposition at the start of the game, they could have inserted SOMETHING given titles as early as the NES/Master System had some form of art or captions to show this fear represented in Other M. Samus had numerous times where she spoke via text, or responded with actions, she’s NEVER been scared of this guy. Actually, I take that back, in Zero Mission when Ridley swoops in, you get this:
Which is a pretty fearful stance. But she still fights, because it’s what she’s been trained to do. She’s rightfully scared, but the difference is several kills later why would she be so scared she can’t move? So a game that takes place AFTER Super Metroid has no place showing this kind of response. “But Mike! The PTSD!” But, weird fans, the Genocide of the entire Metroid race!
My favorite one: “With Super Metroid she really thought she killed him, so it was devastating to see him again” She killed him so bad in 1 he needed a robotic body, she then killed that and then he proceeded to self destruct the ship he was on. She shot the crap out of him in Samus Returns and buried him under rubble. She literally blew him up and sent him off a cliff in Prime 1, I could go on but how much more FINAL do any of these gotta be? Even in the more narrative driven Metroid Fusion she doesn’t say anything when seeing or killing his X-Parasite clone.
It’s bad story telling. If it was a reboot, it’d have been forgivable, but it’s way too far into the series. It doesn’t, make, sense. PTSD also doesn’t work. She’s blown up planets, genocided a race, faced down godlike monsters from other dimensions. PTSD from a baby monster artificially designed to kill? C’mon.
“But in the Manga…” Is the manga referenced in any of the games? Is it included with any games like many other titles have done? “No but they said it’s canon”. WELL, given how wildly source material of books/comics can vary from movies and games I’m going to have to say I disagree and it doesn’t work. If Samus in Other M is how she’s portrayed in the comic, then we’re looking at two entirely different individuals between that, the comics and the other Metroid titles. They can’t be linked because they don’t act the same at all. You can’t have a game series where a character is established then build up a different character arc in a manga/comic that’s never brought up, referenced in the games and expect people to accept it, it doesn’t work.
The two clash, they just don’t make sense together. Looking into it, they exist in their own universes. It feels like trying to like a Marvel movie with a Marvel comic. No events or characterizations line up.
A better, more reasonable excuse:
Here’s an excuse you Other M defenders can use, no, really I’m a big scifi fan and enjoy viewing/playing and creating stories and events. So I have a perfect explanation for why Samus acts the way she does and why her armor is so awful in Other M. I promise, it’s a good one and feel free to use it in your defense of this terrible game in forums or youtube comments sections, really where you see fit!
Samus in Other M? She’s a clone. The federation cloned her along with the alien DNA found on her suit from Super Metroid. They found a…”beta suit” the real Samus wore and it wouldn’t work without her DNA So, they cloned her, supplied her with the inferior ‘beta suit” they found on a small Chozo testing facility that only works with her Samus’ DNA.
Since the clone would lack the training of the Chozo and experience with the Galactic Federation so her seeing a Ridley sends her back to a fleeting moment of another life that sends her into shock, causing the imperfect suit to malfunction. It also explains why she doesn’t use any of the later functions, because she doesn’t know about any of her suit functions! It also explains why she’s so poorly
voiced emotive, she doesn’t understand how these emotions work as she has little experience with them.
It is the only, in canon explanation I can come up with for why Samus acts so different, is weirdly attached to a jerk and has such long pauses of thinking about what people are saying to her. She’s a clone strutting about as the real Samus with none of the experiences, combat time or anything. Which could be it’s own interesting spinoff but, I digress.
Well, that was a long ass rant. But hey I like scifi and I think it’s worth talking about. I bought Other M when it was new because many fans insisted Nintendo can do no wrong and it’ll be great. I beat the game, and hated every minute of it. The best part was selling it to get most of my money back for a better game. The weak combat mixed with the gimped controls didn’t help a game that had the least amount of exploration of any of the titles.
With all that said, if you enjoy the game? That’s perfectly fine. No reason you shouldn’t if you find value in a title. I like some janky games and whatever floats your boat!
The reason I wrote this because there’s a number of fans have been pretty aggressive about their stance with the game and frankly I find all the excuses easily countered. And if you’re going to be aggressive about about an opinion about a game, you should at least be able to back it up.
For context, this post was made by the creator of Inktober:
Just to set up a disclaimer here, yes I’m aware the creator is saying you can draw digital, yes I’m aware the post is mostly positive but this is something I want to discuss in detail since I’m an artist who went from traditional to digital.
Reading the post annoyed me, I’m aware that traditional was probably the focus of this event and the creator is in their right to dictate how they’d like to run the event, so that’s all fine. It’s a shame though to see the creator of Inktober to talk about digital in such a discouraging way…This isn’t an attack against the person nor do I have any anger toward them.
“But Mike, you’re a digital artist so obviously you’re bias!” I didn’t start out digital only, infact I didn’t have a PC till high school and I didn’t try digital till late high school…Tablets were a thing only people in Star Trek TNG had. Also, I live in a house where we all have created in traditional artist means. My mother made cute clay figures, my father paints miniature soldier figures, my brother has made large pencil drawings as has my sister and myself my outer family are also artists. A wide variety of mediums and passions~.
Antares Complex, the comic I make, originally started with pencils and inks then painted digitally, I had to practice for quite a while to get anywhere with digital and I have no problem with how anyone wants to create, I do what I do, you do what you do and we can love each others creations! I agree with the creator of Inktober, self-improvement is important, but I don’t agree with their take on how to do it. There’s many ways to go about it instead of just ignoring options, explore others!
Undo isn’t this magical thing that makes you a worse artist, nor do I think using it makes you any less of an artist and more critically I do not think not having it or using/not using it helps you improve- everyone is different and maybe this is how some found improvement. I am not speaking ans an authority here nor am I telling anyone how to draw, just the opposite!
What I feel helps you improve as an artist besides study is experimenting! Draw up a new piece of art and ink with a different brush, try vector, or maybe colorize your lines! How do you colorize your lines? Who cares! Try any number of ways; ink with pink, use a layer mask and add color to it. Try new brushes when coloring or shading, try a different means of shading or lighting you’ve never done before. Make a new brush, don’t know how? Learn how to! Try a new pencil, pen or pick up a brush pen! (those things are really neat and I miss them)
Or hey, draw digitally only? Try a bit of traditional, you probably have some tools laying around from school, same to you traditional artists! Try playing around with some pixels! 🙂
Think critically about what you do normally and try something different! Learn! Experiment, play around. This is what helps you improve I feel, things that you were maybe unsure of or too scared to and you may figure out something you like and want to keep doing or make a piece that stands out and excites your audience. Experimentation is how I feel you improve, grow and learn, not limiting yourself to options or media.
Using undo doesn’t make you any worse, using digital doesn’t mean you aren’t skilled nor does it mean it’s easy, the computer doesn’t do all the work. Digital, traditional, pencil, tablet, sketchbook, photoshop, brushes, are all different mediums and methods and are all great, I say go nuts. Have fun and just create!
Over last weekend we lost my uncle Russ Poore who suffered his second heart attack while he was on vacation. He was an artist with a heart of gold and passed before it was his time.
He was one of SEVEN siblings, many of them I haven’t seen in quite some time as that side of the family can be quite …eccentric. He was an artist as many of the Poores are/were. Russ was a painter who could whip up lovely landscapes both realistic and of fantasy.He’s created so many works that I couldn’t possibly manage to get them all here. I only have so many saved and they’re from 10 years ago but they show how ranged he could be with his art:
He loved his work and worked hard on his passion, but he didn’t let that blind him of what went on around him. He inspired & encouraged my brother and myself to get into art themselves, to create , grow and learn as an artist and a person and I’m certain he did the same for my cousins.
He also practically raised one of my cousins as his own son while his own mother and father for years were wrapped up in their own problems and worlds…Sadly leaving my cousin alone most of the time if not for Russ. He would bring my cousin everywhere and anywhere, get him whatever he needed and encouraged him to be himself, free and do what he loves. This cousin of mine ….whom I wish I got to see more is probably more devastated than anyone else connected to Russ. He was basically a second father.
I only got to see Russ once recently, it was just after his first heart attack and he was on the road to recovery at the time. He was looking better than I heard he was a few weeks prior, but you could tell this hit him hard. Few months later when I heard about the second I was convinced this was the last… I try not to talk about these things but the man really helped out in our family where he could. I don’t feel like I’ve done him justice here in this blog post because frankly I’ve been wrapped up taking care of my own ill family member to the point where I don’t get out often.
He’ll be missed, it doesn’t seem real…. Skilled artist, kind man and a horrible joke master…
Well, I didn’t think I’d go and do this but I grabbed a new art tablet to see if it’d help me be more productive. Stranger yet I’m deciding to write a review on this! This isn’t paid or whatever I got this with my own money after I got showed a review or two from friends.
Color me impressed. For what many call a ‘clone’ this tablet really is impressing me. It has everything you need to get it started and some extras the competition should be including. You get TWO pens, and the battery lasts up to a week before it needs to be recharged, a pen-stand for that has 8 replacement nibs hidden away. You get a metal stand included, this sounds like “well duh you do” but sadly the competition isn’t including one and they want you to pay $100 for a plastic wonky one, also you get a tablet glove! That thing that makes your hand glide on tablets vs sticking to them.
The stand is excellent, there’s no preset adjustment levels but it does lock into place with a gear mechanism. This is really good for two reasons: 1- it will not give when you lean on your tablet, which was a major problem I had with the Wacom 12WX 2- It’s not limited by only a few positions like my old Surface Pro 2, you just reach over the top of your monitor, pull on the lever with a finger, adjust and let go and it locks into place. The downsides I could see are it gives the tablet a larger footprint and it makes the tablet a bit heavier. That said this is a tablet you should probably be having on your desk only and not a lap.
I honestly got this because I got teased by a lot of my friends and fellow comic artists for working on such a small tablet, my Surface Pro 4. So I had some store credit and decided to try this out while it was on sale. I was really nervous about it as I’m always hearing “There’s a trade off with the clone tablets”. Sure, maybe if you’re expecting a luxury tablet that’s got a metal chassis or whatever but this tablet has a glass screen, a ton of extras and feels sturdy.
I worked on a piece for a while, trying to get comfortable with it and it’s impressive to say the least. I don’t think the parallax (distance between the pen & screen) is bad, way better than my old Wacom 12WX…as is the color accuracy. I’ve worked on the Surface Pro 4 for a while which has very minimal parallax and I honestly didn’t have much trouble on here with the Huion tablet. That said there IS some to me it was only noticeable when you’re close to the tablet and your reaching on the edges of the tablet. Which makes sense as you’re going to be seeing more at the angle that would see between the glass & screen. When you get it, get comfy and position yourself as you would work and calibrate it to minimize it.
Other good news: there’s no hot spot on the face of the tablet, you know that spot where your hand would stick to or just start to get sweaty, none of that here.
The pressure range of 8k is really good and I noticed it was higher than my Surface Pro 4’s 1k pressure range. That said I’m not so blown away that I feel the SP4’s pen is bad or unusable but there’s a difference. You have a solid range of control that’s to be certain but I think past a certain number you’re less and less likely to notice. Must be said, some may be turned away by the plastic pen on the glass screen (there is a textured screen protector but we’ll get to that and why it’s bad with my tips) and I’m fairly spoiled with my Surface’s pen tips giving me a range of 4 different feels as this only comes with 1 type of 8 nibs, smooth and plastic.
There are speakers in the unit, or rather my audio device manager registers there are. I haven’t tested them but I honestly haven’t seen a good set of speakers in a monitor/TV since the ol’ CRT days where they could fit larger drivers in there. I can’t give my 2 cents on that since I haven’t tried them but, this is an artist tablet and I’m focusing on that. Also, if you plug in your unit and notice the sound is gone? Go to your sound settings and reset it to your default audio device.
I tested it with Clip Studio Paint EX and I’m including a pic of the workspace & the piece I finished so you can suss out how it can work. I did one doodle before it and then straight to this from being used to my Surface Pro 4 so I didn’t have much of a learning curve to get on with this. I had no compatibility issues and had it working with the software instantly. Messed a bit with Photoshop and the pressure seems to work straight away. I don’t use photoshop much for the art end so I can’t say fully how well it works but when I made some brush strokes they worked fine enough.
As far as negatives, well the monitor is large and a bit heavier than you’d expect with a lot of modern ones really slimming them down. This monitor is a fat one, and the stand really makes the footprint of this device pretty big on your desk. This with the stand isn’t going to strain your muscles to move it about but I don’t think you’ll have this on your lap while you’re sat back in the chair either. The pen I’ve heard feels cheap, I’d say it feels very light and there’s no rubber like on the wacom ones so that might be where that feeling comes from. The screen protector that’s supposed to add a texture is worthless and really isn’t worth having on…When you use it, a rainbow effect appears as you’re wearing into it and it makes the tablet unusable. You simply can’t see what is going on under it, so stick with the glass, your plastic pen won’t hurt it but make sure you’re not wearing a watch or whatever.
The other thing is there’s no eraser on the pen’s butt, there’s two buttons which are programmable but it’s something you’ll either have to learn to live with or adapt if you’re gonna grab this.
Overall, if you’re looking for a tablet where you can work right on screen this is an excellent one to have pro or hobbyist alike. If you’re just starting out it has everything you need, especially for the cost. I’ve worked on Wacom products for years and the Surface Pro 2 and 4 for ages as well and this tablet impressed me. Thing to keep in mind, this is not a luxury tablet, it’s not ultra thin and light and it’s not made of an aluminum chassis, but it’s well built and I feel is worth the asking price. Especially considering I’ve spent far more on Wacom with their 12WX and was underwhelmed.
Pen stand + 8 replacement nibs
USB cord for PC
HDMI, DVI, VGA
Here’s some tips for setting the thing up since the youtube reviewers I’ve watched missed some things:
- You need to calibrate the colors out of the box. Once you do the colors are really nice and the 1080P works nicely on this size monitor.
- I would say remove the textured screen protector. Because the screen is glass your not going to do much harm to it with a plastic nib. I have a Surface Pro 4 which I’ve worked on for 2 years and without a screen protector. After all that time there’s no damage I can see on it. The screen protector on this thing has a texture to it to make it more like working on paper. The problem is it’s useless and ruins the experience, The colors are ruined with it because of the matte texture and as you use it, a rainbow effect appears as you use it. It’s really bad and isn’t something I think is worth the texture effect. I was genuinely struggling seeing my linework on the monitor till I removed it and it’s vastly better.
- What the youtubers got wrong: They say the stand gets stuck on the cables, this really caught me as odd as the stand has a massive hole in it for you to put the cables through so it makes it impossible to put the stand on the cables in any way.
- Be sure to NOT install the drivers off the CD, you’d be wasting your time. Go to the huion website and download the fully up to date drivers there.
- There are no express keys, honestly I’m so used to a keyboard that this didn’t even register till I saw others complaining about it.
- No touch interaction, this IS what got me since I’ve been working on a Surface Pro 4 using 2 fingers to rotate and zoom. That’s simply not here. Which is a shame but, something I’m getting used to again.
- Wash the glass screen, there’s some form of residue that makes the pen kinda drag against it, but after a microfiber cloth+water wash over the glass it’s super smooth and nice.
- Make sure you uninstall all other tablet drivers before using this.
My tablet history: (Unknown name brand), Wacom Graphire 2 & 3, Intous 2, Wacom 12WX, Surface Pro 2 w/ Wacom Bamboo Feel, Surface Pro 4, Huion GT-191
And hey, if you have any questions or want me to clarify something feel free to leave a comment and ask and I’ll answer as best I can.