In EPISODE 75: “EASY DOES IT”, we examine the modern controversy over “Easy Modes”: do they really – as the lead designer of “Assassin’s Creed III” recently claimed – “ruin games,” or is there a vital place for them? In addition, we proudly announce that the next episode will be “Ask Ivan!” – wherein Ivan the Intern will answer questions to posted to the comments sections under the video itself or to this blog post (see episode for details, no anonymous questions please.)
ALSO! You’ll see The OverThinker’s favorite watering hole, discover the history of The OmegaThinker, witness the shocking origin of RoboThinker, learn something new about Ivan the Intern and watch ME gradually figure out how to properly use my new green-screen! (in all sincerity, I know some folks run hot or cold on the skits, but I’m pretty psyched with how the “ending” bookend for this one turned out tone, FX and timing-wise.)
Embedded episode and spoiler-y discussion after the jump!
Yeah, I’m proud of this one. The Hutchinson quote kind of fell into my lap as a perfect sort of topic-starter for my little niche here, and it gave me some room to A.) flesh out exactly what it is Ivan is supposed to be doing most of the time and B.) bring RetroThinker back into the picture and try out what might become his new status-quo as “resident old-timey expert guy.” He’s a fun “voice” to write for, and his “costume” isn’t as cumbersome as some others…
As to RoboThinker’s origin? I really like how it came out, overall, but it was a winding road to get here.
When I sat down during the “planning stages” for the revamped show as the AntiThinker business was coming to an end, a robot villain named “RoboThinker” was the very first thing I wrote down after deciding to continue the “____Thinker” naming-scheme schtick, but for the longest time that was all I had for him. (FYI, you have been spared the appearance of non-starter ideas like an enviro-terrorist called “Eco-Thinker,” a white or yellow ninja tagged as “ElectroThinker” and a flatulence-powered one-off villain named “OverStinker.”)
Believe it or not, for a long time my plan was for him to either resemble Robocop or The Borg – which would’ve been highly unfortunate since this is hitting so soon after “To Boldly Flee.” Ultimately, I wanted him to look like a less specific parody, and the final concept (“Super-Sentai Terminator,” basically) turned out to be best within my budget/abilities AND to fit best with OmegaThinker’s DBZ/Trunks angle (that being DBZ’s “Terminator” spoof and all.)
In any case, I hope everyone enjoys this one; and I’m already enjoying seeing people getting into the spirit of “Ask Ivan.” If all goes well, you’ll get those answers, an explanation of WHY OmegaThinker doesn’t want OverThinker doing the fighting and your first taste of RoboThinker’s voice and personality next time. Until then, let’s hear those questions for Ivan!