I know I'm a bastard with this blog barely ever updating the damn thing. It's been a rough couple of weeks.
Two videos recently went up: an Arby 'n' the Chief short for Machinima's E3 live stream, which can be found here:
Arby 'n' the Chief E3 2011 Short
And the trailer for the sixth season of the main show, found here:
Arby 'n' the Chief Season 6 Trailer
I hope demands for a new season were shared by a majority and it's not starting to get too old for people. The voices do grate me a little personally, but I do still find the toys interesting as characters and feel like I have the creative juice for another stretch of episodes.
This season will, in a few ways, be what I intended my older show Hard Justice to be, back when I had no idea how to construct a plot and I approached writing like a chimp with a bucket of Lego, popping random blocks together into small, ugly and non-definitive shapes; a major difference this time being that the gaming world in Arby 'n' the Chief is portrayed as such, a gaming world. In Hard Justice, the game environment and all its visual limitations are portrayed as reality to the characters, which I think ends up snapping a few threads in the audience's suspension of disbelief. Not that I'm knocking machinima videos that do so, it's how I got started and I had a blast doing it, but for me, at this point, it feels like hitting an off chord. Treating the game world as a game world really works in Arby 'n' the Chief's favor I believe, and gives characters more freedom to act in a realistic fashion. This combined with improved storytelling skills I think will make for an entertaining season.
Here's the synopsis:
"Four months have passed since the wedding crash punctuating season five. The toys are still banned from playing Halo online. Master Chief resorts to drawing on the walls and burning holes in the carpet to fill his days. The Arbiter, having not spoken to Claire in some time, has become a full-blown alcoholic and has convinced himself he has absolutely no control over his life. Greg has been nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, on the online battleground, to combat a rise in in-game cheating and hacking, the OMN (Online Multiplayer Network) establishes an organization named the TOSERS (Terms of Service Enforcement/Response Squad), consisting of moderators of varying ranks and within different divisions who are deployed to police online matches. In response, a ruthless clan of hackers known as Chaos Theosis rises and threatens to wreak havoc online with an illegal software patch commonly referred to by underground hacking communities as FragBan, which allows patched players to place an irreversible console ban on any player he or she frags in the game as well as steal that player's personal account information, unless TOSERS is immediately dismantled and its moderators are removed from gameplay. The toys soon come across news of TOSERS, and a program the organization is introducing that allows for banned players to be processed and possibly chosen for employment as low-level moderators with limited parole access..."
It will definitely be a more action-oriented season. It's really the best direction to head in to truly take advantage of the show's medium, an action game, and all of its assets.
A bit like the intro to the episode Digital Fruitcakes, the season revolves around a villainous 'super' team, though instead of a pack of noobs they're skilled hackers. Each of the members of this hacker clan Chaos Theosis represent the the worst of what modern online play has to offer: the Spartan in red, Adam, is a hyperactive eight-year-old who constantly throws tantrums, breaks controllers, screams over his microphone, shouts obscenities at his parents and wets and shits his pants so he doesn't have to stop playing to go to the toilet; Kylie, the female player in light purple, deadly and efficient, is also a promiscuous tease with a full friends list, a personal army of a hundred desperate males itching to lash out at anyone who causes her a hint of distress; Duncan, the bulky Earth-colored Spartan is a fiercely competitive professional player and intolerable misogynist. Arbiter and Master Chief become 'game police' (as absurd as that sounds but I think it'll play well on-screen) and work their way up the ranks and eventually fight to stop the clan.
I hope you'll dig it. The first episode comes out on June 18th.
P.S. As a little apology for lack of updates, I've assembled all the little tunes I've made so far for the sixth season, half of them are new and half are from season five. They're all in there, the Hypernews theme, Technodicks theme, everything:
Arby 'n' the Chief Season Six Soundtrack (ZIP)
They're short and not particularly that good even, essentially just loops, I'm far from a music producer, but I feel they give scenes the punch they need to be effective. I know people have asked for them, so here they are, enjoy!