Monday, March 28, 2011

Request: Gathering info for new project

Hello guys,

I can't go into detail regarding what I'll be working on after this fifth season of Arby 'n' the Chief as I'm not even quite sure myself yet, but whatever it is I'd like it to revolve around the world of hacking and/or cheating in online games, the Halo series and Reach in particular.  So to gain a little insight and craft a storyline that's true to the subject matter, I'd like to ask of anyone reading this who has the time to send me an e-mail describing your personal encounters with hackers/cheaters online (or through system-link tunneling, XBConnect, XLink Kai), if you've had any and would like to share!  These can be outlandish, unfair or physics-defying events that you've witnessed during a game as a result of hacks or whatever, or horror stories like accounts being hacked, passwords being stolen, and so on.  I'm not seeking to participate in these activites myself and am not asking for step-by-step instructions or anything of the sort, I'd simply like people to describe their experiences for the purpose of fiction writing, and perhaps if I have any fans out there that are actually modders themselves they might be able to shed a little light on the mechanics behind it for me so I can write something believable.  Maybe point out some links to informative websites you know of.  I have a very basic understanding of how it all works but it's a bit rusty.

You don't have to of course, only if you have the time and feel like sharing.  Please send your e-mail to the Hypernews address, arbiterandchief@gmail.com, and put "Re: cheat/hack stories" in the subject line, or something like that.

Thanks muchly,
Jon

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S05E10: "Hypernews II"

Hello,

Here's the new Hypernews:

Arby 'n' the Chief S05E10: "Hypernews II"

Hope you enjoy.

Thanks,
Jon

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S05E09: "Double Trouble"

Hey,

The new Arby 'n' the Chief is out:

Arby 'n' the Chief S05E09: "Double Trouble"

I started having second thoughts about the last scene with Arbiter and Trent after I had finished and submitted the episode and wanted to re-write it, fearing I may have let a little too much of my nihilism bleed out in Trent and created an overly-serious tone.  I also feared that Trent's "sinking ship" analogy might be considered a little offensive since the disaster in Japan was so recent but I might just be being paranoid about that.  I hope people don't connect the two, it's only meant to show Trent's take-all-you-can-get view of the world.  Hope you enjoy.

Thanks,
Jon

P.S. Please leave comments!  I read them all.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S05E08: "Da Bomb"

Hey guys,

The new Arby 'n' the Chief is out:

Arby 'n' the Chief S05E08: "Da Bomb"

I notice a lot of people are confused about the skull.  I may have went a little overboard with the emphasis with the end shot.  You saw the same logo on the security guards in episode one when they're gearing up and loading their weapons; it signifies their affiliation with the cutthroat competitive clan Noob Control mentioned in episode 3.  Focusing on the skull on Claire's chest (showing that despite her and the Arbiter being friends again she remains "tagged" by Trent and unobtainable) rather than her helmet at the end seemed more appropriate as she says "Are you up for the challenge" implying the real challenge will be taking down the wedding and everyone involved.

Also please leave comments!  I enjoy reading them and I'm glad when people point out any inconsistencies, keeps me in line when writing the rest of the scripts.

Enjoy!
Jon

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S05E07: "Time Wasters"

Hey,

Here's the new Arby 'n' the Chief:

Arby 'n' the Chief S05E07: "Time Wasters"

Sorry for the delay, I just got back from ECCC (Emerald City Comic-Con) in Seattle.  For future reference, if you don't see a blog post on here Saturday for the latest submission you can just look up Machinima on YouTube and check their latest channel uploads.

Thanks,
Jon