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Oh yeah I guess I should probably post this here. New episode, applause and all that. I ran into a bunch of little stuff during this one, mostly interviews, other machinima, and various side-stuff that ended up prolonging the release time.
Also, a disclaimer: I was not actually drugged up during recording. So….if you thought I was high while making this, you’d perhaps be justified in your assumptions, but you’re wrong.
I’ve come down with a crappy cold a few days ago, tried to do some work on the next episode, but it gets progressively more difficult as my nasal cavity fills with fluids best left undescribed. Once I’m feeling better I’ll get more work done.
I’ll be honest, I have no idea what value anyone is supposed to get from Shephard’s Mind if you’re just reading the text. It probably isn’t as funny without the audio, (and let’s face it, this series needs all the help it can get) but now people in Argentina can watch me yell and swear while playing video games on the internet, and that’s gotta count for something.
Well, in the same vein of the Barney’s Mind Hitler Parody, the same guy called me out about Episode 18 Being Delayed. Which is fine, I guess. People have a right to get impatient when there’s no information being released. So here’s the deal, I haven’t actually started Episode 18 yet (Well, technically I tried a few times to record footage but those takes all got messed up somehow towards the end). Mainly because of Christmas holiday (And I think Ian Riley is a madman for releasing his finale anywhere near Christmas in the first place), but there may be other problems that have only just appeared today. I’ll update this news post as I find out more.
EDIT: It turned out to be nothing, episode proceeding mostly as planned. Except that the new mic I got for Christmas was actually worse than the one I already have. So unless I can figure out how to get it to stop making me sound like I’ve constantly got something stuck up my nose, I’ll have to keep using the old one which, while giving better audio quality, likes to cause massive amounts of static every time anybody so much as touches it.
EDIT: The old mic is working surprisingly well all of a sudden, so I’m using that for now. Started working on Episode 18 yesterday, and it’s already about halfway done.
For whatever reason, Episode 16 isn’t showing a thumbnail. I tried re-uploading and that seems to have done the trick. I think this is probably my best episode in terms of voice acting quality/audio editing quality.
Here it is, Episode 15. I’ve got a job, my mic is working, I’m not swamped with chores or family issues or other machinimas, and I found a free moment to get this done. Now let me just say something.
A few days ago, Youtube informed me that Episode 10 of Shephard’s Mind had become eligible to become part of their Partnership Program. Essentially, they would put up some ads above the video and I would get paid in genuine cash to make these videos, reasonably regularly too.
The terms of the partnership won’t let me use copyrighted materials in my videos (such as the opening theme song which is taken from the original game), true, but that’s not the real reason I refused, in fact I refused before I even read the conditions. To tell the truth, Shephard’s Mind is not my series. Not really. It’s Ross Scott’s series turned into my series. I’m not going to steal his idea and then claim money for it, god no. I do this for fun, if I thought I was going to turn a profit from it I’d just think of my own machinima idea (and maybe I will one day). I cannot in good conscience take credit for what is essentially Ross’ own idea twisted by me and made to look only slightly different from his. And I really hate it when videos have ads right before them, and wouldn’t do that to my own fans.
So when you send me the umpteenth personal message on Youtube about when the next episode is going to be, just remember that I don’t receive nor accept any kind of payment for my work on Shephard’s Mind. I openly refused money offered to me for working on this series so that Ross Scott doesn’t have to feel as though his intellectual property is not his own and so my fans don’t have to watch those annoying ads beforehand.