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  • STM 203 Schedule & OneChannel Tips/Thoughts

    Been plagued with stress lately, with work getting heavier in the later half of the year. So STM will still go on, but at a slower rate. I am starting on 2.03 soon, but I can’t estimate the completion period yet. There MAY still be Racing Days with no Sims videos, so even if you don’t see new Sims videos (yet), never give up on Dr Hyde. If Hyde doesn’t actually say it’s over, the show will go on.

    New Article on the STM Site:
    [For Non-Sims Players: Intro to StrangeTown Monty]

    When YouTube switched all users over to the OneChannel layout, it looked as if they were overhauling YT to be [Read Full Post…]

    Free Sims Banners for YouTube OneChannel

    Before starting on STM 2.02, I made a [Trailer featuring Kent Capp], for the SimsDynamic YT Channel.

    – Are you a Sims Fan who wishes to have a Sims-related banner for your own YouTube channel, but may or may not have your own Sims series and/or your own graphics editor?

    Currently Available in 3 Flavors:

  • Pleasantview: [Preview: See it in Action] [Download Full Graphic]
  • Strangetown: [Preview: See it in Action] [Download Full Graphic]
  • Veronaville: [Preview: See it in Action] [Download Full Graphic]
    (All Sims are portrayed in their default appearance.)
    – The full graphics are of the exact size (2120×1192)** to upload directly as the YouTube channel banner. Designing this requires one to juggle optimization for desktops, tablets & TVs all at once.

    ** YT has since changed their preferred size to (2560×1440), but (2120×1192) still works perfectly.

    – Characters not within the “minimum zone” (that appears on all resolutions & devices) will only be visible on larger screen resolutions.
    – Depending on your screen resolution, some sims on the left may be covered by your channel avatar. The higher your screen resolution, the less likely these sims are covered.

    – Suggestions are welcome, but I reserve the right to follow through with them (or not). I could consider making other Sims nhoods, or generic topics like “Goth Family” or “StrangeTown Monty”, if enough people express their interest.

    – If it’s a topic very specifically for your channel alone, your relationship score with me (like how it works in the Sims game) has to be HIGH enough.
    Please DO NOT redistribute my work on any other site,
    but feel free to link directly to this URL:
    (Shortened URL directly to this download page)

    If you enjoy these, or have suggestions for possible banners, let me know what you think in the comments.

  • Far From an April Fools’ Joke…

    STM 2.01 is more than 50% complete, so an April release is very likely.
    – STM 2.01 will share its release day with an “Improved-Method Racing video”. I put the Racing project on hold for a few months to rethink its strategy – it was never cancelled because I did not *explicitly* say so.

    – I am protective over my Racing videos, mainly because it is my best gaming memory from the pre-Sims era.
    – You wouldn’t want others to say bad things about a similar memory of yours, so don’t do that to me.

    – Comments that sound like “Don’t make those Racing videos since ‘nobody’ watches them, but make only the Sims ones, since ‘everyone’ can’t wait to watch them”
    – I consider such attitudes to be outright disrespectful to my personal schedule, & will permanently ban the offender.

    I think you know I’m not joking. I am a generally reasonable & nice guy. Just don’t violate the things which are sacred to me.

    Machinima, Lets Play, & Popularity

    One should not make the mistake of comparing the popularity of
    {Directors who are primarily famous for “Let’s Plays”} AND
    {Directors who are primarily famous for Machinima}

    We know that “Let’s Play” videos are much easier to make, since they are filmed from DIRECT gameplay, with very little extra editing (when compared with machinima) — so they can be produced in a relatively short time. “Let’s Play” videos also reach a larger audience, who are looking for direct references to what can be LITERALLY done in-game, or for a story that can be told in a PURELY gameplay setting.

    Machinima is a significantly harder task, since its production style is more like a FILM or TV show. The stories are often more complex, taking much longer to film & edit. The potential audience is also smaller than the “Let’s Plays”, since machinima does not often offer any “literal value” for the majority of Sims Fans who only PLAY their game.

    PURE Sims gameplay & PURE Sims machinima are totally different ball games. So you can’t put them all into one GENERIC classification called “Sims Directors”, and compare them based on number of subscribers / views. Is it fair to compare the number of fans of a football team with a basketball team’s fanbase?

    My “Machinima-Gameplay Hybrids” blur the line between these extremes. My style is predominantly machinima, yet they smell of gameplay. I do it all on purpose.

    I wish more people would prioritize “good quality production” over “gaining popularity” when making their videos. Be it gameplay or machinima, put in more effort to make it engaging.

    STM Season 2 Scripts are going well. The exact percentage is unknown, since it’s only complete after I cover all my relevant ideas. Next is the vetting & proofreading, before production may begin.

    I take these videos VERY seriously, so it’s particularly annoying when others treat my work as mass-market commodities, thinking I *should* be like a hack writer, producing quickly for their insatiable consumerist appetites. Those who “LOST OUT” would likely feel my frustration when THEIR fans give up on them too, & say *really nice* things to demean the projects that they love. You reap what you sow…

    Machinima on Other Sims 2/3 Towns (besides Pleasantview)

    [UPDATE – Nov 13, 2013] People who have succeeded (or have a good chance of completing the process) are featured on the [SimsDynamic YT Channel]. I reserve the right to decide who gets featured.

    It appears that the “first three” neighborhoods of the Sims 2 Base Game (Pleasantview, Strangetown & Veronaville) possess a certain charm that has yet to be replicated by any other Sims 2/3 neighborhood.

    As a result, we don’t see many machinima series with good stories featuring any of these other neighborhoods. Nothing predominantly about Belladonna Cove, Desiderata Valley, Riverblossom Hills, Bridgeport, Twinbrook, Riverview, Moonlight Falls etc. I’ve seen some aborted attempts at Sunset Valley though.

    But there are PLENTY of Pleasantview series on YouTube. It IS the easiest neighborhood to write a story on, since it’s a normal suburb with typical soap-opera scandals. It is easier to attain fame via the standard formula for success in mainstream genres, but it’s also harder to be original & interesting. In any case, how different can PV stories be if they are largely restricted to the same default characters?

    A small number of directors have also tried Strangetown & Veronaville, and I would like to see more. I don’t mean “high school drama” but the unique issues of the neighborhood that concern mainly the adults — eg. Veronaville feud.
    (I understand many machinima directors are teenagers, so a teen-focused story tends to be the first thing they can identify with. But these have been done too often, and the storylines are largely similar, only with names changed.)

    But I’m also wondering who’s up for a challenge:
    [1] to write an original & compelling story based on the less-used default neighborhoods
    (anything BUT Pleasantview),
    [2] turn it into well-done machinima, and
    [3] see it through to completion.

    Did I worry that nobody will watch [my show] because it’s NOT about Pleasantview? If you have a compelling story and solid production quality, your viewers WILL come.

    I made Strangetown interesting, & turned Bianca Monty from a Veronaville extra into a full-fledged Science Fiction heroine. Why don’t YOU be the one to breathe life into one of these unsung Sims towns?

    [EDIT – July 4, 2013] – If you’re writing a story about a default neighborhood, the MAJORITY of the characters should be the pre-made ones. Otherwise, your audience gets the wrong expectations of your show.

    – For this challenge, you CAN have a small number of original CAS characters (major or minor), for the purposes of plot variation. But the main storyline MUST be for the default pre-made characters.

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