Interview With LittleshyFiM: Cinemare Sins Creator
Continuing on the antics from #MLPMonth, I take the time to talk to the derpy fanboy: LittleshyFiM. The guy has over 140,000 subscribers and continues to show bronies inclusive and lighthearted content.
However, not so many people know what’s going on behind the scenes. I decided to use the opportunity to bring some insight about his personal thoughts about My Little Pony to light.
LittleshyFiM: A creator that continues on improving.
When I talked to LittleshyFiM, I expected quite a lot from him and got even more. The man known for his YouTube series Cinemare Sins laid down some incredible insight about his work and viewpoint. He also brought a generally good insight about how he views the brony community in recent years.
I’m a YouTube brony, so although I make a few different types of videos they’re all related to My Little Pony in some way. I’ve made everything from live-action sketches involving animated ponies to “list” videos. My most-viewed series right now is a ponification of Cinema Sins I like to call Cinemare Sins. Basically, it’s a way to nitpick the pony show in a comedic way.
It’s funny to look at the current Littleshy compared to the one in the early days of the fandom. He accomplished so much and his editing skill is nothing short of amazing. When I asked him about it, he responded with a rather interesting answer.
Early on I was able to put Cinemare Sins video together within a week, although as time went on and the quality levels improved I began to devote more time and attention to each video. Currently my schedule is to release a Cinemare Sins video on the 1st of every month, so I devote a couple weeks to writing then a handful of days to recording and editing.
I’m continually finding ways to improve and as time went on the series evolved quite a bit. What started off as a one-off video which I didn’t really expect anyone to actually see has gained quite a bit of attention…including the attention of the original creator of Cinema Sins which is exciting!
Cinemare Sins Vs. LittleshyFiM’s opinion of the series.
Some people have the big misconception of thinking that LittleshyFiM has a bad opinion of My Little Pony. Littleshy decides to clear out some of these misconceptions with the following statement:
I wouldn’t be making pony videos if I didn’t consider myself a super-fan of the show. Taking the time to carefully analyze the show and come up with material actually ends up causing me to find details and positives about the show I hadn’t noticed before.
The videos themselves take on an intentionally nitpicky tone but I’m actually a really big fan of the show. For every nitpick I come up with I have a dozen other things to praise the show for!
Some people wonder what constitutes as a “Sin” in Littleshy’s format. When I asked him about this, he referred to the original Cinema Sins before talking about his approach.
Even the original Cinema Sins series doesn’t have a clear definition of what is counted as a “sin.” Sometimes it’s a legitimate criticism, sometimes an over-the-top nitpick, and sometimes just a simple joke.
My take on the format is pretty similar although I have the benefit of working with a cartoon which means animation errors are immensely more common to be pointed out in my videos.
As for what he thinks of the show in general? Littleshy has a rather positive outlook on the show’s future.
There is no doubt the show has changed over time and that’s to be expected. Some people think it’s a decline, some people think it’s only getting better and better. I’ve always held the belief that even good episodes have faults and episode that are considered bad have a lot of positives too. That trend has been consistent to me throughout the show and I have high hopes for its future.
The Herd’s Calling!
I asked LittleshyFiM about his thoughts in regards to the My Little Pony fandom. And he started to bring memories from the moment he “Joined the herd” alongside others during the fandom’s first influx.
2011 – 2013 was probably the craziest time to be a brony because the phenomena was exploding across the internet, making it into all sorts of news and media and pony conventions were blowing up. I started watching the show sometime in November of 2011 and created my YouTube channel January 2012.
He then provided some insight about what he thinks in regards to the fan-works we’ve seen. Such as My Little Investigations and some of the upcoming Pony reviews we’ll see in #MLPMonth.
Fanworks are the lifeblood of the brony fandom. Sure, tuning into the show weekly during on-seasons is a major factor but the fan-created stuff is what keeps people interested during the hiatuses. It’s not a stretch to suggest that brony creations have practically over-shadowed the show itself. We’ve got a couple of our own full-length episodes, loads of art, fan fiction, incredibly high-quality animation, etc.
Creating content for the brony fandom is a great way to get recognized, although having an interest in the show in the first place is a rather important prerequisite. I know of many YouTubers, musicians, and artists with humble beginnings who now have a career in doing what they love and many of them are still a part of the fandom.
LittleshyFiM hates fanworks?! No, he doesn’t.
There was one moment where LittleshyFiM reached a sort of controversy in the brony fandom. Once he looked at two fan creations that were popular at their own time, My Little Dashie and Dusk’s Dawn. When I asked him if he really had some grudge against these works or the creators, he told me about the misconception.
My older videos have a problem of being rather tonally inappropriate. I used to focus on being harsh and even rude at times because I thought that’s what Cinema Sins was about, but I was wrong and I like to think I’ve improved since then. Anyway, the reason I bring that up is because I probably did go too far with my My Little Dashie and Dusk’s Dawn videos to the point where it surely affected the entertainment value negatively.
I consider myself a fan of both My Little Dashie and Dusk’s Dawn! I recall being excitedly present during the premiere of both videos and I’m actually friends with the creator of My Little Dashie. Almost had an opportunity to help with the post-production of it in fact!
And while Littleshy definitely likes fanworks, he certainly doesn’t have any sort of favoritism towards any. In fact, he actually can’t think of a way to choose his favorite.
It’s impossible for me to form any sort of favorites list simply because so many different people create so much different stuff and on the whole it’s all pretty awesome. YouTube is kind of my home in the fandom, so although I do my best to follow the must-see content on there I also peruse Reddit and Deviantart to stay on top of the art and other content. It can become overwhelming at times which is why content aggregators like Equestria Daily are so important.
Final Verdict: Come back for more soon!
This is going to mark the end of part 1 of the big interview I’ve had with LittleshyFiM. The brony fandom certainly will love to hear that there is a lot more to discuss. However, there needs to be a limit to the amount of information one shows in one go at a time.
Let’s not fret though, as in next edition we’ll be seeing some content in regards to what Littleshy thinks about Hasbro. We also will be taking a look at his stance as a Content Creator among many other members of YouTube.
5 Reasons You NEED To Play The Final Fantasy VIII Remaster
After many years of fans begging Square Enix to remaster Final Fantasy VII, they finally listened and did just that. There were numerous excuses as to why the game’s re-release had lagged behind the re-releases of both VII and IX, with the most common excuse being that the game’s original code was lost years ago. However, the company made it happen and the game is finally available for modern audiences to play on modern hardware today. We’re going to give you 5 reasons why you should do just that.
First time available on modern hardware
As we’ve already said, this is the first time that the game is available on modern hardware. While the game originally launched for PS1 back in 1999, it later got a PC port in 2000. That means that is has been a whopping 19 years since a new version of the game has been available for purchase, and that wait was a brutal one. However, it is finally over and you can now play this classic game on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch along with PC. If the lack of modern hardware support was stopping you from checking out, that excuse just got thrown out the window.
The visuals look better than ever
Thankfully, Square Enix did not just slap this port together quickly and throw it out there to shut everyone up. They did a terrific job of putting on a shiny new coat of paint for the game, with the character models in particular looking much better. While things like environment textures didn’t get quite the same amount of attention, this is nevertheless the best that the game has ever looked. It also helps that the game is simply beautiful from a design standpoint, with the game’s world being gorgeous to behold even though we’re dealing with the hardware limitations of 1999.
Quality of life improvements
While those who played the game 20 years ago will still be getting what is essentially the same experience, Square Enix did add some quality of life improvements to put it more in line with current JRPGs. These changes include the likes of increasing battle speed by 3 times, shutting off random encounters completely and even a cheat to give you max HP and limit breaks. While these may seem minor, these will go a long way to ease some of the tedium that many feel after some particularly long gaming sessions. Max HP and Limit Breaks will also make the incredibly tough Ultima and Omega Weapon boss fights a lot easier to deal with.
The Final Fantasy series is known for having its fair share of enticing side quests and mini games, but there isn’t a single one that is as addicting as Triple Triad. The game is essentially a card game that is played on a 3×3 grid, and each card has a certain number on the top, bottom, left and right sides. You need to place your cards in a manner that the numbers on your cards are higher than your opponents, and seeing as your card can be attacked from four different sides this can be tricky. You’re able to challenge many different characters to a match throughout the course of the entire game, and doing so comes with plenty of nice rewards that will make your quest easier.
The game is awesome
While our previous points focused on specific elements of the game, this one is a simple fact that has been true since 1999: the game is awesome. Unfortunately, releasing immediately after Final Fantasy VII (a watershed moment for gaming) put it under a very cruel microscope, with many knee jerk reactions simply saying it “isn’t as good as VII.” However, in the years that have passed people have revisited the game, and the consensus has definitely changed. This adventure that Square created is unlike any other in the series, being host to an ambitious and bizarre plot filled with some of the best characters the series has ever seen. If you’ve played the game before then this is the perfect time to experience this masterpiece all over again, and if you haven’t then what are you waiting for?
10 Huge Games Still Coming In 2019
2019 has been yet another good year for gaming so far, with several games releasing that will be big contenders for game of the year once the curtain closes. However, despite the year already being more than halfway over, there are still some huge titles on the horizon that are sure to make their own dents on the coming best-of lists. This article will list the 10 biggest games that are still coming in 2019.
A new game from Remedy Entertainment is always highly-anticipated, and Control is no different. The game is an action-adventure game in the same style as Alan Wake or Quantum Break, but with a supernatural twist. Players will control Jesse Faden, who possesses a variety of supernatural abilities like telekinesis, levitation and more. She will be using her abilities in order to defeat an enemy known only as the Hiss, which has corrupted reality. Control launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on August 27th.
It has been many years since the last game in the Borderlands series released, but the hiatus is finally coming to an end very soon. Those who have played previous games in the series will feel right at home with this game, as it’s once again a loot-driven FPS. The game will offer more zany characters and a charming and insane world to explore, all while dealing with new antagonists Troy and Tyreen Calypso along with their Children of the Vault cult. Borderlands 3 launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on September 13th, with a Google Stadia port release date being TBA.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon series is returning soon with Breakpoint, which will serve as a continuation of previous game Wildlands. The game is set in an open world environment called Aurora, which is a fictional island in the Pacific Ocean. Players will control Lieutenant Colonel Anthony “Nomad” Perryman, who is a special forces operative that was sent to the island to investigate a series of disturbances in the area. Breakpoint launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 4th, with a Google Stadia port coming in November.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Each new installment in the Call of Duty series is always huge, but Modern Warfare’s release marks a first for the long-running franchise. It will be the first game in the series that is reimagining of a previous game in the series, taking 2004’s original game and updating its mechanics and themes to match today’s world. The game will still have some of the beats that the first game had, but will also incorporate lots of surprises to make it a fresh experience. Modern Warfare launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 25th.
The Outer Worlds
Obsidian Entertainment’s The Outer Worlds is one that will be very highly-anticipated for fans of Fallout: New Vegas, as this game serves as a sort of spiritual successor to that game. It will be an open world RPG that allows you to explore many unique areas crawling with plenty of deadly foes. Players will also be able to encounter and recruit NPCs as companions that have their own personal missions and stories to take part in. The Outer Worlds launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 25th, with a Switch port also being in the works.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
It seemed very unlikely that Luigi’s Mansion would become a recurring franchise for Nintendo following the original GameCube game, but here we are. Luigi’s Mansion 3 is coming to Switch, which also means it will be the first home console release since the original game back in 2003. This time the game is set in a haunted hotel rather than a mansion, and Luigi has some new tricks up his sleeves to take down all those ghosts. Luigi’s Mansion 3 will launch exclusively for Nintendo Switch on October 31st.
If you’re looking for the most ambitious (and weirdest) game still coming in 2019, then look no further. Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding has perplexed gamers ever since its announcement, and each new trailer that releases just brings more and more questions to the table. It is Kojima’s first game since breaking up with Konami after the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phanton Pain (and the cancellation of Silent Hills), and it looks like Kojima has taken the newfound complete creative control to deliver something truly original. Death Stranding launches exclusively for PS4 on November 8th.
Pokemon Sword & Shield
At this point we all know what to expect from a new Pokemon game, and Sword and Shield seems poised to deliver even more cute creatures for players to capture and battle very soon. What sets Sword and Shield apart from its predecessors is that it will be the first home console release for the series, which is saying something considering the series has been around for over 20 years. Pokemon Sword & Shield launches exclusively for Switch on November 15th.
If you’re a fan of Shenmue then nothing needs to be said for the inclusion of the upcoming third game on this list. Fans of the series have been waiting nearly two decades for a follow-up to the second game, and in just a couple of months that will finally be delivered to them. Brought to life thanks to an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign, the game continues the adventure of protagonist Ryo Hazuki as he hunts down his father’s killer. Shenmue III will launch for PS4 and PC on November 19th.
id Software’s DOOM 2016 was one of the best FPS games to come along in years, so it’s a no-brainer that the follow-up would be on this list. Eternal is set to offer yet another intense FPS campaign for players to plunge into, while also offering a multiplayer component that greatly improves upon the last game’s underwhelming multiplayer mode. There will also be twice as many demon types than there was in the last game, meaning that the chaos level just got that much higher. DOOM Eternal launches for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia and PC on November 22nd.
5 Most Exciting Announcements From The Xbox E3 2019 Press Conference
Microsoft’s Xbox E3 2019 Press Conference has officially come to an end, and with it came plenty of big announcements to get excited about. Some new games were announced, whereas previously-announced games got new footage and/or release dates. In this article we’ve narrowed it all down to the 5 most exciting announcements.
New Xbox “Project Scarlett” Coming Holiday 2020
We’ve known for a while now that a new Xbox was in the works, but now we know when to expect it. Microsoft’s fourth console (which hopefully has a better official name than Xbox One did) will be a big step up from the previous console. Things like much faster load times, an AMD Processor that is four times more powerful than the Xbox One X, 8K Resolution and 120 FPS were all mentioned. A price and exact release date weren’t mentioned. It will also be launching with…
Halo Infinite Coming Holiday 2020, Launching On Both Xbox One and Project Scarlett
The wait for the next Halo game has been longer than ever before for series fans, and the announcement at E3 revealed that the wait will continue. Halo Infinite will not be launching until Holiday 2020, meaning it will have been 5 years since the previous game released with Halo 5. It will also be launching on Xbox One and Project Scarlett, meaning the new console will have a big launch title for fans to get pumped about.
Cyberpunk 2077 Coming April 2020, Stars Keanu Reeves
It’s hard to pick a game that people have been more excited about than Cyberpunk 2077, and after Microsoft’s press conference we’re even more excited. Not only is it coming in April of next year, but Keanu Reeves himself will be playing a “key” role in the game. Everything shown from the game has looked great so far, so hopefully it all pans out and we have another classic from CD Projekt RED come April 2020.
FromSoftware and George R.R. Martin Collaboration Elden Ring Announced
This one was actually leaked prior to the presentation, but Dark Souls developer FromSoftware and Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin are collaborating on a new game. The game is called Elden Ring, and it will be a departure from the developer’s most recent games as it will be open world. Very little information on the game is known at this point, as it is still in the early stages of development.
Phantasy Star Online 2 Is Coming West
It took a very long time, but the popular MMORPG is finally coming west. The game is coming to Xbox One in a free-to-play form in Spring 2020, so the wait won’t be that much longer. “There will be no limitations on game experiences,”says Sega, because they want to “provide all players with a fair and exciting experience.”
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