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Sketchy the Changeling Interview: A Critic and an Artist





Sketchy the changeling’s description in a few words is “Smart, tactful and professional”. I am not exactly a follower of his, all things considered. But I always talk with people like LittleshyFiM with an open mind, you’ll never know what interesting insights you might get in a conversation.

When I met up with Sketchy, he was in the middle of a hiatus, which he covered in length in this video. He was interested into the questions I had about him and his insight was very balanced and unbiased. He seems to be a cool guy to hang around with and I certainly hope that his channel sees more success.

Our conversation is pretty interesting for those who love to take a deeper look at the Brony Analysis community. So, let’s talk about what Sketchy told me about how he does his job and what he thinks.

“I’m not tied to a community, I’m an individual”.

I should start things off by saying that Sketchy is a very down to earth person. I have never seen someone so calm and collected while answering the questions I had for him. However, there was one point where I talked about the analysis community and he made this remark:

“As much as I enjoy being a part of this community, I am also a Creator in my own right. I can’t speak for anyone else, but for me, sometimes it gets disheartening whenever my work has to be tied back to the community rather than who I am as an individual.”

This is one of the biggest takeaways I have gotten from Sketchy, and one that I actually agree with the most. I have been associated with other peers in Gaming Journalism in recent incidents (In fact, I got a death threat for said association). And I dislike to be tied with the same people who commit amateur mistakes on their work.

It’s better to be judged as an individual, rather than be judged as someone who is part of a group. So then, who is Sketchy and what does he do as a content creator? When I asked him about this, he answered with the following:

“To put it simply, I’m both an artist and YouTuber. My artwork usually centers around Furry, MLP, and Pokémon-related works, while my YouTube videos focus on reviews and analysis of cartoons.”

 The Job of a Changeling Creator.

Sketchy talked at length about what his job entailed. Starting with one of the most important factors, his priorities. I haven’t seen anyone with such a straightforward way of thinking, it’s incredibly inspiring for other creators, all things considered:

“I like to think that I put a fair amount of effort into both [YouTube and Artwork], but admittedly since my artwork is what makes me money, naturally I put more effort into that so that I can continue to be successful on that front.

Strictly speaking I can’t say that I’m a professional when it comes to the YouTube side since I create content for it whether I get paid or not, but I try to run it as though I am a professional. I keep my viewers updated on schedule changes and special announcements on a monthly basis.”

He also talked about considering a professional in the subject of his artwork. Which is true because it allows him to have an income and to follow commissions on a flexible basis. Sketchy really loves his work but he also knows that he has to do other sort of work outside of YouTube and art. Once again showing his down-to-earth personality through and through.


The complexity behind Brony Analysis

Sketchy’s way to look at his job is interesting to say the least. He takes his reviews very seriously but he also wants to entertain his audiences while doing it. How can someone make an opinion strong without alienating the people? Well, Sketchy found his own answer by discussing one topic and then going for a broader topic after that.

“I’ve come to realize that my work tends to be stronger when I focus on the themes of whatever I am covering. For example, I did a video a few months back disproving the fan theory that Twilight Sparkle is on the autism spectrum, and I used that as a jumping-off point to discuss the issue of projecting disorders onto fictional characters and how that can be a problem.”

He also finds himself getting more and more comfortable covering certain specific topics, which is a rather interesting move. When I asked him about what he likes to focus on when reviewing stuff, he told me that:

“I started off with a primary focus in viewing the MLP TV show and comic series, But as time went on I began to branch out in terms of what I cover on my channel. Sometimes I’ll do a video highlighting a certain character on the show, other times I’ll cover topics that relate to the show but aren’t necessarily reviews, and there are times where I talk about other shows entirely, especially during the hiatuses between seasons.”

A negative stigma?

One thing I found out while doing #MLPMonth is that a lot of people don’t think highly of the Analysis Community as a whole. Some people actively defend them and their job within the fandom while some others believe they are way too negative. While Sketchy retains that he wants to be judged as an individual, he also talked about this:

“There is a stigma against the analysis community from other parts of the fandom. Because this section of the community revolves around criticizing a show that we like, people who watch the show for Pure enjoyment and nothing more sometimes find a problem with that

I can understand why, and their enjoyment of the show is completely valid, but sometimes people outside of the community hold it against us for wanting to look at it on a more critical level”

Considering the fact that entertainers like LittleshyFiM have gotten flack even though they are not part of the analysis community, I agree with that assertion. If we consider that bronies simply don’t like to talk negatively about a show they enjoy. It’s easy to assume there are people who are going to stand against people who look at the show critically and mention its faults.

Heck, this is something I have seen happen multiple times in my line of work. If people can’t take the fact that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild isn’t a magnum opus. It’s easy to assume there are equally oversensitive people in the brony community.


Conclusion: The Changeling Returns to the Hive.

This is the first part of the two-parter interview with Sketchy the Changeling. He still has a lot to talk about and very interesting words to be spoken in the follow-up to this article.

I must say that I am impressed for the most part, I have never seen a person so eloquent and tactful. His philosophy and way of living are equally consistent and grounded, and that’s something you don’t see in just any analyst.

Be on the lookout for part 2 of this interview, where we’ll look at Sketchy’s opinion of the show, bronies and the analysis community. Not to mention, a very good look at how he does his art and the tools he uses.

I always wanted to be a journalist who listens. The Voice of the Unspoken and someone heavily involved in the gaming community. From playing as a leader of a competitive multi-branch team to organizing tournaments for the competitive scene to being involved in a lot of gaming communities. I want to keep moving forward as a journalist.


5 Reasons You NEED To Play The Final Fantasy VIII Remaster




Final Fantasy VIII Remastered

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.

Triple Triad

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?

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10 Huge Games Still Coming In 2019




10 Huge Games Still Coming 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.

Borderlands 3


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.

Death Stranding


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.

Shenmue III


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.

DOOM Eternal


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.

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5 Most Exciting Announcements From The Xbox E3 2019 Press Conference




Microsoft E3 2019

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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