Life happens. And since I don't want to bog down people with my own drama and issues, let's just say...I'm actively dealing with my issues, even getting professional help because...well...as an MD I have to know it's dangerous to diagnose oneself. And I have been dealing for a long time.
Kane's Mind happened because I wanted to do a machinima in the vein of Ross Scott's Freeman's Mind. And Freeman's Mind is a hard act to follow...many try, but I'm pleased to have known the few that succeeded. I actually wanted to do Issac Clarke for Dead Space, but it seemed as though WolfgamerX beat me to it...and yet, what I saw was unsatisfying.
I mean it sounded to me like Woody Allen on lithium. Seriously. I could have made a better premise. There was no idea that this guy was even close to being in his environment. Cpl. Matthew Kane was a Marine, but even he had to find fears, know old pains he could bear, and hurt when new pains happened.
But, as someone who hadn't made a "minds" series before, I had to put my money where my mouth is. Hence, "Kane's Mind."
As I said before...I plan to see Kane's Mind to its conclusion. Perhaps two conclusions, if I can get the blessing of ID software.
And if anyone knows the contact information of ID, then please let me know. The reason being...ID seems to have gone through Bethesda, and from what I have heard, Bethesda does not like machinima works. So I would rather go directly to the actual owners of the intellectual property rather than the biased proxy.
What I hope to do is do a second Kane's mind...but a prequel of sorts. If ID gave the blessing to the novelists for canon story, then what I have learned is that Matthew Kane is a descendant of one John Kane. John Kane is the player character in Doom 3.
I own a collector's edition X360 copy (yeah, a steel box) of Doom 3, but I even bought an additional copy through Steam for my PC, and played it through.
The facts are these...I have to make money so I can prepare for the USMLE step 2 and afford the test fee. And in the meantime I have to pay off student loans that won't defer through continued education (in classes that I hope would give me credentials to get me employment...). And there are people that actually enjoy my work.
I have, thanks to my Yuletide gifts of giftcards to Amazon.com (Thank you Granny Annie and Uncle Bruce and Aunt Pam) purchased a new mic and pop filter, and re-recorded the lines for episode 31. We are back on track.
Now, another sidenote...
Some of the more astute YouTubers have found that my TF2 parodies of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic have been removed. I even removed them voluntarily. As the son of an attorney, I have to abide by laws, but I also know my rights. So...the issue is as follows...
The first issue with my parodies came about with the YouTube copyright software. I removed all but two as a matter of caution...I first acknowledged the copyright claim to Hasbro. I filed a note later acknowledging their right to their intellectual property and stating that I only wanted to make a transformative parody without any intention of collecting profit. I re-uploaded my "My Little Team Fortress 2" parodies, and had no problem since. (And much thanks to Valve software for the ever-popular TF2 class clips. I hope what I've done has benefited Valve, Hasbro, and anyone who wants a laugh...the only profit I wanted was just to share a joke.)
What happened was a YouTube copyright protection issue due to a DVD producer known as Shout! Factory. I contested this issue because...I hadn't even heard of Shout!Factory. I had acknowledged Hasbro and they, to their credit, left me alone because I made a non-profit parody. I contested the claim because I did not want to be party to infringement or fraud...I even noted as such in my counter-claims.
When I contacted Shout!Factory, their representative even told me they had no intention of shutting me down. I provided them with the ID's of the videos that I had removed (which are kept on file) and they told me that they had no knowledge of my YouTube userID or the ID numbers of the videos.
Under YouTube procedures, if they had such knowledge, they could provide an E-mail to withdraw the claim and clear things up. After all I was on record to acknowledge that Hasbro owned MLP:FIM. All I did was make something funny. But if they did not have knowledge of the issue...then...it's likely that either A) there's yet another glitch in the software, or B) someone has fradulently filed a claim because they don't like MLP:FIM or they don't like Heavy Weapons Shy, and there's no proof.
All I can do is wait it out.
To their credit, Hasbro has NOT gone totally apeshit crazy. I have two parody videos still up online without further contest.