Saturday, December 13, 2008

Shine On Me: Viral Reaches RPG Blog 2

If you haven't been buzzing about the internet for the past week, you may have missed Chris Dane Owens' video, which has been the epitome of viral. Depending on with whom you speak, its either, a) one of the worst music videos of all time, b) one of the greatest, or c) something...else entirely.



It's like one of us tried to cram as much fantasy awesome (complete with explosions, hawt chicks, swords, and special effects) as possible. Whether or not it succeeded, I'll leave up to you. I only know I've now watched the damn thing 6 times. There is so much crap going on here I don't know where to start, exactly.

It turns out (if you didn't gather from the video) that Mr. Owens is a bit of a self-professed geek (comics and anime). There's an entire plot to his video (and future works, apparently) that would be at home in any fantasy homebrew. Read this L.A. times interview I found for more. Here's just a taste:

"My character is part of the witches kingdom, which is the second kingdom. I’m actually part of their army and an enforcer, a general, if you will. I meet that young lady Arra who is secretly being trained by the angels and they hand her a book. That book is the book of golden symbols which can only be understood by the spirit, by the living soul. She’s being trained secretly to be the queen of this realm, to overthrow the forces of darkness. My character actually meets her and falls in love with her and decides to leave the dark side, so he has an epiphany".

Shine on, Mr. Owens. Its better than most of what I write.

(If you really didn't care for it, have some of The Sword, by way of apology).

So, for gaming purposes, what inspiration may we glean from this?

10 comments:

Badelaire said...

Wow. That made the sword/fantasy/adventure music video me and Darkwing (my 40K/gaming/blogger buddy) made last year look like a work of effing genius.

Zachary The First said...

Link, perhaps, if you're comfortable sharing? :)

Badelaire said...

I'd normally say DW would kill me for this, but hey, he's already got a link to it on his blog so...


Here it is.


I appear in this thing as no less than four different characters.

Badelaire said...

Oh, and the standard disclaimer me and the D.P. make - we didn't pick the song. We wanted to use "Here I go again on my own" by Whitesnake, but DW vetoed.

Samuel Van Der Wall said...

I have no words for this video, because my brain has melted.

Zachary The First said...

@Badelaire: Thanks! I'm generally of the opinion Whitesnake > Nickelback, but I think it works for the video. Nice job!

Wyatt said...

I thought the video was cool, but we all know there's something wrong with me anyway.

Zachary The First said...

Hey, its a guy doing something he has a passion for. I'm not a big fan of the music, but there's enough crazy crap happening in the video to keep entertained.

Darkwing said...

I'll just pop in to say one thing. As you said, it's like someone tried to cram as much fantasy [stuff] as possible into one place. There's enough material in there for several videos--and I think it's too much for just one. The result seems like an incoherent mish-mash.

I'm not saying it's not pretty, though, rather that it's too busy.
I'll keep my other opinions to myself. :)

MachFront said...

So, for gaming purposes, what inspiration may we glean from this?

NEVER do as Chris Dane Owens does!

-Eric