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Blog: Posts re MARDEK on Alora Fane!
sadisticnerd
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Pseudowolf, I've been a lurker on your website, I don't know for how long.When I was a child, around 8 years old,I've checked on kongregate, on one of these days where I was bored...and then I found mardek.Right as I completed the 1st chapter, I waited excitedly for the 2nd.Right after I completed the 2nd, I've waited for the 3rd.All of these three games hold a dear place on my heart, and I will be honest.They are masterpieces.They might not be as deep as some other games, or as complex as others, they might not have great graphics, and honestly speaking, I do think that the mardek series had its flaws...but at the same time, these same flaws were what made the series special.It didn't try to cover its mistakes,it didn't try to make it look like what it isn't.
The lore was well developed, even more than some final fantasy games, and even now, when I occasionally wander in the game, I see a new name that I have not yet seen.You have developed even various religions on the game, even though we only saw three religions that were actually worshipped by characters(Yalort, Solaak, and the space saucer guys.), there were many others mentioned, in the Aeropolis' library for example.

I do not believe you are doing something wrong,I can see how good the game you are developing is.I am also looking forward to it, there is nothing wrong with that.But, Pseudowolf, there is an issue, that I'd like to point it out.I do not wish to criticize your work, but honestly, that is not mardek for me, and a change of names is needed.If you don't wish to work on the 'classic Mardek' as others are referring, and you truly wish to change it completely, please, make a new name.Just like Mardek was never deliverance, this new game that you are developing, is not Mardek.That's the thing that is currently bothering me, and I think I might speaking for others as well.I do not wish to criticize your work, and truly, I think you are a rare guy among all flash games developers.I'd say your works are closer to indie developers, and even console ones, considering how long, and how big, your projects are.

Please, take my advice to the heart.There were many great games that were ruined because the creators used their name needlessly, when the game was completely different from the previous games of the series.(Banjo-kazooie series, were another series that were held dear to my heart.The banjo-kazooie nuts and bolts IS a great game, but it is not a banjo-kazooie game, as an example of the issue I am talking about.)

I hope that I did not offend you, Pseudowolf, and did not offend any Mardek fans.I am just wishing that I could hope to solve this issue that everybody is talking about.
Brock
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Pseudo doesn't check this site much, unfortunately, so he probably won't see your comment... but... Just as a note, sadisticenerd, he WAS originally planning to change the name to 'Rohoph RPG', as he said 'the game wasn't really about Mardek', but he kept the name as he got way too many complaints.

So really, no matter if he'd kept the name or not, he'd get complaints from both sides, most likely. I can understand why you want a name change, as the 'old MARDEK' was a ongoing series that's still popular and most people don't want the name 'stepped on or destroyed/it no longer fits/works', but there is the point that a lot of people WANT him to keep the name, despite what people are saying.

I don't really care either way, and I can see arguments from both sides, but I don't think he's going to change the name this far into development.

Though it's nice to hear that you're looking forward to the new game! I hear too many people trashing on the 'combat system', when it actually doesn't look too much different, just instead of lowering 'HP' your raising 'HP'. It's basically the same system in that sense. But oh well, change is hard for people, I guess!

Still, I'd like to see him link some of the OSTs from his old games nowadays, like Peregrin's theme (from Deliverance), some of the AFC ost pieces that was never heard by most people here (it's great, probably my favorite of all his tracks), the gym leader theme from Beast Signer, and the Tsar theme from Miasmon (which I REALLY want to buy, but can't due to it being pretty much nowhere to be found on the internet, unless I were to maybe record it or ask him. Oh well.)

So yeah, that.
sadisticnerd
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Huh, thank you for explaining that for me.I admit, even a little ago, I was sad about the new art.Not as pixel-y, but at the same time, the more I see it, the more I see...it also has a charm to it.Not too cartoony, not too RPG-y, not too realistic.It almost looks like Pseudowolf wanted a mix of the three.Not too simple like mardek's, but at the same time, doesn't tries too hard to look unique.Not too comic-looking, but not too serious either,And not with the best graphics, but at the same time, it is pleasant to the eyes.I like it.I honestly like it.

The series is not the same as before, we all can agree with it.But at the same time, I believe we all should give a chance to this new series, and I do expect that it might be unique.Different from everything else.Not sure if it is for the best, or for the worst, but I do love a great variety, and I am sure that this is something that the game will bring us...but at the same time, I am a bit nervous.Everybody is either putting too little hope in the game, hurting Pseudowolf's feelings, or putting too much hope in the game, pressing him to some extend.Either way, I wish that the game has the same goal that Pseudowolf always had in mind for his game: to make a game that he feels it is great, and wishing to share it with us.We might be saying we're fans, but I believe, he see us as fellow gamers, just like himself...so, truly, I do not have any other advice to Pseudowolf,since I might either press him too much, or hurt him too much...but there are certain words, I still wish to say to him.Pseudowolf, if you are reading this, I wish to tell you...make a game you enjoy.

Creators, and geniuses, where always criticized by other people, because they tried new things.But yet, they are valued by society nowadays, even if before they weren't.I am sorry if I am pressuring you, by placing such high expectations on your work,
but yet...I believe you truly deserve these praises, and you truly should have more confidence on yourself.

PS: I apologize if my english looks bad.
SacredSpirit1337
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Truer words have never been spoken. I miss the old Mardek. How this becomes it, I do not know. I don't whole-heartedly support the change, just as I resented the abandonment of Beast Signer and the original draft of Miasmon, but I shall not insult. If it somehow becomes possible to begin work on those projects again, please do so, Pseudo. It would make me, and a lot of other lifelong fans, very happy.
SacredSpirit1337
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Also, this worries me. Does this mean Miasmon is no longer its own game? The corruption of both series confuses and frustrates me.