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One week of intense training, done and done.
It is currently 3:21 am pacific time because I can never sleep when anticipating something. Let alone sleep regularly. Tommorow's flight is going to be hell.

I'm looking forward to getting back to my  apartment in Chicago and pulling some all night renders. The sooner I get this movie out the door the better, cause although I worked very hard on it. There could've/should've been more. All that you'll see in my sure to be pages long synopsis.

About that? Heh, I wonder. I tolerate hate on a daily basis, but it's probably not the hate you're thinking of. There's a form of indirect hate that bothers me a great deal that everyone's aware of, but god knows why everyone ignores. Perhaps its just easier to live that way, I really don't know.

To sum it up, it's something I really noticed about 7 years ago. I started playing DDR, and then shortly after that, I started playing Pump it Up. Talk of the town among the would be dancers the would be which one I preferred. "Do you like Pump more, or do you like DDR more." Me all the while not really understanding why at all I had to make a choice. "Why do I have to pick sides?" I would ask back. What is it about people that they need to identify themselves about who they are by what they like? And not stopping there, why do people who so decidedly like to state what it is they like by making fun of it's supposed opposite?

The reason I bring this up is because I have been fighting this battle for years now. There have been a number of different people I've encountered, many of those who've built of some level of conviction towards something. And I always have to play the other side of the argument. Not because I am really on the other side, just because it's not fair. These days an argument that's made without the other side present, or these days on the internet, is made in a disgustingly mocking manner. Little buzz words or terminology is made up to support an argument. In essence, this stems from dealing in a generation that empowers themselves with words, those who are good at humor rule these fights with their humor. Because we all know if it's funny it must be true. These days the most prominent argument that irks me is the need to pick a side in this "Console War."

Some of these off the top of my head, most of which with less base than wit:

"The Pads on Pump it Up are like upside down cafeteria trays"
"PSP is a brick"
"It took 500 million dollars to make Spiderman 3, I should've gone into that movie and been handed a brick of gold" (People have no fucking clue how much money CG costs)
"Playstation 3 is a refrigerator"
"I don't care about graphics I just wanna have fun" <--(Saying this is a gigantic "FUCK YOU" to every game designer for the past 20 years who've struggled with hardware in order to deliver you an experience. If you think graphics peaked at gameplay in the last Generation then you're dead wrong. Graphics isn't just polygons and shaders. Things that make it easier for developers to give you games come with upgrading systems. Building games has to be one of the most difficult things in the world. Not only to you have to build a functioning world. But you have to innovate it every 5 years or people will complain your not being original enough."
"Tekken is a dial a combo game"
"Virtua Fighter's Movments suck"
"I Hate Sony"
"I Hate Microsoft"
"I Hate Nintendo"

I'm lost on the rest for now, but this has been happening waay too often. Hate is such a strong word. Know that identity isn't what you like, it's who you are. Listening to someone else's thoughts about what you should like make you no more unique than they are. In the 70's Bruce Lee told people that they need to be unique. Almost everyone took the message as "be unique like me" rather than "be unique."

Be true to your thoughts, and don't be afraid to not have any. The sweetest and most honest people in the world don't have a reaction when asked "what is it you hate?"

I've known a lot of artists, both online and off. But a rant like above doesn't come unless someone still somehow feels... alone. Something I've come to terms with a long time ago is the fact that I'll likely feel alone for the rest of my life. Quenching that though doesn't feel quite as important as what it is I need to do. So as far as art goes, I find myself wondering why is it that although I consider myself an artist. I don't feel amongst anyone despite that many types of artist I've been among? That's a tough one. But the one important thing I mentioned above is that, life isn't about what you want as much as it is about what you need to do. I might perhaps never feel the repercussions of my efforts. But it's not about the grattitude as it is about effecting people. This might sounds silly, but one of my greatest inspirations comes from characters like Ichigo, Naruto and Ippo. Guys who never give up, give it their all and always do whats right. Depsite it being the main staple character in animes, I don't think there are enough people like that in the real world. It was watching those animes that had a pretty profound effect on me. I have a feeling that a character like that exists to inpire characters like me. Someday my movies will inspire people and hopefully effect someone.


Wow that was longer than I expected. Curse you blog! Well here's a little something for having to sit through all that ranting. The people who've sought me out are of a calibur above. I never worry that I'm letting too much out because the world is large, and word does not travel as fast as we thought. At least if it's not in video form.

So here it is in animated GIF form!


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  • Drinking: Bubble Tea
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SaKhan-Wolf Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
Personally myself I choose to distance myself and spend my time alone, because of the reasons you listed above. The stupidity in the world astounds me, from everyone either trying to group themselves to not feel alone [which by doing so, also leads to ridiculing those who are alone and causing it all to repeat] or from people making forms of prejudice comments to others just because of what they like.

Argumentum ad ignorantiam.
mutuca69 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2007
Monty you rock man!!Wish i could play games made by you.
To be a game designer is my dream and i'm studing a lot for it...but here in Brazil i don't see many opportunities.
justflyakite Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007
i like tekken for the purpose that every move has its own different properties leading the opponent into a FC or gaurd stun, moves can even throw you off axis leading for more serious set-ups that are just awesome looking when pulled off. you need to know when and which direction to SS or SW, but above all... frame data is the biggest part. need to know when you'll recover and how many if any frames you have to your advantage while throwing out a move.

after knowing all this can you really get good at tekken .-.

been playing competatively since ttt woo.
montyoum Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Ahh a fellow tekken player

Who do you use? My main is Xaioyu, lately I've been picking up a bit of Lili. I'm curious to see how they expand her in T6 since even though she was fun in T5 DR, she was kinda limited.

You can tell by looking at my movies that they're heavily Tekken inspired.
justflyakite Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
Xioayu is my #1 :O
then Lili

i use Xiao mostly because of the complexity to her moves and the amount of set-ups she has.
here's a sweet combo for you @_@

one you can manage to get them back against the wall, try to splat them with either a:
or d/b+1

after the splat, wave taunt them for a nice no damage juggle then u/f+4 them flat to the ground and follow up with d/f+2~1

its actually a really pretty combo if you can pull it off regularly

i play a pretty ling with taunt combos and all that jazz.
i cant play the game if i dont wow people hehe

the #1 compliment i get is "wow, i've never seen anyone play ling like that"
win or lose its how i play

i used to play with the big dogs before i moved. if you are familiar with any of them
etc etc

NorCal. wooo
xday Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woot. Bubble Tea!

I know just how you feel man, I don't like taking sides, I see things from both sides and go with it. Its like what Siddhârtha Gautama, the Buddha said,
"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one
and all, then accept it and live up to it."

Find your self.
Deamon007 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your movie's are inspiring people already well me at least.

and I have a question whats the blur/speedlines effect on the weapon in the second gif called, I've been looking for that for quite some time now
Will Monty Oum set the internet on fire again with a blinding battle of beauteous babes?! Find out when the video is actually released!

If you have the DOA girls win, maybe Itagaki will take you from Midway and put you to work on Ninja Gaiden 2.
montyoum Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Hahah, I somehow doubt it. Not right away at least.

The screens your seeing are from part 1 of 4 possibly 5 movies. # 2,3 & 4 being waay better then the one that's going to be released soon. It's like an opening really and be forewarned it'll end with a really awesome "to be continued"
NikkoAngelus Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007
I agree with you totally! My friends always complain about characters like Naruto and Ichigo and how characters like that are in alot of anime but those kind of characters really speak to me and show me that if I try my hardest that I can conquer my situation no matter how bad it is.
alexthegreater Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007  Student Digital Artist
About the graphics thing I totally agree.

Graphics IS innovation and gameplay.
dangerousbob Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007  Hobbyist Filmographer
CG is expensive but its cheaper then live action.
I dont think it cost 500 million to make spiderman. I mean if it cost that much it would be impossible for them to make a profit. i mean the highest grosing movie of all time is but 600 million.

I think fancy graphics for games do add to some of the fun. But yeah I agree they arnt everything. I mean Halo 2 is fun and its graphics are dated now.
What I find SO FUNNY is that I can play a game and think it looks SO CRAZY REAL, but then a year later think it looks like crap. Like we played Halo 1 the other night and it looks really really dated (still fun). I wonder when Gears will look dated. So I guess the question is, to a non-gamer I wonder if they look at a game and think "that looks fake' even if its like really crazy cool.

pease out
datatroll Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007
There is a degree of insecurity shared by most sentients. This insecurity, in its rawest, most virule form, is expressed in the simple method of stating an opinion as a fact and with enough passion to try to make you believe as they do. The more people that believe as they do, the more people that agree with them, the less insecure they need to feel and the more power you are letting them have over you.

I am not immune to this, but I try not to be taken in by my own demons any more than absolutely necessary.

This is a trend I identified many years ago, and I can understand your frustration with it. But I pretty much slapped the label "human nature" on it a long time ago and decide there were far more important things for me to worry about.


Each to his own.
shadostrike Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007
CLOTH PHYSICS! Sweet! You're movies are getting more and more detailed Sir Oum. Can't wait for this release!
SophieHoulden Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007  Professional General Artist
I totally agree about your point on arguing, people have different tastes, but they dont need to be exclusive (though if you have a limited budget if you feel like you have spent your money on the superior thing it doesent hurt so bad... people dont like what they cant have :()

although on the point of the 'graphics dont matter its the gameplay thats important' its a tricky issue, when I play shadow of the beast, I still see great graphics, even though it looks old, I guess you need to put your head in a different place depending on the games you play.

btw I'm totally aching to see the vid :D
IMAGINeye Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007  Professional General Artist
Ok....first of all, bubble tea rocks! ;P And second...really, I couldn't agree with you more on your "rants." But I will say this...I do tend to pick sides here or there (*shrugs* it's just knowing what I like I guess) but I never go around rubbing peoples faces in it! I'll have my opinion. But there is a fine line for having an opinion and stating it, then rubbing someones face in it.

BTW...nice job on the DOA and FF girls! :clap:
Chrispynutt Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007
Well my favourite computing platform was the Amiga and my favourite console maker was Sega. So I can't really pick sides to well these days ;)

Whether we like it or not it's kinda natural to want to be part of some group and not be alone. Especially when you shelled out a lot for something. This doesn't excuse idiocy and hate, when rationality and fair critique can easily take their place.

I agree on the heroes of anime giving you hope. I personally find Orihime, Hanataro from Bleach and Hinata from Naruto very inspirational. As all of them battle their low self esteem to do their best and make a difference.
Pavement-Chameleon Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007  Professional
woah... thats a tough battle to decide.

I'm gonna have to go with the DOA girls though! lookin forward to seein it done!
jimmypham Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007 the different weapon that the right word?
MagicMyshu Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007   Writer
i agree about the hate stuff, it's a political observation too, but wtf Final Fantasy X-3?
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