Thursday, March 8, 2012

Roll's Wrap-Up 3/7/12: The Next Act Begins

Greetings all, Matt here. We have certainly come a very long way since this Facebook page first got started. We gained the attention of the gaming media, attended New York Comic Con, discovered that someone really did play the Legends 3 Prototype, and witnessed the introduction of Bad Box Art Mega Man in Street Fighter X Tekken. Truly, much has occurred, and spirits have risen and fallen over the course of events.

With all said, however, it certainly has been a very long time since our last Wrap-Up, which is due to two factors. The first is the lack of news to report in general over the past two months or so. The second is that much behind the scenes planning has occurred--which is something for which we do apologize. Normally we like to be as transparent as possible, but we have a very big announcement, and finally YOU get the chance to get involved.

Participation was the point of the Devroom. It was central to the Mega Man Legends 3 Project to begin with, after all. Therefore, if you haven't become a Servbot yet, do so right now, or else you won't be able to take part in our brand new campaign, which I now present to you without further ado:



Get a Weapon! The Mega Man Legends Weapon Contest.


The scenario

Looks like roll is up to her old tricks. In order to help pay for that rocket she has sold all of Mega Man’s weapons including the shining laser! In this event, you will be tasked with creating some new weapons for Mega Man Volnutt. Your weapons can be improvements on the old weapons or something completely new. All artistic mediums (including text) are accepted.

Short rules

Participants must be citizens of the United States, Canada (excluding Qu├ębec), or the United Kingdom and 18 years of age or older.
Entries will be judged on the three following criteria:

1. Gratification of weapon use (how awesome your weapon sounds to use)

2. Uniqueness of weapon

3. Usefulness of weapon

All submissions must be posted in the submissions thread. Submissions that aren’t posted in the thread will not be considered.

The contest runs for a period of three weeks, beginning on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 and ending on Thursday, 29th, 2012.

Participants are limited to three (3) entries.

Participants are allow to revised their entries once before the cutoff date of March 29th.

Participants' entries can be of any medium they choose such as drawings, writings, 3-D models, etc.

First place wins one of Score’s Mega Man Voulnutt figures with your weapon design as a custom weapon attachment (an $80 value). Each figure is hand made and has 34 points of articulation.


The second place wins a Mega Man Tribute Art Book (a $40 value).


Third place wins a set of 4 Mega Man Legends bead sprites (a $12 value).


Check out the full contest rules here.

Submit your ideas in this thread.

Discuss your ideas in this thread.

Contest judges will be announced soon.

That's right, GetMeOffTheMoon is hosting its own creative event in the DevRoom, and it's finally time for you to take part, get creative, submit your ideas, and offer feedback to others. What weapon will you design? It's your chance to decide what Mega Man Volnutt will wear on his arm, what he will use to defeat Reaverbots. Perhaps, when we finally convince Capcom to revive the project, your idea will appear in the game. You never know!

We wanted the contest to be international, but we had to limit is to the US, UK, and Canada due to difference in contest law among nations. We apologize. If you would like to participate but you live outside these regions, you can have someone from one of these three nations enter on your behalf, but make sure that you trust whoever that person is.

Now that our biggest news is out of the way, we have a few other matters to attend to. A few days ago, Jake Hans announced that Reika Morishita will work on an official re-arrangement release of her Mega Man Legends songs. If you have any support to give, please comment on the note. All comments will be translated into Japanese and sent to her as feedback.

Recently, several grassroots movements have gained a ton of ground and made some differences that can hardly be overlooked. Several members of this very Facebook page, for instance, took part in protests against SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA. A website called Change.org has hosted many successful petitions. Here is one example, quoted from an email that the site sent me:
"McDonald's finally responded to the 100,000 people (and groups like the Humane Society of the United States) who told the fast food giant to stop sourcing pork from factory farms using inhumane 'gestation crates,' (cages so small that pigs can’t move or turn around). McDonald's told all of its suppliers yesterday to start phasing out the cages -- an earthquake for the food industry."
Consider the size of McDonald's as a corporation. Now consider the number of people who convinced them to use less cruel sources for pork production. Does that number sound familiar? Reviving a video game project may not sound as important as this animal rights issue, but consider the power that 100,000 people have.

With that said, I have created a petition on Change.org devoted to the release of the Mega Man Legends 3 Prototype Version. Now, some of you may see this as redundant with the Facebook page Likes and the Capcom-Unity Petition, which is actually within Capcom's own website, but Change.org does have its advantages. First of all, the means by which it keeps track of signers is quite streamlined, making the number clear to anyone. Second of all it gives us another avenue to puruse in addition to Facebook and Capcom-Unity, and Capcom WILL notice it--every time somebody signs, an email will be sent to the company's public email address (info@capcom.com). If others have had success through Change.org, perhaps we will as well.

Next, many of you have been asking about the ongoing translation of the Japan-only cell phone game Mega Man Legends: Great Adventure on 5 Island, which has been on hiatus for a few months. Rest assured, however, that the project is not dead. Its leadership changed hands and the ongoing work needed to be coordinated. The next episode will be posted soon.

Overclocked ReMix (OC ReMix) recently announced that they will soon release a Mega Man X themed album entitled Mega Man X: Maverick Rising. Remember, fan works most certainly count as support for Mega Man, so be sure to check out OC ReMix's work.

Lastly, You may or may not have noticed a new tab on the side of the page that says "Welcome." If you click on it now, you'll find our welcome page, which is nearly complete and will soon become the default landing page for all visitors. It contains important links and introduction of our purpose to new members. If you're worried about whether you'll see the wall, though, don't be. You can easily reach it with just one click. (Keep in mind though that at the end of the month Facebook will require all pages, including this one to follow their new Timeline format. David and I are still working out how we will manage that.) And don't forget to email us with any campaign ideas at rockvolnutt@ymail.com!

That's all for now, everyone. Now start working on those weapons! Legends Never Die!