Shigesato Itoi, Giygas, and Boobies
The final day of the EarthBound Bash was a few days ago, and so much happened that I barely remember it all. If I forget anything here, let me know in the comments!
Some of the stuff that happened on the last day included:
Trash burgers! These were actually originally intended to come out of a pinata, but at the last minute we stuck them in an actual nasty trash can. I’m pretty sure I ingested some new types of germs :X
Marcus played through the Deep Darkness part of the game, but since the game was broken most of the time he worked on it, he didn’t really know what to do or where to go. But, with the help of me and a strategy guide, he got up to Tenda Village! All the while, I asked him about various localization tidbits, such as the origin of the name “Deep Darkness”, the Master Barf/Master Puke thing, and of course the Casey Bat item, which I personally feel was one of the best localization changes in the game.
We also did some more Skype and phone calls with viewers!
We had a Skype chat with good old Mitch/mSprout, who you might remember as a really old EarthBound.Net/Starmen.Net member and the guy who made all the awesome comics during the MOTHER 3 translation!
I asked Marcus to read one of EarthBound’s reviews from back in the day!
We had a Skype chat with game industry icon Aaron Linde!
We also Skyped with Andrew Goldfarb/GARFEP, who was also an old EB.Net/SM.Net member who went on to have a crazy career and is now an editor over at IGN!
We opened up lots of mail from fans!
We auctioned off a ton more stuff for the Speak Your Silence charity!
At one point it turned out that we had raised something like $9000.50 for Speak Your Silence, so a Dragon Ball Z improv skit was thrown together!
We had a Skype chat with the Far From Subtle/Awesome Video Games/Video Games Awesome guys! ROFISH even hijacked their own green screen and put in our own backgrounds, mwahaha!
I was a little star-struck myself so I didn’t say a whole lot, but the topic of my MOTHER 3 offer did come up. It made me realize I should make an update sometime to clarify some things, so I’ll probably do that sometime in the near future.
An auction goal was met, so we tried to shave ROFISH’s beard off with the cheapest disposable razors we could find. It did not work well.
Phone, an old Starmen.Net member who was always causing trouble in the old days, donated a lot of money and phoned in and chatted with us. After some technical tomfoolery, Reid and I unbanned him live for everyone to see! And viewers got to see the secret inner workings of the Starmen.Net forum!
A Starman DX pinata got smashed:
And of course only Marcus could smash the Pokey one… but not before giving it a hug first!
The main auction finally took place!
The auction took a while, and eventually it was down to Team Chugga, Team Video Games Awesome, and Team Speedgamers!
Meeellla and Laura MW made special figures for the teams and added little accessories each time the bids went higher:
…But then Esther Zinn swooped in at the last second to win the cart for something over $5000
As it was a cutthroat auction, the cart brought in more than $14,000 for James! That’s incredible
Then it was time to wrap things up, so we ran a credits sequence of our own!
It was over!
Or so people thought! We actually had an encore auction immediately afterward to get someone in the gold Starman suit – and the honor went to none other than Ben Bizzle, the guy who started the whole For James charity idea to begin with!
But it kept on going! The extra auction didn’t meet the goal needed to get Chewy to read the final battle of the official MOTHER 2 novel, but she instead shared the rest of the story of Jack Andonuts, Jeff’s brother!
Also, the gold Starman suit was auctioned off!
After that I forget what happened, but I know there was other stuff. In fact, I’ve actually forgotten a LOT of what happened on Day 3, so what you see here is only a portion of everything. Like I said last month or so, this wasn’t just any live video game stream, but this was even crazier than I’d imagined!
Totaled up, the EarthBound Bash raised over $23,000 for charity!
(The number there is actually inaccurate, the real total should be higher thanks to the post-event donations)
Thanks to everyone who donated and tuned in and participated in some way! It was a blast!
And I hope Reid’s still on enough of an excitement high that he’ll be open to doing an EarthBound Zero one or a MOTHER 3 one sometime
The EarthBound Bash is finally over! I’m still recuperating so I won’t have an update about it until later (and if anyone has screencaps of Day 3, please send ‘em my way!) but I HAVE to share this off-stream photo from Day 2:
That’s right – EarthBound’s localizer is playing MY translation of MOTHER 3!
I’ve said this before elsewhere, but it really feels like things have come full circle
I was gonna say a bunch more but for now I’ll just leave it at that and talk in more detail what this all means to me another time.
For now, awwwww yeah!
Yesterday was Day 2 of the EarthBound Bash and so many things happened that I can’t remember it all!
Marcus Lindblom, the localization director of EarthBound, joined us at the Fangamer office!
I asked him about a variety of localization changes he made in the game. He even chatted briefly about other interesting topics, such as his time working on Star Fox 2!
PoeTrader and I made a bunch of food for everyone to try out, including actual fuzzy pickles, strawberry tofu, and trout yogurt! The results were surprisingly positive!
We also defeated a Dept. Store Spook piñata and a Kraken piñata!
We auctioned a ton of stuff off for the Speak Your Silence charity – and things took an entertaining turn when bidders started forming bidding teams to outbid each other!
We got to chat with Anthony Carboni! Free indie rapid fire!
The Fobbies are Borange guys got together and chatted about their memories of the FaB show, where they are now, and they promised to do another get-together reunion thing at another time. I hope it’s soon!
We got to see a preview of the upcoming (and amazing-looking!) Ridgway Films EarthBound episodes and got to chat with them!
We had lots of Skype calls!
Lots of live music!
Even more wacky bizarre stuff from the official MOTHER 2 novel was revealed! Just wait until the end of the novel though!
We had a gigantic pizza unexpectedly appear in the office
Ben Bizzle, the guy who thought up the whole “For James” charity auction, joined us in the office and shared his story and gave more details about everything!
We had folks filming us for part of the upcoming EarthBound documentary!
And more that I honestly can’t remember anymore
OH THAT’S RIGHT, this happened:
We did it! We raised $5000 in the two days, so Reid had to wear the creepy Starman body suit! My job as an EarthBound webmaster is now over
Anyway, today is the last day of the bash, so be sure to tune in! Today’s schedule is so packed that it makes the last two days look like slimy little piles. I’m really looking forward to seeing the Far From Subtle/Video Games Awesome guys, seeing Marcus play EarthBound almost 20 years since he last seriously played it, and seeing how the For James charity auction goes!
That’s right, this Itoi-autographed EarthBound (which is a complete set, by the way) is going up for auction tonight!
If you’re not sure what this For James charity auction stuff or this Itoi cartridge is all about, here’s the video that explains it:
So be at the EarthBound Bash today! It begins at noon Pacific time, 3 PM Eastern, and ☢ AM Mr. Saturn time!
Yesterday was Day 1 of the EarthBound Bash, and it was a ton of fun! Some of the things that happened included:
- Playing EarthBound, of course!
- Live music throughout the event!
- A peek at the official MOTHER 2 novel… which sent the chat room insane! The stuff in the official novel really is that ridiculous
- Calls and Skypes from viewers + crazy pizza toppings chosen by callers
- Auctions! Lots of auctions for charity!
- EarthBound Saga reunion and behind-the-scenes stories!
- Live-action EarthBound-themed improv skits with green screen fun!
- Dance parties!
- We busted open the Titanic Ant piñata and feasted on its innards!
- Reid has promised to wear a truly frightening Starman costume if donations total go over $5000
- And so much more that I’m forgetting
Day 2 of 3 is today, and the schedule is looking insane to the point that it makes yesterday look like a Barny-esque romp in a McDonalds playland!
Marcus Lindblom, EarthBound’s localization director, is going to join us in person! We’re gonna have a bunch of special Skype guests today – chuggaaconroy, Anthony Carboni, and more! We’re also gonna try eating some of EarthBound’s insane foods in real life! We’re gonna get a sneak peek at the next Ridgway Films EarthBound video! The Fobbies are Borange guys are gonna have a little reunion! And a ton more things that I can’t remember since I forgot to bring the schedule home with me.
In any case, check out the EarthBound Bash today – it’s gonna explode your brain! Catch it here:
It begins today at noon Pacific time / 3 PM Eastern time and will last hopefully around six hours or so.
The EarthBound Bash is tomorrow, but there’s still more stuff to reveal about it! Here are a few more things to expect during this three-day EarthBound event:
Fobbies are Borange Reunion
If you’re a fan of the old Fobbies are Borange audio series like I am, this is awesome news! It sounds like the gang’s going to get together and chat with the EB Bash people on Skype, answer fans’ questions… and possibly even do some short scenes for everyone! Plus Katon will be there with us at the Bash, so it’ll be a lot of fun!
EarthBound Saga Reunion
The FaB reunion isn’t the only one that’ll be happening, though! The EarthBound Saga guys are actually going to be AT the Bash, and they’ll have plenty of stories to share, questions to answer, and might possibly even share some info on the legendary fifth episode! I’ve actually seen little clips of stuff they’ve filmed for episode 5, so maybe they’ll even share some of those?
There’s also a bit of overlap between the EB Saga guys and the Super Soul Bros… so there’ll be some live music performances too, with all sorts of other Fangamer staffers and friends joining in:
In fact, here’s the band setting things up!
Ridgway Films’ EarthBound series preview!
But the fan stuff just keeps on coming! Ridgway Films originally started making live-action EarthBound episodes as homage to the original EB Saga videos, but it’s since become a big series of its own!
They’re going to share a preview of episode 6 at the Bash, as well as chat with everyone via Skype afterward. If you’ve never seen the Ridgway series yet, here’s the sort of stuff to expect:
Personally, I can’t wait for this
As mentioned before, there will be smaller charity auctions that go to Speak Your Silence. The Fangamer guys will be auctioning off special lots of EarthBound/MOTHER merchandise… including an EarthBound Anthology! So if you’ve ever wanted to add one to your collection, this is one of your few rare chances!
It sounds like these smaller auctions will be held throughout the bash, while the big Itoi-autographed complete copy of EarthBound auction will be held at the end of the final day of the Bash.
Well-known EarthBound fan artists Meeellla, Laura MW, and Kari Fry will be in attendance and will be drawing, painting, sculpting, and generally arting during the entire event. Will they take requests? I dunno, but I hope they draw, paint, and sculpt Pokey pooping in the desert!
More Skype guests!
I don’t know the full details yet since I’m not actively involved with the event’s planning, but I hear a number of other Skype guests might be joining in, including:
- The Far From Subtle/Video Games Awesome guys!
I’ve always been a huge fan of Far From Subtle’s “Awesome Video Games” series and really enjoy their “Video Games Awesome” playthrough videos, especially when they do their EarthBound-related stuff, so it’s going to be a big treat to have them as guests during the EB Bash!
The details are still fuzzy
picklesbut the official EarthBound Bash site and/or Twitter should give more info when things are more set in stone.
Chuggaaconroy probably doesn’t need much introduction, but he’s one of the biggest YouTube Let’s Players and has probably singlehandedly gotten more people into EarthBound/MOTHER series than even Nintendo’s own marketing team ever did
Originally he was going to attend the Bash in person, but I think having so many EarthBound people in one location would cause the world to implode.
In any case, I don’t really know the details and I don’t know if anything’s set in stone yet, but hopefully things work out and Chugga will be able to Skype in!
- xfis / Stephen Georg
Also a big YouTube video guy, xfis was also behind the crazy set of “/EarthBound” videos, Fobbies are Borange, and 90 other EarthBound projects. You can’t have an EarthBound event without him, it’s illegal!
There’s going to be even more people I’m sure, so be sure to tune in starting tomorrow at… some point in time. For details and more updates, see the official site here!
The other day I posted this Fangamer video about a charity auction for the upcoming EarthBound Bash:
Anyway, yesterday Chewy and I sat down and translated/subtitled it into Japanese to share with Itoi and the folks at his office. And almost immediately after Itoi saw it, he made a Tweet about it and shared it with everyone he could!
This roughly translates to:
I got an e-mail from @lindsayn. She said she added Japanese text to that one video.
http://t.co/rQxcHAWniB This makes me feel… How do I put this… Truly glad to have created this MOTHER (EarthBound) series of games.
Hopefully Itoi will be able to tune in and catch some of the event as it happens, even if he doesn’t understand a word any of us will be saying
It sounds like this big auction will take place at the end of the last day of the event. For more details on all the guests and stuff that’s going to be show up during the EarthBound Bash, see the official site here.
There’s still more stuff to reveal and announce this week too, so if you’re an EarthBound fan, this is gonna be a crazy week!
Over the past few weeks I’ve gotten a lot of e-mails and messages about a couple of images that are supposedly leaked screenshots of Ness in the upcoming Smash Bros. game. They seem pretty iffy to me so I never really posted anything about them before, but I thought it might at least be entertaining to share them after all:
And here’s a video a couple people have sent me, which takes a detailed look at the above images:
I don’t follow Smash Bros. stuff very closely, so maybe it’s been proven without a doubt that these are real or fake by now. If so, let me know in the comments!
Jdaster64 – the fellow behind the Video Game Variations albums that we’ve looked at previously – has his new album ready, and as promised it’s full of MOTHER music!
Here’s what he says:
My second album of Nintendo piano arrangements is finally available on Loudr.fm! Like the first, it prominently features the MOTHER series, including the following tracks:
- “Because I Love You” (EarthBound)
- “Theme of Love” (MOTHER 3)
- “PSI Medley” (MOTHER 1)
- “Eight Melodies” (MOTHER 1)
You can buy the new album here: Video Game Variations 2 full album
There’s also a sampler album with 10 of the 20 tracks on the CD available on Loudr and iTunes:
Be sure to check this out, as well as my first album, available on both Loudr and iTunes, if you haven’t already!
Also, here’s a link to the sheet music of my arrangements of Snowman, Wisdom of the World, and Eight Melodies that I mentioned during the Kickstarter campaign:
Thank you, and enjoy!
Man, this is seriously good stuff – not just the MOTHER stuff, but everything! I’mma buy it right now! Give it a listen!
Some new things for the upcoming EarthBound Baaaash have been revealed! Already, a number of guests and attractions have been announced, but now it’s time to kick things up a notch!
First up is Marcus Lindblom, the localization director for EarthBound! He’ll be flying in to Tucson to attend the event, and I’m sure he’ll have tons of amazing experiences and stories to talk about and share! And since I’ll be there too, I can at last
interrogate kindly discuss some of EarthBound’s localization details with him!
It’s gonna be a blast to have him there, and if you’ve ever wanted to say hi to him or thank him or watch him play the game he helped localize, THIS is your chance! And if you have any questions for him, now he can answer you personally!
But, wait! There’s more!
Shigesato Itoi-signed copy of EarthBound
That’s right! Even Shigesato Itoi, the creator of EarthBound, is taking part in a small way!
Like past Fangamer events, a bunch of cool and rare MOTHER/EarthBound stuff is going to be auctioned off for charity. But this time there’s going to be a separate charity event that’s on a completely different level – and will go to help a special EarthBound fan!
This nifty video explains it all:
If you’ve ever wanted to have one of the holy grails of EarthBound collecting, this is something to keep your eye on!
For more pics and details about this Itoi-autographed copy of EarthBound and the charity it’s for, see here.
More to come!
There are still more guests and goodies and fun things to be announced! So stay tuned to EarthBound Central or sign up for a reminder at the official EarthBound Baaaash site here!
The Bash starts on the 29th and lasts for three days. Be there or be not-quite-square!
The other day I posted about the EarthBound Baaaash, a big event in about two weeks that will definitely be a lot of fun for EarthBound fans.
Little by little, the Fangamer guys have been revealing guests and other stuff that’s going to be happening at the event. Here are some of the recent reveals:
It was probably pretty obvious that I was gonna take part in the EB Baaaash, so I got revealed first With all the million EarthBound projects I’ve done, I might be able to offer some interesting tidbits of info, or at least I can answer some questions for viewers!
(I’m mostly going for the free food but don’t tell them that)
Chewy works with the Fangamer guys on a regular basis, so she’ll be at the EB Baaaash too!
If you’ve ever read any translated Itoi interviews before, she was most likely the translator. She also helped out a bit with the MOTHER 3 translation. She also translated the MOTHER 2 novel, and who knows, maybe she’ll read excerpts from it during the event! She also works for Itoi’s company, Hobonichi, and always has plenty of interesting stories to share…
But beware! She’s always inundated by requests to say this and this to Itoi or get Itoi to do this or this, so don’t annoy her too much or she’ll turn into a she-devil ala THERE IS NO DANA ONLY ZUUL
I’m also secretly hoping that if this EB Baaaash does well enough, maybe next year we can have a MOTHER 3 Baaaash and then get Jeffman down here too. And then we can talk about fluffy omelets.
Anyway, moving on!
Fangamer wants you to draw new art! They’ll share it during the event and talk about it and kiss it. If you make fan art, send it to email@example.com… or snail mail it to Fangamer here!
4500 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85712
You can also send letters, postcards, or packages of stuff if you want! I hear they really need a new vacuum cleaner and they’ve been really good kids this year. Or cleaning supplies. Or Hostess fruit pies. Mmm I’ll just take those for myself
There are actually a lot more guests in store, as well as more fun stuff and some eye-poppingly awesome stuff that’s going to happen during the Baaaash. So keep an eye out on the official site here as more things get revealed!
A question I’ve been getting
A few people have asked me if they can attend the Baaaash in person too – I’m actually not in charge of it at all, so you’d need to ask the Fangamer guys. From what I hear, there’s already going to be so many people that the logistics are on the verge of turning insane.
That said, I’ve been pitching the idea of a genuine EarthBound convention here for a while now, so maybe in the future there might be an actual convention… except I’m not really sure what such a thing would entail, since I’ve been to only like one tiny anime convention in my life. But if anyone has ideas or suggestions, let me know!
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