…Well, a belated new year, at least. Hi all! GabuEx here. I hope you all had a great winter holiday season, a great new year’s celebration, and a great 2012 in general.
We’re still hard at work behind the scenes, but to keep you interested and your appetites whetted, I thought we’d release a few teaser screenshots from sections not seen before from case 1. Nothing spoiler-y; we’re still keeping the story itself under wraps to ensure that you aren’t bored when case 1 is released – but, hopefully, these should intrigue you enough for now while we work on getting case 1 completed.
(And no, please don’t ask about release dates – we’ll let you know when we’re prepared to commit to something that won’t result in us working 39-hour days to get things completed. )
We’ve all been hard at work behind the scenes on the first case, and we can’t thank you enough for being patient with us while you wait. A game like My Little Investigations is always a bit tricky to give public exposure, since we can’t show you anything that would give people an inkling regarding the way in which the story goes – but by this time, I think it’s safe to say that we owe you at least a little something to whet your appetites and reassure any of you out there who might be worried that we most certainly are still going strong. So, I’d like to take a little bit to highlight just a few of the things that our wonderful team has been up to. You can find that after the break! Continue reading →
All right, fillies and gentlecolts… it’s the time you’ve all been waiting for! It’s time to announce the results of our OC contest! The three winners will have their OCs put into case 1 of MLI for an interaction with Twilight, and the thirty-seven runners-up in the top forty will get an honorable mention in this post.
Before I get to the results, I’d like to thank everyone for such a phenomenal turnout for this contest! In total, we received a total of 501 OCs entered from 370 creators. Those are not small numbers! As such, we’ve taken a little while to ensure everyone gets their fair consideration, so we’d like to thank everyone for their patience. There were all kinds of ponies, and it was an absolute treat to see all of your imaginations at work here. The creativity of this community never ceases to amaze me.
I’d just like to make one more statement before we get to our winners and runners-up. We had a number of criteria that we judged OCs on, which include their suitability to the Ponyville setting, how interesting we felt they were, how confident we were that we could write an interesting interaction between them and Twilight, and so on. These are all criteria for the OCs’ appropriateness within MLI. These are categorically not judgment calls that should be taken as fundamental statements about the quality or “goodness” of the OCs in a general or objective sense. If one has an OC that contains several cliches, and which doesn’t have a very fleshed-out backstory, but which nonetheless makes that person very happy even so, then that is a good thing, and nothing here should cause that person to consider discarding that OC. At the end of the day, you ought to be your own judge for whether or not you like your OC; if you don’t, then it doesn’t matter how many other people do.
So, without further ado, you may find the winners and the runners up after the break! Continue reading →
Our Livestream happened as planned earlier today – we had a pretty good turnout, getting (I believe) around 40-50 viewers at peak viewing time. In case you missed it and would like to check it out, here’s a recorded version of our antics:
Thanks to everyone who came out; it was a great time, and we’re happy that it looks to have been a success.
It’s with a bit of sadness that I have to announce that TehJadeh, our Scootaloo VA, has had to step down from that role, owing to insufficient time. However, don’t worry – we’re still full speed ahead; DivinexRose, our Rainbow Dash VA, has agreed to step up and fill that role, and we have no doubt that she’ll do as lovely a job as TehJadeh would’ve. And TehJadeh will still be filling her dialog character artist role that she does so well, so no worries about any impact there, either.
As a little preview, here are a few of the tracks that she’s done for us already:
We’d like to thank TehJadeh for the work she’s done for us already, and DivinexRose as well for taking on this role at such short notice! You two are both awesome.
Haven’t seen you in a while. How have you been? We’ve been great.
Today is a bit of a special day for My Little Investigations, because the project has officially turned one year old. One year ago today, I created a new XNA project in Visual Studio for an idea that I had. Then, a few days later, I sent what I had created thus far to Equestria Daily, just since I figured I had nothing to lose. And, well, the rest has been history. This project has far surpassed all of my wildest expectations when I first started that XNA project, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It wouldn’t have gotten here without everypony’s love and support, so thank you to everyone for helping to get us this far. And it certainly wouldn’t have gotten here without the wonderful hard work of the team, either – so thank you to them as well, for everything they’ve already done on the project.
On that note, now seems as good a time to make another announcement regarding MLI!
You would’ve already seen this had you gone to the Everfree Northwest website, but I’d like to officially announce it here, as well: My Little Investigations will be appearing at Everfree Northwest! We had somewhat of a presence at BronyCon a few weeks ago, but this time around we’ll have a full hour-long panel, hosted by yours truly and ZeusAssassin, at which we’ll be talking about MLI and showing some never-before-seen gameplay from the first case. You can look forward to that when Everfree Northwest comes around on August 17-19!
Applications for the position of audio engineer are now closed.
And in tandem with this announcement, I’d also like to announce that we now have our audio engineer, as well. I’d like everyone to give a big, warm welcome to X-Trav. We look forward to working with him in order to bring you all the best audio experience you can get.
Thanks to all of our wonderful applicants! You all are great, whether or not you made it.