The Superintendent's Sorrow

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The Superintendent's Sorrow

Postby Graham » 19 Jul 2008, 23:14

A little bonus something for you guys, because you may or may not actually get it.

It's been kind of a big deal for video game news from this year's E3 though. I'm sure Jer can post some links. It was just too great to pass up on.

I love the little guy already.



EDIT: Jer is asleep, here are some links.

http://kotaku.com/5025067/bungienet-tea ... nouncement

http://kotaku.com/5022771/new-bungie-ga ... ext-monday

http://kotaku.com/5025652/bungie-game-r ... -publisher
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Postby dark_realm » 19 Jul 2008, 23:29

well written! i just want to give him a hug..
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Postby meisbored » 19 Jul 2008, 23:35

That was awesome.
And topical!
Can ya digg it?
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Postby Citin » 19 Jul 2008, 23:40

Dug, although I don't follow video game news closely enough to know the pretext beyond the news headlines flashed at the beginning I wholly endorse this movie as it looks like it'll be one of the big ones that gets linked around a bunch, usually the video game industry stuff does
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Postby achesst » 19 Jul 2008, 23:47

Aw, I'm sad now....and wanna watch The Little Mermaid for some reason...but mostly just sad.
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Postby Allen! » 19 Jul 2008, 23:51

I SHOTGUN THAT LITTLE DUDE AS AN AVATAR, HANDS THE FUCK OFF.


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Postby Evil Jim » 19 Jul 2008, 23:55

A very pretty song & utterly adorable little logo with a plunger.

I can usually discern some kind of meaning from parody material that references something I'm not that familiar with -- MGS4 Boss Auditions for example -- but I have absolutely no idea what this video is about, who it's for or what it means. Something to do with Bungie is all I got so far. I presume it's hilarious for those in the know but all I can say for the moment is that it's cute & sweet.

So, would my dear friends here in the forum please help clue me in?
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Postby Graham » 19 Jul 2008, 23:57

http://kotaku.com/5025067/bungienet-tea ... nouncement

http://kotaku.com/5022771/new-bungie-ga ... ext-monday

http://kotaku.com/5025652/bungie-game-r ... -publisher


The ramp-up to this announcement was huge. The Superintendent character was infiltrating the Bungie forums, appearing in Halo online, showing up weird places.
And then Microsoft said not yet.

I'll amend the first post with these.
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Postby forkbomb! » 20 Jul 2008, 00:04

Boy I'm glad I listened to the last lrrcast, otherwise I would have had no clue. Cute song, with pleasantly on-key singing.
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Postby Lyinginbedmon » 20 Jul 2008, 00:07

Very cute indeed, Jer's talent for voices continues to shine.
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Postby Lacerta » 20 Jul 2008, 00:08

Yeah, I have no idea what this is about.
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Postby Scone » 20 Jul 2008, 00:12

I liked the video.

I am a little disturbed that this immediately follows it twice in a row (twice because I had to double take as I was x-ing out the tab the first time).

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Postby Misty » 20 Jul 2008, 00:15

That was tooooooooooo CUTE!!! :D

Just wondering, though, how many filters did Jer have to put his voice through to get it to sound like that (or will I have to wait till the podcast to find out more details)?
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Re: The Superintendent's Sorrow

Postby Jer » 20 Jul 2008, 00:24

Actually, I'm awake, but my phone's battery died and I am at Tally's ;).

Currently just emailing everyone I know :).

If you listen to the podcasts, you will know I am a big Bugie fan. I like their games, I like their company .. . they are just generally rad.

Anyway, I awaited said announcement with bated breath . . . and was very sad to see it not happen. Long story short:

• Bungie had been teasing a major announcement at the Microsoft Press Conference leading up to E3. Allegedly, this was to be a 60-second teaser, followed by a blowout seminar on Wednesday.

• Lots of the teaser images used the cute little superintendent character, who showed up on Frankie and Luke's shirts during PR appearances, on their forums, and in various other places (he would replace the the ads or even the bungie logo on their site at times, and his face was used to cover up a bunch of action figures on their office webcams shortly before E3)

• The "big announcement" was apparently canceled at the last minute by Microsoft, as the FF XIII arrangements were made at the 11th hour. Microsoft rightly didn't want to upstage such a major announcement from Square.

• As such, around the time of the conference, Bungie started a countdown on their site for the big Wednesday blowout seminar.

• Given the relative lack of announcements from its competitors during their conferences, Microsoft canceled the seminar on Tuesday night, leaving Bungie to apologies for months and months of wasted viral buildup. Allegedly, they wanted to give the news its own event, where it could be the center of attention . . . which would probably a decent idea, if it hadn't involved making Bungie apologize for all their own hype.

• Don Mattrick (the head of Microsoft's devices division) later let slip at a party that Bungie was going to announce a new Halo game (not necessarily Halo 4). Awesome. Great way to break the news.

• All this (as demonstrated) made the superintendent very sad :(.
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Postby Matt » 20 Jul 2008, 00:33

I'm assuming that by "e-mailing everone you know" you mean "everyone you know in the gaming industry".

specifically gaming industry people with heavily trafficked blogs.

possibly those at bungie. Also possibly major nelson.

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Postby Smeghead » 20 Jul 2008, 00:33

very cute indeed. Nice work
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Postby Evil Jim » 20 Jul 2008, 00:33

Graham wrote:The ramp-up to this announcement was huge. The Superintendent character was infiltrating the Bungie forums, appearing in Halo online, showing up weird places.
And then Microsoft said not yet.

Thank you, sir! The upcoming reveal is still pretty vague (blame Bungie) but now I understand the reason for the video.

Edit:
And thank you to you too, Jer. Well played.
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Postby Jer » 20 Jul 2008, 00:35

Matt wrote:I'm assuming that by "e-mailing everone you know" you mean "everyone you know in the gaming industry".

specifically gaming industry people with heavily trafficked blogs.

possibly those at bungie. Also possibly major nelson.

-m


all those listed.
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Postby Matt » 20 Jul 2008, 00:36

excellent.

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Postby Frozengale » 20 Jul 2008, 00:45

Nice singing Jer

I haven't been following E3 that heavily or anything that Bungie has been doing. It was kind of funny because the first I heard of that little guy was on this weeks LRRcast and then just hours later I get to not only learn his history BUT I get to enjoy a song and dance number.

Thanks guys :D
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Postby florn » 20 Jul 2008, 01:00

Hm, that was kinda cute. So is this a bonus or a very early video?
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Postby Jer » 20 Jul 2008, 01:06

This is a bonus video.
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Postby WaffleIronMan » 20 Jul 2008, 01:10

Wow. The superintendent shouldn't be that cute. Props to Jer with the singing you should look at professional lessons because you have a great voice. (BTW how did you get the Garageband filter to be so smooth?)
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Postby kkief02 » 20 Jul 2008, 01:51

Omg so cute! I really liked the voice you gave him (great singing Jer!) and the lyrics that went along with it. Thanks for the extra vid guys.
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Postby empath » 20 Jul 2008, 03:05

WaffleIronMan wrote:Wow. The superintendent shouldn't be that cute.


Yeah, Paul did a fantastic job...and Jer's voice is filtered perfectly into the 'cute' range. :)


Props to Jer with the singing you should look at professional lessons because you have a great voice. (BTW how did you get the Garageband filter to be so smooth?)


:shock:
What...you mean he's NOT a professional? He just happened to rawk with 'Ballad of the Fanboy' and 64k and more with no formal training?!?

*bows to Jer*

You, sir are epic win.


I had no idea about this whole travesty (I personally barely noticed E3 happening), but even without ANY foreknowledge or lead-in, I 'got' this vid and it really moved me; thanks for jerking my "awwwww" strings - it was great!
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