Last night was a lot of fun at the event in Los Angeles put on by Iam8bit and Capcom, to celebrate Street Fighter’s 25th anniversary with a great art exhibit. In addition to a great setup with lots to look at, there were many fans of PGN that shouted out, took pictures with, and had a good time. Amongst these people were also several of the exhibit’s artist and we too shared some laughs…not to mention me being flattered that they were supportive of my new book.
Street Fighter artists knew about Lisek’s Great Adventure? Awesome!
But it was getting called out by another group present that was a surprise: SuperBot Entertainment. We spoke on a few separate occasions and had quite a bit of fun.
SuperBot Entertainment and Paul Gale Network are cool.
SuperBot talking with me about my hints.
SuperBot getting carried away with me.
Big group photo of SuperBot and me.
SuperBot’s own Daniel Maniago (ClockwOrk) and Paul Gale.
What exactly did we talk about throughout the night? Some of it was regarding my hints and their appreciation that I handled them the way I did, by purposely making the latest batch a bit more difficult to decipher. They also were kind enough to thank me for not revealing Big Daddy right before E3 and gave me props for wanting their studio to have a surprise like that. We then spoke about the recent leaks and I assured them that I wasn’t responsible for that happening. I even told SuperBot straight out that just a couple of days before those leaks hit, I met with my own source and received all of that same information…and then some, which is why I said in my Q/A that it was highly ironic that the leak came out when it did. I assured Daniel Maniago, Dean Rymer, and the rest of the gang that regarding DLC characters and other final specifics, they will be kept close to my chest.
And with that, I told them the same thing I told Omar and that group of SuperBot that were at E3, “I respect you all greatly as a development studio and that’s why I never let all of the details out of the bag throughout all of this. I have three parties in mind when I put up news. The first is to the fans that want it. I try to give to them something that they won’t get anywhere else. The second is to my source, because it’s for the friendship we have, that enables me to even share the news in the first place. And finally, as a man, I have to respect your group, because you work hard at what you do. There’s money involved, stocks involved, other parties/investors, and so on, in which lives I do not wish to hurt. It’s not about getting more hits, because I certainly could. After a while, it’s finding a balance in making fans happy, making the source happy by revealing what I’m told I can, and making you happy by building hype at the same time as not spoiling too much.”
It’s what I said to them, almost word for word, and they really respected me for it. And almost every member that night told me that I was a big part in this game’s hype train, that a lot more attention came their way than it probably would have, otherwise, and that everything turned out for the best when I revealed things last October and ever since…despite how unexpected it might have been in the beginning. So yes, we’re totally cool. They’re an excellent group of men and women that have a lot of passion for what they do, they’re really nice people, and I’m happy we’re all friends.
I even joked with them about me possibly being in the game, based off of some of your own suggestions and they thought it was pretty funny. Maybe not as a character, lol, but it looks like the possibility of being mentioned in the credits in some capacity, exists. Either way, this whole thing has been a blast and Paul Gale Network will continue to cover PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale until the game comes out and well after. I wish the crew the best of success with this and all of their future endeavors.
The chapter isn’t fully closed on this game, but now is as good of a time as any to officially state that I’ve got a huge Xbox 360 exclusive as well. It’s still far too early to reveal anything (let alone a hint), but know that it’s of the same caliber as PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale was. And as far as I know, I’m the only person outside of those directly involved with the project, that has the information…so it should be yet one more PGN first. But that’s all that I’ll say for now.