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Metroid - A Deep Look by ArsonDadko Metroid - A Deep Look by ArsonDadko
Some design work I put on the ice for some time. I was looking for some article that I could setup in a gaming magazine-like fashion, and I thought about this perticular Metroid: Other M review, which is by far one of my favorite video game related article.
I did some kind of poster setup for the text's first page and introduction, and thought it had the power to stand on its own as a poster, so here ya go!

I'll probably post the rest of the page setup later.

Anyway, enjoy!

Metroid is (c) Nintendo
"Metroid: Other M - The Elephant in the Room" is (c) Tuvia Dulin and MenTaLguY
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Art and design is (c) me
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MasterFusion Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
I've read it and it sums up how much Other M SUCKED!!!
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mental2 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Huh, wow. Tuvia just linked me to this. This is pretty cool, and the type treatment is clever. I look forward to seeing what you do with the rest of it.

And yeah ... I'm not sure what the deal with eviljackspicer and AnonymousGriffin is. I haven't looked at every site that shows up in the web analytics for the article, but pretty much every time I have, one or the other of them have been there accosting the person who posted the link. I'm not sure how any human being has the time to spend participating on so many different sites and forums at the same time.
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ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I really can't understand how a game like Other M could have fanboys.
Oh well, thanks for stopping by!
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AnonymousGriffin Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Hey man, that's not cool. Just because I think the article is bad doesn't mean I'm a fanboy.
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ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
So explain to me why you're attacking me for liking the article (which is far from being bad), as I said all I wanted to do was practice some typographical design and that I didn't want to debate the numerous problems of Metroid: Other M anymore.
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AnonymousGriffin Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
How is it attacking you if I said my own thoughts about the article that you did not write, while still did comment on your art and said it was good?
Then you asked me yourself to further explain why I thought the article wasn't good and so I did, without even once berating you personally for liking the article might I add.
You only said you didn't want a debate in your last comment and I pretty much did what you wished for and stopped after a P.S. note.
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ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Look, I like the article and I hate the game. You hate the article and you like the game. Let's just leave it there.
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AnonymousGriffin Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
What makes you think I like the game? For all you know I hate the game also, but still hate the article.
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ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
And now, we're starting a debate again.
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AnonymousGriffin Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Hey man, you alleged me of attacking you, which I have just stated is completely untrue.
This has never been a debate on the quality of Other M.
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TuviaDulin Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Huh. This is not something I was expecting to get fanart made of.

Well, I guess I'm flattered. Looks kinda like a movie poster.

Also...AnonymousGriffin and eviljacksplicer have been chasing my and mental's article around the internet attacking anyone who agrees with it. At this point, I suspect they've put at least as much time and effort into bashing that article as we did in writing it. Its...kind of creepy, actually.
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AnonymousGriffin Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
... 'Kay. I never knew making miscellaneous comments about a related thing now counts as an active crusade now. Well, whatever floats your boat I suppose.

Though, I do have to say, the way you suggest this sounds like you have been following me all this time around the internet, and been keeping notes on all the times I've said something about your article.

Seriously dude, what. (Plus, I'm sensing a wee bit of hypocrisy here.)
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ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Not really a fanart, I was looking for articles to practice some text design. I'm really glad you and Mental like it though!
And yeah, as I stated, I didn't want to go in any debate on Other M again, so I really don't see why those two (who I suspect are the same person) are giving me crap about an article I didn't even write. But hey, don't shoot the messenger...
Anyway, thanks a lot for the articles and for stopping by!
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MetalSpiral Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Very cool image.

I never played Other M.. But as soon as I heard of the project, I knew I would have problems with it, and my readings since its release gave me confirmation. Samus's character has always been ambiguous, but there were some things that were undeniable, yet seemed to be ignored in Other M. In particular, the fact that she is a lone star warrior trained by Chozo. The whole "trained by Chozo" thing didn't seem to even matter in Other M. She was trained to be a super warrior, yeah? That suggest she's in complete control of her emotions, and a woman in control of her emotions is dangerously awesome indeed.
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ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I don't want to go into the whole debate again, but yes, the chozo origins seem to have been droped entirely from the series.
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MetalSpiral Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
I don't know if the game mechanics are good or not, though. Some videos I watched looked kind of interesting. It might be enough of a saving grace if all the cutscenes are skippable. :laughing:
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ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The game itself is pretty fun. But the cutscenes are only skippable once you beat the game.
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Ryujisama Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
As a fan of the Metroid series, and after reading the article in the link in your description, I think I'm gonna do my part in protest and not support this game. I've heard some stuff before, but that article put me in a wholly new perspective. I had a feeling the guys from Team Ninja had no idea how to write women considering the style of games they released, but how they depicted Samus, and how Sakamoto was completely ok with how the story drove the gameplay and "developed" such a well-loved character into a weak-willed stereotype, I feel like we can't just sit this one out.

This is one of the reasons I want to be a video game developer: to correct mistakes like this.
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ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Team Ninja always seems to take the bame on this one, but they have very little (if not nothing) to do with the story, script, and characterization of Samus. The only person we can blame on this one is Sakamoto.
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Ryujisama Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Ah, well now I know. It's just with Team Ninja's history of portrayal of women in some of their games, I automatically assumed they were responsible. Thanks for clearing that up.
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ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
However, it is rumored TN wanted to go further into exploiting Samus's body, but Sakomoto thankfully prevented this (his only good decision).
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Ryujisama Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Well that's fine. Samus didn't need fanservice in order to sell her games. Plus, I doubt she'd be able to move like she could if Team Ninja had made those rumored "changes"... :/
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eviljackspicer Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
It's perfectly fine you don't like the game, but please do not use article to justify that.

Please read this.

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Ryujisama Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
My apologies beforehand if this sounds like I'm lashing out at you. I'm not.

I've read other articles before reading the one DarkHarry posted. After reading the one you suggested, though it does have some good points as to the game's problem being more of an issue with writing, and people's misunderstanding/lack-of-knowledge of certain issues than it was with the actual characters, it only strengthened my position on where I stand with this game. Samus, no matter how loyal she seemed to be towards the Galactic Federation, was a bounty hunter, and a successful one at that. She had many missions beforehand where she hadn't need authorization to use ANY of her equipment, and the situations ended up fine. No matter how good the "good old days" might've been to her, she left to do things her own way. I can understand following orders in order to smooth out operations in order to help, but to give up full rights of your own equipment to the point where you expect the person in charge of it to remind you to use it at points where it is supposed to save your life, I find something seriously wrong with that. It only makes Samus seem more like an incompetent obedient lap-dog when fans of the series has seen her perform in cases when such wasn't the issue.

The scene with Ridley, I'll give you that one. PTSD is a serious condition that very few are successful of getting over. I'll even give you Military Protocol being the reason for Adam's cold demeanor, as he needs to be calm and collected to ensure the survival of the many as opposed to the few. But I still don't agree with the whole "I shot you so that I could save you" deal. My reasoning: 1) If the baby metroid she was about to shoot resembled the one that she failed to save from Zebes, I doubt she'd fire at it unless it attacked her. The game forces players to aim her arm cannon in order for her to scan her environment in first-person, so of course she'd have her weapon drawn at it. She had her weapon drawn at most everything she "scanned" during the course of the game.

2) If he was so concerned that weapon fire would startle or even enrage the metroid, then why did he discharge his own weapon? I've seen lots of scenarios like this in other media, and they've ALL failed to make sense to me. Maybe I'm just ignorant in that regard...

and 3) Samus CLEARLY knows how to take out enemies of different types, and she's been the sole reason metroids went extinct, so I know she knows how to take them out; and dealing with that ONE wouldn't have been an issue. Of course, she'd have a much tougher time dealing with the many others, but remember, she wiped an entire planet clean of them. Some of them were even evolved into other forms that she was still able to dispose of.


tldr; I already knew where I stood before I read either of these articles. I even watched the game's "theater mode" to draw my own conclusion, but my opinion still stays the same, or rather, it's been strengthened (albeit with some change of heart in some areas).
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AnonymousGriffin Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Great design for a not-so-great article.
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ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Not-so-great article?
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AnonymousGriffin Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
When your article pretty much end on complaining about how society and Twilight is fault for everything, you are going to lose some major credibility (what little the article already has).

Oh, and also such gems of pure logic failure like this:

"There is a moment, late in the game, where Samus seemingly gets fed up with Adam’s unreasonable orders and starts activating necessary movement equipment with the slightly snarky line, “Any objections, Adam?”
I cheered. Unfortunately, looking back on it, the moment was spoiled for me when I realized Samus only says this after she’s lost radio contact with Adam and thinks he can’t hear her."
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ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
He's mainly criticizing pop culture, and takes Twilight as a example for popular stories involving badly written abusive realtionships, not blaming every thing that's wrong on Twilght and society.

And what logic failure are you talking about? Is there supposed to be a contradiction in those two paragraphs? "Hey! Samus seems to start thinking for herself and tells Adam to STFO. Oh, that's right, he can't hear her. Never mind."
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AnonymousGriffin Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Then it's a very bad and hyperbolic criticism and doesn't change the fact that it is an obvious ploy by the authors to get more attention and making the issue sound far worse than it actually is.

"I suspect the unfortunate truth is that the glorification of abusive relationships and disempowered female characters has become prevalent in modern pop culture."

That sentence alone is the most ridiculously overzealous thing I have ever read.

And if you didn't notice, that was a classic case of failure in logic that has even been an old saying in China for years. Basically it's the same as saying that if you shut your ears while ringing a bell, there is no bell ringing because you can't hear it.

Samus is rebelling in this particular scene, but saying that she actually isn't because Adam isn't hearing is like saying stealing things is okay if nobody is watching and making a fuss about it.
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ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Putting it that way, yes, the statement is a bit going too far, generalizing a bit too much.
I actually didn't make any connection between Samus being condescendant and Malkovitch shooting her in the back, but I think it's more than a coincidence that Samus starts to act as her regular self right after communications between her and Malkovitch get impossible. Again, the author seems to go the extra-mile on that one, but it's still not outside the realm of possibilities.
But I really don't want to start another debate on Other M's numerous issues. I like the article, you don't, let's just leave it that way for now.
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AnonymousGriffin Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Just want to add that those coincidenses and realm of possibilities are in themselves highly questionable and not to mention far too subjective, asking the reader to take too many broad strokes with the game's story and context.
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eviljackspicer Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
I would great appreciate it if you read this.

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ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I've heard these arguments before, and as I stated in my Other M review, I don't care about Samus' character in Other M. I have slight problem with some of her flaws, but I'm okay with the fact that deep down she's emotional like every one. I'm even okay with the fact that Malkovitch act as a father figure.
HOWEVER, the big problem I have with Other M is how they decided to show this to us. Even for a japanese story (and believe me, Japaneses rarely seem to understand concepts like subtlety and "show, don't tell"), this is some of the worst writing I've seen so far.
I don't want to debate about this anymore, all I wanted to do was practice some editorial design. But here's my verdict on Other M, again: An abismal story, punctuated by horrible writing and clumsy cinematography, ruins what could have been a fantastic game.
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vidgamer123 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
SAKAMOTOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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CCDSP Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the green visor bit looks like panties~<3
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un-synaps Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
I am SOOOOOOOO glad I am not the only one who thought that.
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vatosarra Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Yeah, glow in the dark panties.
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OdraWing Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So true...
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ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Tell that to the character designers of Metroid Prime.
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