Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

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Christopher Sep 5, 2013 @ 6:20pm
"Reporting Live, from Central Park..."
April O'Neil:
"Good afternoon. This is April O'Neil with Channel 6 reporting live from Central Park where there appears to be a large rally of some sort taking place. Let me tell you, it's quite the scene. On one side of the park we have a group of people in green shirts wearing headbands of different colors chanting... I believe they're saying... 'Turtle Power'? I'm not sure, the noise is nearly deafening. Across from them appears to be an anti-rally. Police barricades separate the two groups but appear to offer little protection against the stones being thrown. This situation could blow up at any moment. Let's get the inside scoop. Excuse me, sir? Can you tell us what's going on"

April flags down a passerby. There's deafening chanting in the background

"Yeah. We are out here supporting the our treasured childhood, the Turtles..."

A shirtless guy with a turtle shell painted on his back runs by the camera screaming "COWABUNGA"

"... as you can see, we're really passionate about our cause. Some people..."

points to the mob throwing stones

"...have forgotten how radical the Turtles really are, or how important they have been in forming our generation's ideals of teamwork, hardwork and fun."

April O'Neil:
"But sir, from what my sources say they have legitimate complaints about the current state of affairs regarding the Turtles. Especially regarding their new game called..."

Pulls out a scrap of paper and reads it. Meanwhile the chant has changed to "Go ninja go ninja go!"

"...TMNT: Out Of The Shadows. How do you respond to their claims?"

: "Well I don't think you'll find a green shirt here that says their claims are illigitimate. For sure, there are many aspects of the game that are broken. We understand that, but that doesn't stop us from playing. Or supporting..."

Both April and Christopher duck a pizza box flying through the air. Police whistles can now be heard in the background amid the general roar of the crowds

"...Woah! Talk about delivery! Anyway, as I was saying, supporting the characters we love. What's in the game now is still very much playable, and is really good. The combat is phenomenal. Some say it's the best in any TMNT game yet."

April O'Neil:
"So what your saying is that you play the game because you love the Turtles and want to support them..."

"That's why I play. Think of this as well, what's the quickest way to get the game from being fixed? Low sales figures, right? Why fix something that isn't selling?"

At this point the crowds are shaking the police barriers. Mounted police have entered the scene. Several pizza delivery trucks are being mobbed by bystanders

April O'Neil
: "But supporting a broken game show's the game industry that it's okay to release broken games. It could argued that this is the chicken and the egg problem... can't get one without the other. Damned if you do, Damned if you don't."

Christopher laughs

: "You're right April. Normally I would go for something like this. I almost didn't. Any other game that had the reviews that this one does I would have never bought; but the Turtles are special. They are more than 'any other game.' To my surprise, I was really happy with the game! Totally glad I took a chance on these guys. Any patches in the future will simply make it better, and these greenshirts here have already found many workarounds for the problems that were there on release."

A police barricade goes down from the anti-ralliers. Green shirts are busy distributing the pizza from the mobbed delivery trucks earlier and don't notice

April O'Neil:
"You sound really optimistic about the future of this game"

"I am at that. Let the naysayers naysay. From my perspective they're missing out on a fun gaming experience. Games are rarely perfect these days, and people have every right to be mad about that- but I don't think that should stop us from enjoying what we can when we can."

April O'Neil:
"Thank you for your time, and stay safe out there!"

"Thanks, and I will. Turtle Power!"

Christopher fights his way towards the largest concentration of pizza. The anti-ralliers are starting to have some too

April O'Neil:
"Well there you have it folks. What does the future hold for this game? I don't know but you can be sure I'll be there to cover the news for you as it happens. This has been April O'Neil with Channel 6 News reporting live from Central Park."

Someone points to a nearby rooftop and screams "Look there! I see them! The Turtles!" The crowd goes silent except for the audible dropping of many pizza slices on the ground as onlookers peer upward in awe. Michelangelo shouts "Awww dudes! No way! Your dropping the pizza! CAREFUL!... Oh, hey April! What's up?" Each and every member of the crowd roars their approval as the Turtles come down to partake in the fun, and the police are left with nothing to do
Last edited by Christopher; Oct 25, 2013 @ 2:06pm
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Christopher Sep 5, 2013 @ 6:21pm 
Yeah, I've been thinking about writing this all day. =P
Acheong.1l Oct 23, 2013 @ 7:23pm 
Great work except for the Spelling and Grammar. But besides that. :-)
GunFred Oct 24, 2013 @ 7:39am 
Cool! Surprised hardly anyone responded to this art/message of peace and love... The lie about coop is still unacceptable though...
Christopher Oct 25, 2013 @ 2:02pm 
Thanks guys! Yeah, I'm pretty upset about the coop right now too. It's why I haven't been active on this forum for awhile. Tried to keep the faith, but it's been *way* too long without a word from the devs. Faith can only keep you going so long...

About the spelling and grammer: don't judge too harshly, I took a little artistic license ;)
TIO_SADAN Oct 31, 2013 @ 12:57pm 
great piece of art Christopher, i hope to se a similar report when the co-op finaly gets up (btw the only reason i bought it was to play co-op with my girlfriend, not that the game wasnt good enough its just that i would rather wait for a nice discount than paying full price for a broken game)
Chano Nov 1, 2013 @ 1:05pm 
I really can't say I'm giving it bad publicity, giving that we just talk on the forum... and I know the game is good, why should I want so desperatelly a fix, then?... But, at the end, I CAN'T enjoy the game. Never played it waiting for a fix to play with buds and bro... Good for people who just can play all the game solo and ... enjoy it... go support to see if it works, but not every person is the same. Also it's weird to say its normal to support a broken game, that should be ok from the beggining, for a fix... I can understand glitches, lag, bugs... but the main core of the game...mmmh... it's difficult to give it good comments. The best it can expect are neutral comments. I can't review it, not feeling like playing it in boring solo mode.
Jm0n Nov 2, 2013 @ 9:24am 
oh chano, u big presumably fat baby
Chano Nov 2, 2013 @ 12:39pm 
Originally posted by Jm0n:
oh chano, u big presumably fat baby
Why so mean? It's just the way it is for me. Not saying you shouldn't play or enjoy solo, just pointing the differences in thoughts, thats all.

Jm0n Nov 2, 2013 @ 1:17pm 
TIO_SADAN Nov 2, 2013 @ 2:04pm 
not the topic for that kind of discussions...
basolaprince Nov 2, 2013 @ 2:41pm 
The game has 1 update after the retail version, if you update there will be no LAN but you can still play online if anyone is interested please add me on steam so we can play this game online together
Bob The Peasant Nov 2, 2013 @ 5:59pm 
There's no reason to call him or her a baby, especially given the well-thought out and genuinely optimistic nature that the topic creator intended.

The level of disappointment I feel knowing that I can't reliably (nor have I had a single successful attempt) connect to my friends for whom I purchased the game so we could coop together is pretty vast.

That said, I have to say that the disappointment does not outweigh my OVERALL satisfaction with the game. The fact that, despite not being able to do the very thing that persuaded my purchase , I am still able to find some enjoyment in the game is a testament to it. Having all four turtles present regardless of my friends' participation was a pretty helpful reminder that even though a core feature is broken, there's still a good time to be had!

Watching the RedFly dev videos and interviews with various websites, I find it hard to believe that a game they'd be so passionate about promoting would ultimately slip between the cracks. It's taken a while, and we DID get one patch that, as far as I can tell, didn't alleviate any issues. I don't know where to place fault/blame, because the poor support and availability of genuine dialogue post-launch have brought enough ambiguity to the situation that it's tough to tell if fault lies with the developers, the publisher, a combination, or some other option I'm unaware of. But ultimately placing blame, pointing fingers, and calling our fellow gamers names isn't going to solve the problem. Channeling that energy(and obviously I'm talking about myself, too!) into continuing to report these issues to the telephone number that's been posted a few times on these forums, the facebook page, and activision's own support page would be a more constructive outlet.

I'm hopeful for a fix, if in part due to the energy and what I still assume was fanboyish passion for the Turtles that I feel like I saw in the developer interviews. Given that the game runs on the Unreal Engine 3, there's even some liklihood that some fans will find a suitable solution, even though it shouldn't fall to the fans to do so.

And TC, thank you for this post. It is SUPER tough to be optimistic, but I'd like to think that if I were a developer, it's posts like yours that would catch my eye. The waters ARE certainly muddied between wanting to support an intellectual property that I've loved my whole life and wanting to withhold future patronage to ensure I don't end up in a similar situation in the future.
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Date Posted: Sep 5, 2013 @ 6:20pm
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