Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
About Deviant Artist SannaFemale/Finland Recent Activity
Deviant for 14 Years
Needs Core Membership
Statistics 653 Deviations 1,469 Comments 68,343 Pageviews

Newest Deviations

Bug Hunt by jehu-chan Bug Hunt :iconjehu-chan:jehu-chan 6 0 Kneeknocker by jehu-chan
Mature content
Kneeknocker :iconjehu-chan:jehu-chan 0 0
Blacklight by jehu-chan Blacklight :iconjehu-chan:jehu-chan 3 1 Cageware Interface by jehu-chan
Mature content
Cageware Interface :iconjehu-chan:jehu-chan 6 0
Midsummer Night's Pyre by jehu-chan Midsummer Night's Pyre :iconjehu-chan:jehu-chan 7 1 Songstress Machine by jehu-chan Songstress Machine :iconjehu-chan:jehu-chan 20 0 Slugstickers by jehu-chan Slugstickers :iconjehu-chan:jehu-chan 17 5 Mary-Alice by jehu-chan Mary-Alice :iconjehu-chan:jehu-chan 10 0 Rush of the Valkyr by jehu-chan Rush of the Valkyr :iconjehu-chan:jehu-chan 54 9 Shrike by jehu-chan Shrike :iconjehu-chan:jehu-chan 5 4 Ignition by jehu-chan Ignition :iconjehu-chan:jehu-chan 9 1 Spies like us by jehu-chan Spies like us :iconjehu-chan:jehu-chan 3 0 Heat by jehu-chan Heat :iconjehu-chan:jehu-chan 1 1 Nibbles and cuddles and all by jehu-chan
Mature content
Nibbles and cuddles and all :iconjehu-chan:jehu-chan 5 0
Bexymachine by jehu-chan Bexymachine :iconjehu-chan:jehu-chan 4 2 I do by jehu-chan I do :iconjehu-chan:jehu-chan 6 6


Warframe - DOWN TO EARTH by Artarrwen Warframe - DOWN TO EARTH :iconartarrwen:Artarrwen 661 73 Helghast Scout by SpoonfishLee Helghast Scout :iconspoonfishlee:SpoonfishLee 1,254 114 overcast by CrossMirage overcast :iconcrossmirage:CrossMirage 19 6 Aces of Harmony by GoneIn10Seconds Aces of Harmony :icongonein10seconds:GoneIn10Seconds 722 174 Lord Vader, Rise... by Rodrigo-Vega Lord Vader, Rise... :iconrodrigo-vega:Rodrigo-Vega 2,011 359 We hear your thoughts... by amrrr
Mature content
We hear your thoughts... :iconamrrr:amrrr 101 18
megaman and roll by sachsen megaman and roll :iconsachsen:sachsen 1,451 223 INRI by pwcca87 INRI :iconpwcca87:pwcca87 23 23 Prototype by Morriperkele Prototype :iconmorriperkele:Morriperkele 2,019 227 F-22 Raptor by AerospacerJ F-22 Raptor :iconaerospacerj:AerospacerJ 158 268 Op. Chastity: Combat Evac by ukitakumuki Op. Chastity: Combat Evac :iconukitakumuki:ukitakumuki 6,141 317 Cloneweaver by CrankBot Cloneweaver :iconcrankbot:CrankBot 198 22 Terminator by tyrannos Terminator :icontyrannos:tyrannos 3 9 Theron Sentinel by genocidalpenguin Theron Sentinel :icongenocidalpenguin:genocidalpenguin 146 28 Like Nothing on Earth by ukitakumuki Like Nothing on Earth :iconukitakumuki:ukitakumuki 4,416 686


Dark and exciting!
I initially wanted to make the dreads be made of, like, little segmented metallic bits, but I run out of patience scribbling in one single spine.
Cageware Interface
Replaying System Shock 2, listening to a bunch of Perturbator, Reading Crashing Heaven, watched Blade Runner 2049, I got a theme going!
So I bumped into another interview stating that Halo can keep going for 30 more years, that it's the current kids' Star Wars or Trek or whatever. And I felt sick to the core. Forcibly milked franchises are the worst thing.
I stopped to think. Is there any fictional universe that isn't full of contradictions and plot holes after a while?
Disney had to declare everything Star Wars to not be canon so they could keep going, because nobody in their right mind could ever hope to keep track of the extended universe insanity. Super hero comics keep rebooting and rehashing and rebullshitting to the point where characters stop being characters and settings become assorted, responsibility-free toyboxes.
And I fail to see, how anyone can care about a franchise at that point, or why anyone would want to do it for something they love.

I look back at things I like, and I look at how many of them have been fucked over by forced milking. Splinter Cell, Silent Hill, Hitman, Alien, Tomb Raider, Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six, Halo, Fallout, and that's just off the top of my head. We have come to the point where I want my favorite things to NOT get sequels, because I've seen too many times where the other road leads.
Just speaking of Halo specifically, it's ten years in and already the fiction of the universe is contradicting itself, and it's a bit hard to build three more decades of crap on foundation that's already getting shaky.

It becomes especially problematic when your franchise is supposed to be character driven. Maybe you had lead characters who used to have satisfying narrative arcs at first, but pulling them back into the fray again and again and again destroys the character and leaves you with a caricature.
Look at Batman, and look at different iterations that have to be eliminated and ignored for the character to have a coherent history. Can't be done, and as such, what is Batman, anymore?
When the franchise is about a setting, it's a bit easier to bend and stretch it to eternity. As much as I dislike Star Trek, being more about the setting than characters, it has easier time coming up with shit that won't instantly break, but even still it found ways, so many ways.

What bums me most here, is how underrated conclusions are. Don't people like endings? A satisfying conclusion for a good story is not only undesirable, but detestable. Of course from marketing standpoint, you want to make a lasting franchise so you don't have to be creative, but it seems most of the audience agrees.
A good story is like a good bowel movement. It is satisfying only when it's over, and keeping it going too much can only go to shit. Heroes fighting same villains over and over again merely paints the hero as inefficient, but coming up with new stuff is hard and eventually you'll run out of ideas appropriate for the setting. But rather than have a satisfying conclusion, it's rinse and repeat and keep fucking going, forever and ever and ever.

I'm not saying you shouldn't have a few sequels. As long as you can expand on a story, sure, go right on ahead. But also know when to quit.
Look at the end of Splinter Cell: Double Agent. Our hero has lost the last surviving member of his family, embarked on a suicide mission and betrayed by the institution he has sworn to serve and protect. Driven by sense of duty, he still completes the mission, but ultimately cuts himself off from his masters and vanishes.
Try telling me that wasn't the perfect ending for the franchise? Four games in, expanding on the character and building for the eventual downfall.
But no, on they went, backpedaling and invalidating all the emotional weight of the ending, trying to shoehorn in impossibly stupid conspiracy crap, eventually ending with character who shares nothing but name with the protagonist, and setting with no resemblance to what we had. Why even call it Splinter Cell?

In the case of Halo, it already ended. Halo 3 was a brilliant send-off for the heroes, the closest thing to a happy end the two could have.
But nooooo, yank them right back so be can have more. Of course you could keep exploring the universe without the main characters, but, let's face it, Halo isn't exactly the most original of settings. It was a good, dumb, epic action thing, with just enough of story to last through the trilogy.

The comparisons made for Star Wars and Star Trek are the ultimate punch to the throat. Those things are nothing but corpses dangling on strings, dancing for the fans. It's very tricky to be truly creative when anything you can do is determined beforehand. Of course it is the ultimate sign of creativity if one CAN take an old, stagnant thing and make it fun again, but that's the god tier of writing and nobody should expect that for just to happen.
It's said, that once a franchise reaches a certain point, it no longer belongs to the author, it belongs to the fans. I've heard that said in a positive light, and that makes it even more depressing idea. Don't ask fans what they want. They'll answer by what they already like. Your job as an author is not to give the fans what they ask for, but what they want. They're fans because they were given something new, surprising and fresh in the start, not derivative tosh. One would hope.
Focus grouping is the best way to kill creativity.

Of course me bitching about lack of creativity in video game franchises is a bit sad to begin with. Like expecting a deep and complex summer blockbuster, but, really, it doesn't matter what form of media we are discussing. We should expect better.
Plus, to switch tracks a bit to examine video game industry itself, we are looking at a franchise-driven market that runs on hits and sequels, and all the sequels we have going now are following hits from a decade ago. Sales are dropping on sure-fire hits, Call of Duty, Assassin's Creed, Halo, just about every big thing is on decline. It is the wrong time to be declaring how your thing that's slowly dying is gonna keep on dying for three more decades.


Current Residence: Finland
Operating System: Windows 7 (meh.)
Favourite cartoon character: Suigintou, Rei Ayanami
Personal Quote: Please be gentle


Add a Comment:
alienhominid2000 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2017
Happy Birthday 
jehu-chan Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2017
Merry Chernobyl disaster anniversary! Kaboom!
GreenSprite Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
dude what happened to your journals? I just retrieved my password after a few months of not logging in here and was looking forward to another game bashing. I'm playing Path of Exile, what am I even.
jehu-chan Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
Lazy. Laaaaazyyyy... And a beloved. I dunno, I just start typing these weird streams of consciousness every now and then and realize they're broken and disjointed and then drift away to do something silly. I'm working on it, okay! I was just supposed to write down some thoughts about sense of responsibility in gaming that Xenonauts reminded me about and then I got home from work and.. sorta.. sat.. down.. and... where the heck did my evening go!?
GreenSprite Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
Oh. Yeah. All good points. Well, I suppose journals will happen when the time is right again. Just checking if all is well. (i'm kinda hyper-tired now so probably even weirder than usual, sorry)
postalthehedgehog Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday
dp360 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
JonEvangelist Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
I know you're too old for toys but anyway kotobukiya is going ahead with their ACV line.
jehu-chan Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
I'd like to be hyped up, I'd like to be on board. I'd like to buy a whole bunch of kits and assemble the mech I used through most of the game.

But dammit, bringing paints into the mix just killed whatever model building hobby I ever had. Before, I had an easy excuse of simply not having the proper gear to paint the models. Now I have, and have found out that I fucking *HATE* painting the things.
JonEvangelist Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well I'm kinda retired on modeling too(I have around a dozen unpainted models already boxed and stored), But maybe if I find the time in the future I'll just paint all of them in grey then do a simple panel line was then finish them off with a top coat. Just to have them looking like model fresh prototypes is good enough for me. I don't wanna deal with too much candy colors anymore.
Add a Comment: