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The Evil Dead

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This post is rated: "GROOVY"

This post is a personal story about friendship and the best (not so) scary movie that changed our sense of humor forever. Possibly yours, too. This will not be a controversial post, but it is REALLY WEIRD that the Founder/CEO of a family-friendly video game studio is about to praise and credit a horror film series with being the inspiration behind the growing success of Artix Entertainment's video games. Why? Read more to find out.

Something you did not know about me...

I had a real hard time fitting in when I was little. If you found anyone who went to middle school with me and asked them about me, they would respond, "OMG, him? Yeah, he's that kid that wore black all the time and never smiled. Probably why he always sat alone at lunch." I was really quiet. Rarely, when I did open my mouth it was always about vampires, robots, ninja zombie aliens and so on, and was heavily shunned by the other kids for doing so. The thing that would surprise you most is that I had NO sense of humor. No puns. No jokes. No self-deprecating sense of humor. The guidance counselors were worried because I never laughed.

Warlic & Artix were childhood friends

I met Warlic when in 5th grade during an embarrassing complication resulting from my real first name being the same as his last name. We nearly ended up in the principal's office. It was complicated. But it did not take long for us to figure out we had a very important thing in common... we loved video games. The very first time we got to hang out, we made a video game, "DragonLord." It was a super-cheesy, simple RPG fighting system built with Basic. Sadly, we had only gotten to hang out together twice before we both moved hours away in opposite directions.

Evil Dead 2

In 9th grade, Warlic and I finally got a chance to hang out. That night, we stayed up late and saw an R-rated movie that, for us, was life-changing. It was called Evil Dead II and starred Bruce Campbell as his iconic and legendary character, "Ash." (Note: Yup, this is why I named the main character in ArchKnight Ash.) It was supposed to be a horror movie... and it was dark and gruesome, but for some reason, it was sooooo absurd that we started laughing. Laughing hard! We had never seen anything like it. Each scene seemed to be unintentionally more bizzare and quirky than the last.  The main character goes to this creepy cabin in the woods where he finds a book of ancient evil called the Necronomicon. He foolishly causes a passage from the book to be read which brings back evil spirits. At some point Ash's hand got posessed and started punching him, flipping him, and smashing plates over his head. Eventually, he had to remove his own hand... and then spent a good portion of the movie chasing it around the creepy house, fighting it with embarrassing results. Every scene felt like an "epic fail." But back then, we could not tell if it was intentional or not. The highlight of the movie... was when Ash needed to go into the basement to collect the missing pages of the Necronomicon. To prepare himself, he does a brief Rocky-style preparation montage where he puts a chainsaw where his missing hand is, saws off his shotgun, cowboy-twirls it into the holder behind his back, and as the camera zooms up onto his face, he holds an unflinchingly-serious face and says, "Groovy."

 
We were literally rolling around on the floor laughing. Did you ever laugh so hard you were worried you were actually going to die?
 
If this is your first time seeing the scene, you might not find it AS funny as we did, because it has been imitated and spoofed hundreds of times in movies, video games, and other media. It did re-define our sense of humor. If you play Artix Entertainment games, you have seen that "epic fail" throughout almost everything I have had a hand in creating. But there is something else that director Sam Raimi did that changed the way I thought about making things...
 

Secret: The Movie was actually a remake of a remake....

When director Sam Raimi and actor Bruce Campbell made their first scary movie featuring a creepy cabin in the woods, it was called, "Within the Woods." Then they got a professional camera and a budget and went on to make Evil Dead which was almost an exact copy of their original movie. It was scary, and attempted to be a legitimate horror movie. But there was something comical about it. They decided to remake the same movie a 3rd time... and made Evil Dead II. Yup, it was not actually a sequel, but ANOTHER REMAKE of Evil Dead... except that they added that epic fail humor. Does this sound familiar?
 
It should sound familiar. We did the same thing. That first game that Warlic and I made, "DragonLord," was sort of our "Within the Woods." That is, DragonLord was our prototype concept for AdventureQuest. Then DragonFable was a remake of AdventureQuest, updated with that "epic fail" style sense of humor and fresh new game design. Then we did the same thing with AdventureQuest Worlds, where we quite literally built the exact same game a third time... evolving it as a massively multiplayer game.
 

Army of Darkness

They made an actual sequel to Evil Dead II... and it was released in theaters under the name Army of Darkness. It was FULL OF UNDEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I highly recommend that everyone over age 13 watches Army of Darkness. In this movie, Ash had fallen through a vortex in time with his shotgun, chainsaw, and car into a medieval time full of knights and castles. To return to the future, he had to once again quest for the Necronomicon. He epically failed and unleashed an army of the undead. The end of the movie was a giant undead war. Yup, an army of the undead attacked a castle of human defenders who were fighting for their lives. Needless to say, I have been trying all my life to recreate the feeling I had watching that battle.
 
Everything I make is original or a very blatant parody. What I wanted to recreate was that FEELING, because I wanted to be on that battlefield fighting that army of skeletal knights so bad I could nearly taste it.
 
In highschool, a friend gave me access to the BBS door game "Legend of the Red Dragon." It was a text-based fantasy game. I creatively created fake players who were skeletal forces and put a message that an undead army was attacking the town. Players battled to defeat the army, but once the minions were gone, the undead dragon boss suddently appeared with an insane number of health points and incredible attack damage. Many players died over the course of 24 hours trying to defeat the beast. Once slain, I changed the game so that the undead dragon's head became a permanent fixture in the inn. The players had never experienced a "real-time event" that actually ended up changing the world before.
 
Not long after I created the original AdventureQuest, we had the "Undead Invasion." It was a re-imagining of what I had done in that BBS door game. Because I was creating all of the monster's art, animation, and code alone back in those days, you could see how I was trying to incorporate the humor into the monsters themselves... in their descriptions and animations. The war was interesting because it was the first time a "war meter" appeared. All players working together to defend the town from an unstoppable army of the undead? If an event like that was not a 1st in games period, it had definitely never been done before in a web game. (Remember, this all happened in 2002... years before games like WoW or TOR existed) We were pretty cutting-edge. You can replay a version of this war in the original AdventureQuest's "10th Anniversary Quest." 
 

AdventureQuest Worlds "Evil Dead II" Spoof

I finally got to do a full parody of the movie that inspired me most during our AdventureQuest Worlds Friday the 13th "Creepy Campfire Tales" with George Lowe. The event had 3 segments, each one doing a parody of a horror movie genre. For my segment, J6 built a semi-perfect 2D replica of the creepy cabin from the movie. We replaced Ash with a chainsaw-armed Artix.  In the movie, they call their undead "Deadites." In our script, we had Beleen as the Pinkomancer, so she created undead "Pinkites," which were basically pink skeletons with bows on their heads.  Just like Ash fought his hand, in the game you had to go fight Artix's missing pink hand... which was GIANT and pretty comical. Doing a PG-parody turned out to be pretty easy, and the fans of the movie definitely loved the references. If you are a Member of AQWorlds, you can play the parody as part of the "Creepy Campfire Tales." Many of our players were too young to know the movie, and many thought we were referencing other movies and shows they saw which were (LOL) also actually parodies of Evil Dead II. Funny how most people do not know the origin of things. That is a large reason of why I am writing this post. I think you should know.
 

Evil Dead Reboot & AdventureQuest 3D

This week they are "rebooting" Evil Dead with the launch of a new movie. Yes. They are remaking the same movie AGAIN. It is rated R and marketed as "the most terrifying film you will ever experience." Reading the reviews, this movie IS NOT FOR KIDS. (Actually, none of them are.) What is fascinating is, while Army of Darkness was more main stream, built for a wider audience, the reboot of Evil Dead goes back to its roots. It is serious. No jokes. No epic fail. It is down-right horrifying. It features a brand new cast, some familiar things, some completely new things. For example, instead of Ash, they are introducing a new character, Mia. Yup, just like how they replaced Battlestar Galactica's Starbuck with a female, they are doing the same thing in the Evil Dead reboot. I think it is a great idea. Because NO ONE COULD EVER PULL OFF ASH! Putting a new female character is brilliant. Especially because there are rumors that they are making an Army of Darkness II and a chance that Bruce Campbell as Ash could be side-by-side with the Mia character. #HopeForTheFuture
 
Meanwhile, we are also "rebooting" AdventureQuest with our new game, AdventureQuest 3D: Legend of LORE. We too are aging it up for an older audience, like the original game. (Although most younger players will still be able to enjoy it.) It will have some familiar things and some completely new things. We are refining our sense of humor to be older and more dangerous. The combat system will be deeper and it should reflect the times we live in. But we can all agree on not having a female Artix... right?
 
I am going to be working on AQ3D until 5pm tonight... then I am taking Warlic on an "emergency out-of-office meeting." Secretly I scored two tickets to a pre-screening of the new Evil Dead from Gofobo... and he is going to be pretty surprised when he sees what our "emergency out-of-office" meeting is.
 
Meanwhile, if you have not seen Army of Darkness.... *GIVES QUEST* Watch Army of Darkness! (Is it on Netflix?)
 
QUESTION: What movies, TV shows, and games heavily influenced your life?
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Bladebrawl
Bladebrawl: I really enjoyed reading this. I had always wondered what your connection to Evil Dead was. Think I should go watch it now that I think about it. :P I really would like to read more of these back-stories. Very interesting to me.
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Artix
Artix: Watch Army of Darkness. It is... in my opinion, perfect. And it summarized Evil Dead 1/2 in the 5 minutes of the opening.
Lothalis
Lothalis: Wow, another freaky thing we have in common, in middle school you would never have guessed who I would grow up to be. As opposed to the happy-go-lucky person I am today I was a brooding angry kid with no way of expressing myself except through Video Games and D&D.
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Lothalis
Lothalis: I never really fit in anywhere in High School either, being on the Basketball team, founding the "gaming club" and being a part in the Drama class I was all over the place having no real defining moments other than "Hey it's Lothalis, he's been dating that girl since grade 9" One day one of my friends said they were having a evil dead fest as he got the new VHS copy of Army of Darkness. I said "Sure, why not" and WOW were those movies that were (aside not being meant for kids) awesome in their own campy way. I was used to the "Friday the 13th" style horrors but these danced on the line of horror and camp so well I ran out that weekend and bought them for my collection.
Killuminator
Killuminator: As a 20 years old guy I've been following the games you created over the years, starting with AdventureQuest, then DragonFable, MechQuest and the AQW. Each games were brilliantly made, filled with hidden, or blatantly revealed, humor and references to cult movies, and recently with AQW, memes, like this week release Forever Alone cheese head XD.
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Killuminator
Killuminator: And well, if you ask me what movies or show influence my life, well, anything Zombies related is of interest to me. If you guys ever have the time, I say watch the Highschool of the Dead, it's an anime that's about, well, highschool kids and zombies. Pretty awesome, and if you guys ever make a weekly release on that I'll love you forever XD
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freddy902
freddy902: he should have a twin sister
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freddy902
freddy902: that pretends to be him and is always getting Artix into trouble.
freddy902
freddy902: that pretends to be him and is always getting Artix into trouble.
Yucliwood
Yucliwood: (in the video)The gun will just blow up irl... xD
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pingpom3
pingpom3: wow, deep, i would have to say, AE games,a Doctor Who and men in black 1, 2 and 3 have heavily influenced my life, and as a kid, i was happy, enthustiastic, and outgoing, but, when i was 6, my dad died of brain cancer, and then, i got sadder and half of me wanted to shut itself away, but then i got a yorkshire terrier named mojo, and i felt much better, and as i'm typing this hes playing and yapping and running outside, so now i'm happy, and generally like i was before, just a small bit depressed
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Excavator2
Excavator2: This is a quite nice story, and it explains why you are so funny sometimes... But sadly no game, movie or TV show ever influenced me like that. The exception would be AQW, DF and the original AQ of course :) Just because the games are crazy like h*ll :D
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YamiKakyuu
YamiKakyuu: My freshman year of highschool I had one friend, we sat alone together on the floor at lunch and drew vampires, we created an entire world. She actually created it, I simply added to it. I definitely know what it's like not to fit in, no one I knew (aside from her) ever read fantasy novels or watched anime. She introduced me to Dragonlance which still influences me today, thats why Sora is an evil black robes mage (sound familiar). I saw my first ever anime movie with her, Vampire Hunter D. Sadly she was a senior when I was a freshmen so she graduated but we still hung out. THankfully I found friends later on who played video games, played Magic The Gathering and watched weird movies like Evil Dead, Army of Darkness and had heard of They Might Be Giants. Thats awesome you met Warlic and all this came about because a movie. :)
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Z5
Z5: Reminds me of the movie with Seth Green "Idle Hands"
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AkizaBullseye
AkizaBullseye: I've gotta say that I too am a bit of an Evil Dead fan and I have some friends that I plan on seeing the "new" Evil Dead with. I didn't really know the connection between Artix and his "undead fascination" before, but now I do. I also was unaware of them all being remakes of each other (the games and movies) which was cool and fun to learn about. Can we get an Ash or Mia armor? I haven't really seen much of the new movie other then the trailer that's been circulating around, so I'm just curious if there is any plans for this and more Evil Dead stuff. I would love to see more Evil Dead stuff. I too have found the movies to be quite comical and I do enjoy a good thriller flick. The first seemed the most gruesome and then from there I saw it got more silly and comical. I think the part where Ash laughed with the whole room (furniture too) and then when he lost his hand were my favorite parts.
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raveolot86
raveolot86: i love the part where Ash laughed with the whole room
Kurtorath
Kurtorath: I pretty much had a childhood kinda like yours. Never smiled, never laughed, and the only i talked about were undead and video games. Then my vest friend and i found MST3K. Very cheesy but i loved it. ever since then, I laugh, smile and talk about undead and video games. And music. Piano forever!
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YamiKakyuu
YamiKakyuu: Oh my god I love MST3K! I wish theyd bring it back!
Chalto
Chalto: I think a LOT of the AE fans were the same way growing up. I know I was the quite kid who sat in the back of class and doodled about videogames and D&D. I always knew I was a geek, but I never really fit in with a particular group. The art geeks were too artsy, the videogame geeks only cared about FPS's not RPG's, I didn't know enough about computers to be a computer geek, I like superheroes like the comic book geeks but I've never actually read a comicbook, and NO one had heard of Doctor Who. So I was left with my own unique brand of geekiness that I couldn't describe. But when I found AE's games I finally felt like I had found something that I could relate to. I'm an AE geek. It’s the one place that I feel is where I belong, so became my dream to become a part of the AE team. Not a dream like becoming an astronaut; I meant it, and I’d do everything I could to make it happen. And now I’m Wonderp Bread, Volunteer Assistant Developer of HeroSmash for Artix Entertainment, and I’ve never been happier!
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Cryptos2600
Cryptos2600: OH really cool twist :D
dragonmaker
dragonmaker: yes the same with me my dream is to become part of ae also its really cool you get to be part of it good job:)
CorvusCorax
CorvusCorax: The first horror movie I ever saw was The Evil Dead (1981)
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Withered
Withered: Saw the Redband Trailer of the reboot... I cannot eat because of that last part Artix. I just can't. Did you see it? Also AQW heavily influenced my life along with Darksiders.
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dragonmaker
dragonmaker: yes no female artix if any more puns were in the game my head would explode *cough groovy cough*
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dragonmaker
dragonmaker: and also HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA that was the most un creepy shack ever in a movie really its like OH MY GOD ITS A RAT AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH if you had rodentphobia maybye (if thats what its called im not a scientist
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Taini
Taini: Throughout reading the paragraph 'Something you did not know about me...', I awwed a few times. Never smiled, never laughed, and sat alone? Reading that genuinely made me sad. I'm glad you are the way you are now; glad you're happy. :o
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velc
velc: Artix I am 11 and I understand what it's like to not fit in oddly enough We're kind of oppositecal (is that a word) normally what I do I would just either sit with me myself and I or Have one or two best budds with whom I'd just stick to and be happy with so all the other kids thought I'm some sort of oddball weirdo who gets excellent grades and just weirds people out but people whom I'm friends see me as the funny,sunny-disposition,brainy,imaginative person I am. so yeah I can understand where you're coming from sorta
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velc
velc: as far as shows that have influenced me nothing reallyI've always been intrested in medieval stuff so I would try to talk about that only 1 or2 people (best buds) would ever actually talk every one else was all yeah okay then start talking to somebody else about blackops halo all those gamesmind you these are like 6 7 year olds
velc
velc: crud wrong key anywho the way I found the perfect cure for my medieval lust was when my brother was playing dragonfable what caught my eye was the legendary magma sword all my brothers were shocked by how bigg it was but I din't understand it too much too young ya know so 3 or4 years later starts playing dragon fable again keeps bugging me about it instantly fell in love with it again by that point I was pretty darn smart and could make friends if I wanted to how I earned my rep from that point on was being so smart people always wanted me to help or tutor them and people just didn't mess with me cause they knew I had value so yeah I'm homeschooling so people didn't just annoy me.
velc
velc: doctor who influence though ;)
velc
velc: all artix games have had a big impact Dragon fable hilarious with a touch of seirousness aqw pretty funny not rank 10 with storyline sorry dragonfable has massive storylines AQ wonderful game where you can play till whenever epicduel it has muchawesome in it so simple yet so fun
pingpom3
pingpom3: wow, deep, i would have to say, AE games,a Doctor Who and men in black 1, 2 and 3 have heavily influenced my life, and as a kid, i was happy, enthustiastic, and outgoing, but, when i was 6, my dad died of brain cancer, and then, i got sadder and half of me wanted to shut itself away, but then i got a yorkshire terrier named mojo, and i felt much better, and as i'm typing this hes playing and yapping and running outside, so now i'm happy, and generally like i was before, just a small bit depressed
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Lyraxiana
Lyraxiana: Artix, I am so happy to know that I'm like you when you were in high school. I'm in the back, quiet, and I'm overly obsessed with anything that has to do with magic, knights, dragons, renaissance or medieval times-ish, vampires (no Twilight though. Twilight Zone, the old 50's black and white TV show, is okay). I love all that. I remembered, one day in middle school, my neighbors had shown me a game called Adventure Quest. Adventure Quest has really influenced my life. I'm in high school, sophomore, and I was seriously wondering what I was going to do when I graduated in two years. Meanwhile, I'm playing Adventure Quest every day, battling monsters, and just spending my time
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Lyraxiana
Lyraxiana: *just spending my time thinking about how amazing a job at Artix Entertainment would be. And then it hit me. I absolutely love what you guys do and, (okay, sappy time) I want to work with Artix Entertainment.
Shadow Ravena
Shadow Ravena: Wow Artix, I never would have guessed. People really do change... and thank you for sharing this. It really makes the community seem like one big family, you know?
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Shadow Ravena
Shadow Ravena: Oh GREAT, did not mean to do that (I was trying to go down a line). Gack, spamming the thread, nice going ravena... but to answer the question. For me, I would say several shows. As a kid, probably X-men; the show awakened my imagination, and really watching it started me creating characters and writing. Now that I'm older though, there is another show: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. The show, like X-men, sparked a character that has grown to have her own original book (still in progress). But more than that, the sense of family, loyalty, and other elements of the show left a heavy impact on me, and changed the way I think. Most importantly, I guess, was that the show refired my imagination at my darkest time, when I needed that old comfort the most.
Fuzzyink
Fuzzyink: I always like reading a long AE DN. Thanks for letting us know of these backstories :) I’ll answer the personal question briefly. It’s not in those categories listed but Le Guin's character Ged was an influence for me. I was considered a very bright child and everyone had their own expectations of me. Then I failed. And a chain of failures started. I had to follow my shadow and make peace with it like Ged had done. After my awkward comeback my parents were relieved but worried that I'd go try to do something then fail and get depressed. Eventually, I fought my fight with them and made an attempt to start doing what I've always wanted. Since then I’m having ups and downs and I think I’m an achiever and I’m not done yet. Growing old is not scary anymore, it’s relieving or something like that. I don’t have enough vocabulary for this kind of discussion :)). BTW, it’s pretty amusing hearing my folks tell people of what I’ve done like it’s their own idea all along :P
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Slayerz
Slayerz: Breaking Bad heavily influenced me to....nevermind.
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Deni
Deni: The game that influenced me the most is.....AE games! After playing AE games i got questions in my mind of what can happen in nature and that inspired to become a scientist! I will never stop playing AE games because they always inspire me and make me happy!
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captaindoom
captaindoom: wow artix started as a no laughing kid to a adult that slings jokes 24/7 that makes players of all adges laugh thats why i love ae <3
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JADL
JADL: always be yourself you'll always find a way like that
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velc
velc: Artix thank you for sharing this do the other staff know of this. completely off topic but I heard of lim being gone.what happened?
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1welve Gull2
1welve Gull2: I tend to be obsessive about things but they don't really influence my life per se beyond being what I spend most of my time doing. About the only game that I could say did was AdventureQuest itself. Until I played it for the first time back on June 1st, 2004 I'd never played a fantasy RPG of any kind. For reasons I no longer remember I thought they were nonsense until a friend - after several months of trying to get me to play AQ - finally found something that made me interested in doing so. Since then I've read many fantasy books (finding the Drizzt references in AQW were great, as those are some of my favorites), played many fantasy games (after AQ my first stop was Final Fantasy 1 - 6 but at this point the number I've played is innumerable). I also have about 70 different original fantasy stories of my own (17 being one series, and ~40 of them related to that series in one way or another), the fantasy genre being my favorite type to do at this point.
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protronicus
protronicus: hmm... i guess you guys are my big influence. before i found artix entertainment games, all i did was play these little games, the ones that you can probably complete in a hour.then i went to adventurequest and made an account and my life just... clicked and opened. today, i talk to my friends who play adventurequest worlds about what their doing in aqw. I've bought a lot of your products, and I'm proud to play your games, ridiculous or not.
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Menirz
Menirz: The Wheel of Time Series - its been a perfect escape novel since i discovered the series some 6 or 7 years ago. A lot of the ideas and attitudes of the characters really resonated with me, and i kinda felt myself following the main character's development through the series. With the last book finally released, its strange having to say goodbye to series.
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Menirz
Menirz: (P.S. You guys should add a way to do line breaks lol, maybe shift+enter?) I highly recommend it if you want something to read Artix =P No undead unfortunately, but there are plenty of other dark creatures to fight - hordes and hordes of them!
Asterisk
Asterisk: I've done your quest many times over, sir. pic.twitter.com/lax1Aeeprj And as for what I've seen that has influenced me.. I can't identify one I've learned more from in comparison to other shows movies and games I've had. I was too young to get any of the humor in games I had when I was little, but I did have Megaman X4. Dark in comparison to any of the series before it. As for movies, I have to at least mention The Iron Giant. I don't think I have to explain that one. As for television shows.. I haven't watched a lot of television in the past six years, but I do have a very strange example. the Toonami Total Immersion Events. Essentially a miniseries that fit between shows. The first one, "The Intruder" taught me that you may have to sacrifice something valuable or important to rid yourself of a problem. "Lockdown" Taught me that when you try help someone with a big problem, It can become your own problem as well. It taught me the importance of teamwork as well (The finale got me as hyped as I had ever been in my young life so far.) "Trapped in Hyperspace" Taught me that Friends are valuable, and you should fight your hardest to keep them. It taught me that overconfidence and anger can become your downfall, and Most importantly: Don't forget that there's always someone on your side, someone going through exactly what you are, no matter what kind of odds you think you're facing.
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Damian_N.
Damian_N.: I wonder if this is the reason their is a necrocomiansgdgoa( i gave up) in aqw.
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Damian_N.
Damian_N.: Idea hatch make an area in aqw full of undead.
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Damian_N.
Damian_N.: I'm serious *equips mage class* *blows up 10 skeletons* wouldn't that be awesome
Bladebrawl
Bladebrawl: For the people wondering, Army Of Darkness is sadly not on Netflix Instant watch
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Bruextian06
Bruextian06: Haisst the old days.... I remember watching Evil Dead 2 with my family. And when I was a child "Army of Darkness" made me cry cause Ash went to the future instead of his original timeline. Sad Story! I want to watch the next part .. @_@
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Bruextian06
Bruextian06: Woops Spoiler ALERT: In the end of Army of Darkness, ash went to the future...
Aquilonia
Aquilonia: AE has changed my life completely. If it wasn't for AE, I wouldn't have been bubbly and laugh all the time whenever I do something ludicrous after school.
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Smores
Smores: Before I discovered Adventure Quest I was a very young and ignorant boy who was uppity and self righteous but you all taught me to laugh at myself and to not be a complete jerk.
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raveolot86
raveolot86: female Artix FTW jk AE games have most rpg now a days are not what thay use to be for me anyway and thin i found AE game whan i was mad or sad i would play one of your game and be happy agen so thx you and all of AE for all the hard work you do and all the kool game you make
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: does anyone know the when the next realese in aqworlds is
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Hurricane150
Hurricane150: Well actually Artix my days were exactly like yours except I didn't meet anyone...... Well but this game changed my life, I usually keep playing games until I get bored of them, but when I started playing AE's games I couldn't stop playing, still I do try and find a game but then you started making AQ3D which brought me back in. I wanted to know if you had any near-death experiences? Well I have had many.
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Derpyfire
Derpyfire: Answer to question: DBZ Kai (expanded imagination)
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Sorro Asjurai
Sorro Asjurai: Answer: I don't... really. I should maybe see one. :-)
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dragonmaker
dragonmaker: the only thing that influenced my life is AE before i played AE i never laughed or spoke i was the quiet guy noone knew anything about if i was smart or just lucky but when i got into AE i got the energy and if sorta gave me a you could say level up. thank you for creating this everyone in AE you changed my life for the better
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novarian
novarian: Love Bruce. Love Army of Darkness the most. I've been Playing your games since Adventure quest was your only game. I love what you do for everyone. it's very inspirational all its own. Maybe AE should make a movie. BTW. when will the server be up? like a date? I don't get the opportunity to play often enough, so I have to more or less schedule my time to be on, I have the opportunity to test alpha, but I've missed all previous opportunities. So my Request is just a date. Please and Thank you. Keep Inspiring, Love you AE team.
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Colossus
Colossus: Wow, Artix. I thoroughly enjoyed reading through that post. I love learning about you (not in a creepy way, I swear) and getting an insight of how your life and childhood was like. I admire the work that you do and it's nice to know that somebody like you had such a special childhood. It's cool to get to know more about you and these significant events are pretty sweet. It's a true treasure to meet such great friends that will stay with you for life. (You met Galanoth when you were a child as well, right?) Anyway, I'd like to answer the question: Some of the movies, shows and games that have really opened my eyes include Mass Effect. I recently finished my first playthrough of the first Mass Effect and I'm just thoroughly awed that a game, even one created six years ago, could have such mind-blowing storytelling and gameplay. Until about a year ago, I haven't really been exposed to games which are massive productions and the culmination of extraordinary amounts of work. Now, I've suddenly broken into this "world" of blockbuster gaming and much of it can be really groundbreaking. Yet, after all this, I'm still proud to say that I'm an involved player of the Artix Entertainment community. Games like these, that I feel are completely epic has prompted me to think about my life and how much it, quite honestly, sucks right now. I've been prompted to think about the education that I'm subjected to and comparing it with the positive effects of gaming in a "healthy" way. I'll spare you the details but I could give a lecture on how messed up the education system here in Singapore is and another on how gaming can make someone a better person. As for TV shows, lots of crime dramas like CSI and Bones have given me a little bit of knowledge and given me a bit of food for thought on how to think critically and analyze situations in life. It was not a one-shot thing but watching those episodes made me become more aware and allowed me to gain more insight when things happen around me. But, the first place for a part of pop culture that was truly life-changing for me was Harry Potter. It all started when I was about 5 or 6 years old. My room had loads of books but I remember when Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone caught my eye. It had been there for a long time but I had never touched it. I was that young but when I picked it up and started reading, slowly but surely (with a dictionary at my side), I was exposed to a sensational universe. I'd never read a book without pictures before that, lol. And this book was about as good as it could get. It was an extraordinary experience for a small kid like myself to become part of this awesome world. Ever since then, I've been a huge fan of the Harry Potter series. I've read the books at least 10 times each and watched all of the movies. When I picked up that book, it was a life-changing moment. /sigh I still remember my father (with his magnifying glass because of his horrible eyesight) and me sitting in the bedroom together, me with the Prisoner of Azkaban, him with the Half-Blood Prince, refusing to go to bed. :) Good times. Why haven't you included books in your question? They are along the same line, you know. Anyway, if you've read till this far, then I must thank you for spending your time to read my rambles. Peace!
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asasqw
asasqw: Seems everyone below me has summed up my feelings on fitting in so lets move to a few different things. Having seen the trailer for the new Evil Dead and since you are trying to be grown up are you going to make AQ3D gory or just less silly? Also how was the new Evil Dead on the Artix scale of pink to battling the undead?
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Kondes
Kondes: I'm remembering this AQ event where characters were gender swapped. Heroes Heart Day maybe. So female Artix.. Been there seen dat. Or then I'm remembering some confusing times.
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Bloody
Bloody: i would have LOVED to have seen THAT!!
Bloody
Bloody: Nightmare Before Christmas: it basically is half of the inspiration for almost EVERY idea for a weapon, armor or item suggestion that i think of sending in to u guys. Also, it sparked my imagination: it's whimsical yet dark and sinister style spoke to me, and is still overall my favorite movie of all time!! i
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Bloody
Bloody: DANGIT MY FREAKING DOG CLICKED ENTER BE4 I WAS DONE!!!! anyway, i STILL watch it every christmas and halloween and anytime i just wanna watch it
Magyarka
Magyarka: That was SUPER COOL! Artix as a goth, you must have been quite the storyteller! I didnt really had any movies that changed my life, all of them did a little, plus im afraid of real or really life-like gore and blood, but i just love the ones in dragonfable, especially the NO TALKING FOR UNDEAD jokes XDDDD!!! Noone, and i really mean noone, should ever be unable to watch cool movies because of this!
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TheAdmiralisDead
TheAdmiralisDead: Considering the fact that I JUST watched Evil Dead the first time the other week. I love learning that you love the franchise. I for one am hooked. I love all of the games you create and I look forward to seeing your "reboot". Im trying to work on getting money to get guardianship, dragon amulet, etc. on my account but first thing is first... EVIL DEAD THIS WEEKEND! I'm gonna scare my friends S%*^less. Also i'm right there with you on NBC bloody. Best movie of all time. I have been trying to get my chorus director to let us do some songs from the movie foreeeeever. :'D May finaly succeed this year.
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Emril
Emril: Well, that was pretty cool. I feel i can relate to you, Artix! Pretty similar timelines of our lives. It's awesome that you ended up working with your childhood friend! Also, paladin class for the next alpha test would be awesome! kthnxbai! X3
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solius
solius: pokemon and every AE game... when i play or watch either they make me go hypo. pokemon has some throwbacks though, 1 they have a pretty weird battle system. 2 pixeles are way to big.
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solius
solius: and by weird battle system i mean abilitys not making sense or not working e.g. starter pokemon abilitys dont work no matter which game
omg75011
omg75011: would be better if it looked like artix
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OrthanoDarkmoon
OrthanoDarkmoon: When I read the part that you and Warlic were dying from laughing so hard at undead, I couldn't help but laugh myself! Sorry... LOL! Is this when you became addicted to killing undead, Artix?! XD
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Butterguy
Butterguy: Ha! emergency out of offic meeting in the movies. Ha! just funny!
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Butterguy
Butterguy: Was the movie how you started to have a addiction to killing undead.
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Damian_N.
Damian_N.: I am egg hunting and the slightly crazy bunny sounds about as random as I do.
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Damian_N.
Damian_N.: and that's how to fight an undead derpy skeletons.
Damian_N.
Damian_N.: The evil undead shop is bugged I can't open it. Makes me sad DX
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Damian_N.
Damian_N.: Artix without puns?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? Makes me wonder what the others at AE backstories are.
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: Not Bad
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kenarya
kenarya: yes it's not bad
BWMagician
BWMagician: I dunno, I'm neutral to a female Artix. But, all the stories/fantasies I have made did have the male main character killed and replaced with a female
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Crawler3333
Crawler3333: I was very influenced by Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness as well (a bit more from the latter). Other movies I would quote are Ghostbusters and Big Trouble in Little China. It no surprise then that I like very much AE games for their sense of humor and references (Adventure Quest classic in particluar).
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Saber1234
Saber1234: Well I've been influenced by fantasy manga/anime stories ^^ And being an AE user gives me an opportunity to live those dreams.Maybe even make them come true. I'll post my character concept art latter in the summer once im done with my exams XD
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Saber1234
Saber1234: Ant By The Way GROOOOOVVVVYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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icefang5
icefang5: ARTIX WITHOUT PUNS!?!?!?! That is simply crazy. At least now I know where he gets all his cheesy puns from now(no offense to him I still think he is an AWESOME game programmer and all).I hope someday I am inspired to do something awesome by some cheesy old movie.This makes me wonder about the backgrounds of all other AE programmers especially warlic.
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Damian_N.
Damian_N.: That's what I thought.
Damian_N.
Damian_N.: Adventure Quest Worlds has heavily effected my life.
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Damian_N.
Damian_N.: I died almost instantly in COD Black Ops etc. (seriously) but I pwn at Aqw I beat chaos lords not including Lionfang.
Firetool
Firetool: xD this post was awsome
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solius
solius: see ya
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LordOfLag
LordOfLag: Hmmmm..... to answer the question, it would have to be Pokemon and... AE.....Hey, maybe they should replace Pokemon's Ash with a girl..... LOL
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velc
velc: Ash is voiced by a girl not cool
LordGraceo
LordGraceo: Well, I was Suck at Online Games at First, but when I meet AQWorlds, EVERYTHING has change..... I have been kicking every Chaos Lord Butt !!
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LordGraceo
LordGraceo: OH almost forgot, The Movies that influenced my Life is ........ Lord of The Ring .. it was AWESOME !
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Jeremyoc13
Jeremyoc13: Army of Darkness is on Netflix, but, sadly, it is currently 'unavailable to stream'. The Evil Dead I is there, though. And The Return of the Evil Dead is on Netflix, too, but it it also 'unavailable to stream'.
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