RealFaction's News

Piercing Lazer EP Sampler/Updates

2016-04-23 18:17:18 by RealFaction
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Hey guys, so the Piercing Lazer record is delayed till May 30th, I still have to record vocals, and recent events have delayed that.  My friend was in the hospital for 4 days, I thought she was going to die, and it was hard on me.  She's alive and well now, which makes me really happy. 

I really need support for this record guys, I worked hard on it and want it to be successful, to show the world "Simple Sight" (aka "Necromancer Theme from Castle Crashers) is not my only good song, and I'm not a one hit wonder!  Check out the video version below which shows the awesome artwork thats ALMOST done, but pretty close!  The art is by the amazing @SeafoamPanda , good friend of mine.  I also uploaded the preview to NG.  Check it out!

NG: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/681362?updated=1461449075
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCSMNrGg4q4&feature=youtu.be



Also check Piercing Lazer out on Facebook, I posted the trailer there too, sharing it would help. 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PiercingLazer

Pico Day/AIM Contest

I'm going to Philadelphia for Pico Day in a couple weeks, so you can expect me to bring my video camera, and laptop with my microphone.  I'm going to be interviewing some people including @TomFulp about his upcoming game that will be shown at Pico Day, so for those of you who couldn't go, you may not be able to see footage, but you'll get some details from him, and hopefully @Oney and @JohnnyUtah too if they're there! I'm psyched for that. 

I'm also taking a trip to New Jersey to visit a friend after that for a day.  Anywho, the AIM contest is officially May 22nd, click the text on the calendar at the NG front page for more details!  That's all for now, after this record, depending on how it does, it could determine a break from music this year, or keep going with more Piercing Lazer stuff. Also check out my weird podcast series called "Talking Real" in my uploads, got it in a playlist too.  I'll probably record one soon.

 


If Psychopath sends you a message....

2016-04-21 12:36:47 by RealFaction
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If Psychopath sends you a message, for the love of god, ignore it.  I saw something about how he's "exposing" users for like alt accounts, and "wrong-doings", he's basically doing the white knight crap and obviously wants to be recognized for his "right doings".  He's literally spamming all of Anarkat's followers with messages of "evidence" exposing them for some "shit-posing" or idk, first part of the message I read I knew it was about putting someone down, which I don't believe in.  And stop tagging everyone in it.  I'm not tagging anyone in this.

http://puu.sh/oqEdB/ecd50f8339.jpg

Look, follow the rules.  Stop dragging people into your drama.  I believe in justice, and hate injustice, but if you've got a problem with someone, message Tom or Wade, or even message the person in question, don't feel the need to publicly expose someone for something even if they are wrong.  I don't believe in abusing newgrounds with alt accounts, but whether or not what he's saying is true about Anarkat, Doctor-Strongbad, and whoever else it was, I really couldn't care less.  I told him it's ridiculous that he's taking all this time to get people to unfollow someone, and he thinks that's not wrong.

Now, you might be thinking, "So why are you publicly posting about Psychopath?", because I'm making a point about the same shit he's doing.  You're going to check your inbox, and when you do, he'll probably be there.  Just don't waste your time, block him.  This guy has serious problems, you don't tell someone to unfollow someone else, that's just as bad as the childish play that goes on in the Presidential Elections. 

Psychopath is showing an example of the kind of behavior that doesn't belong on NG, and quite frankly, is being a drama queen.  Can we ban him?  He needs psychological help, and I don't mean that as an insult, I'm saying that seriously.  He thinks he can justify himself as being any better than the wrongs he's exposing (even if they are true but who knows).  You won't see me say unfollow him, but I'm just warning you of the tidal wave of drama he's going to bring you with these messages attacking other users, that's wrong.

Anywho, sleep problems really suck and wear you out physically when your friend is in the hospital....I'll update you all on that in the next podcast, and explain more then.  I'm going through a rough time right now....nothing like hardly getting any shut-eye when you think your friend is possibly going to die for the past 4 days.  My next podcast will probably be in the next couple of days, but then again I'm also recording a youtube video with major updates.

Faction out.


Podcast/Youtube Scam Networks

2016-04-13 20:22:17 by RealFaction
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I'm different when I'm tired, maybe funnier?  Who knows.  Thought I'd try a new podcast series. 

Check it out here: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/679835

If you're on youtube and want to know some networks to avoid, I'll tell you the ones I ended up making the mistake of joining.  Can you tell me what are good networks to join?  I've done research on a lot of them, and most of them are bad. 
 

 


Art-Inspired Music Contest (Need Help)

2016-03-24 17:24:33 by RealFaction
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Hey, need some help for the contest this year for prizes (more details below), but I'm happy to announce the Art-Inspired Music Contest is going to be from May 22nd, to July 24th! Note: Don't start working on any music until the contest starts!  Okay, now the details!  This year we're going to need a little help with prizes.

UPDATE: The contest has started!  Here's a link: http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1409442

PS: Yes, you have to be a scouted artist to enter.  Unscouted artists cannot enter.  You need at least 3 songs to be scouted and someone has to scout you.

What is the Contest About?

For those of you who are new to this yearly contest, and haven't been around since the first contest in 2013, here's how it works.  Basically, this contest is about making music inspired by artwork, whether it be from your favorite artists, or someone you just discovered!  They have to be from the Art Portal on Newgrounds only, and you can make any genre of music you want, no restrictions!.  This contest is about having fun, and getting insightful reviews to help you improve as a musician! 

PS: Covers and remakes/remixes of songs including of your own are not allowed.  This contest is for purely new and original creations! :)

If you want to hear the amazing music from the 2013 and 2014 contests, check out the winners and runner-ups on the past albums here:

2013: https://artinspiredmusic.bandcamp.com/album/a-i-m-art-inspired-music-vol-1
2014: https://artinspiredmusic.bandcamp.com/album/a-i-m-vol-2-art-inspired-music

Prize Donations

This year, money is a bit short on both ends to make it a prize this year, but would anyone be willing to donate anything like a shirt or something that would make an awesome prize?  Comment below if you can and what it is! :) We're thinking this year part of the prizes could be supporter status.  But I'm going to put a "current prizes" list which will be updated as we get more prize donations! :)

All of the runner-ups and top 3 winners will get games!

An interview with @TheInterviewer (coutesy of @The-Great-One)
Supporter Status (browse ng with no ads courtesy of @TomFulp)
A Spray-painted Poster by @Ceevro (and whoever wants to make him stencils) (donated by @Ceevro)
A Free Copy of @Samulis VSCO 2 Orchestral Sample Library (donated by @Samulis)
Tankmen Figures (donated by @AdamNG)
A Salad Fingers Figure (donated by @AdamNG)
Alloy Figures (will be made and donated by @AdamNG)
$20 Steam Code (donated by @Rennh)
Undertale + Undertale Soundtrack on Steam (donated by @johnfn)
Chivalry Medieval Warfare (Steam), Shantae and the Pirate's Curse(3DS AND Wii U)
Retro City Rampage: DX (3DS code). Affordable Space Adventures (Wii U code)
A Boy and His Blob (Steam Code), Mushroom 11 (Steam Code), Strider (Steam Code), Resident Evil Revelations 2 - Episode 1: Penal Colony (Steam Code), Lost Planet 3 Complete Pack (Steam Code), Bionic Commando: Rearmed (Steam Code), Resident Evil Revelations (Steam Code), DmC: Devil May Cry (Steam Code), Resident Evil 4 (Steam Code), and Remember Me (Steam Code) (donated by @ninjamuffin99)
Steam Codes for Ultimate General Gettysburg, Tropico 5, GRAV, Poker Night 2, Poker Night at the Inventory, Titan Souls, and Dropsy (donated by @satyre)
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition (Steam Code) (donated by @Shoz)

Forum Sigs (drawn by @Template88)

I want to give @ninjamuffin99 the biggest fricken hug right now for the amazing amount of games donated!


Rules/Judges

Quick note on rules this year, when I post the contest thread when the contest starts in May, you'll see there's a couple new rules (more freedom), and less reading (less listed rules since some were basic rules of Newgrounds anyway)!  One of the rules being to put "AIM" at the beginning of the song title (example: AIM - Strawberry) to organize things better, since this year, judging will be a LOT faster that way, it'll help!

This year, once again, we have some lovely judges!  @Phyrnna couldn't judge this year, so we will pay tribute to her for being awesome and helping me start this wonderful tradition.  :)

Your Judges are:

@RealFaction (that'sa me!)

@EDM364 (Newgrounds Veteran and experienced EDM producer, also gives great detailed reviews)

@Warhector (Runner-up in past A.I.M. contests and overall awesome guy)

@Ectisity (Leader of the Review Request Club)


Any help with the prizes is appreciated, and you'll recieve credit!  That's all for now, keep ya posted!


Want Your Content Featured?/Need Judges for AIM Contest

2016-03-20 03:44:46 by RealFaction
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Hey folks!  I'm going to talk about the A.I.M. contest (in need of judges), and the revival of an old show featuring content here on Newgrounds you guys make (with permission) with some good animator friends of mine and the old hosts too!  It's going to be a pixel animated series.  Keep reading for more details!

Need Judges for the Art-Inspired Music (A.I.M.) Contest!

Who's excited for A.I.M. coming back this year?  Woo!  I'm looking for judges again, 2 to be exact!  @Phyrnna may or may not be able to judge this year, so one of you would be a fill-in judge if she can't.  @Warhector is judging with me this year, so that's exciting!  The judging process will be way less difficult to handle this year, I've changed the process on picking songs.  Contact me and let me know! 

UPDATE: Got @EDM364 as a judge,  and Phyrnna cannot judge this year, need a 4th judge.

Want Your Content to Be Featured on an Animated Series (The Dish Out)?

As some of you know, I used to do a show with @FlaminNinja and @Soma689 called The Dish Out on Youtube, featuring a lot of you NG artists and reviewing your awesome content!  We feature music, artwork, games, animations, and more!  We've also done interviews in the past of people who cosplay, voice act, and more!  We're coming back with an animated format, and more comedy!  It will feel a little like Code Monkeys and Space Ghost Coast to Coast in a sense.

If you want your content (and you) to be featured (we also share links in show to your pages), comment below, or message me here!  If we like your content, we'll feature you in a future episodes.  Keep in mind, we're trying to backlog episodes for consistancy per season, it'll be a little later this year before it goes live.  It was originally inspired by Attack of the Show!, and Newgrounds, check out a past episode below!

PS: Props to @JonBaileyVO for providing his awesome powerful voice for the awesome 3D intro/music made by @Animattronic.  The intro will stay the same.  Skip to 1:20 after you see the awesome intro. (this stuff is from 2013)
 



 


Plans for 2016 + New Artist

2016-03-11 01:46:53 by RealFaction
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Before I go into details about what I have planned this year, go check out and follow my friend @SeafoamPanda (http://www.seafoampanda.newgrounds.com) who's an amazing artist, the fact she can draw that stuff at age 16 is marvelous.  I think her stuff should be frontpaged.  @TomFulp @Sabtastic you should check her out!  :D

(my favorite piece of hers: http://www.newgrounds.com/art/view/seafoampanda/spacehamster)

2016 Plans (Music + Other Stuff)

First and foremost, late next month (April), the Piercing Lazer record will be finished.  Look forward to that!  You can hear some previews in my recent song submissions. 

Secondly, for Real Faction, I'm mostly taking a break, but on the side, I'm making music for The Underground Collective and a video game coming to Steam in the near future.  This year I'm celebrating my anniverary, releasing a 10th anniversary album, you might hear some breakbeat stuff from me (my 2006 roots, stuff I used to make).

Thirdly, I'm working on an animated version of The Dish Out series, coming later this year to Newgrounds!  It reviews NG content as well as interviews artists, and we'll throw in some comedy bits as well.  Looking forward to that.

Fourthly, I'm going to Pico Day this year!  See you there!

Fifthly, the Art-Inspired Music Contest will be in late May this year, not too far off from Pico Day.  More details to come before then!

Finally, I'm changing gears in another area of my life.  I'm going to start pursuing becoming a published author again.  I've been working on a book for 6 years off and on.  If you want to read what I have so far, comment below!  Thanks for the support you guys!


My Book - Music - Women's Clothes for Sale

2016-03-04 14:10:53 by RealFaction
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I'm gonna talk about some stories I wrote like a book I've been writing for 6 years, my upcoming music, and if you want to get nice clothes for a lady or are a lady and want some nice clothes, I got a friend selling some stuff on Ebay who needs to get rid of stuff so thought I'd help her out by posting this.  More will be added in that link soon.

Link to NICE clothes (more coming soon in her list here): http://www.ebay.com/sch/coop.payt/m.html?_nkw&_armrs=1&_ipg&_from

My Book/Stories

So I basically wrote some stories I've wanted to get drawn somehow, and I've off and on been writing a book for 6 years.  To see these stories and a link to my book you can read online, read this post: http://realfaction.newgrounds.com/news/post/955619

New Music (Piercing Lazer) in April/Announcement

While it's no secret I've been working on the Piercing Lazer record due in April, finishing it up soon, with a music video for the single...but there's more I have to say.  This year will be my 10 year anniversary of making music (anniversary album dropping later this year), starting my career here on NG.  But, at this time, I don't know what direction my Real Faction music will go in. 

I guess I'm basically saying this: If the next Piercing Lazer record or two does well (they're going to be cheap to buy), I'll be doing more Piercing Lazer stuff for you guys, but most of it won't be free, or uploaded here most of the time. I might be putting out less free music this year, but I'm going to be working on a animated series soon with people that will help you guys.  I'm bringing The Dish Out to Newgrounds.

I still love making music, but I really need money also, as I don't have a job right now, but I AM however working for this guy making a game soundtrack, but I need more money too, it's not as much as I need, but it is nice to have.  It doesn't mean I'll stop, just won't be near as often where I'll have new free stuff.  I'm becoming more active in the forums and changing directions with what I do here in a sense.  You'll still see music from me though, no worries! 

PS: Art-Inspired Music Contest (A.I.M.) is going to be sometime in late May, gotta iron out the details with Tom Fulp more.  Also, I'm GOING TO PICO DAY THIS YEAR OMG IM GONNA SEE PEOPLE!


Any Animators/Artists Want a Writer?

2016-03-01 07:24:26 by RealFaction
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This is a bit of a longshot, but here it goes!  I'm a writer, and I love writing.  For years, I've had a few ideas that really have stuck with me for comics or animations.  I'm looking for a good artist/animator who would be interested in making these into a comic/manga or animating these for fun if you choose to.  If you want to take any of these on, comment below or message me!  Soon I'm probably going to have some of my characters drawn.  More than anything I love making characters, and interesting stories.

Story #1: Pac-Man Prequel/Dark Re-Imagination (Pac-Man: The Lost Chapters)

This is an idea I've had for many many years.  I originally wrote issues of this on paper, then years later, some concept art (not the best) for part of a first issue.  This basically puts Pac-Man as a mutant mechanical monster bad guy, and the ghosts are magic warriors.  It used to be really bloody and gory, but toned it down a bit. 

This would have more depth of a story inside a spirit world, set before Pac-Man and the ghosts ended up in the blue maze, eventually telling how they got there.  It includes elements from the original game too, with a deep story.  This would be an Adventure/Action/Supernatural series. 


Story #2: Untitled Supernatural Anime/Manga Series

Yes, anime.  Because.  I have a lot of original characters throughout anything I've written, but this series especially has a couple characters of mine I really am attached to, as well as the story.  It starts with a guy who delivers a pizza on halloween to this abandoned house with a creepy girl in it who talks into a tape recorder and plays it back.  Eventually she tags along and he finds a weapon in the forest the house is in. 

He finds out he obtained the ability to see what humans are actually demons.  The demons on Earth are actually demon clans that got banished from Hell for treason.  His dad's girlfriend is actually a demon he eventually fights.  He finds a map of where there's "markers", and he has to destroy them before they can activate, to save the world.  That's all the details I can give for now, there's more than that.

Story #3: Series Based On My Unreleased Book (Iris of Rose)

Most of the book can be found here (but it's not done yet): http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1405869

Six years ago I started writing a book I've almost had finished, though I've been really nervous about publishing it.  I'm confident in the characters, just not self-publishing, and don't know how to go about it all.  I hand-wrote the first 100 pages, but eventually I typed it all up and continued the story.  It's a Psychological/Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Mystery story that is about a future drug that causes lucid dreaming. 

This is VERY character driven, and the plot revolves around their dreams, and the side effects of the drug causing people to kill people in their sleep, and turn albino, if they stay in too long, they're trapped in their minds in their nightmares.  Even that description doesn't do the story justice, but the best way to describe it, is that it's emotional, vivid, gives the characters depth and good background, and even dabbles in the supernatural a little bit as one character gains some psychic abilities (nothing powerful).  In the real world, the drug is causing chaos in almost half the nation, mass murder riots.  This is a journey to understand one's self, the world, and finding the cause of this epidemic crisis to contain an outbreak (not zombies of course).


I'm hoping at least some people will read this and show some interest, but I'm looking for someone good who wants to do this for fun, it's going to be hard though.  But perhaps when I update with images of the characters, it'll give you a better idea of the tones these stories set.  Thanks!



You asked your questions in one of my last posts, and here's your answers! :)
My Ask Real Faction video is finally up! Some of my answers include my friends.

 


The Problem NG is Facing

2016-02-22 18:58:29 by RealFaction
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Intro/Reader's Discretion

This post is a bit different than my other posts, to simply address a problem within NG's community in a civil way.  I have seen this many times over the years.  But, before I get into this, be advised, this is NOT meant to attack anyone, or make anyone feel offended, but this is a serious problem that is AFFECTING Newgrounds' success on the outside in the professional world, and is affecting traffic.  I want to see NG improve, a lot of us do.

I'm someone who cares a lot about Newgrounds, and all of you people in the community, which is why I'm typing this, because I know we CAN do better, and I want to say something helpful, insightful. :)  I won't make this too long, otherwise most people won't read it.  So, with that said, here we go...I'm going to go over the problem, the result, and the answer.  @TomFulp, this is a good read for you and everyone, this is not an angry post, but an insightful one.

The Problem(s)

I've been around here visiting NG for almost 13 years, and this community is a great one, but there are some parts of it that...aren't so great.  For years, I've seen users start "flame wars" (basically act rude, sometimes trolling, get out of control) when they could simply reply without acting in such a way. 

Now, you can't expect everyone to act civil of course, but there's a reason for this.  The problem is, there are conversations that get out of hand, simply because people want to be toxic, which poisons NG's community, like this thread: www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1405272

That's old news, always has happened on NG, but it's been worse in recent years.  In this case, the "problem" is the result of 3 things. 

1. The original poster clearly had no idea about how NG works, they thought we would have open arms to such an offer.  They had the impression NG's userbase was friendly (which for the most part is, but some "bad apples" came along here).  The problem is, the price was too low, and in a way did feel insulting, but...

2. Musicians felt so compelled to attack the original poster, with hateful comments, simply because they felt "entitled" and insulted.  We're scaring people off, guys.  People were overcome with rage simply because of what seemed to be a greedy "laughable" offer.  The truth is, this was all they could offer, and as a studio, they probably should have saved more money for this.  They do not know what they are doing.  BUT, this could have been handled CIVILY!  

3. In recent years, the mod activity has become less and less, and as much as I like some of the mods, there has been less control over the forum threads. 


The Result

Unfortunately, because of this, Newgrounds has decreased in traffic in past years.  People wanted to stop going to the forums, and I've heard things from multiple people both professional and non-professional, saying how "crazy and unprofessional" newgrounds is.  NG is professional, yet not at the same time, but the main reason they say that, is because of the "toxic" users not being banned, and acting like they have.  Some mods have gotten a bad rep, but the truth is, it's just not in control like it used to be. 

I have a quote from a musician friend here who originally posted music on NG, but LEFT for reasons like this, and is in the professional music world now, who said not to use his name, and he said this:

"When i first started dealing with labels they actually told me to delete my account because it reflects badly on me as a professional."

Isn't that sad? :( The truth is, this is how some professionals in the creative industries see newgrounds, and don't even bother to recruit people from NG, and is also why a lot of people don't visit NG in general.  Newgrounds is a wonderful place, but guys, we can't act like this anymore, and we need more banning to happen, as much as I hate to say it.  NG shouldn't be filled with hate and drama.  It isn't entirely, but in some cases, it is.


The Answer

EDIT:
A friend suggested this: What if we had a Business Forum on the BBS? That would let studios have their own section, a section for professionals, and it would be highly watched since it won't have as much activity.  Whatcha think?

We need to step up the mod game, and BAN users like this.  That way, they will know not to do this again, and we can prevent more drama in the forums, like it used to be.  From what I hear, most banning has stopped.  This is not ok.  Back in the day, NG's mods kept more forums under control. 

The forums aren't entirely a mess, but there's still cleaning up to do. 

Final Thoughts

I've been trying to do what I can for the community, because I love Newgrounds, and want to help you guys out, give you guys fun contests every year like A.I.M. and giving you that Pixel Day holiday, because I knew you guys would love it.  Something to fight against the negativity, and to promote fun and love in general.  I want to spread love to this community as I have.  I LOVE you guys!  :) So this is my attempt to reach out to you all now, and though I'll never be a mod because I have too much going on, I'll keep helping the community the ways I know how.

I also would like to see the Audio Portal shape up to what it used to be with a new format, because at it's current state, it's not organized enough.  I talked to Tom about a Tier system to organize it more possibly, and some people I've spoken with say it could make the AP better.  I hope this happens, it would be awesome and make the AP more fun.  I care about you guys, and the Audio community is GREAT in a lot of ways, but we've got to solve these problems. 

Let's make more studios and people in general feel welcome to Newgrounds, instead of feeling scared to come here.  If we manage to do this, this would help NG in MANY ways.  Financially, and the community would get more users, and more of us could see success from more studios coming here to search for talent!  Wouldn't that be great? :)

This post was inspired by recent events, as well as past, and @Tacticat (formerly dem0lecule)'s recent post which is an interesting read, I reccomend everyone reads it. 

Love you guys, stay gold.  ~ RF