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Monday, February 3, 2014

A Hiatus and Leave of Absence

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - See you next month.

This is really important: KoopaTV will cease posting articles for the month of February. Yes, we are taking a break.

You know in Paper Mario where you're Power Bouncing a foe and you've long since eliminated all of their HP to 0, but you're still hitting those action commands anyway just to see how long you can go? Maintaining our record of posting an article every weekday since our founding in May 2013 is kind of like that. But even Masahiro Sakurai took a break, and it was a paid one. We got nothing. 

To complicate things further, all is not well within our staff. Staff member RawkHawk2010 is taking a leave of absence from KoopaTV. We caught it on camera in the name of transparency (skip to 4:46):

In case you're hearing-impaired or something is wrong with our footage, here is a transcript.
RawkHawk2010: Sorry, but I'll be taking a leave of absence.
YoshiRider123: WAIT! What do you mean by a leave?!
Ludwig Von Koopa: Can you at least give me a reason why?
Rawk: I can only say... that this is something that I must settle on my own.
Kamek: *concerned, wordless expression*
Rawk: *exits the [Koopa Keep] Blast*

*Dark Age Of The Blog music plays*

YoshiRider123: Oh why Rawk... why are you shutting us out...?
So that's the story. We'll be looking for new talent during the hiatus. I dunno if that'll be easy to find, considering the niche and skill requirement that KoopaTV has gotten itself into these past eight-to-nine months.

If you're interested, I'll still be around here. I just won't be posting any articles. The past month or two has been hard on me personally, too. Maybe you've noticed articles have been getting posted later and later — I don't have much free time any more, so I'm basically writing things that day as opposed to in advance. It's a problem.

This hiatus might last a week. Or two. Or three. By then, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will be out, so maybe we'll take another week off in honour of that. Who knows.

We're definitely not going away, though. We have a mission to tell you the truth about what's going on in this industry, and tell you it with... a smile! A wise person once almost said,
"The worst times are when bloggers have to force their biggest smiles".
Or alternatively,
"A blogger is someone who smiles no matter how bad it gets."
And another wise person — a poet — once said,
"Life can be a challenge, life can seem impossible — but it's never easy when there's so much on the line. But you and I can make a difference. There's a mission just for you and me. Just look inside — and you will find... just what you can do."
I've had to look inside to find what I can do. And here's what I can do, here's what WE can do: We can take our industry back! We ain't giving up on that.

You should still follow Ludwig at NNID PrinceOfKoopas over on Miiverse. He'd appreciate it.

February is always causing problems. Three years later, KoopaTV moved to three articles a week.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

KoopaTV: January, the New Start!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - This is a reminiscence article.

It's a KoopaTV tradition that, at the end of every month or the beginning of the next month, there is a filler recap article summing up what happened in that month. So let's continue tradition.

It's clear that, looking at the readership stats, KoopaTV is really resonating with people. January 2014 was our most traffic-heavy month yet! More than even September. In other words, it was record-breaking. That's good! We got some much-needed things like an About page and Disclaimers, along with some revamped searching stuff. Anyway, let's check out my top five recommended articles from January:

  1. Nintendo Crippling Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies sales
  2. Fascists Gotta Go Fast
  3. Race-Baiting Infiltrating The Industry
  4. Nintendo's Answer On Screwing Ace Attorney
Okay, so that list pretty much covers my favourite topics to write about on KoopaTV. But if you'd like to see some more topic diversity, then read the other articles from January! Every article is worth reading! Also, you can personally make more diversity with guest-posting! Not only that, but you can actually become a part of our staff if you wish. Comment and we can talk about it.

As for what's to come for the future? We're still working on some big projects. Stay tuned, and as always, think critically!