Hi, I'm Blake. my big project is a tower defence game called 'Forgive Me My Henchmen'. you play as a typical head 'bad guy', deploying henchmen and sabotaging a building to delay an unstoppable one-man army.
As you would have noticed, the four opening lines to the trailer (first draft) are:
They Pissed Him Off,
So He Fought Back,
Be The Man,
Trying To Stop Him
The text ‘This Is You’ with an arrow pointing to the bad guy then appears on the screen, indicating that you play as the bad guy. Although this has been clear enough for some people, it definitely hasn't been clear enough for others...
I showed my mum the trailer...and confusion reigned. After the trailer, this is legitimately how our conversation went down:
MUM: Wow! Great trailer! Of all trailers of all time, this is the best! Blake, you’re so talented...you should become the CEO of Disney sometime.
ME: Thanks mum...however, a few people were saying that the trailer seems unclear.
MUM: What’s unclear about it?
ME: Alot of people don’t realize until about halfway through that you’re playing as the bad guy...
MUM: Wait...you’re the bad guy?
ME: Yes...you didn’t get that?
MUM: No...when did you say that you’re the bad guy?
ME: At the beginning! When I said ‘Be the man trying to stop him’.
MUM: But who’s him? The good guy?
MUM: Then who’s the man? And who’s he?
ME: Who’s which man? and which he?
MUM: You say ‘Be the Man’...isn’t the man the good guy? And is the good guy He?
ME: No, the man’s the bad guy! He’s the good guy! And him!
MUM: So the man isn’t He and Him?
ME: No! the man isn’t Him! Him’s good, and He’s good! You’re the man!
MUM: If you’re the man, who’s they?
ME: They is you! You’re they! And The Man! And you’re bad!
MUM: How can you be you, they, and the Man?
ME: Because you are! Mum...how is this not making sense to you?!? You’re you, they, and the man who is also bad, He’s him and also he! He’s out to get you, the man and also they! He thinks they is you! The man! You’re trying to stop the good guy, him and he! Why are you not getting this?!?
MUM: (changes topic, starts talking about the benefits of not having kids).
Anyway, that is why I’ve got to make my trailer mum proof! If it is, then I know the trailer is finally clear enough to be sent out to the masses. I hope when the trailer is released, it is received well because I just know people will enjoy playing as the man, they, and you while trying to delay he and him who is also good...
Clarity is my middle name.
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