mariothewizard said:

I have been watching some YouTube videos and they talk about how next gen console games usually run at 30 fps where 8-9 years ago console games ran at 60 fps. A few months ago controversy rose when the upcoming The Order: 1886's developers said they intentionally are keeping the game at 30 fps to emulate the feeling of a movie. Is there ever a valid design reason for a game today to run at 30 fps? And why are more games running at 30 fps such as the upcoming WiiU game, Bayonetta 2?

As you can probably guess, the main reason that frame rates are set at 30 so often is because of technology. When you need that much data processed each second just for video, you run into hardware limits when you have to pile other things on like animation data, pathfinding algorithms, artificial intelligence, and so on. But why would somebody want to purposely adjust the frame rate down? Well…

Meet Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN. This fighting game, nonsensical name aside, uses a 3D engine to make a 2D game in order to take advantage of all the benefits 3D offers over their traditional 2D sprite work. The game is actually running at 60 frames per second most of the time for purposes of gameplay and timing. But they purposely eschew the super smooth animations for their characters because they want them to seem as if they are running at a lower frame rate. Why? Because the entire game is like a long-running anime story, and to be true to its anime roots, it should actually be running at 24 frames per second, since that’s true to the source material.


You’ve probably heard of this movie, right? Peter Jackson filmed it at 48 frames per second, but a lot of moviegoers who saw it at that frame rate complained about it. They didn’t like it, it just made them feel uncomfortable. There have been a good number of complaints about this filmmaking decision - it feels weird to the viewers. It’s hard for the layman to put a finger on it, but it just feels foreign.


The main reason most of the new generation of games is running at 30 frames per second is because they are still getting used to new technology. A lot of the software and driver support for the new platform isn’t as robust or efficient as the old stuff, and all of the new games are running at 1080p as their native resolution. This actually raises the amount of video data required to process by a factor of about 2-3x each step the resolution is increased. As technology improves and becomes more efficient, we’ll see more games come with 60fps standard.

As for why Bayonetta 2 in specific is running at 30 frames per second? I don’t know for certain, but I’m pretty sure it’s because the WiiU is effectively a PS3 or X360 in terms of hardware. I’ve heard the Wii U described by developers as “two Wiis duct taped together”. Which really isn’t too far from the truth, especially since the Wii itself was also described as “Two Gamecubes duct taped together”. That said, it’s all just hearsay to me since I’ve never actually worked on the Wii U, just the Wii (and the Gamecube). The comment about two Gamecubes duct taped together is pretty accurate though.


Sorry, Pikachu, but you know it’s true. If there is interest, I could probably write something up about the base technical requirements for frame rates at the different resolution steps. I actually started writing that as part of the answer to this question, but I decided against it since it would have made this post too long.

20 Songs

I was tagged by noirpsi to do this ask meme. Now a word to the wise, most of my library is video game soundtracks so it will appeal to a small group. I’ll list by name, game, and then the Artist.

  You can tell a lot about someone by the type of music they listen to. Hit shuffle on your iPod, phone, iTunes, whatever it is you listen to music on and then write down the first 20 songs that come up. Tag up to 10 people that you want to do it too!

  1. Mass Destruction-Persona 3-Shoji Meguro
  2. Blues in The Velvet Room-Persona 4 Arena-Shoji Meguro
  3. Your Affection-Persona 4-Shoji Meguro
  4. Give Me A Break (Sol Badguy’s Theme)-Guilty Gear Xrd-Daisuke Ishiwatari
  5. I’ll Face Myself-Persona 4- Shoji Meguro
  6. Shadow World-Persona 4 Golden-Shoji Meguro
  7. Reach Out to the Truth -in Mayonaka Arena-Persona 4 Arena-Shoji Meguro
  8. Never More English Cover-Persona 4 (Fan Made)-Sapphire
  9. Heartful Cry -in Mayonaka Arena-Persona 4 Arena-Shoji Meguro
  10. Gluttony Fang II [L.A. Vocals Edition-Blazblue Chrono Phantasma (Fan Mix)-denismaudree
  11. A New World Fool-Persona 4-Shoji Meguro
  12. Holy Orders (Be Just or Be Dead)-Guilty Gear XX-Daisuke Ishiwatari
  13. Deep Breath Deep Breath-Persona 3-Shoji Meguro
  14. Also Sprach Brooks-Catherine-Shoji Meguro
  15. Bullet Dance-Blazblue Calamity Trigger-Daisuke Ishiwatari
  16. [Evangelion] A Cruel Angel’s Thesis (English Cover by Sapphire)
  17. Clint Eastwood-Gorillaz
  18. Maya’s Theme -Atsushi Kitajoh Rearrange Ver-Persona 2 EP Special Soundtrack-Atsushi Kitajoh 
  19. Spirit of Fire-Blazblue Chrono Phantasm-Daisuke Ishiwatari
  20. Together We Ride Dat Booty (Bubba Sparxxx & Yin Yang Twins vs HAL Laboratory)- Remix by BotanicSage [BS]

Now I’m gonna select 5 follower that will continue this meme.
The 5 Lucky Followers are…

  1. mister-badguy
  2. serpent-of-akasha
  3. beware-the-foe
  4. sin-kiske
  5. elphelt-valentine

Hey guys,

Thanks for those who stopped by our artist alley tables, the Skullgirls booth, and the Skullgirls panel at AX this year! We had a great turnout at all of them. I was pretty swamped with commissions for the entire convention haha. The line for the panel was shockingly gigantic too.

I apologize for those who were not able to make it into the room. I also apologize for those who I had to turn down for commissions- I was definitely overloaded this time around.

Anyway, here are some of the ones I have on record. Posted in the order that I have them on my list. Since this is a local convention for me now, I was able to scan some of them between days.

I asked everyone on here if it’s okay to post their commissions. If it’s not, feel free to let me know and I’ll take it down and/or if you’d want me to link to any particular site.

1st image: Chris’s character, Kida. Check out his stuff at: and

2nd image: Solange and Zozo @3@;; Specifically in the same pose that a previous commission of Bikini-Bible chan and slime girl.

3rd image; Scythana vs Venus. 

4th image: Tharja. My first attempt at her. I like her design a lot @3@; Still have yet to play more of the game though, orz.

5th image: Salty Freeman’s character vs. Mok Zed @3@; Salty Freeman- what was her name again? I forgot ;A;

6th image: Beatrix performing her most famous stunt!

7th image: Millia Rage (Xrd edition)…ommmg..not many references for this yet haha >XD;;

8th image: Jordon’s characters. ~

9th image: Sona and Bloodmoon Akali from LoL

10th image: Cae’s character, Peitra. ~

Hit tumblr’s image limit. More to come~ Thanks again for those who stopped by~!