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 Posted by Ben  March 2, 2016 at 9:14 am  Report Abuse 
I'm going to be brutally honest and say that I don't think I will enjoy the reboot as much as the first three chapters. I simply love long plot/adventure driven rpgs with lots of character development and huge in depth worlds to explore. I do understand that since it is all made by like one person there's a very good argument to be made that Pseudolonewolf should do whatever the f- (s)he wants with the story, and it isn't our business, but at the same time I won't sugarcoat it and jump on a bandwagon of anticipating the new version. The fact is that a lot of the people that enjoyed mardek enjoyed it for certain reasons, and it became an established series. Doing a reboot and changing (almost) all of the elements that I was drawn to it by in the first place may be fine for many people, but it isn't for me, and neither for many people that like to see a story end before a new one begins. Imagine if George Lucas decided to direct the clone wars series right after episode 5 and didn't finish the original trilogy. Sure, the series may be good in it's own right, possibly even great, but the mere fact that it's existence means that the thing we really want (Star Wars VI for example) may never exist is too big a price to pay for me. Pseudo, love your work and will stand up for your autonomy and mental health and , but that doesn't mean I will enjoy the fact that episode 4 may not come out. Furthermore, I can't justify playing a game I dislike just to keep you and your fans happy, but if this is really what you want to do (and I think that seems pretty clear) then I won't say another word on the subject ever again.
     Posted by Kirill in reply to Ben  March 7, 2016 at 9:26 am  Report Abuse 
    100% agree with every point.
 Posted by Love your work  February 9, 2016 at 7:16 am  Report Abuse 
The reboot feels like an entirely different game. The thought of Mardek not continuing as it had makes it feel like it will remain unfinished, which leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

I wouldn't recommend ditching what you've got here. I like the thought and implications of wrestling with personal/emotional demons, but Mardek and crew had to struggle with moral questions while fighting things that would physically rip them apart.
I could see this happening if they all had some collective dream, but it seems like a total disconnect from the first three chapters.

Hoping for chapter 4, and thank you for all your work.
 Posted by CzechBoy  October 15, 2015 at 11:47 am  Report Abuse 
I don't want to be as rude and/or raw as many other comments out there because i'll never do even 1/100th of the work you put into this series, but :

- Even if the combat is about love 'n stuff, they're just other word for elements right? Will there still be strenghts/weaknesses for each of them? Potayto, Potato, don't care as long as the good mechanics are there.

- The "animated" characters just look horrible, there's no way around that, you might have your own goals & reasons for doing so but you need to be aware that you do something well (old Mardek art) and that learning smth new will be slow and painful

- And about Mardek having a new skin colour and looking like he's on extasy, that's just wrong, just make a new character, that's not Mardek

Also while i will definitely give this a shot, please keep the "old" Mardek games available somewhere.

Thanks and best of luck.
     Posted by Axer in reply to CzechBoy  October 30, 2015 at 5:05 am  Report Abuse 
    Ditto to what czechboy posted.

    While I think a non-violent combat system can work (The recently released Renowned Explorers: International Society proves that)..

    It's a massively different style.. To the point it doesn't even feel like the same genre.

    Due to that I don't feel that style of game works as a sequel to what are awesome, violent, classic turn based rpgs.

    Give it a different name, name the characters differently, but maybe set it in the same universe and i think people will be a lot more receptive to it.

    Releasing it as a sequel to me would feel like if SQEX released FFXV as a pure simulation driving game.. I mean yea the spin off final fantasies that aren't rpgs at all are sometimes fun, but for a main line sequel to be a totally different genre would really upset a lot of fans.

    Anyways thanks for the first 3. Eagerly awaiting mardek 4, just hope it won't be this game. Waited 5 years, can wait another 5 for you to make it :
 Posted by Karoshi  July 19, 2015 at 9:53 pm  Report Abuse 
So I entered the site with my ''open-minded'' mode and BAM I got struck by thunder even though I was ready :/, this reboot is somthing else entirely, it's like not Mardek anymore .. It's your game and you call in the end and there's no turning you back now.
 Posted by Go # Yourself Lonewolf!  June 24, 2015 at 12:44 pm  Report Abuse 
This new mardek is nothing more than trash.I look to the new characters and the only one thing I can see in their faces is "please let me die",oh yes, and the battle system, I think you're a retard... "battling with sentients" ridiculous. "Oh Sir Annihilator Do You Wanna a Kiss?" One curious thing, in the old,mardek, most of the thing were pixels but ectremally good, now your artwork dont look nothing more than simple games artwork, We loved the pixel art, because you were good on it,you makes pixels look incredible, now your artwork style I can see on many games. You're an retard thinking that this reboot will be good,well Im not shure If I can say that this is game.One more thing, thanks for ruining my childhood with this, I always imagined new chapters of mardek, belive you or not, I already dream about new chapters.
 Posted by Raylazor 3 of 3  May 25, 2015 at 8:46 pm  Report Abuse 
Secretly I was hoping that once all the chapters were completed, a final version with the single game combining all the chapters would be made and released as a premium game on a distribution platform like STEAM.

The new Mardek feels fundamentally both visually and mechanically different from the original Mardek games. The characters look cartoony and extremely stylized to take seriously, and I feel the new usage of emotions and spiritual enlightment as skills could undermine the original goal of the game. As you suggested, the game doesn't look dark and gritty. And I feel that is what made the original Mardek games, Mardek games. (Being something that pays homage to original RPGs while breaking the emotions and beliefs of those 'generic' heroes through dialogue and watching them change as they are exposed to different elements.

The new Mardek game is still a great idea, however. I just feel that it shouldn't be branded as a Mardek game, and I'd be much more willing to see the original Mardek series simply be abandoned at Chapter 3 than undergo a huge change that destroyed what made me think about the characters I played as. But even so, the Mardek storyline is woven into this new game, so the only thing I'd like is to have the classics still available. I'd like to play them again when I have time and show them to my friends as one of the flash games that I believe to have pioneered flash gaming.

Best of luck with the new reboot of Mardek.
 Posted by Raylazor 2 of 3  May 25, 2015 at 8:45 pm  Report Abuse 
I always saw the original Mardek as somewhat of an interactive storybook about Mardek growing up. Every chapter he was exposed to something different that I would make him ever so jaded. Chapter 1 exposed Mardek to the realization of how dangerous and scary the 'real world' was and what the duo would be getting into in order to achieve their dreams of becoming someone like Social Fox. Chapter 2 exposing them to real elements. How jading killing could be, how easily a family could be destroyed (Emela's) because of the dangers in the world, how two people on the 'same' side could still be so against each other (Mardek v. Verhrn), and how easily someone like Moric could commit unhuman crimes- reviving the dead in order to harass townsfolk. These scenarios could be considered generic, but what made this special was seeing how different the characters we played as became. Even in Chapter 3, Mardek shown grieving over Deugan. (I honestly haven't touched Chapter 3 yet. I expected the story to progress with everyone changing their own beliefs and morals because of what they encountered. Mardek questions if he really does want to become Social Fox. Perhaps Emela gives up magic and turns to isolation in fear of killing another human being. Sharla questioning her 'career' path because of the danger of losing Donovan or herself. (I heard that Deugan is alive, so perhaps that he would question revealing his survival to Mardek or not in fear that it will destroy the determination his death may have given.
All with the story ending with everyone putting aside their differences to defeat some sort of final evil, dying in the progress and having the story 'loop' back to the intro scene of Chapter 1: some kids playing in the woods and dreaming of becoming the heroes they admired.
 Posted by Raylazor 1 of 3  May 25, 2015 at 8:44 pm  Report Abuse 
They Changed It, Now It Sucks.

Let me preface this by saying I'm fairly young, and that Mardek 1 is the most memorable game of my PC gaming childhood. I wasn't able to purchase many games when as I was a kid, so finding about flash games, and then discovering how fleshed out and wellmade Mardek 1 was mde me play it repeatedly for countless hours. When Mardek 2 was released, I dropped my GameCube controller immediately and I was glued to the computer for a solid two weeks playing through Mardek. (Mardek was my second RPG, first being Paper Mario: TTYD, so I wasn't very good with understanding how traditional RPGs worked.

So it's clearly obvious that I'm against a remake of Mardek. But I know it's going to happen anyways, so I'd like to request you keep the original Mardek 1-3 and re-label them as Classic Mardek, or something.
 Posted by nate  May 24, 2015 at 11:38 pm  Report Abuse 
im not mad but im dissapointed you originally promised you woldnt throw out the story this isnt the same game anymore the game sounds somewhat interesting but it shouldnt be a mardek game please reconsider
 Posted by Nathan  April 10, 2015 at 7:28 pm  Report Abuse 
I certainly would have preferred a continuation of Mardek Chapter 3, but all in all I just want more of anything from you, Pseudolonewolf. I'm a bit concered with the talk of you being embarassed by your older Mardek games, because honestly they're easily the greatest flash RPGs of all time. The comedy is well done and the development is really good. Like others are discussing, it'd be unhealthy for you to constantly scrap projects seeking some sort of pseudo-perfection (ba dum tsh). The Mardek games are reeeaaallllyyy good and you should give yourself credit for them. In conclusion, I love your work, and can't wait to see more.
 Posted by Tanner  March 19, 2015 at 9:26 am  Report Abuse 
A total overhaul? I dunno man, isn't that basically sort of impossible? You've already published 3 chapters. The MARDEK games are simply too well-established for an overhaul at this point.

Yeah, you could've overhauled after Chapter 1, or 2 at the latest, but after playing through all 3, there's simply too much development and story ac ulated to throw out.

Changing Mardek's gender? I personally don't care what gender any of the characters are, it's their personalities that make the game what it is. But again, after 3 chapters, it's simply too late to overhaul.

I understand that this is something you feel you need to do, but MARDEK 4 simply will not fit in the universe of the other 3.

Here's a brilliant idea. Have this new game be set in a diary or journal of one of the female characters-Emela, Gloria, Elwyen, maybe Sharla? Like the first bit of M. 1 that was just Mardek and Deugan playing as kids? Do something like that again w/ the game being someone writing in their diary/journal. That would allow you to include these changes to the battle system without destroying continuity. It could be "Mardek 3.5!" as a stop-gap game between the real, in continuity 4. Maybe something like "The MARDEK Diaries?" Or...something?

I love your art style, and I hope you understand the need for continuity in games like this. Please, I wish you the best of luck, but I hope you won't ruin MARDEK's continuity with this new game.
 Posted by Ruin Sentinel  February 9, 2015 at 6:46 am  Report Abuse 
Maybe mardek could be the antagonist in this new chapter? and some new person to be the protagonist.
 Posted by Thauma  January 18, 2015 at 6:37 am  Report Abuse 
I wish I could say im open and supportive of the new changes. I really have taken an interest in both the series, as well as a bit of your life through your fighunter entries. Its your series, you should do what you like, and thats all that matters. But it does feel like retconning a bunch of characters and a plot that resonate as fond memories, and partly in how I think of the real world. I'll meet a person and think that they have a bit of a "Mardek" vibe to them, which, figuring that everyone reading this is a fan, will know exactly what I mean by that. And thats really cool (And also really lame sounding) coming from just some flash games I've played years and years ago.

I know you've "Outgrown" some of the earlier themes. And I think thats evident. Playing 1 and then playing 3, you can tell, your art is different, humors different, writings different, even what you see in your characters is different, and this seems to play out weather or not its a conscious effort. I think thats cool, these games take years to play through simply because of how they're released, so both the player and the developer "Grows up" with them. Its like Harry Potter, the starting ones have that kind of "Well this was funny when I was younger!" vibe to them, and the later ones develop, theres still that younger past in them, they're just past that now.

But, I believe in you regardless I suppose. And if I had to give one word of advice, please, please don't do that character style where every character looks like they have a cold in their nose. It just reminds me of bad tumblr drawings. And thats bad.
 Posted by A fan  November 26, 2014 at 1:19 am  Report Abuse 
I've spent hundreds of hours on the previous Mardek games, across multiple full playthroughs over the years. I can say without hesitation that, in my opinion, it's the best series of flash RPGs that exist; to give a bit of perspective using some big names, Sonny is close behind and Epic Battle Fantasy is somewhat middling in comparison.

Because of that high opinion, I'm both somewhat dismayed by your statement that continuing the original would be "soul-crushing", and somewhat excited to see what the creator of such fine games would consider even better.

If nothing else, I've enjoyed all your work (even the unfinished Beast Signer and Deliverance! so I very much doubt I'll dislike it, but I do hope you don't lose the feel of the original in your redesign; a completely different type of game just with a similar setting.
 Posted by readmycommentpleasse  November 15, 2014 at 4:22 am  Report Abuse 
hum, i dont know what are you planning for the next mardek, cause i miss your oppinions, but by the comments i see you is planning to remake the entire serie, pleasse dont do this, mardek 3 as the best 2d/rpg game i ever played, i played that for 87 hours, i dont want to see the game i expent so many time playing being destroyed
 Posted by Proteus  November 14, 2014 at 12:55 pm  Report Abuse 
Saying this as a huge fan of the Mardek series, I personally disagree with you rebooting the entire series and making changes to some of the characters. After having played through the series so many times, I have really grown attached to everything about the game.

However, as I am a huge fan of the series, I will say that I am still eager to give it a try. I think you are an extremely talented and creative developer, and hold a lot of respect for you, so I am interested in your take on this.

I just have one question; with the release of the new Mardek series, are the old Mardek games still going to be around? I very much hope that they are as I would like to do one more playthrough, so if anybody could give me information on this, it would be greatly appreciated.
     Posted by Adahn in reply to Proteus  November 15, 2014 at 7:26 pm  Report Abuse 
    The older games are online on sites like kongregate for ages now and they have been very well received. I don't see any reason they would be removed unless pseudolonewolf went out of his way to do so. And I can't see that happening since he's been respectful of the old games, calling the new one mardek IV in his blog therefore acknowledging the other 3's existence. Also since he's thinking of the new ones as episodes instead of chapters there wouldn't be a naming problem either.

    And if we wanted to get more pragmatic, as I said the first 3 games have been very well popular and widely spread. It would be hard to delete something like that completely from the internet even if you tried, so it's next to certain that you would be able to find the old games somewhere.
       Posted by Proteus in reply to Adahn  November 16, 2014 at 1:12 am  Report Abuse 
      That's quite reassuring to hear. I just wasn't really sure what he was planning to do with them after rebooting the whole series. It's good to know they will very likely be around.

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