Webisodes Worth Watching: The Work of Maximilian

This is Maxmilian. If you’re a gamer and you don’t know who he is, you’re doing yourself a great disservice.

Granted, outside of the fighting game community, he’s not all that well known. Max (pictured here with his roommate Victor Von Doom) has a TON of game tutorial-based web series. He started almost four years ago by uploading videos of Street Fighter III: Third Strike casual matches (this one being the very first on his YouTube channel). He progressed into Super Street Fighter IV, where my favorite videos of his are titled “Rose and her ShamWow.” (Because let’s face it: Rose has a ShamWow.)

Max hit paydirt, however, with his series “The Online Warrior.” It’s literally just a series of captured online matches with his commentary, but the way he explains the choices he makes and the matches you’re watching are simply excellent. Watching one of his videos will make fighting game experts say “that makes sense” and new guys say “hm, I wonder if I could do that.” Of course, it helps that Max is REALLY FREAKIN’ GOOD at fighters…wouldn’t exactly serve him well to stink at the games he’s demoing, right?

Eventually, “Online Warrior” would spawn some evolutions, including what is my personal favorite series of his: Assist Me! Assist Me is a character-specific tutorial highlighting the ins and outs of particular fighters (the first being his roommate Victor Von Doom). Max really digs deep into the character, giving tips that normal players (AKA playing with non-pros) wouldn’t be able to pick up on. However, he explains these things in a way that ANYONE can understand. I’ve certainly felt a lot more confident in my playing after watching.

With the announcement of Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, you’d think Max would lay off the Marvel videos and focus on something else. Au contraire, mon ami, Max’s work is far from done. Capcom, being fans of his work, approached him about doing an exclusive, pre-release series titled Ultimate Assist Me, featuring two of the twelve new characters per episode. Max groups his tutorials with humorous scenes featuring one of the characters he’s detailing (the Strider one is particularly good for longtime Marvel vs Capcom fans).  He covers everything a player looking forward to Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 would need to know: mobility, specials, supers, and more. He even shows off a few combos just to drive his point home. Ten of the twelve new characters are featured, with the last episode hitting this week (covering the recently announced Frank West and Rocket Raccoon). Not only that, but he’s also been doing video change log tutorials detailing all of the changes to the original game’s cast (as of this writing, he’s completed the Marvel side of the cast in four episodes, with the Capcom side to come). The dude is ALL OVER Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, and you’re looking forward to it, you should be watching.

Now I know what you’re thinking, “Geez Jay, another freakin’ fighting game article. We know you’re obsessed with him, but for the love of Doom give us something else!” There is more to Max than just fighters, you know…

See, Max is also a huge Call of Duty fan. He’s made multiple videos detailing his Modern Warfare and Black Ops escapades (including one of if not THE first nuke in Modern Warfare 2). His commentary with CoD is just as good as his fighting game stuff, as he talks about matches he played and how he approached them. This is no one trick pony, not by a long shot. CoD fans (and I know you’re out there) could stand to watch his videos too. Now, is he more focused on the fighting games? Yes, but wouldn’t you be if the maker of the game came to you and asked to produce stuff for them? Can’t say I blame him.

Maximilian and his smorgsabord of gaming video are definitely another example of Webisodes Worth Watching. Make sure that you do.

Hot Off The Grill: November 8 and 11

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Like a freshly cooked cheesesteak, each week sees the release of a new batch of games that we can sink our teeth into. Some weeks taste better than others, but the fun lies in the discovery. Don’t know for sure if you like something until you try it, right?

First off, yes, I know i missed a week. Reviewing two games for GamerNode and playing a highly-anticipated game featuring some guy named Drake will do that to you.

Secondly, do I even need to tell you what comes out this week? Only the biggest, most advertised launch of the friggin’ year in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

As for the sorry saps that launch with it, we have the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (which despite its launch day SHOULD NOT BE MISSED), Happy Feet Two, and The Black Eyed Peas Experience. Heh, not exactly a strong group of contenders, AMIRITE?!

HOWEVER, let’s not overlook Friday the 11th, when the GLORIOUS Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim descends from heaven to shower up with gaming goodness. Happy 7th anniversary baby and good luck to my sister in her starring role in Footloose at my alma mater. If you need me, I’ll be in Skyrim.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The blogger will NOT actually be passing up those two events for Skyrim. Lay down your arms, people!)

Without further ado, the list:

Xbox 360:
Big League Sports
Black Eyed Peas Experience, The
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL
Deepak Chopra’s Leela
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (11/11)
Happy Feet Two
Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (11/11)
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection
Nickelodeon Dance
Raving Rabbids: Alive & Kicking
Self-Defense Training Camp
Sledge Hammer
SpongeBob: Roadtrip
Winter Stars
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012

PlayStation 3:
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL
Chrono Cross (PSN)
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (11/11)
Happy Feet Two
Heavy Rain (Director’s Cut)
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (11/11)
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

Wii:
Black Eyed Peas Experience, The
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL
Deepak Chopra’s Leela
Happy Feet Two
Jaws: Ultimate Predator
Kore Gang, The
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (11/11)
Nickelodeon Dance
Winter Stars

PC:
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (11/11)
L.A. Noire The Complete Edition
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (11/11)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012

3DS:
Cave Story 3D
Face Racers: Photo Finish
Happy Feet Two
Hidden, The
Jaws: Ultimate Predator
Michael Jackson: The Experience
Outdoors Unleashed: Africa 3D
Outdoors Unleashed: Alaska 3D
Puppies 3D

DS:
Lalaloopsy
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
DaGeDar
Disney Princess: Enchanting Storybooks
Happy Feet Two
Kids Learn Spelling and Grammar: A+ Edition
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (11/11)
Max & the Magic Marker
Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo
Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo (Limited Edition)
SpongeBob Surf and Skate Roadtrip
Ultimate Card Games
Wappy Dog

PSP:
Cars 2
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (11/11)

So what are YOU playing?