My kids all agree the new animated Maplestory shorts, New Leaf Saga, by Brian Schmoyer (aka CirrusEpix) are hilarious.
Schmoyer, a teacher and animator from North Carolina, originally created 3 Maplestory parody shorts just for fun – as a satire of mmorpg gameplay and the typical neverending, repetitive, and illogical questing, endless monster killing (also known as grinding), along with “hackers, noobs and online romance”.
Ironically, as a result of Nexon’s marketing department seeing the parody shorts, Schmoyer ended up getting hired to produce original animations for Nexon. Written and animated by Schmoyer, the New Leaf Saga animations explain a little bit about Maplestory, show how to play, and are informational, witty, and entertaining.
According to Schmoyer’s blog, messages he hopes to get across to the Maplestory community through New Leaf Saga include: be nice to others, balance your playtime/play less, and create real friendships. If you’re a Maplestory fan, be sure to check them out!
New Leaf Saga
MapleStory New Leaf Saga – Episode 1 – “Looking for Group”
(see video at top of post)
MapleStory New Leaf Saga – Episode 2 – “Epic Gear”
MapleStory New Leaf Saga – Episode 3 – “Classy”
MapleStory New Leaf Saga – Episode 4 – “B.R.B.”
MapleStory New Leaf Sata – Episode 5 – “Friends List”
MapleStory New Leaf Saga – Episode 6 – “The Problem with Portals”
A maplestory parody
Here are the original 3 shorts Schmoyer created that started it all:
The TRUE MapleStory
Another Maple Story
The Last Maple Story