Wow, I really don’t know where to begin here, but I really do feel it’s time for me to speak out about this since there has been some extreme mass confusion all over the Internet. I’ll do my best best to explain a lot of the behind the scenes information dealing with Nyan Cat, the people involved, and the accusations in this thread.
First of all, yes I am the original creator of the Nyan Cat Pop Tart Cat GIF animation. Originally, it was just meant to be a cute little animation on my website with no music. On April 5th, Saraj00n ( http://www.youtube.com/user/saraj00n ) took @Daniwell_Aidn’s UTAU cover “Nyanyanyanyanyanyanya” ( http://www.nicomimi.net/play/sm13455867 ) and put the two together into one Youtube video. The Internet took over. The meme was born.
A short time later Nyan.cat appeared. It was created by @huy and was basically the same thing as the video but with a Twitter timer. IIRC, it didn’t initially have credit to any of the original artists behind it and therefore many people thought @huy created it. After talking to him on Twitter, he was able to put crediting links up, but many people still didn’t read them and would praise him for creating the meme. He’d never really deny or claim anything, and I believe he would reply in a manner that subtly implied ownership .
A while after that, my crediting link, which was named “Original GIF” was changed to “Nyancat’s cousin”, but it was still my unaltered image on his site. This really was off to me but eventually I got him to change it back. It made it sound like he had the original, and the “cousin” was some lesser-made fan art or something.
I later received an e-mail from @huy asking if it’d be okay to call me on my cell phone mentioning that he had an idea to create an iPhone app which included in-app purchases with my image. By then, I was already getting started on my own free Nyan Cat iPhone game so when he called me I asked him if he’d like to join our team and release the app together so there wouldn’t be two apps in the iPhone store with the promise of shared royalties if we chose to add items to purchase. He seemed extremely reluctant on the idea and in the end mentioned wanting to do this himself and have complete control over it. I told him I wouldn’t agree to anything right away, and after the phone call I sent him an e-mail reiterating our phone conversation, telling him we’d love to have him on our team.
The next day he replied stating he did not want to form a partnership and that he would be going ahead with his own plans without me. With that news he changed Nyan Cat to Toast Cat, which prompted a flood of people asking ME why I had changed cats on the website. It was irritating and insulting.
Now it seems he is listing the original three minds behind Nyancat as “inspiration” behind his creation of “Nyan Cat”, while trying to sound humble, even going as far as to say he will be evolving the meme on his own with different variations. I don’t feel that’s right on many levels and it’s downright disrespectful. He isn’t trying to evolve a meme(a meme he didn’t create), he’s just covering his ass because I ultimately didn’t give my approval. The only thing he succeeds at is getting his hands on a .cat website to fully exploit things in his favor.
A little over a week ago, I launched a site called NON-STOP NYAN CAT!. If you haven’t seen it, take a few minutes, or a few hours,…
THIS IS IMPORTANT GUYS.
DO NOT BELIEVE HIS POISONOUS LIES, DO NOT TAKE FOR GRANTED HIS “HUMBLE” LETTER. THIS MAN IS SINGLE HANDEDLY STEALING THE WORK OF OTHERS! The ORIGINAL creator of this trend has been PRGUITARMAN and his own means. We have witnesses of the creation of this meme, while this guy [HUY] leeches off on THE FANS!
Now, what Huy is doing isn’t merely a PARODY, he is taking straight out the same deal and the same creation with a slight change [BECAUSE EVERYONE KNOW TOAST CAT IS A BETTER MEME, RIGHT?] and using this to boost awareness of his website… What for? WHO KNOWS! But if something is popular, theres money to make… And we live in a Web 2.0 kind of age… Can you see how he could easily make money off something he doesnt owns?
Sure, he credits PRguitarman, but he CLAIMS ownership of the Meme [Or at least of NyanCat] for himself [On a Tweet he mentions “@PRguitarman @cr3 @coeurdartichauthttp://nyan.cat is derivative work. We’re all part of making the meme more popular.” but is that really true when you monopolize the website or resources from it?] Think about it, would you like someone else to be in control of something you created without a previous agreement… Changing the original source to make it a Parody only add Insult to the Injury.
Please Reblog to create a conscience of this! If anything, think for original content and how easily it can be plagiarized… There are risks and popularity is dangerous, but without it we wouldn’t be able to see or expand our creative minds.
There are a few that I really adore, but the battered hilt chain to complete Quel’Delar was really, really awesome to me. In particular I loved going to the isle of Quel’danas and seeing everything being rebuilt. Loved that line.
Your favorite zone (Classic, BC, WotLK, and Cata).
Classic:Feralas, but not for the quests. I love the music and the deep forest feel of the layout.. before Azeroth flying I used to love running through there and on all the twisty paths everywhere.
Burning Crusade: It’s a close tie between Eversong Woods and Nagrand here. Both have amazing soundtracks, and both have very unique and pleasing-to-the-eye designs. I love Eversong because that was my first exposure to WoW and it holds a special, nostalgic little place in my heart, but from the moment I hit Nagrand to level I also fell in love with it.
Wrath of the Lich King: I’m still not really sure which one is my favorite, since I did so many damn dailies on this continent and sort of grew sick of it after a while, but I really love Grizzly Hills' design and music. I wasn’t particularly fond of the quests here, but the music and especially the strip of coastline in this zone had me hooked.
Cataclysm:Vashj’ir. Without a doubt. First off, it’s the fucking ocean. The music (skip to 2:30) fits this zone perfectly.. it just feels like the ocean listening to it. The zone is detailed beyond belief; instead of just saying “LOL HERE’S SOME WATER WELCOME TO THE OCEAN” they added all these little non-interactable fish as well as hugeass whale sharks and plankton floating in the water around your screen, huge hunks of coral, etcetcetc. Some of the quests are weird, but as a zone I absolutely love it.
Back in WotLK I was in an up and coming raiding guild on my server. I personally got along with everyone there, but as time went on it became very clear that our guild master was a BIG GIANT DICK. (lol) This guy had a close gal-friend (they weren’t dating) that he was very controlling of, and when my friend and this girl started some little online fling, the guild master harassed him continuously, stopped letting him raid, and then eventually my friend just left because he was so tired of it. There are many, many more stories to go with this guy, but this one was one of the worst. The whole ordeal lasted over a month and a half.
Khayr! :D I started a character on a friend’s account at some gaming party and she turned into my own little monster when Ben bought me a computer and a subscription for Christmas. She’s my baby, I do everything with her. She’s only been around since Wrath but she has more things than a lot of players that are Vanilla starters, lawl.
Day 01 — your first character? Day 02 — the biggest jerk you’ve dealt with (in game)? Day 03 — a class you’re awful at playing? Day 04 — your favorite zone (classic, bc, wotlk & cata)? Day 05 — your favorite classic instance? Day 06 — your favorite quest line? Day 07 — your favorite piece of lore? Day 08 — pve/pvp? Day 09 — a screenshot you like. Day 10 — your favorite mount. Day 11 — your favorite gear set. Day 12 — your achievements (choose one character). Day 13 — your favorite burning crusade instance? Day 14 — when did you start playing? Day 15 — your favorite wrath instance? Day 16 — what do you listen to while playing? Day 17 — your favorite wow related youtube video? Day 18 — worst thing about wow? Day 19 — best thing about wow? Day 20 — how did you come up with your main’s name? Day 21 — your favorite battleground? Day 22 — your pets (choose one character). Day 23 — the longest you’ve gone without playing? Day 24 — your favorite glitch screenshot. Day 25 — who do you play with? Day 26 — list your characters and their levels. Day 27 — your titles (choose one character). Day 28 — your favorite boss? Day 29 — something you worked really hard to get. Day 30 — your main?