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Challenges & Activities / Re: GDC Art Jam
« on: March 28, 2016, 05:21:02 am »
Just dropping by to say I had a fun time there! It'd be awesome for these to happen more often if geographical buts weren't a thing. Looking forward to next year's.

P.S. That house was incredible! I couldn't help myself and explored some of it. Got a couple of ideas for my game, too :)

General Discussion / Re: Official Off-Topic Thread
« on: April 11, 2011, 05:05:47 am »
The reason why we would like to run people over with cars, rape and kill is because it's in our most primordial nature to do it. Supposed occidental civilisation has, as Freud once said (and I don't agree very much), made one of the most repressive systems to be had. We can't even think about doing wrong, and we're already punishing ourselves for thinking about it. I would like to think these acts of violence do take place, although it be in the mind. They're just as powerful and liberating, but they have the advantage of remaining just as possibility (and not fact, although they're just as meaningful as if they were fact). There's a huge undertaking to be made when we bring the word "possibility" into the conversation (there's also a huge road to explore with "death" and "time", but I'm sure most wouldn't be as interested as me) :).

Pixel Art / Re: My pixel art website
« on: July 01, 2010, 04:50:42 am »
Oh, I was just wondering if he was being serious or not. I later understood he wasn't, but here's what was written:

Hi there my name is Daniel,
Hi there am new to pixilation forums, and just wanted to introduce my self,
this is a level i am constructing for a shoot em up game I'm programming,
I used Microsoft Paint Application to draw it out,"

Embedded was a .jpg of his making. Here's my reply:

I'm not sure what it is you intend me to do, but I advise to
post this on the fora to get the critique you're probably looking for.


Little after posting on this thread for the first time, I received this generous reply:


Pixel Art / Re: My pixel art website
« on: June 30, 2010, 10:21:13 pm »
Has this guy e-mailed anyone else?

Pixel Art Feature Chest / Re: F. Nietzsche gazes into you
« on: June 29, 2010, 09:35:19 am »
I think I agree with most of what you say (except for the part about the unworrying, working artist). I apparently lost myself in Heidegger's/Tarkovsky's argument, but yes, at least the former explains adamantly that dualism is quite indeed monoism entire (cartesian atomism vs greek holism--I could elaborate more on this, if you want me to); religion and science tend to think manichaeistically, and both are inherently wrong in its fundamentalism (god is religion's mistake; metaphysics is science's). I suppose I most find meaning in dialectic phenomenalism, and this is what gives us the freedom to look into our being-in-the-world and try to find out who we are (which is intrinsically an unknowable and meaningless pursuit). The question on being is for ourselves, but scarcely made throughout our being-here. I feel immediately pretentious by writing this, but let's pretend I'm doing it as honestly as I am able. I have not stated that I am a thinker or an artist, whether I am one or not. So much meaning has been taken from those original words. When said, so much is left unsaid, and this oversight (which is what the word truly means) goes by absolutely unnoticed.
I'm sorry to have made you write all that last and this be my reply. I'm glad to have exchanged points of view.

Pixel Art Feature Chest / Re: F. Nietzsche gazes into you
« on: June 28, 2010, 10:33:12 pm »
I don't think I have much to add to what's been said, except that--talking about Nietszche--, Heidegger once wrote an essay called "The origin of the work of art". Not only does it explain what he thinks art is, and how it uses the artist rather than the other way around, he also questions and tries to understand the "is" of this last sentence. Apparently, an artist's (should he choose to call himself that) art is much more interesting when he's read non-cartesian philosophy (that is, Plato, Kant and Heidegger). The only thing I think I can suggest is that philosophy thinks being (the verb+noun). Art, on the other equally-valuable hand, feels it.

Not that it is respectively so in this case, but Tarkovsky suggested symbolism as a complex formula that can be intellectually split apart (first thought, then felt) while metaphors, however, are first to be felt and then thought. In this sense, philosophy and art are both a combination of each other and need each other to bear meaning about themselves, but philosophy analogically leans towards intellectualism whilst art does to emotion. Here's a quote from an interview of his:

"We can express our feelings regarding the world around us either by poetic or by descriptive means. I prefer to express myself metaphorically. Let me stress: metaphorically, not symbolically. A symbol contains within itself a definite meaning, certain intellectual formula, while metaphor is an image. An image possessing the same distinguishing features as the world it represents. An image as opposed to a symbol is indefinite in meaning. One cannot speak of the infinite world by applying tools that are definite and finite. We can analyse the formula that constitutes a symbol, while metaphor is a being-within-itself, it's a monomial. It falls apart at any attempt of touching it."


What is more important, it would seem as though art finds us and invades our vision; art could be a landscape, or the stars, or Bach's music. But once we're moved by these things, we cannot escape them, and they will force themselves upon us every time we create something we call artistic. Sorry for dragging the subject away from your piece, Helm. I very much digress all the time. Thanks for taking the time to read this.

2D & 3D / Re: I created procedural people
« on: June 28, 2010, 09:08:22 pm »
Me, too. I found this terribly interesting and have shown it to several people already. Very nice!

General Discussion / Re: Sooo, best method of apology?
« on: April 06, 2010, 04:16:42 am »
I really do not mean to prolong the argument, but all is good without fundamentalisms. I honestly do not think he should be apologising, or being forgiven. Sorry for throwing wood into the fire, if I did.

Pixel Art / Re: Belly dancer - 8 Color Music Challenge
« on: November 29, 2009, 08:15:29 pm »
It's a very nice process you've here. I like the composition and the simpleness :)

Personally, I tend to get confused with the last one. Although stylistically it's a better choice, it gets somewhat unreadable for such a small piece. Long hair also helps determine the position/orientation of the head (and since it lags behind the body's movement, it hints at what kind of movement the person was performing moments ago), which is something you might or might not want to suggest to the viewer. Also, the highlight in the background could recede a bit more like Tourist's edit, methinks.

2D & 3D / Re: Castle Background
« on: November 26, 2009, 08:27:25 pm »
Looks very nice. It reminds me of the backgrounds in Monkey Island II.

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