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General Discussion / Re: Official Off-Topic Thread
« on: April 25, 2007, 02:17:12 am »
Every virus is almost completely fatal? There hasnt been a *single* report of a serious osX virus outbreak in the wild, and osX is like.. 7 years in public use?.. I totally disagree about the breakability thing. I've never had that sort of issue.. (ive had a couple of hds die completely, but they were just hds, nothing to do with the mac) In my family we have a G3 ibook, a G4 powemac, G4 imac, G4 powerbook, a G5 Powermac, a Macbook, and a Macbook Pro and all work as perfectly as ever.. And they've all recieved seriously heavy use. ... And you do get detailed error messages most of the time - if anything crashes all the info goes in the Console crash log anyway.

Also I dont really know what you mean about it doing things for you, Windows is no better with it's "wizards". It doesn't do anything without me telling it to first? The OS's really aren't *that* different imo. All the main productivity apps are identical, and the finder + spotlight is not that different to Windows Explorer.. How is a Mac a bad Personal Computer? It lets you easily install X11 and run pretty much all unix apps. It comes with a fully functional unix terminal out of the box... You could choose to use that if you hate the UI. There are "easy" apps and more complex ones, like there is on windows. It's not inherently a lazy person's OS.

One thing I really hate is the idea that if something is harder its in some way better or more worthy. You get that a lot from Linux bods. If you really can get the same results with less work, what's so bad about that? I really don't understand the argument, why would you choose to make things more difficult..? As long as you aren't losing functionality to make something easier then it doesn't strike me as a problem. If they're making photoshop easier for beginners, that strikes me as a good thing, as long as they don't prune stuff!

One thing I definitely agree on, the ads largely suck. :/

Hehe computer debates.  :'(

General Discussion / Re: Official Off-Topic Thread
« on: April 25, 2007, 01:08:21 am »
I cant do pixelling with a tablet, i dont know why. :/

I use an Intuos for pretty much everything but pixelly stuff.

Pixel Art / Re: First pixel art works
« on: April 23, 2007, 10:53:48 am »
I really like those little skulls too.. That's one tiny sword wielding zombie! I can't offer v good crit  (I'm only starting out really), but just wanted to say I like these a lot!

The heads are hard to comment on, the male ones look really good, and I imagine the female will too with hair, just without hair her head shape i think is a bit freaky. The expressions are v nice though. Part of the neck looks too pronounced on the male ones..

The.. umm " / " line by the adams apple.. lol. My anatomy vocabulary is fubar!

Pixel Art / Re: Mr. Hedgehog
« on: April 23, 2007, 10:40:09 am »
The pineapple seems sort of realistic, style wise, and the hedgehog's face/legs do too.. So I can't really tell what style you're aiming for, as;

The spikes look like they come straight off sonic , which looks.. Comparatively wrong. A hedgehog's form is really just ballish, or like a rat/mouse/guinneapig - The spikes would look like coarse hair, and not actually deform it's shape.

The spikes you've done facing us look nicer, it's just the ones on top that're making it jarring (to me at least)

It is v cute though, I love hedgehogs. Not convinced they eat pineapples though.  ;)

General Discussion / Re: Official OT-Creativity Thread [Nudity]
« on: April 23, 2007, 10:28:46 am »
Splat.. Those are lovely! Did you answer anywhere what course you're doing?

I really like the silhouettes.. I'd never thought of that as a way of beginning to develop character ideas.. Thinking about it though, it must be quite a good way.. they have a lot of punch in silhouette.. Interesting!

I might pixel one (probably badly) too! Yay!

I also love Adarias' concept art style, and Zach's sketches - this whole thread is v inspiring!

General Discussion / Re: Official Off-Topic Thread
« on: April 23, 2007, 10:15:52 am »
AdamA has it down completely.. The mac/PC thing *never ends* - though i think it's sometimes a fun debate. I prefer using macs but I like having windows around for extra games, hehe.

Feron: Pixen crashes all the time for me.. Well, it used to - I should probably give it another chance. I use photoshop for pretty much everything (mostly not pixel graphics!)... I second your adium comment.. Adium is gorgeous.. Also, Colloquy for IRC is a good bet.

Stwelin: Jumbled up inside? They seem tidier? I spend about the same time inside/upgrading my mac as I do my PC/s.. Also all macs made in the last year (+?) either have a right mouse button, or the ability to do right clicks without using the keyboard (two-finger click on laptops) and they've supported multi button mice for over a decade - You probably already know about that, its just the "omgar macs only have one button, i like more buttons!" thing is always brought up in most mac/pc conversation, hehe.

I agree though, there are a lot of annoying Mac elitists, but they're on both sides of the fence really. I guess as the Mac guys are a minority they may feel the need to be more vocal about it? Mac users do sometimes get looked down on or implied/labelled as dumb.. Which makes it easy to get defensive.  When I started my course at Uni (BSc games design) the amount of jokey crap people would say was bordering on surreal, and almost always out of ignorance/having been fed misinformation. I dont think there's a higher proportion of annoying or stuck up Mac users than Windows ones - but there are closed minded people on "both sides" for sure. People just need to defend their investment I guess, without realising the right thing for them isn't necessarily the right thing for everyone else.

Personally I think the main thing going for the Mac (other than the stability/pseudo-immunity/looks) is lots of unique software.. just like windows. :) So it really depends what software you want to run.

Random personal Mac thing: I'm *very* happy as I just flashed an ati9800xt to work in my "old" dualG5 powermac.  Hurrah for free/cheap upgrades!  Also, before I was a Mac user I was an Amiga user.. Part of me's still waiting for a usable modern Amiga as a hobby machine. That part has been waiting a LONG time. Grr.

What type are you on Feron? My main machine is the Powermac, but I have a Macbook for Uni.. Being able to run windows+osX simultaneously is useful as we need to run a lot of Windows only dev stuff. Virtools mostly. Blech.

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That too.   :lol: I fail so bad at avoiding this sort of topic.  :'(

Pixel Art / Re: Platformer mockup WIP
« on: April 20, 2007, 10:51:35 pm »
I liked how she looked so apprehensive and out of place before.. Could've made for a good scenario. She really didn't  look like she wanted to be there at all.. :)

The middle of the dithering above each arch is a bit distracting I think.. I like the floor.. The wall looks a bit flat though? Could you add more variation and shadowed bricks to give it more depth? Maybe it could be darker in relation to the floor to send it further backward.

I definitely like the new ceiling colour more. Not sure what I'd do, but it's looking pretty sofar. I dont think she'd look totally out of place if there were more characters in a similar style.

Pixel Art / Re: [WIP]The Front Door
« on: April 20, 2007, 10:16:48 pm »
.. Then draw something else?

You haven't even said what you want to put *in* the room.. "Objects" is pretty vague.

Also the perspective itself is messed up. It'd be hard drawing anything in correct perspective in that room regardless of how good you were.

General Discussion / Re: Official Off-Topic Thread
« on: April 18, 2007, 06:55:25 am »
There may be no solution for the US gun issues, its not like a switch could be flipped, as the culture is gunnish already. :(

More gun control/less availability *would* decrease gun crime. But it would no way stop this sort of stuff from happening completely. I think saving some lives is important.. Saying there's no point curbing it because it won't stop them completely is a bit weird. Every little counts when it comes to people dying, I would've thought.

At least having a full ban on automatic weapons, some types of handguns, makes sense to me.. What possible argument is there for needing automatics? especially sub-machine guns etc..
hypothetically; If I want to kill people and the only weapon to hand isn't a gun - I'll likely use something else.. Said "other" weapon would be  likely less insta-kill and easy to kill many people in a short period. .. Surely getting them out of shops and 'the average house' couldn't actually do any harm.. (?)

I doubt the average angry teen in a 'normal' school has access to seedy underworld stuff so i think it's odd to assume they'd all have access to guns if there was no legal trade..

« on: April 18, 2007, 06:13:04 am »
*puts up a noob hand* I think there's a few lessons which can be learnt from lots of people posting colours of the same lineart, as has happened frequently in the lineart thread.. It shows how much can be done from a simple base, and how even on tiny stuff - artists have distinct styles.. Nowhere else on the board do you get that in quite such a concentrated way, without having to surf n-million threads.

Depends how beginner-friendly the place is supposed to be really, as I think it's currently one of the most "accessible" (unscary) parts of the board.

It's definitely a fun topic to look through anyway, and I think it's currently pretty educational (if individual betterment is the main purpose of the board). Just because the artist did/didn't get crit doesn't mean others can't benefit from the pics.. They could always ask for C&C in the post itself if they do want it anyway.. (it wouldn't have a "No crit here plz!" rule or anything, surely)

I have no idea what I'd do if i were the admin in this situation though.. There seem to be merits to all the ideas.  ??? Personally I think I like the 2 thread idea..  Maybe don't even sticky the "coloured in" thread though, as activity would likely keep it bumped.. (?)

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