Monday, March 10, 2014

Anonymous asked: What's your advice to someone wanting to get into animation and go to college for it? :x

yesthisisaaron:

Well son, come and let me impart to you wisdom from my shallow pool of experience. I suppose my advice would be to figure out where you want to go in animation and start today in doing the things that’ll get you there. I began studying animation oblivious to how many facets there are to it. There’s character/environment design, modeling, rigging, texturing, lighting, character animation, special effects, traditional animation, storyboarding, etc. I was pretty overwhelmed by all of it when I started school, and I had no idea what I wanted to do, so I spent a lot of time kind of aimlessly wandering around different things. I tried my hand at modeling, rigging, and 3D character animation for a while because I was under the impression that I’d have a better chance at getting a job if that was my skill set. But, I hated it so much. It was seriously the butts. I wish I had realized earlier on that I needed to do something that I was both passionate about and adept at. As soon as I decided I wanted to be a storyboard artist, my education became more meaningful and my work ethic increased, because I realized it was what I really wanted to do, and it was something I could be good at. Once you know exactly where you want to go, and have a clear goal, its much easier to take steps towards that and learn the skills you need to. Start networking as soon as you can with people already in the industry. They’re super friendly and helpful, I promise, and with tumblr it’s way easy to get in contact and meet professionals who could help you out. Tumblr got me my job at Nickelodeon, so I can’t talk up networking enough (and the importance nowadays of having an online presence). Draw all the time. Draw from imagination but draw from life as well. The craziest, coolest, most amazing things are around you and you should stay in touch with them. Don’t neglect reality. An animation career probably seems like a life spent behind a glowing monitor, but animation gets all its inspiration from the real world, so live in it. Which kind of leads me to my next piece of advice. If you want to make cartoons someday then I say be a cartoon today. Be happy, charismatic, enthusiastic. Have adventures, explore, take risks, love a lot, learn a lot, make good friends, discover how to be a good person. Make your life a fun story. See things from a different perspective. Find the good everywhere. These are some things that have helped me as an artist, animator, and storyteller. Just work hard, be happy, you’ll do great. Anyways, thanks for reading this hodgepodge of advice.

I can verify that everything he says is true because I WATCHED HIM TRY ALL THOSE THINGS. There’s nothing wrong with trying different things, of course (one of the best rigger friends I know wanted to do animation at first), but if you’re specializing in something you hate just because you think it might get you a job quicker, then you might as well go to business school instead. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

coelasquid:

titleknown:

Neat! I was going to give this a skip after I heard Bob Chipman’s scathing takedown of it (Which works well with this essay in a point/counterpoint way) but I might give it a shot on DVD/Netflix if it’s as not-stupid as ya say!

This is the same guy who said that Splice (aka Women Can’t Science: the Motion Picture) was a “great feminist take on the Frankenstein story” and Bayonetta was “proportioned like a real woman” yeah, ha ha, I’ve yet to see this guy do a review that didn’t reek of blind fanboyism and sour grapes, I can’t take anything he says seriously.

Ahahahaha, did he really say that about Bayonetta? Man, I like Bayonetta, but I would never say she was ‘proportioned like a real woman.’ Isn’t she something like ten-heads-tall?

Friday, February 14, 2014
fablepaint:

Bother birds. I own two.
(Animation warmup)

fablepaint:

Bother birds. I own two.

(Animation warmup)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Fez

defiantmiscreant:

lostgash:

steamtags:

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Hey, Valve, what if Phil Fish doesn’t like being personally abused through his game’s Steam tags?

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Oh, that’s right, you don’t give a shit

There should be an ability to flag or report tags.

Honestly though, the tags for the most parts are turning out pretty good. I mean yes you get the silly ones showing up on games like this, but the point of the tags is to sort of sum up what people think of the game, and a lot of people don’t like the game because honestly Phil Fish is kind of an ass. I think yes maybe some of them should be removed if you want to be a bit more serious about it (Like “ebrbrbrbrbrbr” being a tag for Moonbase Alpha) but honestly, I like the tag system how it is right now, it does give a good general view on peoples thoughts on the game

Sorry, but nowhere in the FAQ does it say that the tags are meant to show what people think of the game. That’s what the reviews and recommendations are for. Tagging is meant as a new way for people to discover new games and figure out what kind of game it is. Tagging a game as ‘overrated,’ ‘diva dev’ or ‘choke on it’ tells a person nothing other than “Wow, people are really salty about this game for some reason!”

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Fez

steamtags:

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Hey, Valve, what if Phil Fish doesn’t like being personally abused through his game’s Steam tags?

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Oh, that’s right, you don’t give a shit

Yeah, I have no idea why Valve didn’t think this would be horribly abused. The way it is now, it’s just another venue for effortless trolling like Metacritic or Amazon.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

homestuckhansi:

"They said adventure games were dead, but then Broken Age punched its hand out of the grave and grabbed you by the wrist and you screamed just like in the end of Carrie except what you screamed was "I love adventure games so much!" And sorry I spoiled the end of Carrie. "

I swear to god whoever on the Broken Age dev team wrote this was possesed by Andrew Hussie

That was probably Tim Schafer, who wrote and designed Broken Age! He’s really famous for his sense of humor and has been making funny games since 1990. If anything, Andrew Hussie was probably inspired by Tim Schafer! You should definitely check out the Monkey Island series and Grim Fandango, among many others, if you like that kind of humor.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tumblr posts comparing extroverts to introverts abridged.

coelasquid:

Extroverts are loud obnoxious brainless viking warriors who will shit on your table and  uproot all of your potted plants. Their minds have been trapped in the party rock dimension by an evil sorcerer while their corporeal forms exist in our own plane of reality, causing them to stumble around in a constant unaware daze.

Introverts are super-genius shy fragile literal wood nymphs that shatter when exposed to direct eye contact subsist entirely on a diet of nothing but tea and the written word. Extending offers to social gatherings causes them to actually die.

Introvert here, thanking you for this post.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Dear Game Developers: Don’t Ever Make Sex Mandatory in an RPG

This post has been a long time coming.

Yesterday The Secret World was on sale for only $10. I had always been intrigued about TSW since they first released those cinematic trailers way back in 2007, so I figured why not? I bought it, let it download while I got some work done, and then went back to it in the evening. I pick ‘Dragon’ because hey! I’m half-Asian, they’re Asian, this’ll be great!

TURNS OUT, once you decide to join the Dragon, a mystic Korean lady performs oral sex on you. You’re not informed this is the initiation ritual, and once you go through the door you are given no choice to back out.

Okay. I have a problem with this.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Anonymous asked: What the hell's with nerds and anti-intellectualism?

swamitime:

I’m not entirely sure but in order to even start on this one we kinda have to discuss what “nerd” means now. I don’t think most people who self-label as “nerds” in 2013 are generally interested in academic pursuits. I’ve noticed that when you try and engage people who self-identify as “nerds” about their favorite media, or any media really, on a level other than “do you love [franchise]? I love [franchise] too!” it doesn’t go very well and, in my experience, they tend to shut down, or tell you you’re not a real fan. I certainly haven’t noticed a sudden burst of desire from these folks to discuss these things in anything other than “I love this! I’m a Marvel nerd, my favorite superhero is Iron Man” terms.

But then, the word “nerd” has changed completely. I haven’t associated the word “nerd” with the classic meaning, “person of above-average intelligence with an interest in math and/or science and maybe has poor social skills” in over a decade. People say the word is meaningless now, and while I used to agree with that, I think it’s just adopted a new meaning.

A “nerd” - now completely interchangeable with “geek” - consumes one or more (typically three or more) of the following mass media franchises:

Star Wars
Doctor Who
Marvel/DC Movies & TV shows based on comics
The Walking Dead
Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit
Anything Joss Whedon has worked on

And on a wider scope, the entire video games industry, along with whatever flavor-of-the-year memes they’ve adopted (right now it’s the bacon/sriracha/Tesla/Neil Degrasse Tyson/George Takei Facebook stuff, which may cycle out here soon. Only a few years ago it was Ninjas/Pirates/Zombies). Unless you try and dig a little deeper - and even then there will be mixed results - this is generally where their interests, at least from a media consumption perspective, lie. The way your typical 21st century “nerd” will talk about these franchises (and in many cases, life in general) is informed entirely - and I mean all-consumingly - by the internet. Conversations with people who subscribe to the modern nerd lifestyle will inevitably unearth opinions recycled largely from Tumblr and Reddit, to the point where once you’re familiar with the agreed-upon majority opinion of a film, a TV show, a director, an actor, a movie trailer, a comic book, really any piece of media, you can largely predict a self-labeled nerd’s take on any one of these things. Go stand in line for the midnight premiere of a Marvel or Hobbit movie at any local multiplex. You will hear the same Reddit/Tumblr/Well-Worn Internet Opinion On Pop Culture Thing stated and restated many many times over. It is uncanny and, to me, a little unsettling. This is Nerd Culture in 2013.

To get back to the basic question, Nerd Culture does not seem to be interested in substantive or critical discussion of the mass media franchises they enjoy. That isn’t some mega-slam or even an insult; they just want to enjoy this stuff, move on to the next thing and get excited about it with their friends. Attempting to engage them in critical discussion is largely seen as antagonistic criticism of them and isn’t welcomed or encouraged - analyzing or critiquing Marvel/Hobbit/Doctor Who/Joss Whedon stuff is just not really what they’re about. You will be accused of thinking you’re so smart, “overanalyzing” everything, being “unable to just like things”, etcetera and so on. That the modern nerd attitude is to internalize the media you love to the point where any criticism of it is a criticism of you is no small part of this phenomenon. There’s a small attempt to hang on to the idea that “nerds are smart and interested in intellectual things” but even that has been distilled down to children’s television-sized “fun science facts” that get passed around as image memes with Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s face on them, and their interest and engagement with science ends there. And that, in my current experience, is true for *most* people who identify as “nerds” right now.

This is all not to suggest that I’m some high-minded intellectual giant looking down his nose at the plebeian nerds - I watch a lot of this stuff too and certainly keep up with these franchises. But my interest in media has always - as a teenager and then much moreso in college - has always been about analysis, critique, discussion and exploration. I’ve come to accept that it’s a lot more fun to find other people who like to do those things with me than to try and engage a huge group of people who have made it abundantly clear that they have no interest whatsoever in any of that. Anti-intellectual? Maybe, but that’s an uphill battle I’m not going to fight.

Man, what a great post. I also think that  a lot of social media websites don’t help with this either, what with the whole upvote and downvote system on Reddit and the incredible difficulty with tracking people’s posts on Tumblr. It makes it so that if you say something somewhat positive/negative about ANYTHING, people accuse you of being a fanboy/girl or a hater before they even read your entire post. :\