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Opinion: The Future of Modding with Paid Mods

Posted in LT_Commander's Stuff, Rants with tags , , , , , , , on April 24, 2015 by ltcom

Rarely have I felt so passionate about a subject like this.

Game mods, for me, have been my primary source of creative output since I was 10 years old – I’ll be turning 27 this November. I’ve been modding dozens of games for as long as most up and coming modders in my primary community have been alive. I have a library of public releases dating back to 2003 that have garnered a traceable number of over half a million downloads, I suspect though, that since this number only accounts for downloads in the last three or so years, I’ve likely hit well over a million people that have downloaded something I have made. If you account for derivative works or media that others have created that used my content as a cornerstone, that number is truly uncountable. I’ve never directly made a penny from any of this. I’ve never asked for donations, and I recently started fulfilling private contracts using my reputation to make legitimate original content for projects – even then, I held to the right to free public distribution when I could. This year, I moved into the sphere of Indie dev as an environment artist, and I don’t plan on stopping now.

Does it bother me that I never made a dime off of my years of work and contributions? No. Would I like to have gotten paid for my efforts? Well I’m not going to say no… if there’s money on the table, I’m not going to just leave it there. That said, I don’t think I would be half the artist I am today if my main goal was to make money. Allow me to extrapolate how I see modding communities split up as a result of paid mods, and why this would have made me quit a long time ago.

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Catching up once again…

Posted in 3d models/textures, LT_Commander's Stuff, Nirrti's Stuff, Rants with tags on February 1, 2012 by Nirrti

Well, the latest post was by Ross some time ago so I figured I’d make a new one.

Anyway, haven’t really modeled all that much lately, the last thing I’ve done being the “Nullifier”, a high-explosive shaped-charge designed to be used against fortifications and possibly enemy armor and other materiel.

The textures were obviously made by our very own LT_C, so credits where credits due.

Other stuff relating to gaming, a friend bought me Battlefield 3, and I’ve been playing it a bit recently for the past few days. I still don’t like origin, nor battlelog, and I still don’t get why they didn’t embed/integrate battlelog into the game itself, like on earlier battlefields. Apart from those two… inconveniences, it’s a solid game, although the shotgun slugs seem to be somewhat useless now most of the time. Useless as in a .44 magnum is more damaging than a slug from 40m away. Anyway, if you want, you can check out my BF3 stuff at http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bf3/user/Nirrti/

Apart from those, haven’t really been up to much, but have a picture of how Finland pretty much looks like this time of year.

 

Oh, and about Skyrim? It’s pretty much as I predicted in the earlier post, game kind of falls short due to engine choice. Not a bad game though, like I also said.

About Skyrim and Creation Engine…

Posted in Nirrti's Stuff, Rants on November 9, 2011 by Nirrti

So, been checking out skyrim recently, since it piqued my interest some time ago when Bethesda boasted that it has “an all new engine made just for Skyrim”. Funnily enough, the more I saw about the game, the more I was sure that it infact was not a new engine at all. And funnily enough, Bethesda has now admitted that it is so.

The Bear depicts the new engine and the hunter is... I don't know, here's a picture of Skyrim.

So, this “Creation” engine, it’s pretty much a renamed Gamebryo. That’s mostly what it is; Gamebryo with minor new features and a new name so that the old reputation wouldn’t carry over to Skyrim. I’d understand that when they said “an all new engine”, if the difference between Creation and Gamebryo was what the difference between Goldsrc (Half-Life 1) and Source (Half-Life 2) was back in the day. But no, it still has most of the same issues. Quite stiff animations, issues with NPC pathfinding, glitchy physics, old and obsolete shaders, and the list just goes on.

The Assassin's in Skyrim also know of the ancient techniques of Arm-through-chest-ism.

All in all, I’m not saying Skyrim’ll be a bad game, it more than probably will be a good or at least an enjoyable game and I’ll more than probably get it at some point, but I’m saying that Bethesda made a bad call with the engine. Because once again, the engine drags the game down from what it could be, to what it will be. It pulls the game down substantially because of it’s limitations and features it lacks.

FAMAS F1 WIP and other stuff.

Posted in 3d models/textures, Nirrti's Stuff, Rants with tags , , , on August 20, 2011 by Nirrti

Haven’t posted here awhile, so here’s some catching up.

First of all, been modeling a FAMAS F1 for my portfolio this week. Here’s the current WIP of it, as you can see, not much left now.


I’ve also got to play WH40k: Space Marine demo early since everyone who pre-purchased it on steam got early access to it. Here’s both missions on youtube. For some reason in the first one there’s a black/unrendered spot at 9:39-9:43, and I just didn’t want to rerender the whole video since that would’ve taken too long.

I’m also very eagerly waiting for Red Orchestra: Heroes of Stalingrad DDE beta, which should start any day now. Gotta thank a friend of mine (Jekko) for generously getting me both of those games though. And for BF3, well, I was very happy and interested and joyful about it at first, but after participating in the alpha and the recent news about it, can’t say I’m so happy about it anymore.

The BF3 alpha had some infuriating features that felt unnecessary and out of place for a Battlefield game, although it indeed was pretty fun and intense in some places. And while I don’t really play TF2 anymore, I recently took part in a contest at gamebanana, and got in shared third place with this entry.

Anyways, that’s pretty much all from me, been doing this and that and being bored and lazy as always.

Things Ross fucking hates: American over-representation

Posted in Rants, Rossmum's Stuff on May 24, 2011 by rossmum

Hi everybody!

I am sick to fucking death of just how much attention is given to the Americans in any given movie, game, book, or comic. Naturally this is nothing to do with my US counterparts – they’re great and they do great things – but it’s to do with the mindset a lot of people not just in the US but even in other countries have towards them. Apparently, the United States Military is the only competent military force on the planet and has single-handedly defeated every evil to surface in the last two hundred and forty years. I don’t think so, kiddies.

I don’t get it. Isn’t anyone else getting really sick and tired of playing as the same guys with the same gear in the same places in games? Of seeing the exact same people do everything in movies? Of hearing how great the US military is from your own shitbrick countrymen, who aren’t even aware of our own military history?

I’ve had enough of Iraq and Afghanistan in games, and definitely enough of the AMERICA GOOD RUSSIA/CHINA/ARABS BAD setup we see in movies and books as well as our games. Even WWII games could stand to pay a little more attention to the British, the Canadians, Australians, Poles, Soviets, Free French, and even the other side – hell I’d love to see a game do a decent job of that. Most people seem totally unaware Australia fought in Vietnam, and in no small numbers, either. The same goes for Korea, Malaya, Born- oh hang on, I’ve started listing wars that nobody really seems to give a shit about anymore. Why are there no big Korea games? Where are the games set in the Falklands? At least World in Conflict did some good by giving depth to the Soviets and not making the Americans out to be some infallible master-race.

Speaking of World in Conflict and Afghanistan…

Embattled Soviet troops manning a heavy machine gun post, following a hit-and-run Mujahideen attack

Click for full size. It’s my little contribution to stem the tide of American over-representation in Garry’s Mod pictures, I guess. Soviet wars are more interesting to me than seeing the same thing over and over, and unlike most people I don’t see the postwar USSR as some kind of evil moster since all their war plans were conditional on America attacking first. Big surprise, America – people don’t like it when you provoke them regularly for decades and then call them an evil empire!

With my rant done, I will say again – I think our American allies are doing good and I’m glad we have them. I just hate everybody else for blowing things out of proportion and being nationalistic cuntrags.

OH GOD ROSS YOU CRAZY FUCK WHAT ARE YOU DOING

Posted in 3d models/textures, Rants, Rossmum's Stuff on May 11, 2011 by rossmum

Uh oh.



For those who know me, you know the biggest obstacle between me and actually finishing things is my insatiable need for perfection. If something’s not right, even if only a handful of sperglords would notice, it’s getting redone or scrapped.



It should be no big surprise, then, that I have looked at my recently-‘finished’ King Tiger and decided it’s not done. I cut some serious corners to finish it sooner and considering its final polycount, adding more detail really can’t make it any less suitable for a game than it already is. On the revised to-do list:


  • Actually give it a full complement of equipment, which means adding a couple of hand tools, jack and block, a smaller-gauge steel tow cable, and a fire extinguisher. Possibly even spare track links.
  • Redo the cogs (again) to add more detail.
  • Proper tracks (maybe).
  • If I’m crazy enough, the rest of the fine details. More work on the air vent bell covers, relief around maintenance hatches, hinges and equipment hooks. Oh Christ I’ve gone insane.



Also on the modelling to-do list:

  • XM16E1, M16A1, maybe a few other Vietnam-era AR-15 actioned weapons
  • Enfield EM-2
  • CZ-75B
  • Pistolet Yarygin (PYa Grach)
  • Pz.Kpfw.V Panther Ausf. G (late)
  • Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I



Yet to be finished or redone:

  • Mosin-Nagant M91/30 PU (possibly a PE as well, and the scopeless infantry rifle with straight bolt)
  • SVU-AS (barely started)
  • Ferranti Mk.II gyroscopic gunsight (this is actually almost done)
  • Heinkel He219 cockpit (only finished the blind flying instrument panel…)
  • Arado  Ar240C-2 (a half-finished fuselage in need of reworking).



Someone please fucking punch me in the balls if I try to add any more ideas to this list.

Bored rantings

Posted in Rants, Rossmum's Stuff on May 4, 2011 by rossmum

Hi everyone. I’m bored. I’m in the middle of a 2-hour statistics lab with maybe 45 minutes’ worth of actual substance. As a result, I am on here ranting to try and pass the time!

First up, fuck modern PC parts manufacturers. I spent the weekend at my parents’ farm; before I left I shut down my PC just in case of a lightning strike to Newcastle’s less-than-stellar grid (and also because I didn’t want to waste electricity, even if I’m not paying it – my landlord is a chill dude and I wouldn’t want to lumber him with a huge bill). It decided this was the best time to install something on the order of 15 separate and gigantic updates. By the time I really had to go, it was still installing the first, so I just left it to do that and then shut itself down. As a result, it was still plugged in with the power point on all weekend.
I’m not sure what happened, but upon returning home, I found the circuit breaker tripped and, once that was fixed, my PC not responding to the power button. No lights, no beeps, no subtle whirring as the hard drive booted. Great. I bought the PSU (a fairly reputable one) about a year ago, and it’s packed up right outside the warranty window. This seems to be a recurring theme; the PSU I had before it lasted scarcely six months, and the one before that about a year. I remember my original PSU had been in about three different PC builds over ten years before it finally failed. Obviously things aren’t built to last these days. With luck, nothing else was damaged and I’ll be able to pick up a replacement immediately after this exercise in boredom is complete.

Secondly, fuck statistics. Still 90 minutes to go… ugh.