My book of cartoons is out NOW in the UK and on 30th April in North America. Details are here
Remember when consoles were about playing games and not advertising or updating twitter?
remember when video games were desperately underfunded and glitchy, when they were so bad that the video game industry as a whole almost went down the shitter until one company (nintendo) started making games, that weren’t so popular for being good games (back then, they’re more popular and seen as “amazing games” now because of nostalgia) but were popular and actually revived the entire video game industry because they had games that TURNED ON AND WORKED. and now that the video game industry is spending millions of dollars to makes games so great (see max paine 3, $108 mil to produce) and the only way they can get the funding for these games that you know and love is by SELLING THEM, and you SELL them by advertising, because people don’t make money off things that don’t sell, and people don’t buy things unless they have that thing shoved violently down their throat plenty of times.
tldr you have good games because of the shitty advertising deal with it
You seem to think you know quite a bit. If your tumblr profile is to be believed, you don’t really remember nearly as much as I do from your well seasoned age of 17. This is to say when you were 7, you were playing the Playstation 2 at it’s elder years.
Games prior to this were not grossly under budgeted. They were simply budgeted. Now games are grossly over budgeted because corporations have decided we the consumer want soulless, “edgy” brown sequels much like the much critically mixed Max Payne 3 that Rockstar spent way to much money making for a game that was not nearly as compelling as the previous entries in the series. Compared to gears of war, and I will hold my opinion as to the quality of those games, but the budget for those is closer to 15-20 million.
Does “shitty advertising” pay for that? No. Publishers do. But Microsoft has found ways to make sure the console you paid for that belongs to you belongs to them as much as they can. That’s why they update it so often. That’s why you’re bombarded with ads on your dashboard. I’m not exposed to coca-cola or dorito ads when I’m playing Mass Effect. That’s all from turning on my xbox and seeing that advertisers now have a stake in the system I paid for. It would be foolish for anyone to think that any of this money goes into game development.
As per your comment on quality of games only going up, the bigger games get, the amount of bugs only goes up. The more stable games in this day and age do not come from AAA game developers (Elder Scrolls is a prime example). They come from indie developers that microsoft has shunned once again. You have patches today that you did not need over ten years ago because publishers feel that they can shipped unfinished buggy games and fix them later. Why? Because they want their money.
When you turn on a game system, and it’s one gigantic hub for everything with games seemingly as an afterthought, at what point does this benefit games? When that much greed comes into a practice of making art for profit, at what point does it improve what was already good?
Concerning these recent game posts, I’ll have to say something: Nintendo has always been good and true to is bringing its consumers GAMES over all else. Sure they try different methods from time to time for us to experience games, things like changing how we play them or interface with the consoles- but they always are looking to make a fun gaming experience.
They try not to think about what brings them money- advertising, forced, paid online game services, pandering entertainment- they think about what people will sit down and enjoy to play. They still ship games like its the ol’ cartridge days of the 80s n 90s- get as much work and playtesting done because the product you put out there is the final version. Becasuse in the end, that is what Nintendo believes will always sell- good games.
And for those who ever studied good game design or classes, Nintendo titles tend to always be the forerunner. They might not be titles that have tremendous narrative or character driven plot (hell most mario games have virtually zero) but they capture what makes a game a true GAME. The subtlety of how they do their level layouts, their character designs, and how fluid and entertaining their controls are.
Not saying Nintendo is always the best company, but I feel that when it comes to video games as a medium, they’ve always had their head in the right place and their intentions well.
Colouring they keyframes and slapping in a hasty cheat-tween!?
Next thing you know, we’ll have TV shows animated entirely in Flash using digital tweening and- oh… Oh right. Yeah. Never mind.
at this exact moment, I lost my wits.
this just came on my TV and I took out my earbuds to watch cause the animation’s cute as shit
holy shit I love this
thats fucking cute as all hell oh my gosh
hello yes I would like to buy your product
Brakk: Caramel sounds like a girl’s name.
Caramel: It’s a unisex name…
Brakk: But since I met you it seems more like a boy’s name.
Caramel: Exactly! Unisex!
Brakk: Maybe you need sex. I had sex a couple of days ago.
Caramel: No, U-N-I-sex.
Brakk: … I don’t think so.
Caramel: I’m sure I’ve heard this conversation somewhere before.
~~~ Meanwhile, in Los Angeles~~~
Matt LeBlanc: *shudders*
Jennifer Aniston: You okay?
Matt LeBlanc: I have the strangest feeling that a talking crocodile and his best friend, a cat, just made a reference to a scene we performed in the nineties.
Jennifer Aniston: … D’you think they’ll have to pay royalties?
Brakk: Do you think we’ll have to pay royalties?
Thanks for sparking our imaginations, Ray.
RIP Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013)
In at the Deep End
Maya 2013, After Effects CS6, Photoshop CS6
it was gorgeous
So I wrote and animated this tutorial for people working on my short film Bothered, but I figured it would be useful for all animators, particularly beginners. I borrowed some of these concepts from this awesome packet done by Jon Hooper and Michel Gagne, which is also pretty great!
“It’ll change the direction of Doctor Who forever!”
C’mon, you all thought it for one little moment! Don’t lie!