September 25, 2012 5:59 pm at 5:59 pm #932445
besalel: No, I am not insulted that you think gaming is a waste of time. It would be very silly for me to be insulted every time someone voices an opinion different from my own. But you must realize that voicing your opinion like a second grader on a playground can be personally insulting. As wel asl quite unnecessary. Why don’t you voice your opinion like the mature adult you claim to be?September 25, 2012 6:15 pm at 6:15 pm #932446
Hobby or addiction, fellows?September 25, 2012 6:46 pm at 6:46 pm #932447
Hello Coffee Room,
I am not a gamer and I never have been. But might we try to be kind to each other, today of all days, and not call each other names directly or indirectly? I wish the best for everyone here!September 27, 2012 4:19 am at 4:19 am #932448
Anybody who says gaming is a bad outlet should do some introspection. Assuming you aren’t making it a habit instead of a hobby, and that you allot your time responsibly for “business” and for pleasure, gaming is no different than watching movies, reading secular books, or playing chess. Anybody with a hobby who calls gaming bad is an outright hypocrite who is too blind to see his/her own faults. I personally play games only when I’m on vacation from school and have plenty of downtime to spare. Boredom is deadly, and gaming is a healthy and often very social outlet for when I just can’t be sitting and learning. Gaming today is not of the anti-social nature that it had in the late 90s. That is simply a stigma that refuses to die among those who know less about modern gaming than they do about quantum mechanics.September 27, 2012 2:16 pm at 2:16 pm #932449
aurora is right; besalel, I apologize for the nasty tone in my remarks.
Middlepath, Curiosity, Queen Bee: Can we just continue this thread and not address the new elements? It would be such a shame to let this thread get all whatever…September 27, 2012 3:10 pm at 3:10 pm #932450
oneofmany: i really wasnt trying to tork you off. if you enjoy gaming you should care what everyone else says anyway.September 27, 2012 3:49 pm at 3:49 pm #932451
I agree, OOM! (what was the name I used to call you? Wun Uv Meny or something? lol).
Curiosity, just wanted to advise you not to get too worked up over this. I had a similar situation happen to me a while ago where I was discussing my writing with another member, and a member came in and was totally rude and disrespectful. So the best thing to do is steer clear of the jerks and carry on. We were having soo much fun and they all felt left out so they had to say something negative 😛
Sooooo, back to regular programming. I’m up to the last board in my Caesar game and once I’m done I shall resume my awesome detective, and not-so-awesome driving, skillz in L.A. Noire. What games are you guys in middle of playing?September 27, 2012 7:06 pm at 7:06 pm #932452
Absolutely, oom. I wasn’t going to address it anyway. So.. who do you follow on DeviantArt? Are you part of any groups? It’s hard for me to go through all the submissions by all the artists I’m following, there’s so many! I skim them and check out the the ones that stand out most. Photoshop question for you: is there a way to create a reflection of something, by use of a tool, besides by just copying and pasting an altered version of it onto a new layer? Because that would be so helpful. Thanks!
QB, maybe a little Blur can get your driving skillz back up to “awesome” -). I’m in middle of Fable again, actually. Also in the middle of Driver: San Francisco, and I never finished Fallout New Vegas.September 27, 2012 7:35 pm at 7:35 pm #932453
In the middle of right now:
FO: New Vegas
Gran Turismo 5
Assassin Creed II
Dragon Age II
Alice: Madness ReturnsSeptember 27, 2012 8:08 pm at 8:08 pm #932454
besalel: Thanks. 🙂 So no hard feeings?
QB: lol yeah, back when that was my subtitle. ^_^ I’m in middle of Kingdom Hearts 3D. I just finished it a few weeks ago and I’m trying to beat it on critical mode (wish me luck :P).
And talk about driving skills…I can defeat secret bosses without breaking a sweat, but I can’t get past those racing minigames in less than eight tries. I generally just hand the game over to my little brother lol.
MP: Haha I’m not part of any groups – I’m not really active enough. I mostly lurk and grovel in dumbfounded awe in the shadows of artists I hope to emulate someday. ^_^ A couple of my favorites, off the top of my head: alice-chan, Mr–Jack, vinegar, strongstuff (best ector art I’ve ever seen). There are a lot more, but I can’t pull up my favorites righ now…
Yeah, Painter 12 has some sort of feature that reflects as you draw, right? 😛 I don’t think Photoshop has someting dedicated like that. There is a tool that you can you use to reflect selections in the transformations menu (unless you knew about that one already?), but do you have to make a copy first. You don’t have to make a new layer – I wouldn’t unless I had to tweak the selection further.September 27, 2012 9:51 pm at 9:51 pm #932455
MP, lol -). Actually, it’s because of Blur that I’m a crazy driver in L.A. Noire. Whenever my guy gets into the car, I want to race, race, race, knock into things and destroy my car! Hehe -). Oooh, Fable. I’ve always wanted to play that game -(. And I didn’t started Fallout: New Vegas yet! Is it good?
enlightenedjew, nice list! So jealous about Skyrim lol. Is Gran Turismo 5 a racing game? MP, for you! Is Dragon Age good? I saw a deal the other day for Dragon Age and Dragon Age 2 plus the expansion for really cheap, but I wasn’t sure if it was any good.
Wun Uv Meny, good luck! =)September 28, 2012 2:23 am at 2:23 am #932456
I ran over so many innocent people in Noire… The driving responsiveness is horrendous!September 28, 2012 3:47 am at 3:47 am #932457
QB, thanks. Yes, GT5 is a racing sim, only on PS3 tho.
Dragon Age is an excellent game, getting thru it on regular difficulty takes a lot of thought and strategizing. DA2 so far is ok, good story but the developers recycled a lot of the environments throughout the game and combat is a little simpler.September 28, 2012 4:00 am at 4:00 am #932458
It was actually kind of funny now that I think of it.. I would drive around trying to solve murders, while committing them at the same time.September 28, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm #932459
For those here who are artists, BTW, Alice:Madness Returns is chock full of great art, especially atmospheric art. A bit dark in nature, but it’s clear that art style took a front seat to gameplay and plot…October 7, 2012 6:05 pm at 6:05 pm #932460
Did anyone have the pleasure of checking out “Forward Unto Dawn” yet? I heard it can be viewed online for free on the Halo website, but haven’t had time to look at it yet. How was it?October 7, 2012 7:15 pm at 7:15 pm #932461
ej: Thanks, I just checked it out. 🙂October 10, 2012 8:47 pm at 8:47 pm #932462
OOM, those artists you mentioned on DeviantArt are very impressive! Hadn’t seen their work till now. There are so many great artists there. I recently discovered this guy named Christian Gerth on there, and his work is really amazing. His fantasy settings are mind blowing.
Yea, the Painter 12 has a tool like that, but I actually have Painter 11, which doesn’t, unfortunately. I’m unclear about which tool you are referring to in the transform menu. You mean in the bar where you can choose Warp, Perspective, etc.? Because I didn’t see a reflect option there. You’re right about the new layer, but I have an addiction to creating new layers for just about everything :P. And the worst part is, I don’t name them, so I always get confused. Oh well.
QB, good to hear that Blur is helping you drive properly in other games too -P. About Fallout New Vegas, it definitely has its moments, but I just found it, so far, to be a bit dull and drawn out. Perhaps it gets better, though.
ej, thanks, I just saw some gameplay screenshots of it and it really does look great. I’ll check it out further.
Curiosity, haven’t checked out Forward Unto Dawn yet, though I’ve never been such a Halo fan. I know it’s a great game, but it just never really did it for me.
I saw a gameplay demo of the new Fable game for Kinect, it looks really awesome. But I don’t have a Kinect. Oh well.October 10, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm #932463
Just looked him up…oooh, I like that “Living at Lake Quaig.” Very Burtonesque. ^_^
Also, I don’t know if you’ve already heard of it, but you should check out ConceptArt.org. I’ve only started being active there recently, but I’ve found it an amazing resource to help develop my skills.
I just checked and I realized that Photoshop calls it “Flip” instead of “Reflect”…you should see it there right at the bottom of the Transform menu. 🙂October 14, 2012 7:40 pm at 7:40 pm #932465
By the way, I finally decided to activate my Painter trial and play around with it last night…now I’m hooked! lol I spent the entire morning painting! It’s super cool! ^_^ ^_^ ^_^October 15, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am #932466
Ya, “Living as Lake Quaig” is really cool. I love “The Sundial”. It’s such a great concept, and I love how he gives the surrounding village a magical feel.
I’ve heard of ConceptArt.org, though I’ve never really checked it out till your suggestion. It’s a pretty cool place, and I can see how it can help with developing your skills. Thanks for the info!
Ah, thanks for the photoshop tip. It’s funny, I’ve never used “Flip” before.. there are some tools I never use there and some that I use all the time. I guess everyone has different preferences.
Yep, Painter is definitely super cool! Which edition do you have, 12? Isn’t it amazing how many brush types there are? Check out this brush: Distortion/ Hurricane, and try it on a drawing or pic.. it’s so awesome! Feels like you’re high lol. Enjoy it!October 15, 2012 2:40 am at 2:40 am #932467
lol, Photoshop also has a brush like that – the Impressionist brush. Only Elements has it though…not sure why. I used to love playing with it, but I never really put it to practical use…apparently its purpose is to give photographs a more “painterly” feel.October 17, 2012 2:18 am at 2:18 am #932469
So I was using the Flip tool in photoshop, and apparently you can only flip horizontally and vertically.. which is limiting, to say the least. I suppose I can always rotate the selection to get the angle I want.
I love those effects in photoshop and illustrator that make your picture look like a painting, though I never put it to practical use, either.
Have you ever used the displacement mapping tool in photoshop? I think it’s under Filter/ Distort. I only recently discovered it (by browsing through photoshop tutorials) and am not completely proficient in it yet, though it’s a really cool tool. It wraps an image over a selection and acts as a skin, using the contours of the object underneath. Sorry if I’m sounding like a book, I’m really tired.October 17, 2012 3:39 am at 3:39 am #932470
Yeah…Ilustrator is the program for reflecting. Their reflecting tool is really good. Their manipulation tools are very comprehensive. My favorite is the Shear Tool – it’s great for creating shadows in perspective and stuff.
I’ve never used that tool – I don’t use very much more than the basic artistic filters. Will go and try it out.October 22, 2012 2:59 am at 2:59 am #932471
Ya, the Shear tool is very useful, although I rarely use it, since I do basically all of my editing in Photoshop. I really only use Illustrator for text and vector based graphics, like monograms.
Have you tried the Displace tool yet? It’s really cool once you get the hang of it. It’s probably the most complicated tool to use because you have to first do all these adjustments and save your file separately before you even begin the displacement process.
How’s Painter? I’ve noticed that some people love it and some people just don’t really have a use for it.
Also, in case you haven’t seen it yet, check out this guy “Hamsterfly” on DeviantArt. Amazing work.October 24, 2012 5:40 am at 5:40 am #932472
Still trying to figure out the displace tool…
Actually haven’t opened Photoshop in a while. I’ve started using Painter and Illustrator (which I am using for class). AND AUGH ILLUSTRATOR CS6 IS THE CRASHIEST PROGRAM EVER. T_T All I am using is pen tool and fill, and the thing’s crashed MORE TIMES THAN I CAN COUNT. I’ve begun saving my work just about every ten seconds…do you have this problem? D:
And yes, I really really like Painter. It’s much more specialized than Photoshop for digital painting. Although Photoshop is better with pen pressure sensitivity…but other than that, I am a convert. 8D
Checked out Hamsterfly – nice! Exellent speedpainting (I always judge an artist by their speedpaintings :P). Here are two for you: pyrotensive and Aseo (I am a little into vector right now :D).October 25, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am #932473
You can find lots of tutorials on the displace tool on Youtube. The best one I found was the one where the guy creates a British flag map over his fist. He explains everything really well.
Hmm, so about the crashing issue in Illustrator, maybe it’s due to a graphics card problem? Sometimes you need to adjust your graphics settings in the program to match it up with the card you have. I think re-installing it might give you those options. I had a similar issue with Photoshop CS6, and it was caused by my graphics card.
Ooh, pyrotensive’s stuff is really cool! “Mo Fresh” really stands out to me, as well as “New Moon”. And Aseo’s work is amazing, too! The one called “Gaby Dela Merced” is insanely cool. The way the helmet was done… wow. (Not to mention the awesome pink hair ^_^)
I never got the hang of speedpainting.. I like to take my time.October 25, 2012 2:29 am at 2:29 am #932474
Actually haven’t opened Photoshop in a while. I’ve started using Painter and Illustrator (which I am using for class). AND AUGH ILLUSTRATOR CS6 IS THE CRASHIEST PROGRAM EVER. T_T All I am using is pen tool and fill, and the thing’s crashed MORE TIMES THAN I CAN COUNT.
It wasn’t developed by the firefox people was it -_-October 25, 2012 3:55 am at 3:55 am #932475
MP: Illustrator doesn’t really let you customize all that…I know Photoshop does (by the way, you don’t have to reinstall: it’s in Preferences->Performance). And my Photoshop is optimized (luckily I have plenty of RAM and a decent graphics card), and works like a dream. It’s just Illustrator. And it crashes on the computers at school, too. >(
Syag: XPOctober 31, 2012 8:53 pm at 8:53 pm #932476
Oh, didn’t realize Illustrator doesn’t let you do all that. Did you find out why it crashes?
I recently discovered a cool color adjustment tool in Photoshop, it’s under Image/ Adjustments/ Color Lookup, and try out all the options under each bar. I’ve found “FuturisticBleak” to be great for sci-fi drawings.
Anyone getting Assassin’s Creed III?February 25, 2013 6:10 pm at 6:10 pm #932477
Brave and not Wreck-It Ralph?
BAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHFebruary 25, 2013 8:11 pm at 8:11 pm #932478
And Paperman when La Luna didn’t? They really have it all backwards…
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