What Canada Really Needs #27 – Screening Politicians, Lawyers, Doctors, Judges and Police for Delusion, Sociopathy, Psychopathology, and Drugs
I have been really pissed off by this for a very looooooooong time.
Why do we not have a comprehensive empirical psychological screening process for Politicians, Lawyers, Doctors, Judges and Police to diagnose and weed out Delusion, Sociopathy, Psychopathology, and Drugs from these professions which are so vital to a true democracy?
Iget really pissed off every time I watch Harper and his buddies even for a few seconds, they are absolutely batshit crazy delusional sociopaths, and they are allowed to run a country?
They should actually be institutionalized.
The “leader” of my country believes in an invisible being, man shaped but apparently invisible except to his most trusted followers.This invisible being that the Prime Minister has delusions of supposedly has a grand ethereal estate protect by a private army with wings and swords. Somewhere in his life the Prime Minister was brainwashed by this wierd cult to believe that the invisible being really exists and if the PM sucks his dick just right throughout his life the invisible being will grant him everlasting life in the ethereal estates after he croaks. Furthermore, the cult trained him to believe that the invisible being and his winged militia gang have the most sophisticated telepathic surveillance system that is beyond the understanding of modern science and that using this the invisible being can monitor all of the humans on the earth at once and he will be immediately informed if any of his loyal or indifferent subjects masturbates or takes dick in their ass.
Of course, any intelligent well informed individual knows what a delusional crock of shite that is, but somehow he was allowed to apply for the job of PM even though he has this delusional belief system.
Honestly, the leader of our country should not be a position that is held by a human being who believes that the earth is 6000 years old and that dinosaurs are a puzzle set out by the invisible deity man to give his ant farm something to argue about.
OMG that is so FUCKED UP.
Science is based on observation.
Gravity falls. Dust settles. Time is measured in dust and carbon. The world is billions of years old. At the time of the dinosaurs the ancestors of humanity where about the size of a large raqcoon and looked like a cross between a hamster and a chimp. There are NO HUMAN BONES down in the layers of strata where the dinosaurs are!!!!
Things die, layers of silt build up, stratas form, humans were not human like at the time of the dinosaurs, we had no language then.
Humans were not created by a creator god.
This is not a theory, this is now established as FACT.
the leader of my country believes in this cult mythological being and the creation of the earth, and that the invisible deity thing hates humans who bumfuck.
How can someone so deluded be a Politician, Lawyer, Doctor, Judge or Police officer?
Their cult obviously has a lot of clout if they can take over all the administrative functions of our country and fill those posts with cult members who are properly brainwashed in the cult mythology.
So why don’t we have delusion, sociopathy, psychopathy, and drug testing for these important individuals?
The Bible is a bok of HEBREW MYTHOLOGY.
It has NO PLACE in a court, a parliament, or a hospital.
It is a book of fiction, delusion, discrimination, and hatred. It and its quotations should be banned from the courts and all government buildings.
It is completely delusional, and it promotes sociopathy against persons who are not inthe CULT.
So I was a little drunk and kinda stoned
and I had an extra 20 bucks
so I thought I should get a dildo
because organic cucumbers and zucchinis
Anyways, I was pretty loaded but coherent
and I walked into this dyke dildo store in my neighborhood
Its a serious dyke shop
so I was a bit scared
but I trudged on in
There was this pretty little skinny dyke girl with one of those hitler hairdos that thom yorke sings about running the shop
I asked her if boys were allowed
And she sniggered a little and said yes with a slightly sarcastic wry little smile
so I’m standing there
I got about $30 I can spend
but I guess I’m in a “boutique”
because I’m standing there
trying to focus(because I have extremely bad eyesight and no glasses)
I’m looking ahead of me
and the isle has about 5 dildos
in presentation displays
and these things are REALLY scary
they’ve got veins, and extruding flanges
the perfect textured rubber/neoprene with the throbbiest vibes inside them, or so the display promised
hardcore jerk off science
I was sooooo scared.
There was no way one of those little ribbed things was going anywhere near my butt.
and they where all over $350.
I had sticker shock on top of the ribbed vein science prod fear.
I looked at the pretty little sourpuss beside me
she was amused
There was no way I would ever let her peg me
She just wasn’t gentle at all
“Don’t you have a Discount Dildo section?”
A huge smile crossed her sour little face
“oh, yes, over here.”
There is one dildo there
about 5.5 inches, very slim
with a base, and wires running into it
I look at it
“That’s a LOT more expensive than a cucumber”
As I walked out
I wondered drunkenly if it was just a front for laundering drug money with fake $400 dildo sales.
Oh well. I know there’s a $10 one a little Sister’s
its just plastic…
I haven’t written about idtech in my game designer exploration for a very good reason
The idtech boyz do military sims
they have incredible gear
and their games have always ground down the best consumer machines of the day of their release
I finally decided to give them a good look, choppy framerates and all
They have beautiful rendering in the game engine, they support normal, bump, and specularity maps
Models and animations are done in Lightwave by the developers but you can use other things and milkshape converts to and from md5
I used this:
it has a 6 page step by step tutorial about exporting an animated mesh from LW
but you can model in something else and use either milkshape or lw to convert
or mirex’s Biturn http://mirex.mypage.sk/FILES/bi088.rar
but for anything other than an animated mesh, importing and mapping is really easy
I have a thing called the doom material editor which helped with surface flags (translucent, mirror, two sided, etc.) but straight textures and mapping meshes is easy
a lot can be done in 3d coat or another package with just the 4 image maps
the uv’s are all that matter.
I REALLY HATE RADIANT.
That’s the level editor
I hate it
I’ve always hated it
I think I always will.
Too much clicking, a nonstandard interface, its just wierd to me.
But I suffered through and can use it enough to do what I need.
Optimizing levels is hard
On even a small room, one misoptimized mesh or large texture can slag the FPS.
But its pretty, and it has bumps.
oooh. bumps. so nice…
This is the game mesh
very low polys
none of the work that makes this look like in game is done to the mesh
the only thing being modified are the 4 image maps for diffuse colour, normal tangent space, specular, and height/depth maps, no polygons are harmed in the process in any way.
I simply added the 4 new images to the folder where the other image maps were and changed the lines in the the material file to point to the new files
What the flamboyant dude here is showing us is specularity
the diffuse colour image map below is completely devoid of purple
all of the purple on the dude is coming from the specular colour map
which I made purple to see how much the specular colour affects the look
I have read that putting colors opposite the diffuse gives interesting effects.
from opening the md5 file to extract the low poly mesh for texturing to exporting the maps from 3d coat and changing the material file took 20 minutes to make the standard marine tech look all bumped out and green with purple specularity.
This image is again showing the power of specularity as the reflection in the mirror of the painting behind the player has large black areas that are raised and shiny – specularity and bump on a blog surface! The blog is a single 6 sided polygon, yet we are getting rendered bump and specular lighting detail in that space.
The mirror is pretty but it slams the framerate.
it also comes with an sdk which has a visual c++ solution
not as easy as the unreal scripting
but you can do everything you want because its GPL
I was able to load it into VC++ 2005 express just fine
creating new entities requires you to write a definition file
which is basically a class extension script
and that can be done without any compiling
but you can’t just click in the editor and extend a class
you have to manually write a .def file
ITs not as easy to extend the programming without actual visual c++, but importing bum[p mapped meshes alone makes it a big favorite.
It is SOOOOOOOO picky about leaking light in rooms
make backup copies always as you go
but its pretty
even though its a military sim
no civilians if that’s what your game is
but good for outer space and alien stuff.
the gui materials totally rock too.
The simple low poly mesh shown earlier, plus these 4 image maps below, creates the interesting final result in the game engine.
The original diffuse and local space tangent normal map are seen as well as the modified maps. The specular is the stock one, with simple colorization and spinning the hue to the opposite of green, increasing the contrast, and lowering the brightness. If it was even lowered more the results would be more subtle.
Maybe 40 minutes was spent to create the demonstration here, and the original mesh was never touched, it was only used as a reference base for the uv painting in 3d coat.
Beyond the need for optimization and frugal shader use, the idtech 4 engine gives beautiful color, bump, and light rendering. The normal maps rock.
Its GPL so you can create your own games with it without a license, but you would have to strip away the Prey, Quake4 or Doom3 related assets.
The hud and PDA/video/audio log system is accesible.
The editor sux. Maybe you could make a better one. When everyone else was using radiant on Quake 1 and 2 maps I was using hammer and glad to not be as ‘leet as them. I can’t right click and get the properties of an object, yet they insist on taking up about a thousand pixels of my screen space with f#$%#$% windows toolbars and window decorations. Grrr. Programmer geeks just don’t get interface design. I will one day create an intelligent editor that will just make a bloody room with a door and you can drag out to extend the hallways, double click to make new roooms or caves, or buildings, and right click bloody everything and drag its handles to wet your panties. But I swore I would never become a programmer.
Map sections can be built completely in a 3d package as long as you can save it into .lwo or .ase with uv mapping. I think that’s why they neglect the editor, they actually design large sections of maps directly in a 3d package like maya, lightwave, or max.
BSP is very picky in idtech4, save often.
There isn’t a conversation system, and there are no real civilian assets, so if your game is not military in nature you would have to make an md5 workflow and import some character assets.
A couple vehicles are included, but they are military as well.
There is a vehicle mod for Doom 3 that has a nice regular jeep in it that works good, and I believe that mod can be tweaked into quake 4, but there doesn’t seem to be one there by default, just the walker and the tank.
I personally haven’t figured out the head system yet. I think the entiy .def files for each soldier that isn’t generic contain the specific heads, decals, etc. but they often share the same base mesh.
In contrast, if you were to use Deus Ex to previs your design you have approximately 90+ discreet civilians to start with that are already subclassed. But it isn’t GPL.
I like the Prey engine and assets,
which is basically the same as Doom 3 and Quake 4
but I like the gravity mechanics and the base creatures/entities
Note the line in the config file
everything elde is set at high quality
but I had to set this flag to “0” in order to use the uncompressed TGA textures instead of the DDS ones
I copuld not successfully make a normalmap into a dds for prey
so I set this flag and voila!
I now have uncompressed textures and normal maps on my dead alien
as you can see by the ostentatious pink and red bumpy lines made in 3d coat
I also gained a 3x longer load time
It was worth it.
notice the bumps and different coloured cells on the gun as well
you can tweak a lot of the glow effects with simple images
and it has texture swaps for bloodied versions as you can see by the farther dead alien that has a dark purple head and yellow on his legs.
I accidentally whacked the tooth alpha as you can also see.
I understand from exploring this that you could basically put anything from doom 3 or quake 4 or prey all into the same base engine and it will work with tweaking.
I am unable to successfully run the prey editor and dark radiant doesn’t like its textures, but all of these examples are just done with image maps and no modelling or level changes.
I am trying to get the editor to run and if I find the secret where it doesn’t freeze my video card and force me to restart, I’ll pass it along, beause the gravity effects are fun for puzzles.
I think I might even become hooked on idtech 4 if I can optimize the game rendering settings a bit.
The main drawback is the need to use a complex debugging and compiling environment for building in anything that isn’t in the engine.
And radiant. Ugh.
I think a lot of people would use idtech 4 for development if it had the following:
1. A new editor with a decent fullscreen texture browser,
2. gui’s for layered image map material creation and management.
3. an entity subclassing/creation dialog
4. disable advanced shaders and make a dx9c compatible version based on minimal shader use and the focus on image maps for texturing.
5. Some prefabs and a few civilian characters
6. Make a stripped down idtech 4 that contains a couple of weapons and characters and maps that are gpl as well. Remove it from its d3/q4/prey base.
7. Package it with a minimal IDE and a compiler. That VC++ along with the windows platform sdk is about 2 G. There must be another solution.
8. A dialog tree with triggers woulkd expand it.
9. Some code examples or updates, like regular vehicles, rpg style inventory management, etc. in templates.
With one of these 3 games as a base there is plenty of assets to tell a story with or previs, but stripping and repackaging the game is difficult and so you would be stuck with modding them unless you stripped and repackaged it yourself.
There is also an MD5 plugin for blenderand a script for max for exporting at Katsbits http://www.katsbits.com/
simply adding a glow texture and linking to it with a blend add function gives you some great effects. The glow image can be small 64×64 or large and intricately detailed. In the script you see rgb 1, zero is black and point sizes are in between. This section can also link to an equatio, trigger or function to increase the glow dynamically according to parameters initiated in the game, such as glowing turning on or of according to an entity death or a trigger.. but 1 or less just makes the image glow. R,G,B can also be set each on a line with its own value for simple colour altering of the glow. glow images should be mostly black and you can use the diffuse map as a guide to draw them.
if you look in the editor image, the holes on the wall there are not geometry, they are a normal mapped and bumped material on a flat geometric block.
This is the shortcut string you need to use for prey editor. The multisample flag is necessary or it will flake.
PREY.exe +set r_fullscreen 0 +r_gamma 1 +set r_multiSamples 0 +editor +set fs_game cdtmod
If you are going to work with idtech 4 and don’t have lightwave, this tool called noesis may help you with the MD5 format.
My next round of tests is something I’ve been working on for a number of years, but was waiting for the engine rendering to be good enough, I am going to make a virtual gallery using UT2k4 and another using idtech4 and see how just a simple room with paintings renders in each engine.
So in looking for a base engine to start building a game on, it matters whether you can modify it and also sell a game built on it without paying exorbitant licensing fees.
The base Idtech4 engine is now about 10+ years old.
I believe the terms of its use are basically that you can make and distribute and sell your game provided that you also allow your code base to be viewed and modified. If you don’t want anyone to be able to have your base code modifications you would be breaching gpl and have to pay licensing fees.
The idech4 source code was released many years ago with nothing serious coming from it.
I was wondering why.
So I downloaded all the main forks of idtech4 and compiled them.
iodoom compiled but sucked
the gpl base compiled, but a lot of new code for multiprocessing is in the BFG edition of the code so I looked for a fork off that.
The base Doom3-BFG-Master repository did not compile on VS2010 with an error in the joint section of model.h, which has significant differences from the base d3 version so you can’t just use the old one.
I then found RBDOOM-3-BFG-master, which contains all of the BFG edition code, adds some glshaders that are good on newer cards, and the author of the fork has made some effort to clean up and organize the source. It compiled and ran with some gl errors in the exe, but it did run. Download the master zip at the repository here https://github.com/RobertBeckebans/RBDOOM-3-BFG
RBDOOM-3-BFG-master also needs a program called cmake as the base build is made from a linux source and can be used to make a cross compiling(it will create windows and mac binaries as well) build on a linux machine, but I was using vs2010 in all its disgusting bloated glory in xp and I was able to generate a working vs2010 solution from the source in the zip repository by using the win32 cmake gui.
For those of you that hate microstink, you can actually compile this doom3 engine on a linux box with no microsoft libraries and no vc2010. vc2010+dx_sdk+MSWinSdk=4.5G!!!
I hate the MS IDE and libraries, I believe it is possible to compile idtech4 D3BFG on windows using mingw with a couple small community made libraries and the scons project. I am currently examining this other method of compiling in windows with cygwin/mingw and an alternative IDE. Bloated ide’s bug me soooo much.
The RBDoom project has solutions for the eclipse IDE as well as VC express from 2002 to 2012.
I found if you copy the bloated directx sdk folder to the projects folder you are building life get easier.
Anyway, I blah blah blahed this and that and ended upp with a nicely compiled executeable which works as well as I can see at this point.
The main problem with idtech 4 is no one has built a nice base package for it
it comes with no interface or anything and there is no set of base template content or even a player model.
No one has stepped up and made a base package yet
because a list of necessary startup assets isn’t there yet.
If you want build a game from scratch and sell it, RBDOOM-3-BFG-master might compile properly for you to build off.
You are on your own from there though, as documentation is sparse and other user support in forums is a non newbie friendly geekzone of hardcore programmers. RBDoom is the neatest and most organized.
A nice thing about idtech4 is that many entity definitions can be created with scripts, so with a good basic package you could extend the game and use it quite well without recompiling the base solution.
I personally find Q-Dir useful for copy-pasting paths and notepad++ indispensible for browsing the source directories. You can make a Doom 3 source workspace and have the different dev builds under different projects there and load the folder structure into the project. N++ also loads the image and model folder structures which helps in pasting filenames into the scripts you are working with.
Maybe someone could make a bare set of assets for D3 like Torque3D has.
You might be able to build off torque from MIT, many people have made games with it and it is a flexible engine with working (Swap RGB in the nvidia filter without inversions, as you see from the orange not blue .dds) normal mapping. It builds and runs fast on my machine and you can actually be up and running in minutes with your own dev build.
If you are not really a code person, but want to begin to get your feet wet, Torque is really very good. The core emty and full projects are about 350 megs and all the source is simplistic and available. It is the opposite of idtech, but of course, idech4 looks better than the older Tribes engine powering the free Torque.
The editor gui itself is ceated with scripts and all gui elements and the assets of the entire engine and editors are modifiable without recompiling anything. It can generate project files for other IDE’s, but I find notepad++ fine for browsing through it and xnview for browsing the image elements.
Someone needs to write some importers for it as you need to basically use an older version of xsi to write nice .dae files for it as it has no other import modules, but it does have nice performance with large normal and texture maps. Terrains are very smooth at about 5k, and there is vehicle and flying machine code.
I’m starting to warm up to Torque a lot. I like the open perspective interface that runs the game logic as you are building. I don’t like the .dae only 3d import, but if you use softimage xsi 6 or above the collada 1.4 import/export woks excellent and all clusters, nulls, mount points, lights, textures, etc. transfer well. I have been unable to find any other 3d package with .dae support that transfers things back and forth to torque, but I began my 3d explorations with softimage 3D from the irix to NT port 20 years ago.
The Torque world editor has an EXCELLENT shape editor for imported meshes. As you can see, you can ADD MOUNT POINTS and nulls and clusters and bones! It is so excellent to be able to add a mount point, light, camera point, particle emission null, etc. right in the editor and move the positions of them without having to load up the design package again.
It loads in Maya nice, but Maya 2012 only exports the 2012 fbx, not a collada 1.4 compliant DAE file.
I personally believe that OBJ should be the standard and they should make it work in all game engines.
Unfortunately I find myself using 3dsmax9 .ase files in idtech because I haven’t got the same LW version.
The big trick to using Torque is that the game engine and physics is running in the editor, so you can walk the player off the edge in the editor or drive a vehicle off and they will keep falling forever with no quick respawn to their starting spot. You have to alt-c to the world cam, position the camera above a platform or terrain, and drop the player at the camera point, with vehicles you select them in the scene tree and crtl-x then crtl-v while the world cam is over a platform.
It is also imperative that you make a zip of your base full and blank torque projects, as it is easy to break things in the gui or scripts at first, so being able to blow away the 260 meg full project folder and restore it from the zip is essential.
I have a 6 gig base backup of my idtech modding folders!
There is also OGRE3D and Irrlicht but they are very geek oriented game engines. If you want to use ogre3d thoug, with its bump and normal mapping and even occlusion mapping, then this is a better start: Ogre-Irrlicht GameKit which is not just the bare bones ogre, but has OGL, animation, mouse, sound, bones, physics, etc. all linked up already as you can see on the left of the VS2010 in the background which was used to compile it. Its a good starting base and it compiled and ran better right off than the base ogre which has nothing linked up by default. be Warned, both ogre and irrlicht use the horrible online only wiki docs that GNU crap is famous for, so you can’t study unless you download all the pages of dox you want. I have an offline dev box so its a super pain. But GameKit made me happy with Ogre3d as it compiled and ran perfectly.
I like this the best in the repository:
Its blender 2.5 with the gamekit latest build installed and the executeable for both dx and pure ogl.
I am currently working on im[plementing the bump mapping normal map shaders to import files.
Anything that can import into blender will go into it!!!
It is waaaaay cool.
I figured out the .dds localmap problem so I can work with the compressed normal maps in my mod folder, speeding up dev test time:
Doom 3 uses the ATI compressionator program
not the nvidia dds tools
The UberCompression filter needed by this tutorial to get correctly functioning RxGB compressed normal maps (with or without alpha channels (masks)) for Doom 3 powered games has been removed from the general application interface. At time of writing it’s not known if the ability to compress via the command line method is still viable.
To create ‘correctly’ compressed DDS files download the Compressonator v1.21 from the link provided below.
Please note: this is the officially released version of the tool and not some hacked and redistributed file. It is provided in a zip file ‘as is’..
Note : There’s a potential problem some may have when installing the Doom 3 compatible version of the Compressonator onto a fresh Windows (cleaned) install. Apparently ATI didn’t include a couple of commonly used DLL files in the *.msi self extracting installer as they were most likely relying on the missing files to have been installed by other programs. It does mean however, the program errors out because it can’t find them.
There is a temporary ‘fix’ for this (reported but not doubled checked) which requires the installation of the new version of the Compressonator, which does appear to include the missing DLL files. However, once that is installed it (and the DLL files placed) it may need to be uninstalled as it potentially causes conflicts with the older version. A recent test with both applications installed didn’t reveal any problems so this may not effect everyone if indeed anyone.
What are DDS exactly? ^
DDS is an acronym for ‘Direct Draw Surface’ and as you might guess from the reference to ‘Direct Draw’, it’s part of Microsoft’s graphics ‘API’ (Application Program Interface) for their Windows operating system environment; Direct X to you and me!. What it’s for, or rather, what it does, is allow content creators the ability to compress images using a number of different algorithms depending on the needs of the content originators; Doom 3 powered games for instance use 3 different algorithms for the assets used in game; DXT1, DXT3 and DXT5. This tutorial will cover DXT5 and the compression of a localmap (normalmap).
Another tool that is useful is Njob
And I often use a couple of the extra utilities in xNormal
As an ending?
I actually think I am switching to idtech 4 since I am a bump map normal map fanatic.
If I could get basic profile occlusion from the normal mapping I would be in heaven.
Its not such a great engine for large outdoor stuff,
but the patch meshes, glow textures, normal maps, triggered and emissive textures, and nice specularity effects rock. I like every test map I have better than the ut ones.
The vehicle support sux, but its there
So I’m going to start building from there…
At the end of this I will say.
I am converted.
I now have cast aside Valve Source and UDK
and I am converted to idtech 4
I swear that in 2 years I will actually know all of the code in this executeable
and because of the BEAUTIFUL normal mapping and material capabilities I will be concentrating on it almost exclusively.
Because I realized when using the Far Cry editor and comparing an island in that to the original MYST island
and I decided
at least until I have a rig that will run Skyrim modded
that I like smaller map sections anyway
idtech 4 looks better than UDK for indoor and small things
and there is no % licensing once you’ve stripped out the assets and made your own
which is eventually the goal
And UDK will not install or build stufff on a win xp pentium 4 single processor with 256 meg vid card in ogl 1.4
Idtech 4 WILL! At a base install of about
60 megs with everything stripped and base assets.
It will run on almost anything if you optimize your textures to DDS
and normal map/specular map rendering is the key to making depth and texture for your users
You can get Prey, Doom 3 BFG, or Quake 4 very cheap nowadays to get started with modding in the engine.
I am currently trying to make a system shock 2 style level, since there are lots of zombies to work with.
I found a new favorite program to go along with zbrush and silo.
its called 3D-coat and creates advanced normal and bump maps on low poly meshes.
check out the free MakeHuman project
all generated meshes have identical polygon counts and poly orders so you can shape morph between them
I really like makehuman, version .9 has a different mesh worth checking too.
If you use silo
this Silo Head Pack is a great learning and experimenting base:
I’ve been experimenting with using 3d coat to make paths and details on UT2K4 terrain static meshes
see how the low poly mesh looks fantastic with the normal map details?
The blobby was made in 3d coat with the voxel sculpting
this was then imported into zbrush after being optimized from 240000 polys down to 70000 polys and the normal map was applied as displacement in zbrush. The red is to track contours for uv mapping which had to be flipped on the u or v on import into zbrush. So I have imported texture and depth into zbrush.
the 4 maps for a doom weapon model can be exported directly from 3d coat right into the mod folder
the mesh was extracted from the md5 using a lightwave export pugin and the normal and texture maps from the game load directly into 3d coat with mapping active
These are from Celestia, the best solar system universe sim with nasa connections
it is way cool..
this is just a wierd thing I’m doing in max 9 with displacement on a plane
then I used c4d because I could get a denser plane mesh
the last is a zbrush displacement, which is hard to tweak
and here is a youtube version of a different painting with animation:
It should be something women come to expect from their men.
It’s easier to convince him if:
1. The device is smaller by an inch than his dick.
Pulling out the Giga Ass Blaster is probably going to scare him.
2. You can demonstrate how easily it fits in and out of your own pretty ass.
Still he won’t go for the ass blaster, make it smaller than his dick.
3. You have fed him nothing but smoothies and wine.
You might be able to do this to him unawares and pop the question at him right after you’ve showered him off.
4. You may find it easier if you get your boy really high on his favourite drugs too.
5. You may find it hard to get rid of a boy you’ve pegged. He will love you soooo much.
6. Pegging a boy may increase your telepathic resonance with him. It is a known side effect and you can happily ignore it while you evolve.
7. Its easier with some boys to distract them with a secondary pussy in their face.
If suitably distracted your boy might allow you to plow him into someone else.
8. Your boy will be very scared if you do not have copious amounts of lube in his eyesight.
Put a large tub of it by the tub. You won’t need it all, but he will be reassured by its presence.
9. If he “owes you one” it is much easier (along with him being high and full of smoothies).
Let him stray 2-3 times so you can poke him in return!
10. Like in Hitchiker’s Guide, have a towel. Some boys do pee themselves silly when poked by a pretty girl they luv.
Good luck and happy pegging!
I’ve been trying to get a modding/game design core single player base to work from.
I was using Valve’s SDK for a long time,
but it’s expensive if you’re successful, so there’s no profit motive. It’s also got a lot of steps to work with textures.
The deal breaker with Valve was Steam tho.
I would have my dev box working, all set up, in the middle of something, I’d run a test after surfing the net, and Steam would update and reboot.
Then it would refuse to let me work until it had the internet again. Which was really spotty.
I could not work offline consistently with Valve and after about the 10th time of that in 3 years I uninstalled the source SDK and probably will never install it again.
I abandoned that for UDK 2 years ago. When I had A DECENT RIG.
Unreal Development Kit (UDK) from Epic Games is FREE and is here:
It really is fantastic. On a better rig I would actually be using UDK 50% of the time.
I LOVE UDK, BUT…
I have a piece of fucking crap rig that limps. 512 megs of ram feels like I am on acidic time distortion. Press. Wait. Smoke. Look at floor. Drink coffee. Look at monitor…
NOT DONE YET
Drink more coffee, smoke. Wait.
What really kills UDK is that the core SDK won’t install or run on older hardware. We have good hardware perhaps, but 3\4 of the world is still using XP. They really are. I am. Valve Source can be made to run at DX8 level using the orangebox engine from 2009(hl.exe -dx8). Except it has that steam affliction.
That is actually something to consider. That is a huge possible user base (read customers to buy your creation) that has 10 year old machines and they usually play farmville or peggle.
UDK needs pixel shader support so it won’t install on your Grandma’s rig or mine, so I need to go backwards to find an engine that will work, that isn’t like using stone tools to cut steak.
The problem for me and other single player designers, other than the shader mode 3 necessity in UDK is that there is no easily placeable AI entities and no NPC codemonster entities, no patrol guards, snipers, rocket monsters, police. In Valve you would have the entities from the game you own.
You can’t get any from anywhere else, you can’t copy over scripts from previous versions and modify them so you just have BOTS. Bots fight different than monsters and act differently and don’t have good scripting arrangements for cinematics really. In UDK its nodes not scripts.
I look at really popular games from the past that intrigued us with so so 3D. The game was more important. The game. The story about so and so and things you had to find to learn more about what was happening. How many hundreds of hours did I walk around Myst or Planescape or the Forgotton Realms of Baldur-s Gate, skulked along the corridors of System Shock 2 with about 2% health, a jammed weapon, and the knowledge that there were at least 2 of those slow dumb happy kamikaze robots between you and the tiny little health item 2 hallways away. And it was about 4 blocks of virtual backtracking to the nearest health behind you. It was so ugly looking but we were actually engrossed by the activity and the balance of things, the complexity of our tasks and the map of the ship that we began to memorize as we walked through it.
So I don’t care too much, personally about particle effects and procedural shaders.
Textured environments, stories, and simple logical systems really are at the core of single player games.
Dumb AI can be deadly if it’s placed right and has the right animation in a standard campaign game, and for more adventure or mystery there doesn’t even have to be any physical conflict.
Weapons can be replaced with tools and tool actions. The process is well documented.
If you want to create Single Player 3D games, there isn’t a good code/engine/graphics framework to work with unless you go way back to games that were interesting but ugly. Angular characters and spaces, crappy lighting, blocky textures, low color palettes. But many of them are extremely moddable, because it was Quake and Half Life in object oriented c++ that began the whole modding thing, really. That was when it caught on. But the engines suck. You can rip apart all the texture sets in System Shock 2 or Quake2 with Xnview and replace things to your hearts content but you can’t overcome the lighting and mesh limitations of the engines.
IF you have System Shock 2, and you have applied the major texture mods (there is a non illegal torrent of all the mods that are really good combined with inconsistencies between the mods worked out), then I HIGHLY suggest that you go throught the datamods folder with xnview and find the image sequences and place your own 5-10 frame animated image sets in there instead in png format, then play the game.
It is a great and easy introduction to retexturing that is fast since you simple open what is there and replace it with something else you make or just adjust the contrast or colour, put embossed labels on doors, change the med sci animations, etc. Its very easy and fun, and doesn’t require a number of steps in an editor, you simply replace the files with new ones in png 32 bit format, and since they are mostly planar mapped you can resample most of the textures larger if you want to make sharper graphics. Just start up the game and walk around, the monitors will be different, there are lots of small image sequences and textures you can alter.
If you want to do this, copy the datapermmods folder after you’ve fully patched ss2 and applied all the mods or the big modpack. Then open the .crf files in the data\res folder with winzip since they are zips renamed crf. Extract all of those into a new empty datapermmods folder in the main SS2 dir. Delete the crf files.
Then copy the contents of your datapermmods bkp onto that and overwrite. This way you will have one image file per asset, and all of the assets in one place. Trust me. Then you can edit the images to your hearts content. I’m trying to make the von braun look like a geiger bosh jofra nightmare. I think I can ickify the intro to the many cutscene with only image replacement. Its more fun than it sounds like.
To my knowledge no one has succesfully managed to open a SS2 .bin 3d file and change it then resave it and have it appear in game. You can retexture it in minutes though. Just editing the files in Photoshop and anytime you open a .pcx comvert it and save it to PNG and notice that png transparency works fine.
But there is no PNG in UT2K4. Hmmmm.
If you have a pretty good rig, with 4-5 year old graphics, you can use Unreal Tournament 3 and have all the things I am going to talk about next, plus normal and bump mapping, and transparent texture support.
But it is a lot more complex to modify if you are just getting into this. I really like to use UT3 for modding, but it is too laggy on my pathetic box here, even with the smallest of landscapes.
If you REALLY need transparent textures (think chainlink fence texture on a flat plane – 4x3d points and a texture to make a whole fence you can see through) and normal maps, there is a super crappy pair of games that you could use. They use Unreal Engine and the Unreal Editor, and they came out about 2 years after UT2k4. They are Pariah and Warpath. Warpath is a slighty more tweaked engine, and pariah has a bit more single player entities. They use UE2.5+ so they have those two extra things, which, for your particular application may be necessary, as normal mapping and transparent textures are very useful in creating atmospheric scenes with low geometry. These run on my rig but smaller designs are necessary. They both come with the Unreal Editor, and it is the same as in UT2K4 so all your workflow procedures will go back and forth easily. They just let you import transparency and normal maps.
You won’t really be able to release it to any large community since both games tanked, whereas UT2k4 players (millions of them) could potentially play your SP mod/level/game if it is UT2K4 based.
I finally settled on Unreal Tournament 2004. Which is not designed for Single Player, but read on.
It has the graphics with basic uv layered textures (but unfortunately no normal mapping).
A number of cool monster packs based on the monster code from the first Unreal single player games years earlier are available, lots of them, plus there are bots, vehicles, ingame messages triggered by using things*think PDA story parts) and landscape objects with landscape tools. It can also import static meshes of fairly high triangle counts and bitmap textures in 32 bit color. It has a mesh Terrain Object with a really excellent set of landscaping and layered texturing tools for the terrain. Huge terrains and rooms are possible. And you get a bunch of vehicles. I like vehicles for SP games.
It will install on a DX9 gfx card, works with 512 megs of ram.
If you install a mod called the Single Player Framework, and another called Vehicle DM, then you get
xPawns from unreal with updated monster code and reworked monsters from the first unreal game (faster, smarter, better shots), unlocked drivable vehicles , and a number of triggers/objectes/keycard/ingame store/inventory/persistence code for single player stories/activities. These are called Actors, and they are also known as “Entities”. If you add the UT2K4 mega pack with the updated patched engine, and its additional 20+ maps, you get 3 new vehicles which greatly change gameplay. For single player flying missions and modding I prefer the Cicada to the Raptor as a base to work with. You may like it as well, and the Paladin is a good class to base a land vehicle off of. The editor patches in the update are essential though, if you want to use Matinee flying camera scenes. (Hint: in the editor you have to load OnslaughtBP.u if you want to place a Cicada or Paladin or SPMA in your level, BP stands for bonus pack.).
I KNOW there is a Max Cicada file for the bonus pack version, not the UT3 version which is MUCH more complex. I remember it. It was rigged and had all the sockets named correctly in Max. Can’t find it now, email me if you do.
UDK doesn’t come with a lot of that (it does come with a souped up cicada), but it gives you better graphics and realizm. And Complexity. It’s a tradeoff.
The Monster and xPawn entities/actors are c coded with simple behaviors that have been modified over the years, unlike bots, which have a different form of AI that works on a pathnode logic system. If you build a game in UDK your enemy actions are complicated networks of kismet programming nodes. Not my scene really, and they don’t give you any templates or base NPC’s so it’s actually a bonus, the scripted monsters, because you can get tweaked monster code in basic patrol here press alarm then attack flavors..
With the UT2k4 Source from Epic and notepad++ or uncodex (I use notepad++ more, but uncodex is really indispensable) you have a good available base of code you can peruse for your enjoyment if you swing that way. So you could open the different files and read the well commented code, adjust it, and even recompile it. If you have a rudimentary knowledge of object oriented languages and headers or linked dlls you can read the main scripts for each significant actor you want to learn as well as their parents, and you can extend, say, a new weapon/monster/item from a similar existing one and make changes such as a new model/sound/fire animation, etc. without affecting the upstream parents and retaining the qualities of the parent objects that you do not explicitly change with our child object. Keycard can be extended to become MetalKey and be necessary to open a door perhaps.That’s the short version of scripting uses.
The recipe is as follows:
You take the script source
unzip it to a folder that isn’t UT for now to keep yourself from getting confused, as you might “export the scripts” from unrealed later but I suggest you do that in a separate folder and place a different uncodex there.
Place Uncodex in that folder and have the classes folder there, then add the codemasters classes from the spframework which will be in a folder called codemasters in your spframe directory if you installed spframe right, or it will be in your main UT2K4 folder if you did it wrong.
Put the two folders of classes side by side in your development folder somewhere away from UT, they do not have to be but you could end up with 30,000 duplicate classes in your UT2K4 folder if you export the source from unreal ed into the same place. Put those folders in the uncodex settings and let it build the class tree. Install notepad++ and bind it to .u and .uc files.
Browse the classes in uncodex, the blue links in the code browser will take you to that class as you browse through each script. You can open each class that you are browsing into notepad++ and then you can have the upward object tree for any child class all opened at once in tabs there. You can then extend the child classes of the source and modify them, creating new .u scripts which you can test and even compile for your UT system directory later, where they can be loaded as necessary to implement your coded child class and its game representation or effect in a running level.
You don’t need visual c++ installed or any c++ ide and compiler, since you can use a tool called ucc.exe oryou can link a small compile program to uncodex and notepad++.
If you want to you can get an extension for visual studio express that will properly section and highlight UT2K4 code.
Which will make sense to some people, and others just got an immediate migraine. Sorry about that. I shoulda warned you. I had to give the starter code geeks a bone though since I am focused on the story and graphics here mostly, the application of the tools created by the underlying code, and the useage of software applications to create or process original asset and structural content. Somewhere some geek just figured out they can sift UT code with less than 20 megs of space and a set of programs smaller than 10 megs, and have everything they need to manipulate their nasty little code snippets. Grrr. Programming sucks kiddies but there you go.
You then have every tool available in a game like Quake 1/2 or Unreal.
Tools for a single player game. And you actually can do the whole thing without typing any code at all other than names of objects or filenames.
If you go section by section through the two connected example maps called Parser and just try to recreaate each trigger/even setup you will see by the end you have most of what you need to tell most stories.
You can use minus to take the hud away. I’m trying to find out how to set it that way at the start of the game, no hud. They are very short, but the 20 or so objects used can all advance your story nicely.
The only thing that isn’t there is some kind of Deus Ex 2/System Shock 2 inventory system with combineable items. And personally I would like a coop non deathmatch adventure using the SP tools, where in SP mode I could control one of 4 or 6 characters like in the ugly but interesting Project Eden. The source is There. I really would like a fling probe and remote vehicle controls too. Project Eden used Quake 2 c++. If they could accomplish it, it is possible in UT2k4. C++ is C++. There is a way…
Graphics wise, in UT there is a LOT of modding support, which is good for artists because they are NOT coders usually. It takes a different Brain for lines of text than for 3D modelling and level construction usually.
I found an essential tool. For older Rigs.
If you are on XP using Dx9 and you install Dx10, 10 will fubar 9, and max and modtool, which can hold the actor x plugins for mesh and animation export of UT, both choke.
It can be fixed using dxerad.exe (dx eradicator) and only reinstalling dx9c, but some things will never be the same. XSI Modtool will repair itself this way tho.
If that happens then you don’t have max (Max 7 works great and natively supports .ASE mesh format!) or xsi modtool working suddenly and then you NEED an .ASE converter. Or you get no static meshes.
Max/Maya/XSI really are OVERKILL for most needs in your game design adventure.
I gravitate to max a lot. When its accessible. I enjoy working in ModTool more because I started in 3D with LW and Softimage 3.1 (the irix->NT port). There is an actor X plugin for max, maya, xsi, and the xsi works in modtool. All of those tools however will immediately botch and be unuseable if you install direct X 10 on an XP machine that is at DX9c. They will work before that. XPsp3 with DX9c will install and run these 3 applications. If you install DX 10 for any reason on that development box, your DX9 is wratched and all 3 cease to function. DX10 on XPsp3 requires a complete rebuild of the os patched to dx9 and don’t add the dx10 again. If you don’t care what you are building things in as long as you can do it, then you can just move over to a tool that works for you on your crappier rig.
At which point you can use C4D, Lightwave, Silo, Milkshape, etc. LW works on almost anything. Keep in mind these games you love were made with tools from 10+ years ago. The core tools for low poly and uv have been standardized for more than a decade.
So anyway, for UT2K4 I needed this tool.
Nothing else worked.
with it I can model in Silo/c4d/max or anything else and convert to .ASE
It’s called Biturn, and was made for Final Fantasy 7.
Imports Obj and a bunch of other formats, and exports clean .ase files.
This is the guys page:http://mirex.mypage.sk
There is nothing else, other than the max/maya actorx plugins which are picky for just static meshes, and not everyone has max or maya. So now you have this!
With those things you can build a single player game that is graphically superior to at least 20 games that made over 10 million each. So you can’t really bitch about it not being enough. Pretty much everything is tweakable at that point.
Another very useful file utility for me is dragon unpacker, and notepad++ to read uc and u files.
and I HIGHLY suggest you get the Extended Toolbar, which you can customize with the toolbar creator.
Why? Because you can click a button and select all lights, or all actors, or all stat meshes. You can customize your own tool buttons too.
I actually use the toolbar creator alone now because it will actually build the toolbar into UnrealEd once its set right.
All these monsters are available in UT2k4 if you take the time to import them, and you can load them into an editor and look at their design or modify them.
I stick with the ones in the SPFramework first (the original unreal xpawns), some of the packs are twitchy and you have to fix them.
The unreal reference animation sets and meshes are here:
This is the most important one for animators (use google)
as it has all of the base animations for the 5 character types
so it has the dodge ani, the fire ani, the crouch ani, etc.
There is a base mesh too, but you have to detach it from biped as those are max files.
The editor is a bit hard to get into, but for cheap/free level design you can’t really complain. Save lots, don’t push it too hard.
On my crap rig I can work with a 40k terrain and 30 monsters with 6 vehicles on the map and a bunch of interactive items.
I don’t need that much space, but that’s the limit where framerate drops.
If I don’t use a terrain object, and just carve out the world with the BSP builder brush, I can make a set of spaces 10+ kilometers in size connected by hundreds of passages, since the bsp compile will segment the rooms by visibility. That’s more than I need. I can build the Rickenbacker or similar sized ship/complex in one level with different zones to pull the entities out of ram until I enter different zones.
You can build huge complexes that you have to drive around in.
They are hard to light though, so stick with smaller rooms connected at first.
But what more do you need?
Every monster or character mesh made for UT2004 can be modified and reskinned by clearly defined processes. All character animation sets can be loaded tweaked exported reloaded and packaged. All inventory items can be renamed and remeshed. UI elements can be reskinned. Ogg or wave can be triggered at will with stereo placement. Text messages, even small vids or audio can be embedded in consoles. Monsters can be spawned. Bots can be spawned. Keycards and quest items can be gathered. Vehicles (and Turrets) can be placed. Sculptures, models, artwork can all be imported.
You can even build your level corridors using the base Silo/c4d/max cube and extruding faces then exporting, but you have to resize and change the orientation in a very odd way in Silo/c4d/max before making your OBJ for conversion by biturn to ASE. It works, and Silo or c4d have very intuitive face extrusion tools.
You might NEED to flip your normals too. Double sided materials make light do weird things in game engines. I used to dislike C4D. Now I do not. Meshes from it import well in UT, its base scale is close to UT, and most of all it will open old lightwave hypernurb sub-d objects. Which I actually have quite a few of since lightwave was great for spaceships. But nothing else opens them. Lightwave itself is fine for this work in games, though it is usually a film/tv rendering tool, the modeller is great with these meshes, and UV texture display is excellent. Lightwave 9.0, not 9.0c will work after a dx10 in xp botch. Max/Maya/Modtool will not, even if they worked before the dx10 addon to xp. Max 7-9 and modtool will work on most older hardware, and max has a software renderer built in for backup. UT2K4 will import single layer lightwave static meshes as raw .lwo, and they will show nicely with collision and uv mapping and smoothgroups by mat. I don’t know why. I don’t see any mention in the history of Unreal where they specify having used anything but max, maya, or xsi, but there it is in your static mesh import: would you like .ASE or .LWO?
I honestly think you get better speed with standard room squares and corridors by using the BSP Subtract/Add tools and then populating the spaces with Static Meshes (the sculptures and models you make in other packages and import). If you don’t delete the end caps and use the interior, I believe you can also convert a room system to a Brush then use it to Subtract if you are using max.
The main advantage of using builder brushes where the user goes is that wall sections can be selected by rectangular brush face and given a different texture. Static meshes can not be retextured in the editor so you have to texture in Silo/Max/ModTool/etc. and save all your maps as massive TGA files until you can import. If you don’t texture stat meshes with UV you will have to link up every texture on wall faces instead of just to a single UV map. I say this because I have avoided modelling in BSP as I was using UDK which is Additive and supports FBX. UT2k4 is subtractive and only supports triangulated ASE meshes. It affects your texturing flow in the editor, so if you build corridors as stat meshes you have to texture them well before importing and properly uv map them unless they are perfectly planar mapped. In BSP you just select a wall and change the texture. Stat meshes don’t drop and have pretty good auto collision on import, even archways and domes. Faces and the Normal directions matter very much if you use Stat meshes for the corridors, so surround sections with BSP blocks or antiportals.
Zbrush models I’ve made with the default sphere can be very detailed, comparatively, and poly painting/textures exported with the multi map exporter are great, although I didn’t dig auv tiles, they made seams.
The polypaint to texture had no seam. I found meshes at level 2 were enough, 3 caused lag, but textures of 2048 on a level 2 mesh export straight through biturn into ase and are very fluid and interactive. Thats at about 16000 tri’s exported per model for good speed, you could probably go step 3 on a better rig, but 16k is pretty good for a sculptural showpiece in the center of a room or a fairly detailed console or something.
Transparent textures are not supported EXCEPT with TGA,
but you can live with it. You get entities in exchange.
create zrush/max/silo model
in zbrush export multimap tx 2048, mesh exp at level 2
in max/silo/c4d/modtool export a uv mapped .obj mesh and texture
convert obj to ase with bturn
convert zbrush psd or tiff to bmp or tga
import mesh to your meshes testpackage in UT2k4
import textures to your textures testpackage in UT2k4
save both packages
“actor properties -> display -> drawscale” to resize, 400 works good
rotate the model
“actor properties -> display -> skins” add skin
select imported texture or a Shader Material with multiple textures combined in it
the texture appears in the field
and on our model
build all, play
The packages must be saved before you play,
they do not need to be saved before you build.
It is that easy. You could resize and flip in your 3d application. The mesh on import will always flip the same way, so learn to adjust for it and get the origin of your objects right to make rotating/moving easier.
Zbrush is beautiful, but difficult, expensive and a ram user, and BodyPaint I believe costs even more. Sometimes I feel like I’m using a bazooka to create a simple texture map.
This FREE software I offer a link to is tiny and, well, FREEEEEEE.
I can load a 3ds of a ut2k4 vehicle pulled from the package with some extractor, coverted to 3ds, I can load the manta in to this Tattoo prog, both materials are still assigned, I can paint away, save out the textures, it saves png and paints symetrically.
I can then load the 3ds manta into LW/Silo/Zbrush/etc. and have an already applied uv with 2 pngs.
Did I say that it is free?
And 1.2 megs!
It’s called Tattoo:
Save it, pass it around. Good things like that tend to disappear suddenly.
I have 2 backups of it.
This is great for g16 terrain heightmaps
At this point someone might ask why I haven’t extolled the virtues of the mighty Blender.
I have 2 versions, the latest, and one around 2.4 or earlier.
I use them for occasional file conversion.
I can’t stand Blender. Can’t stand it. Big clunky interface or inscrutable blah.
My screen is MINE. Get your damned geeky buttons that mean jack shit off of them. Give me back that big grey blob of wasted space in the corner under and around the boxes with 30 pixel spacings and those huge massive pixel robbing bands of menu that never stop f$%@%@#ing replicating. You bastards.
Blender really makes me mad.
When it has a skinnable interface that we can reorganize and ungibberish I’ll consider it,
until then feel free to jizz in the open source.
One day there will be an alternative. To Blender. I’ve been waitng a decade.
|Yes, before the emergence of the
windows pixel robber at the top of our screens
(not my model of course)
Don’t tell me it is a gem under a turd splash,
I don’t care.
I hand built an NT machine so I could install Softimage 3, and used Lightwave since version 3 on the Video Toaster.
I used a f@%$%@#$%ing Video Toaster, the wierdest Amiga doodad that worked ever.
I can decipher a wierd interface.
Blender isn’t wierd, its an asshole. It doesn’t want you to understand it because you’re not fucking ‘leet enough. Or something.
The things that work they remove and they fill in more crap. No manual you can download? A wiki? f@#$@%. Grrrrrr. Inscrutable geekshit.
That being said, I use it for some kind of conversion or test at least 10 times a year since it came out. I just don’t model in it.
The SMD export works in 2.6 and you can still activate .lwo import, so I do use it for file generation and conversion.
Well. The SMD SORTOF works.
It shows you how great things COULD be, auto importing all meshes from the qc, SOME of the animations import, but then, after being somewhat excited you realize that it doesn’t like the source .bmp’s and so you need to convert all your textures to jpg and replace them in each material.
On the redesigned high def loader that’s 30+ image files that need to be hand linked after conversion.
f%#$$%#ing ‘leet geeks. What do you think people want to use blender for?
They want to mod games. HL1 and UT2K4 hav huge user bases, but we get half cooked tools because all the geeks are jerking off on subsurface scattering and python crap that has no fucking value to 80% of the people who would LIKE to use blender for real production work. Sure milkshape is an ugly piece of shit, but at least it doesn’t make me load 30 f%$%#^ing textures requiring 120 f^%$^ing goddamned mouse clicks to do it with for every f^%&^ing <bleep> model I want to work on.
Milkshape, XSI, Max, even the HMLV will load the fucking textures with its whopping 20 meg size.
Go code us some more high end shit we can’t really fucking care about and we’ll go back to using tools we don’t have to fucking fight with or try to decipher.
I guess that’s mean. But its been 10 years.
Do I sound mad? I hate inefficiency. If I have to repeat a task over and over with multiple mouse clicks then the process is NOT WELL DESIGNED and I rip the software from my pipeline or relegate it to what it is doing well without fighting me. That goes for shortcuts and interface.
When I work, the things I need should be there, around me.
Not stuff I don’t need,
not stuff I have to click through and down and into like %$#% textures
5 clicks from an object to reach image import and I can’t batch load my 30 images into the list? Why do we bother with that. Grr.
Yes, python is cool, but it breaks,
import export, mesh optimization, armatures and animation
are the core of work,
rendering and physics,
is really an external process
to 90% of the work
we would be using blender for.
modelling, texturing, rigging, animating.
Shaders are a render things.
Dynamics and physics are an engine thing.
I can model with it
it’s the little things that suck.
Like mouse controls that make no sense
and dialogs that constantly pop up
just to ask me if I really wanted to do that simple thing that I have an undo for
or the nested tree of 20 clicks it takes to get at a specific component
oh, and I mentioned the massive interface I think
I expect it from softimage xsi, the bloat
I don’t want it in Blender.
I can’t believe it won’t import a BMP from source.
that’s just lame. So lame. Its bmp.
too ‘leet for bmp, even though that’s a core format for a dozen different media pipelines. I know it sucks but that’s what I’m working with let me load it.
If its up your alley, great. Yee haw.
Check KatsBits for tips on blender and .map
Anyway, I’m foaming and ranting.
If I’m stoned out of my gourd and a bit drunk will sit down and open Zbrush or Lightwave or Silo. All 3 are symetrical box modelers in operation.
Silo rocks but lacks some basic material functions and occasionally won’t work for a particular application without tweaking points or normals.
Lightwave is slightly less wierd than Blender, but to anyone who has taken the time to learn it is worth it and a dozen movies and sci fi series have used it.
On lightwave I generally start with a 6x6x8 edge cube, centered, symmetrical modeling on, and tabbed into hypernurbs, and then constant extruding or faceted subdividing selections. I use the subdiv weights painting to sharpen edges, bridge to connect separate object layers, and spin quad to fix bridges. Before Silo, I could not find this workflow anywhere else.
I like the separation of LW Modeler and Layout
I personally like the segmentation of apps
I would like something open source that was like Motionbuilder
I think that would make everyone happier
especially if you could smooth retarget and edit bvh and asc motion libraries
I bet an open source motionbuilder clone could run on less than 100 megs and have input mapping, retargeting, advanced and simple armatures, control rig and biped/multiped/wheeled/tracked motion skeleton templates
instead, when you want to animate, you have these massive 2 gig I wanna show off every dynamics and shader trick I can find suites
when you just want to make the arms move on the mesh you made in something else. That’s all you wanted to do, just a little walk cycle or two, with maybe an attachment. How many buttons do you need for that?
not 300 that’s for sure.
I don’t want render menus and texture menus when I’m animating
and I don;t like navigating around render tools and things when I’m modelling really. I want my screen space more than all your pretty geek buttons
put them in a folder and I’ll put them on my toolbar
if I want them only.
There really should be nothing on my screen except the tools I am using and some menus to get to the others.
I’ll stop bitching and dreaming about impossibilities now.
I use lightwave for mechanicals and ships, zbrush for organics mostly, and silo is kind of inbetween. There is a great Silo scene with 12 heads you can find.
Well, I couldn’t find it but I had it once so its out there to study.
Open Source is a great idea. When I’m rich and can be a philanthropist I will give $1000 prizes to people who contribute significant code to open source video editing, 3d animation, 3d modelling, 3d compositing, and motion tracking software. I’m not rich and I’m stingy so you do it. I personally think it’s a disgrace that we can fly people to the moon, encode the library of congress on portable media, and yet we have no fast good slick free swissarmy knife nonlinear video editing/compositing system, 3d rending animating modelling system, and top notch open source game development software that is cutting edge. Our evolution is chained to our profit motive and we have become lazy fucking sated ipod monkeys or vacuous wage slaves, take your pick. Hmmm.
Ok. Back to our wondrous Single Player Experience.
Adjusting the texture map in photoshop is fine but it will not import if it is not multiples of 512, 1024, 2048 on the sides. One pixel off and it will choke. Bodypaint is the cat’s meow, but anything that does uv textures properly works. Obj is standard between programs but you may wish to keep them in your original application format for editing as all meshes end up triangulated. If you triangulate it yourself, in your fine tuned 3d application, then UT will not do its own thing on you. This only really matters on meshes with bones in the end as all quads just get split but if you do it yourself it won’t change your work.
Maybe one day the stingy bastards at Epic will release a set of engine updates (I bet they even have a bunch of SP code they could stop hoarding) to support simple normal mapping in UT2K4. Probably not. It sucks that a Quake engine replacement, Darkplaces, will render normal maps and png files, but UT2K4 won’t. System Shock 2 supports png!. TGA files are huge things. Anyway. That’s not a drawback if you build small spaces for showing off particular meshes, I have had extremely high density meshes for showpieces in testmaps. The Terrain object used more resources than the super subdivided model I imported.
Oh well. Normal maps are not really required for a story driven game, which is my personal interest.
I have enough to work with, as do you and your small team, or cat.
There are LOTS of tutorials for every asset of Unreal Tournament 2004 modding, and the SPFramework with the VDM code snippet is stable.
Now, that all aside, that isn’t your game.
The game part, the story, usually is built with a text editor, a pen and paper, an excel workbook, a flowchart editor, a logic diagrammer like visio, Yed, etc.
Did I say Pen and Paper?
Or your BRAIN.
That’s where games come from, really.
Coffee, cigarettes, beer, pot, putzing, playing games
thinking, using your Brain, Creating, having Opinions about what YOU like in games you play, incorporating techniques you observe to expound YOUR story.
That’s really where it starts
before all the committees get involved in the process…
Working with a level editor is actually a lot
like using an old typewriter
just get into the rhythm of it.
People used to do that you know.
They didn’t have power and they wrote books on mechanical typewriters.
They all got ripped off by rich fuckers too.
But the point is
you can make a book with a typewriter
games can be made with sheets of paper (D&D)
And you can make both with an average computer
You don’t need weapons, or “weapons” don’t necessarily need to kill or cause blood. You have audio and text messages you can trigger, say, when a character finds a book or pda or computer. You can have the character trigger video events as textures on tv sets/monitors, you have outdoor and indoor environments available. Anything can be modified visually.
So where do you start?
We’re back to our trusty pen or simple text editor, or maybe we have something more elaborate in spreadsheets or diagrams.
creating lists of the items needed sequentially to finish each section or “quest”area.
roughly sketching out the text of what will happen or what will be said/heard/seen
Many people create a backstory or project bible
lots of others fly by the seat of their pants
If your gameplay isn’t focused on killing or violence,
then what is the story about?
What tasks need to be performed?
Do you need tools? keys? parts? more knowledge?
If you ignore building the tool meshes and animations, and focus on defining the story and the need for the tool, you can build up your story and not get bogged down where everyone else does
in the asset creation, which really should come last
if you have the lists of things and the sequences that will need to be completed all in a rough sketch format, you will be much farther ahead, as you will be able to make placeholder ojects in the world for things you will build later, yet still be able to work on level construction.
What about location?
Space is cool. game characters don’t really need air, so you can go between inside and outerspace pretty quickly. Oceans, or islands, with level transitions and lod level streaming the illusion of vast spaces can be achieved with very fast frame speeds. Especially if it’s just your character and not 32 deathmatch players.
What do you like to see in games?
I like it when I am searching around for a particular type of ammo instead of universal ammo. I like inventories and vehicles. I don’t like picky jumping puzzles.
SPFramework mod team forum:
UTX gaffer for quickly browsing the texture packages:
DXT and DDS tools including a windows explorer thumb view extension:
The ever incredible and essential picture browser that’s free and converts to bmp with a right click:
Gimp Normalmap plugin
an I couldn’t even count the number of times in the last 15 years I’ve gone searching around in my stuff to find this tool for a particular project or that. Useful with games, images, mp3, massive asset datastores, 500 image sequences, etc. Strange to learn, addictive to use, its…Albert’s REnamer.
for when you have 30 images rendered out in format myrender0000.bmp and UT wants it called myrender_a00.bmp
just so you can have a bunch of animated stuff on a monitor, or lets say a background? Prerendered background components with moving textures on planes? Hmm. Like shuttles flying into bays, or moving machinery. 10 512×1024 images in a sequence can create huge amounts of moving detail with low overhead.
of course, 90% of an average factory scene can be done with simple movers, but getting beyond what the starting point is and creating something new that will move on old machines is a challenge.
some more links: