2 years ago
...uh, well, I'm not 100% sure.
Recently I had a poll to decide which Freelancer poster people would most like to me draw (limited to the Freelancers whose faces we have seen). 23 people voted. I had one 'pick one' question, and one 'pick as many as you like' option. Perhaps I should have been clearer about my intentions from the start. In any case, the results were... anomalous.
In case you can't read the screencap:
1. If you were to buy a poster of any freelancer with a known face (ie: Wash, Florida, and Maine are not options) and you could buy only one, which would you buy?
York - 6
South - forever alone.
North - 2
Carolina - 5
Wyoming - 3
CT - forever alone?
Tex - 7
2. Alright, now let's pretend you had infinite money. Which poster(s) would you buy?
South Dakota 6 (still the least popular option)
North Dakota 12
Connecticut (CT) 10 (less lonely than South)
Sooo.... Tex and York are almost equally popular in the 'pick one' question, but York wins by a larger margin when people can pick as many as they want. Buuuut.... the second poll indicates that York is liked by 74% of voters, while Tex is only liked by 65% of voters. I know 23 is hardly representative of the overall RT population, but it still says something about his popularity.
So I am drawing York for two reasons: (1) because the polls say he's popular, and (2) in terms of overall facial structure, my husband makes a decent reference for York. Granted, it's not 100% similarity, but that's definitely very handy. I will also draw Tex if I have some extra time.
The poster will be done in a style something like these previous drawings:
Thanks to those who participated, and to those going to RTX Sidequest: stay tuned!
2 years ago
If you were to buy a poster of any freelancer with a known face (ie: Wash, Florida, and Maine are not options) and you could buy only one, which would you buy?
The 'insert a poll' option seems to have disappeared for non-sponsors, so I'll just redirect you to this link:
It is set to close after 100 participants, or on Feb 9, whichever comes first. This poll may or may not have anything to do with Sidequest. Feel free to distribute this poll to anyone who may or may not be going to RTX. Thank you for your patience.
Have a somewhat related gif:
2 years ago
Very heavy on the anatomy side of things, but nonetheless very useful for budding mlp fanartists.
Very useful indeed for those pesky hind legs:
On the skeletal reference, see that spur that seems to jut up from the horse's hind leg? That is its equivalent of a 'heel' (not sure if actually called that) and is the reason for that odd 'peak' that you will see on a cartoon pony's leg.
2 years ago
(A response to KempoB's journal that turned into a journal of it's own. The TLDR version: thoughts on games through a non-gamer's eyes)
As a relatively-new-gamer myself (I just couldn't afford games growing up), I can relate to that journal.
When I first started dating my husband, he tried to get me into gaming with playing games with co-op or multiplayer modes. Guys, be very careful of which game you choose if you decide to go the multiplayer/co-op route for introducing your non-gamer lady to games. Most of the games he chose were things that required some form of gamer experience - even some 'cute and kid friendly' games like Mario require some sense of timing and aim that non-gamers have not developed yet - and due to his competitive nature and focus on finishing the level rather than just playing the game, my inability to perform even the simplest of moves frustrated him to no end, and that in turn frustrated me because it felt like I didn't have room to learn play the game without getting my ass handed to me. Which, as silly as it seems, lead to lots of hurt feelings on both sides and me avoiding video games for a while.
But then, after a while, he got a bit smarter with his choices. Instead of simply picking up whatever game had a co-op mode, he started asking the store clerk which multiplayer games didn't require expert skill to play and were fun to play as a couple. That's when he started picking up games like Little Big Planet, Lego (yes, I know Lego games are aimed at kids, but they are fairly gentle to non-gamers while still being entertaining), Mario Galaxies, Mario Party... even if it meant picking up a game he wouldn't normally be interested in. And yes, sometimes he would get bored of the game after a while, but he still found some games that he liked too from time to time. But more importantly, I learned that games can be fun and interesting, even if you are a total noob and keep dying all the time. Eventually, I started getting interested in some of the other other games he played, and even though I still suck at regular old platforming Mario, we've found some fun things to do together when we're hanging out. And even if he picks up a game I can't play, sometimes I will just watch him play, as if I were just watching a long movie (The rest of the time, motion sickness physically prevents me from watching, and I go do something else. But that is another story of its own, and I digress)
So, guys, before getting your non-gamer girlfriend (or any non-gamer friend) to play CoD or Halo 4 with you, here are some things you should ask yourself before getting a multiplayer game to play together:
-How much skill is required to get through a good chunk of the game? Do you need expert timing or coordination to beat the game?
-What is the game's penalty for failure? For example, do you lose lives and a chunk of inventory, or do you simply restart at the last checkpoint like nothing happened? However, even if you do lose lives as a penalty, that doesn't mean the game isn't fun for non-gamers (ex: Little Big Planet), and even if you just restart at a checkpoint, that doesn't mean the game won't be intimidating for non-gamers (ex: Halo).
-Even if you keep dying or losing, is there still a way to progress or see success? Even if your non-gamer has a good sense of humour and laughs off getting killed a dozen times, it still gets boring (if not outright frustrating) seeing the "YOU LOSE" screen a dozen times without being able to keep going, and boredom is no way to keep a person's attention.
-Is the game mostly goal-oriented (ie straightforward get to the flag, beat the boss, level up)? Or is there experience-oriented stuff to throw in along the way (ie neat places to explore, cool things to find, interesting NPCs to interact with, fun minigames)?
-A very important point to consider: If you were playing this game with your buddies instead of your lover, how much patience and tolerance do you have for noobs on the team? More importantly, how much of that frustration do you think you can express/let go of in a relatively civil manner? Think really carefully about this one, because it is easier than you think to rage at losing terribly, resulting in a confused and possibly hurt teammate who has never aimed a virtual crosshair at a virtual monster's head, let alone dealt with a sudden outburst of profane rage quit.
Now fighting games and MMORPGs... are a bit of a different animal. But I digress, and have spent way too much time already writing this.