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JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Feb 15 2012, 12:36am replied:

I don't think it was deliberate either. The problem I was highlighting is that liberals go to liberal media, conservatives go to conservative media, etc etc. These media outlets only serve to further divide people. They dichotomise complex issues and deliberately attempt to provoke people. It's pathetic.

Often times stories provoke so much vitriol and outrage that a verbal brawl breaks out long before anyone bothers to check whether the story is actually true or not - this isn't just an issue with teenagers. Most people are interested in validating their views, not challenging them. But I'm not suggesting cons visit lib sites and vice versa - I think we need to circumvent these funnels of (mis)information and search the sources ourselves. Oh, and I don't use social media, it disgusts me... ;)

+2 votes     article: Obama (edited)
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Feb 12 2012, 5:57pm says:

Thanks. Hopefully it could link to the current mod one day somehow.

0 votes     media: Old Mod Content
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Feb 10 2012, 9:20am says:

No problem man.

+1 vote     member: 501stcaptainrex
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Feb 10 2012, 5:00am replied:

Don't bother apologizing, rectify the mistake. Despite now knowing it's incorrect you've left it there. It'd take less than thirty seconds to edit out the '4th greatest president' nonsense.

I don't give a rat's about Obama, but there's no reason to continue displaying false information about him. It's a well known fact that media in America is basically useless for determining truth. Soundbites and quote mines are used by media left, right and center. You need to find the original full interviews or full transcripts before quoting people to make sure you don't distort what they're saying. Sometimes that's going to mean watching a full 60 minute long video of someone you don't like to make sure they've actually said what you heard. Well that's tough luck.

+2 votes     article: Obama (edited)
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Feb 7 2012, 10:25am replied:

Since April 2nd, 2008 according the stats page.

+1 vote     mod: Mako Dawn
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Feb 4 2012, 1:47pm replied:

@Madoka12 It's true that you don't see much of Midgar in FFVII. But even modeling the interior of a reactor... haha. And it'd be in full 3D, not just from one camera perspective. It's not that I don't think I could do it - I probably could - it's more down to time considerations. I enjoy working on this project but I've been with it almost 2 years and there's still no significant release which saddens me. I want to finish it in my lifetime :D Part of my motivation for doing frequent releases is to ensure the ability of anyone to continue the mod if they wish in the event that I stop developing.

In regards to CC content, I don't mind using it to help embellish upon the original game's designs in an artistic sense (although FFVII still takes precedence). I personally didn't really like the story and character additions it made though. I'd be more interested in something like Gast's research of the ancients, his interviews with Ifalna and ultimately his demise at the hands of Hojo. Not to mention a certain headless lady's residence in the Shinra HQ at this time ;) If the soldier floor were to appear in the mod it'd be work I'd delegate to someone else, I wouldn't make it myself.

0 votes     mod: Mako Dawn
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Feb 4 2012, 1:22am replied:

I thought it was Tifa who told Barret to stop complaining...
Also, these stairs aren't the stairs you quietly sneak into the Shinra Building with. They're the ones between the upper floors ;)

+2 votes     media: Upper Stairwell
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Feb 3 2012, 3:59am says:

This has been taken out of context and distorted.

"The issue here is not going be a list of accomplishments. As you said yourself, Steve, you know, I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president — with the possible exceptions of Johnson, F.D.R., and Lincoln — just in terms of what we’ve gotten done in modern history. But, you know, but when it comes to the economy, we’ve got a lot more work to do."

THAT is what he said. "against any president" - not *above*. In no way does he indicate that he's the 4th greatest president. He's saying his administrations achievements could hold their own against others but that there's still more that needs to be done. Much more modest than how you chose to present it if indeed you even bothered to find and watch/read the original source material.

+1 vote     article: Obama (edited)
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Feb 2 2012, 12:49pm replied:

Oh I see. Yeah, that video is from when I was first working on 59. The door doesn't do that any more.

+1 vote     media: Mako Dawn WIP 1
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Feb 1 2012, 12:30am replied:

The door at 01:00? Do you mean the emergency exit door? That doesn't open - it teleports you to the stairwell cell or, if you're in the stairwell cell, to floor 59. I'm not aware of any doors going over the walls...

As for animations, I'd love to make new ones for everything! But, as Neomonkeus said it's pretty unlikely at least for the foreseeable future. I do plan on learning to animate at some stage though. But since it's currently only me I really want to prioritize finishing off the existing areas ;) I agree though - some of Fallout's animations aren't to my taste. SMG shooting with one hand... what were they thinking! :P

+1 vote     media: Mako Dawn WIP 1
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Jan 30 2012, 11:57pm replied:

Haha :D I thought someone would - we cater for idiots too ;)

+1 vote     download: Mako Dawn v0.1
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Jan 30 2012, 10:00am replied:

I answered this on the main page in the comments :)

+1 vote     article: Mako Dawn v0.1 Released!
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Jan 30 2012, 7:52am replied:

@fischkopf Making the whole of Midgar isn't something I think anyone can do to be honest - at least not in the sense of making an interesting, free roaming Midgar. Even with a decent sized team making a single sector would be very daunting... and frankly I don't think this mod will ever have a big, skilled team (although I hope it does :D). I mean sure, I could fill up the plates with repetitive buildings and generic 2D-personality characters, but would that really be fun?

If I can complete floors 59-70 to my satisfaction I'd consider doing floors 1-3. And if that also went well I'd consider connecting the tower to the subways perhaps - we do after all have two basically finished train cars. Basically I'd rather go quality over quantity. I guess I should've covered this in a news post :D next time, next time...

+4 votes     mod: Mako Dawn
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Jan 29 2012, 10:09pm says:

Yes, they're supposed to be roughly cut ;)

From the reading I've done polygons seem to matter a little less than is popularly believed. Poly count, of course, still matters and optimizing a model so as not to waste any faces is always prudent. I noticed some flat surfaces of vanilla FO3 content are divided up into more faces than necessary to allow for vertex colouring.

More recently I've become just as concerned with optimizing my textures and making sure not to use more than one set of textures per object if possible, squeezing the most detail into one map, etc.

+3 votes     media: Raw Materia
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Jan 29 2012, 11:35am replied:

They modelled it, but each floor is separate in the original game. They didn't actually connect like these do. The upper floors of the tower (60-69) would go progressively further in one direction (right in this image) if you were to make them as in FF7. This is because the top of each staircase on any given floor reaches the next floor on the far right, while the preceding staircase ends on the far left. This would be normal if the staircases alternated directions, but they always go from left to right, giving them an 'overbite' to the right.

I don't know if I explained that very clearly, but if you Google shots of the floors and try to figure out how they connect you'll probably be able to see how that'd cause a problem. The tower has a lot of little idiosyncrasies like this. Sorry for the big comment, I spent a lot of time thinking about it :D

+2 votes     media: Upper Stairwell
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Jan 26 2012, 11:58pm replied:

I changed the title to match the domain name of the site. I wanted it to be something short and easy to remember, but similar to the original. Glad you like it :)

+3 votes     mod: Mako Dawn
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Jan 21 2012, 6:22pm replied:

Once upon a time recreating the whole of Midgar (as a free roaming, playable area) was our goal. That's simply too ambitious, which is why we're making Shinra tower. But that doesn't necessarily mean you'll never be able to visit the plates if things go really well with development ;)

+3 votes     media: Elevators
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Jan 21 2012, 6:14am replied:

It'd look even better if I could fix the issue I'm having with trying to make the floor reflective... :( But, on the bright side, there will be chairs for sure :D

+1 vote     media: Floor 61 WIP
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Dec 17 2011, 6:33am says:

Wow, this looks really sweet.

+1 vote     media: Dwarven Troop Transport
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Dec 10 2011, 2:36am says:

This is great. When I look at the concept art and listen to this the two mix really well. Makes me feel inspired to write some music! Very atmospheric, good job :)

+3 votes     media: Reprisal
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Dec 6 2011, 6:37am says:

Hm! For some reason I wasn't tracking this... well, I fixed that. This actually looks really interesting, hope things go well :)

+4 votes     game: Mindworld
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Nov 21 2011, 10:11pm says:

I agree, a good composition should be able to stand by itself ;) I really like this tune, it reminds me of bank robbers :D

+1 vote     media: Pay Day
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Nov 14 2011, 7:47am says:

Midgar is a blight upon the planet :D

+2 votes     media: THE PLANET
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Nov 7 2011, 6:05pm says:

I might try doing one with Judgement Day but I'm having trouble thinking of a good arrangement. I'd also like to do a big original orchestral piece sometime too.

+1 vote     media: Crazy Motorcycle arr.
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Nov 6 2011, 8:26pm says:

Thanks guys :)

+1 vote     media: FFVII arr. Jenova Absolute + Those Who Fight
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Oct 5 2011, 6:12am says:

Damn, you opening and closing that door gets real annoying :D

+1 vote     media: Shinra Tower test
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Oct 3 2011, 12:57pm replied:

YOU ARE

+1 vote     media: Catch Me
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Jul 31 2011, 5:38pm says:

What are you running, Win95?!

I may be on bathroom duty... but uh,

Well. It's gonna be a really good bathroom.

Take THAT.

P.S. : fix the doors :D

+1 vote     media: Early work on 66...
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Jul 8 2011, 5:53am says:

The President's desk needs a big red button on it.

+1 vote     media: Jake's Monitor!
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Jul 7 2011, 2:25am says:

Where's my monitor, that's what *I* want to know. :D It needs the vent thingys on the floor! It'd look cool with spec maps too :O Up to you :D

+1 vote     media: Redesigned floor 70...
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