Hi, I'm a composer and 3D artist. Additional skills include intermediate programming (primarily Python) and web design. I rarely check this profile so it's probably best to contact me by the listed email or follow my Deviant Art profile for regular updates.

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JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Mar 15 2013, 12:22am replied:

Also, these look nice.

+1 vote   media: Junon Lamp
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Mar 15 2013, 12:01am says:

I use Skype! I got tired of having both Skype and Pidgin open :D

+1 vote   media: Junon Lamp
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces May 5 2012, 6:11am replied:

I did, I put a crate in there before this :D That, and a wooden sphere!

+1 vote   media: UDK snappable kit piece test
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Mar 28 2012, 2:28pm says:

Wow, your stuff looks really good. It's cool that you explained the process of making your textures and where you got them from.

+1 vote   member: simonoc
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Mar 17 2012, 2:56am replied:

Done ;)

+1 vote   media: The back of Shinra HQ!
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Mar 15 2012, 12:01pm replied:

Glad you like it ;) Hopefully I can do another more substantial release soon.

+1 vote   article: Version No. Change & Various Updates!
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Mar 3 2012, 1:19am replied:

Looks nice, I'm glad someone's had a play with it! Hopefully once I create a new top of the tower and change out a few things for newer counterparts it'll look even better.

+1 vote   media: Midgar WIP
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Feb 15 2012, 12:48am says:

You are part of the Rebel Alliance and a TRAITOR.

+2 votes   media: Shut up
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 2 2011, 9:50pm says:

You could make the next floor down and connect it to that ;) Then make the floor below that and connect that. And then...

+1 vote   media: Doing some work on floor 70...
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Jun 29 2011, 8:54pm says:

Mine is made from the tears of virgins.

+1 vote   media: Inevitable In Time
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Jun 29 2011, 6:56am says:

I like the bass line at the start. I don't know why, but it makes me picture James Brown dancing (which is a good thing... I think).

+1 vote   media: I An I In Babylon
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces May 14 2011, 9:34am says:

:D It may or may not be made longer! (ohhhh double tease!)

+1 vote   media: Insurmountable
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces May 2 2011, 6:12am says:

I like this one ;) Makes me want to make something low key and laid back like this.

+2 votes   media: 1st Church of Synth
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Apr 28 2011, 10:50pm says:

Actually I did try that, I thought it'd sound really good... but it didn't sound as good as the piano (in my opinion!). I'll send you an alternative version with a harpsichord, it's easy to do ;)

+1 vote   media: Jitter Jatter
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Apr 28 2011, 5:21am says:

Hmm, maybe I should play it! Or...

Just get the soundtrack :D

+1 vote   media: Escape
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Apr 28 2011, 1:30am says:

That doorway/pillars/arch looks very nice. Makes me want to model something :-/

+1 vote   media: A building!
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Jan 20 2011, 7:05am says:

I don't need your useless internet transmission!

+1 vote   media: Trains
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Jan 20 2011, 7:00am says:

Happy! Would you say that you feel gay? I had a really gay time making it... Maybe we could have a gay time listening to it together! One, two, three - press play now! Ohhhh yeah, that's pretty gay. I'm starting to feel real gay now. Don't forget to double-click pause/play quickly to simulate my slow internet connection! Yes, it is rather annoying that it makes the music jerky, but I guess being jerked around is just part of being gay!

+1 vote   media: Icicles
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Oct 24 2009, 11:42pm replied:

You're right, it doesn't look like any of the 5 polygon characters! :-|
I think the point is that it's concept art ;)

+1 vote   media: Final Fantasy VII: Mako Dawn, Mako Dusk
JigsawPieces
JigsawPieces Sep 22 2009, 2:16pm says:

What's up with Gandalf's finger? It looks painful.

All looks good though ;)

+1 vote   media: Urrl AKA Chimera
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 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 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 Dec 17 2011, 6:33am says:

Wow, this looks really sweet.

+1 vote   media: Dwarven Troop Transport
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 14 2011, 7:47am says:

Midgar is a blight upon the planet :D

+2 votes   media: THE PLANET
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...
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