Freelance 3D modeller and games artist. Commenced my games industry career over 10 years ago, starting out at Warthog on the sci-fi FPS Mace Griffin: Bounty Hunter, and a space shooter of Battlestar Galactica. Most recently worked in house for Sumo Digital on a Tennis release for Sega, Virtua Tennis 2009 for PS3, Xbox 360 & the Wii, and I also worked on Sonic & Sega All-Star Racing. I have recently begun to teach 3D modelling and how that relates to games at several educational institutions including the University of Bolton on a part-time basis. Mod work includes development team leader, lore advice and modelling work for the Battlefield 2142 Star Wars themed mod First Strike.
Posted by TALON_UK on Dec 16th, 2010
So, another year and the voting on another MOTY comes to an end, and what a fantastic event it has been this year with many more incredible mod entries than ever before. Now comes the anticipation of awaiting the results. Will be interesting to see where we come this year. We should have a strong chance with the release of version 1.5 of First Strike a few months ago, but even after that the main issue our mod seems to have is of getting and retaining players, which is interesting, as every new player we get comments on how amazing the mod is. The issue they have being that there are not enough players. So we really have to work on getting more players on our servers somehow, promoting more events and just getting the servers populated so new players can experience the mod as it was meant to be played, in full servers recreating epic Star Wars battles.
Also an update on our progress on the map everybody is waiting for with baited breath couldn't have hurt our chances. Hoth is going to be a phenomenal map, the Holy Grail if you will of Star Wars battles, something so epic and iconic that it has to be got right, or what is the point of doing it? Our plans for this map are bigger and bolder than any game version of this sequence that has ever been produced before, mod or official game, so it is really gratifying to see the separate elements of this coming together, especially since we have been working on this map on the backburner for years now, but with the AT-AT Walkers finally becoming almost finalised, detailing on the massive Echo Base model I built years ago starting to come together, and a beautiful exterior landscape which is really nailing the look of the frozen tundra of Hoth, I have really high hopes for this one. Still a lot of work to go, but I feel it will be well worth it.
And so back to the MOTYs, how do I reckon we'll do this year? So hard to tell, but on past form we have done a bit of a Star Trek (I know, I'll wash my mouth out later ;P ) with odd entries being bad, and even entries in the movie series being good. In our case it is the same with the years of the MOTYs, in 2006 we got 3rd place for Best Unreleased Mod, and in 2008 we came 4th for Mod of the Year. So will 2010 be our year again? I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
Best of luck to everyone in the Top 100 this year. See you on the other side.