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Easier to model or to find models?

21 March 2015 - 10:53 AM

Hey guys, 


Recently I got an idea for a relatively simple game, and wanted to start building it. My programming skills and Unity3d skills are great. The thing is that I'm not an amazing modeler. I can model non living things relatively decently, but any sort of animal, human, etc., I'm pretty inexperienced with. There's a pretty good chance that I won't need to have any living things in my game, but I'm still wondering whether to just find the models online or give it a try at modeling all of my art assets in Maya. What says the community?

Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) Really a Threat?

31 January 2015 - 07:53 AM

Recently a lot of high profile figures in science and tech have voiced their concerns over how AI is a threat to the human race. 




The above article is about Bill Gates concern. Stephen Hawkings and Elon Musk have also voiced similar concerns. Are these concerns really valid? Would AI really threaten the existence of the human race? 


I personally don't agree for various reasons. For the next few centuries, I really doubt AI will get beyond the point that we won't be able to control it. By the time it does, humans will be very different in any case, so it's not going to be as simple as AI will suddenly turn on us.


Another interesting thing that I've noted is that the entire notion of AI killing off humanity is mainly a Western concept. If you look at Japan, most people do not share the same concern. Maybe I'm wrong, but that's at least what seems to be the case.



Bungie's Destiny

15 September 2014 - 09:25 AM

So, I'm sure everyone has heard about Destiny, even if they haven't played it. Now that it's been released, and the reviews are out, I'm curious about what others think of it. A lot of reviewers have criticized the game as being repetitive, not living up to expectations, etc. I personally think it's fun, and I can see room for improvement over time. Thoughts, opinions, criticisms, random comments?

Alien Invasion

27 July 2014 - 12:13 PM

So after watching one too many alien invasion flicks, I started wondering what would actually happen should aliens invade? Like in a realistic scenario? Let's say we have aliens who have traversed space in fairly fast, but not FTL, starships, powered by fusion reactors, that have a sort of limited mobile industrial base on board (to sustain a war effort on a distant planet) while the inhabitants are put into cryo-sleep. They plan on using Earth's moon as a staging ground for their invasion. Their starships are equipped with orbital recon and weapons. They use shuttles to land their forces from orbit on Earth. A race that has achieved the ability to build starships that are large enough to have mobile manufacturing onboard must be pretty advanced. So in terms of weaponry, we are talking smart munitions, smart drones, rail guns, lasers, strong armor, shielding, etc. So how do you think that would play out? I haven't really detailed alien tech either, so if anyone wants to add on, that'd be great.

Recent rise in number of fantasy/scifi films based on comics, games, etc?

18 June 2014 - 07:15 PM

Recently, we've seen a lot of movies from Marvel that have been stellar successes, like the Avengers, Iron Man 3, etc. Fox announced that its going to make a movie (http://www.thevine.com.au/entertainment/news/have-big-screen-game-adaptations-finally-escaped-development-hell-20140617-282718/) based on Magic: The Gathering. Then there's the movies based on Transformers, Battleship, GI Joe, which have been relatively successful. Let's not forget Game of Thrones, as well, even though it's not a film. Then we have more films (many of which are not based off of any franchise) that I'm not going to go into mentioning right this minute. I was quite surprised to find out that Magic: The Gathering is getting a movie, that also made by Fox. I'm not entirely sure how many people play Magic, but is it enough to create a financially successful film? I suppose that Fox certainly saw that it can eventually be successful if they purchased the rights.


But, more to the point, do you see the trend that I'm trying to highlight? There seems to be many more films based on comics, games, novels, etc. that weren't traditionally seen as something that would ever have enough popularity to be big than there have been in previous years. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe I'm missing something, but is it just me, or is this an actual trend?