So I'm back from my business trip and there's a lot of catching up to do. Let's get started!
Official Game-Guru News:Every once in a while TheGameCreators, makers of Game-Guru, release two press releases inside of a week. Makes it a little difficult for me as a weekly updater but in case you missed them there are two new updates to cover:
https://www.thegamecreators.com/post/gameguru-buildings-pack-update-released Finally, with all the PBR retexturing done they got to the buildings and... they look... ok-ish? I guess? I don't know. They seem to lack the really high quality finish some of the other PBR redos have. I use these models regularly as stand-ins or as actual elements and it's just a little disappointing to see that the textures seem marginally better as a result of the PBR treatment. I'll have to play with it to see if I can improve it, but judge for yourself:
In better news, however, there's a new pack out - the "Medical Pack". This pack is really ripe with tons of goodies like really well textured models of x-ray machines, gurneys, doors, desks, curtains, etc. I'd put this in a 'must buy' category. It's currently on sale for 20% off.
These materials can find a home in a great many different projects so definitely consider picking it up!
Free Stuff:Animated Wooden Crate by Lafette II: https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/220151
This crate is unusual in that it performs the function of being "a wooden box that opens when you approach it and let all the objects you can pick up in the two rooms float first and then slide into the box after a short while. It can be used excellently in fantasy games, but it also looks great in modern shooter games." ... will need to try this one out myself later.
Third Party Tutorials and Tools
Information on how to make an animated TV monitor: https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/220149
Random Acts of Creativity
Now in this particular area I have a lot of updates to go over so bear with me as I cover them all.
New assets are on the way!
First and foremost there are a significant amount of new assets in the pipeline for store users. If you're interested in purchasing these and want to see what's coming soon - check this subforum and just look at all the big names in there - Lafette, Graphix, Wizard of Id, etc. Tons of really good stuff is on the way!
Bellidos meanwhile has been hard at work on something he calls 'mastaba':
It's an interesting recessed temple model. Not much more to go on but it showed up in the discord while I was out of town and I like the way it looks. Expect it on the store soon!
A lot of work was done on particles...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLebdDTJgis Preben's at it again with some GG Loader particles that produce excellent weather effects.
https://youtu.be/Tm_u6HsI7Lg Graphix and Amenmoses have been working on some interesting particle stuff in this video link given as well.
Game-Guru users have been hard at work as well...
Len the man has been hard at work at his cowboy shooter and while I think some may complain about the graphics what he HAS shown limit on talent with are his creation and use of cutscenes. Check out this gif and just try to figure for yourself how it was accomplished, because I can't manage it shy of frame-by-frame video editing:
Yeah, I wish I could do that. I've asked him for info on how, so I can maybe write it up in my book but dang. Good work Len!
New user 'Bonesy' has continued his work on 'cyberfi' and it's starting to look more and more like a real game. Admittedly it's a bit too spartan and the colors are very polarizing by my standards but it's always good to see people steadily improving their product. He's even added some mech with custom AI to it, so it's definitely going places though it still needs a LOT of polish.
I'm looking forward to see where it goes from here.
A frequent favorite on here, Duchenkuke won the most recent contest (I was not a participant this time, due to work - though I don't think I'd have beaten this entry) on a ghost town theme with this beauty:
However little did you know he also makes music as well - check out some of his most recent stuff here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHbM5ph8VeU
Oh and lastly, in case you're interested in how NOT to act as a Game-Guru user you can check out some juicy controversy here: https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/220157
In My Own WorksI have my work cut out for me, I knew this already but this last week really set me back a LOT. I now have an additional 5k words I need to write this week meaning I'll be lucky if I can make it to 8k words. That means long days and longer nights as I try to get caught up.
I have some really great ideas for projects and products for Game-Guru but can't get the time to work on them. Such is life. Once the book is clear I have to do the sidecar game to go with it so I'm probably going to be running 100% until next June. Lovely!