The Engineer Graduate, round 2.

Alright, monthly update of the year. Anyone remember my previous engineer hat? Well, now I’ve got myself to do a remake of it, and it shall be submitted to Valve when I finish it.

And this hat is more beaten up than the previous one! Who said the Engineer kept his graduation hat in a trophy room? However, the Golden Wrench victims are kept in his trophy room.

The hat needs to go to the texturing phase, then I’ll add some jigglebones to the tassel and I shall finally see how it looks in TF2. Oh, and it currently is 450 polygons, a way, way better number than my first attempt. I’ll keep you guys updated on it.

Shedding Light

Quick little info from my holidays: I’m on holidays for two weeks, however, I STILL have access to the computer. Wish it was my Windows Computer, but we need a new one anyway…

This means I’m still a bit active on the interwebs. Just saying.

Finding tracks.

For the Team Fortress 2 Story Mode (still need to look for a nice title), I’ve been thinking that using Team Fortress 2 Music only isn’t going to help. Using Valve music is not going to help much either, because that’s either Half-Life, Portal or Left 4 Dead, all which differs greatly from the Team Fortress atmosphere. Using music from other video games might help, but can sometimes offer a huge contrast between sound (from 16-bit tunes to some orchestral) and it’s non-usability when dealing with more “commercial” ends.

So what’s left? Here’s one: Jamendo. It’s a free music hosting site that offers Indie Open-Source Music for Free. Under creative commons, they have music from Attribution to Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDeriv, etc… The site is in French, so you might need to learn that before going forward.

Now I’ll be showing off a selection of tracks that could go great in the TF2 Story. Hit the jump for the tracks.

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My first experience with 3D. Surprising.

So I’ve experienced the first effect of this so-called “3D Experience” at the cinema. I was one of thoses types who said: “Bah, it’s just crap marketing that the world is falling for.” Now I take that line back… partially.

So I’ve decided to watch Tron: Legacy at the cinema with my brother. Being broke as hell, we did not have pop-corn, and unfortunately left the water at home. What did we bring? Dorritoes, great snack when your through is dry as hell during the entire course of the movie.

So we entered this absurdly tiny room. Yes, tiny. This is a big-ass cinema in Paris. Maybe it’s due to the fact that the viewers need to have the entire screen in front and not from an angle. Anyway, we arrived just on time, being rushed… for the advertisements. Great. Maybe that’s why piraters pirate. But that’s a dumb excuse. I mean, ADS ARE TEH BEST THI- *shot*. Once the advertisements are done, there’s the cinema’s mascot. He politly asks- *ahem* writes on the screen to make us wear 3D glasses. Are we are on a trip to acidity?

Ads. Ads in 3D. Genius. What’s the first ad?

Haribo. Nothing fancy, until a TON OF SWEETS FALL. This was amazing 3D. This deserves Best Picture of the Oscars hands down. Here, take a look. 3D Glasses needed.

And later on, more ads.

The film came on afterwards. A kind note pops out to tell us that some scenes of the movie were intentionally filmed in 2D. But do keep thoses glasses on. All the time.

What I did in the movie was remove the glasses in 2D scenes and place the glasses in 3D. The problem? There was BARELY ANY 3D SCENES. In the 3D Scenes, it only had something that made you flip: get yourself pwned by a disc. Badass. But it happened too rarely.

The movie had great visuals, bad ass music, but the only thing apart from the 3D lack was the Story’s clichéness: I foretold that the father would stay, the grid would go “boom” in some way, the girl and main character will escape safely and live happily ever after. And I completly forgot about Alan’s existance.

Funny that there’s no TRON related image to this post whatsoever?

Tales of Graces is coming to the US!…

…But only the ps3 version. Because we all know that the Wii version is bugged…

…oh come on! I only own a Wii!

(I’d like to do a Google Translate version if only I could understand the way of getting the important files of the ISO.)

In better news, I got that Pendulum album “Immersion” today! Best track has got to be The Fountain.