“I only meant to destroy your property not assault you!”
“She didn’t force him to do anything”
“Manipulation doesn’t exist and people are incapable of having any psychological effect on anyone”
“Yeah just like that guy who asks a super drunk girl to have sex 20 times isn’t a rapist because he didn’t force her amirite ?”
“[…] by the way, thanks Albert Einstein for helping to invent the Atom Bomb so we can no longer have any actual wars anymore.
War would have saved us.”
“The point of randomization, both in cryptography and in statistical experiments, is to not just prevent the leaked information or confounders (respectively) you do know about but also the ones you do not yet know about.”
“The first move is made by not alerting the opponent to your existence or to what exactly is the battlefield where your moves will take place.”
“Basically everything that makes men laugh might as well be rape to feminists.”
“women seem to dislike anything that makes a man happy that isn’t a woman. not “women”. “a woman”. specifically: her.”
“>make fun about common war cliche in squad story
>still try to play it straight in resistance mission”
“Maybe one of the writers is mocking the main story writer.”
“>I’m going to name my son after you
>gets shot 20 seconds later
Maybe we’re all just too brainlet to notice this brilliant satire.”
“If they give him any money at all (even if just out of pity or for PR purposes) his lawyers will probably find some way to leverage that into an implicite acknowledgement on CDPRs part that his demands are in any way legitimate or they could even construct a case that CDPR is trying to hush him up or some shit like that.
I once had an experience with a upper-middle level business client over a bill they refused me to pay and after having spent several hours talking to my tax/finance lawyer I eventually decided to just drop it. I’m not gonna go through too much detail but what I learned in a nutshell is that ***ANY and ALL*** good-will or friendliness you show to these suits on the other side of a legal argument WILL be used against you and leveraged into some kind of implicite acknowledgement on your part that you recognized their claims (however self-evidently and obviously absurd they may be) as legitimate”
“fantasy football is just dungeons and dragons for people who suck at both fantasy and football”
“Women are perpetually afraid of creepy predator men?
Gee, isn’t that why women used to be the property of their father until they were married off and became the property of a decent man who could protect them from creeps?”
“If you take the things proggies say at face value, life seems really complicated.”
“When Rome was strong and they lost a battle, they declared vengeance, and regularly achieved it.
When Alaric sacked Rome, Roman leaders declared mourning instead. Sound familiar?”
“Proggies continue their mission to make the entire country suffer court intrigue.”
“>He really doesn’t.
He most certainly does. At least two of Minerva’s bitch outs where because he was being a twat concerned with people’s feelings instead of coming up with strategies to save them. Fucking hell when he was given control of the centurion the first thing he does is tell everyone he’s not worthy of it. Because that’s good for moral.”
“t. someone who hasn’t been in a situation where morale matters
At this point they had already shown that half of the soldiers didn’t like Claude cuz they felt he had a stick up his ass for being better than them. Him saying first off he doesn’t deserve it means a fucking lot. Way more than him saying he should have had it sooner. Especially when the Centurion already has a special snowflake of a Captain who basically threw all rules and regulations out the window because he regrets his last ship sinking. Shit dude have you ever watched a movie?”
“Bull and Shit. I don’t want my commander to be someone I like or can relate too. I want my commander to be the mother fucker who will get my ass out of this war alive or lead us to victory. I don’t care if he thinks he’s better because I want him to be better.”
“You are mistaken. I’m not arguing that it is capitalism itself that is the isolatable causation of western nihilism, the break-up of families, and the uprooting and atomising of the individual. I’m arguing that it is the prerequisites of Capitalism that inevitably lead to those outcomes regardless of their method of implementation. Unfortunately, capitalism cannot exist without first imposing (classical) liberalism upon the population, and liberalism is inherently a totalitarian ideology that imposes an arbitrary universal definition onto the individual along with moral duties presiding over him. Totalitarianism is not characterized by a small elite determining the masses. It is the masses determining the individual. Imposing universal rights imposes universal duties as a consequence, and imposing duties over the individual is aggression against the individual’s true nature and his true interests.”
“oh boy, this is pretty big. Ronaldo is basically worshipped like a god by NPCs in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. If this shit can get even him taken down without any evidence whatsoever on the most hilarious of pretenses (srsly, the claims against him are even more retarded than the Kavanaugh bullshit. not joking) then this means the jews can do this crap on just about anyone”
“Knowledge is far more like darkness than light.
Knowledge appears when all lies are removed. Darkness appears when all light is removed.
Knowledge is eternal, lies ephemeral. Darkness is eternal, light ephemeral.
Knowledge appears when you don’t shade or colour the facts. Light is coloured and produces shadows.
Truth and darkness exists even if nobody sees it. Lies and light must be created and sustained.
In the end, there will be only truth and darkness.”
“I want you to imagine for a second how upset proggies would be if Hogwarts really existed. A school that only takes a particular kind of specially talented student.”
“You have China installing spy chips in all consumer devices…
Saudi Arabia funding sunni terror groups that kill Westerners …
South Africa genociding Whites …
Latin American governments all but blackmailing and shoving it into the face of the US that they’re using demographics as a means to economically exploit them and eventually take over parts of its territory …
… BUT AT LEAST RUSSIA AND IRAN ARE TAKEN CARE OF :)))”
“”bullshit” and “politics” are just names for other peoples’ objectives you don’t agree with.”
“imagine the level of totally depraved petty psychopathy you’d need to have in order to derive a powertrip from bullying mom’n’pop boomers violating some obscure regulation on their own property while at the same time these little antifa murlocs make a mockery of your authority without ever fearing any repercussions whatsoever”
“like every social justice movement, it’s a power struggle among factions of men, using women as an icon”
“Communication far from Earth is delayed by the speed of light: 1.3 s on the Moon, 3-22 min on Mars, 33-54 min on Jupiter. For this reason, mining Bitcoin much farther than the Moon will not work.”
“That’s the reason why advanced alien civilisations aren’t sprawling across the universe – they build matrioshka brains to mine bitcoins”
“What if blockchains are the great filter? What if the economics of burning energy for credibility are so powerful and overwhelming that every market that industrialized discovers them and then burns all its fuel in pursuit of honest ledgers?”
“Minerva was the only story character I ended up not hating completely and it was because of her hate boner for Claude. Imagine if you held yourself to a very high standard (imagine) and the one person you acknowledge as your better was constantly sulking and acting as far from the ideal commander as it gets. To the point where he can’t even do his job if no one gets in his face.”
“America’s suburban experiment is a radical, government-led re-engineering of society, one that artificially inverted millennia of accumulated wisdom and practice in building human habitats.”
“Daily reminder: the reason you have hard plastic seats instead of comfy cushioned ones is NOT because some people pee on them, but because everyone else would (apparently) rather sit in a hard, maybe-peed-on seat than actually ban offenders”
“You can’t ban offenders!
That’s not nice!”
“>who kill the most blacks?
>who kill the most white people?
>who commit the most crimes?
>who have the lowest IQs?
>who are the ugliest?
>who are the most dependant on welfare?
>who are the biggest parasites?
To say that the world would be a much better place if black people didn’t exist is an understatement.”
“I was just thinking about how completely retarded the Democrats are for openly talking about how they want to stack the Supreme Court once they take back power. I mean, how horrendously stupid would you have to be to loudly shout something like that from the roof tops while your opponents still control all three branches of government? But then it dawned on me that this is more of an indictment of how weak and pathetic the Republicans are that the Democrats don’t need to fear anything at all from them.
Corey Booker could openly call for putting all conservatives and registered Republicans into death camps and neither Donald Trump nor the Republicucks in Congress would do *anything* to politically seize upon something that, in all normal historical contexts, would have amounted to a declaration of civil war.”
“The point is that the characters are emulating people as Japanese see people. That means that you don’t get perfect virtuosos of ideals, and you don’t always get agency to change the direction of a story. Unlike Western writers, where bad endings are appreciated when they’re in the vein of a Greek Tragedy and arise from what a writer wants to show as a character’s failings or missteps, Japanese would show that there’s too much inertia to events for characters to avoid their fate.
As long as we here in the West don’t subscribe to that philosophy, or argue that it’s wrong, the more unpopular Japanese games in general will be. Either they will be forced to change in order to cater to this audience, or the audience will shrink and grow more niche as the West slides more and more towards the modern moral absolutism we’re seeing on college campuses and in street protests.”
“All human preferences begin and end in the realm of aesthetics!
Logic is a fun and playful way to bludgeon others into agreeing.”
“I don’t get her death scene? First off, she dies from a body shot from a midgame imperial sniper, which is total bullshit, they only do like 100 damage max. But then they had the audacity to have her die while she was an inch from a friendly shocktrooper? Like, Welkin, just command her and press W, there’s no damn way you can’t call a medic over at the start of a turn.”
“She had no uniform, so her defense was 0. Since Rosie still hated Darcsens at the time, she counted as an enemy, so as soon as she touched Isara’s corpse, the medic could do nothing.”
“Western game: She sees the error of her ways and stops drinking
Based nip game: She keeps drinking, just a bit more controlledly”
“The culmination of enlightenment ideas is to produce a ruling elite which is incapable of copying itself into the future, effectively castrating all good people”
“Scared by that new report on climate change? Here’s what you can do to help:
– Eat less meat (about 30%)
– Swap your car or plane ride for a bus or train
– Use a smart thermostat in your home”
“reminder that 100 corporations are responsible for 71% of global greenhouse gas emissions and presenting the crisis as a moral failing on the part of individuals without noting this fact is journalistic malpractice.”
“If you work for anything other than a hobby while your investments make all the money you need you aren’t upper class”
“Long story short: history is fun, languages are different, and the difference allows for different ways of doing what everybody wants to do anyway: fight.”
“Are Life Coaches BS ?”
“Live next door to one. Never stops using a leaf blower, that most pointless and bourgie of all tools. Not to be trusted. But when my moggo fell through the roof of his ol’ rotting shed he didn’t care about the damage because he hasn’t used anything in the backyard since he bought the house like a decade ago. Keeps the front of the house scary clean for business though. Is there a m e t a p h o r here? *big think*”
“They always say empowered but never ask what it actually does”
“Progressivism is such an abomination that it implements all the horrible thought-crushing bits of fanatic theocracy without even a shred of the comfort or purpose-granting bits.”
“They think it’s a utopia. So if anything goes wrong, it has to be their fault. It couldn’t be that they did something wrong. So people wind up denying their own experience when they have a problem.”
“Wouldn’t it be great to live in a world where people like me were not necessary?”
“If Trump goes transgender, he’ll be the first woman president and libs will have no choice but to accept it. Checkmate, bigots.”
“>will have no choice but to accept it
why conservatives will always lose to the left in one clause.”
“Uh excuse me, I live in the “now”, and not the future. So why the fuck would I save money.”
“>poorly made soviet-era tech
If it were poorly made, it wouldn’t last multiple decades and still be usable. It’s cheap and simple, but not poorly made.
Actually poorly made are the “new” Ukrainian mortars. Those things had a record of exploding on their own 3 out 12 or something like that? And since a mortar crew usually consists of at least 2 people, that’s 6 dead out of 24 people who work with these mortars.”
“>Ohio Town’s New Speed Camer on I-76 Racks Up $643,800 in Collectible Fines in 20 Days
In a sane world, you’d ask yourself why so many people feel safe driving at high speeds on your road—even when there’s a construction crew working—and make simple, inexpensive design fixes to slow them down. But of course, we don’t live in a sane world.”
“>If I had kids, I couldn’t be so spontaneous. I mean, right now I could theoretically jump on the next plane to Paris. or hike the Appalachians. Or go scuba diving. You can’t just pick up and go when you have kids, and I don’t like the feeling of being tied down.
>I could theoretically jump on the next plane to Paris
and not have a place to sleep or have an idea where you’d want to go because you made no reservations and did no research. this is the kind of person that gets ripped off by scammers and doesn’t ever figure it out.
everything can and should be “tied down” to the degree that you can manage because there’s always more unknowns. refuse to think/make conclusions about things and you are just fucked, because someone is looking out for their interests, and you have decided that that someone is not you.”
“Both orthodox and revisionist historians who promote the two mainstream narratives recognize many of these facts, but tend to explain them away or downplay their importance. Mackubin Thomas Owens recognizes that the problem of Vietnam hinges on the question of whether it was right for America to support Diem in the first place, and defends Diem’s regime by claiming that he efficiently dealt with “organized crime” that had long plagued Vietnam. What this may have to do with the task for which America supported him in the first place—fighting communism—is not clear. But actually, the fact that Diem made fighting “organized crime” his first task is the very core of the problem.
What is called “organized crime” was in fact a loose coalition of semi-secret societies, parties, and sects that had been, prior to 1954, extremely effective at fighting the communists and keeping them out of South Vietnam. These included the Binh Xuyen—what could come closest to the label of “organized crime,” although they also had the features of a political party and an army—and the Cao Dai and Hoa Hao religious sects. Whatever their faults, such organizations were staunchly anti-communist and were the only factions capable of carrying out successful underground counter-insurgency work in South Vietnam. Prior to their destruction by Diem with the help of the CIA, they had successfully kept the Vietminh out of the South Vietnamese countryside and society. […]
Berrier documents in detail how every night control of these villages was relinquished; communist guerrillas entered the village, carried out courts and judgments, and patrolled the area freely. American control of the hinterland outside Saigon was illusory, much like the illusion of control in the Afghan countryside today. By night, the enemy rules, and this is what matters, because the average villager knows they can’t be protected in the long run, and often in the short run. Then, as now, America and its local clients controlled at most a limited area of the capital city, and had to expend endless treasure and force to preserve even this.”
“unironically believe “organized crime” is responsible for a fair portion of order in society and the lack thereof in america (or its near-instant infiltration/manipulation by organized not-crime) is responsible for quite a number of its fundamental problems.
the problem of the firm of whether to insource or to outsource is the same problem as whether something should be public or private (in the property sense), is the same problem as whether something should be public or private (in the knowledge sense), is the same problem as whether something should be public or private (in the social sense).”
“Writing out the pro/con lists helps a lot.
If that doesn’t work, clear your mind, then simply latch onto whatever comes to attention first and decide on that and only that.”
“I hate politics. That is why I am a monarchist, an opinion I share with most humans ever born.”
“[T]o be self-sustainable is not about growing your own potatoes and generating your own electricity, it is to provide a shared framework for belief and beauty: “Make your communities and towns lovely and lovable, for without love, who will they inspire to fight for them?” Unless you have that shared goal, not all the solar panels in the world will save you.”
“millenial (n.): a straw man created by baby boomers to help them disavow the horrifying effect their lifelong selfishness and fiscal irresponsibility have had on the world.”
“a phrase that really bothers me is “failed experiment”
when people say this, what they really mean is “the experiment failed to produce the result i wanted”
that is not the same thing as an experiment that itself fails
a failed experiment is an experiment that fails to produce any reliable information one way or another, either by methodological cockup or by force majeure. if you really want the data you should probably consider running it again.”
“Most people say “experiment” to mean “wager”.
In other words, this means there is no such thing as an experiment that isn’t seen in the model of a wager.
This lines up with general lack of experimentation/trying out new things, and the line, “What have I got to lose?”.”
“Why build stick frames on a hurricane coast? The only reason I can think of was developers making a quick buck on people who don’t know anything about architecture or engineering.”
“Temporary housing for temporary people.”
“Imagination is a weapon.
Those who lack it are the first to die.”
“As per Moldbug, the proggie hegemony was based on making everyone believe they had much broader support than they do. The internet is sort of an existential problem for them.”
“”Nazi” now means “someone winning an argument with a progressive.” But it’s the right making light of these terms. Yeah that’s it, the right.”
“Tinder is a popular smartphone dating app for heterosexuals modeled upon the earlier gay male app Grindr. The notion that imposing a male homosexual approach upon how heterosexuals meet the opposite sex could be bad for the happiness of heterosexuals is of course inconceivable!”
“Polygamy favours high status men and low status women.
Monogamy favours low status men and high status women.
Monogamy also favours those with economic incentive.
Youd rather pass on your accumulated wealth to your biological offspring than be “cucked””
“People are predictable despite individual variation in the same way that thermodynamic systems are predictable without modeling every individual particle.”
“If social programming privileges one group over another, it is safe to say that the disprivileged group will tend to be the one that is in the most pain, and therefore the most likely to break free of their programming.”
“I hate the leveling leviathan of globalization and commercialism. I do not trust systems — is there any system that has not achieved a long history of atrocities by now? All systems are inherently unsustainable, as they are founded in ideas rather than in observable reality, and once the people holding these ideas change, so do the ideas (witness social democrats in Europe or social justice warriors in American campuses).
By contrast, I find Monarchy the most robust, sustainable (and ecological if you will) form of societal organization. It mirrors only those structures that already exist in reality and in nature, it is so simple that even a child can understand it, even participate in it. When ever a group of pre-schoolers gather to play without adult interference, a natural hierarchy will establish itself within seconds. Between the two genders, between the members of the group, between the group (the culture) and reality (nature). The Monarch is to the nation what the Father is to the family.
Humans are the only animals that will actively invent problems in order to provide solutions for them. But monarchy is one of those things that just will not be improved upon, it is one of the eternal truths about mankind and of the reality of things. If mankind ever stops needing a King, well then I posit to say that we have already evolved (or devolved, more likely) into something post-human. But as long as the idea of the King survives, it will live on, ready to spring back into reality.
As Georges Bernanos asked of a four-year-old Lorrainer boy: “What is a king?”, “A king is man on horseback who is not afraid!” As fine a definition as ever I heard, and far more correct than a whole indoctrination camp of university professors.”
“If this were a drug it would make world wide headlines:
British study demonstrates cycle commuters had a 46% lower risk of developing heart disease & 45% lower risk of developing cancer”
“Are you a vengeful guy?”
“Did you take delight in sending him-”
“I think revenge is a very terrific good thing for everybody.”
“Because you go through life and people are constantly gnawing at your vitals. You wake up one morning and there’s some vampire at your throat, and you don’t know what to do about it. And you go through twenty five years, nudged, and you’re really aggravated. And you gotta get even. Otherwise one day you go up to a Texas tower and you start shooting people.”
“George H. W. Bush, Dubbya’s dad, was head of the CIA before he became Vice President under the Gipper. He was an oilman, who received Tons of cocaine. Years ago, I looked up “crack” in wiki, and it’s an oil term. You take crude oil and “crack” it to make gasoline. So it’s no surprise that Bush “cracked” cocaine.”
“God is within you. Save yourself.”
“The only people awake at this hour are dipsos, cocaine freaks, and intellectuals. And nobody pays attention to any of those people.”
“what is it about the word “friendzone” that gets under feminist skin??”
“Because the idea that women can be emotionally manipulative (and thus do wrong) is anathema to feminist rhetoric. The friendzone isn’t just being a friend when you want to be in a relationship, it’s being intentionally taken advantage of while being “just friends” with an empty implied promise of more.
That, or they honestly believe that men should never feel anything and women are the only ones allowed to have feelings, if they go by the “just unrequited love towards a friend” definition.
Take your pick, they’re awful either way.”
“Character is property. It is the noblest of possessions. It is an estate in the general good-will and respect of men; and they who invest in it—though they may not become rich in this world’s goods—will find their reward in esteem and reputation fairly and honorably won.”
“It’s a well known fact that furries abuse kickstarter and other backing services to insert their often fetish-latent fursonas into games. Why? It’s supposedly a part of furfag culture that your “status” in the community depends on how “out-there” your fursona is. In a way it’s just another flaunting of their wealth, the more they commission art of their furry the higher their status.
They see their fursonas being pushed into some form of media as legitimization, as if their fetish fueled symbols were achieving the status of their cartoon idols as looney toons or breakfast cereal mascots. Remember, these people have a child like mind merged with sexual deviancy, they get off to the idea that their inflation fetish wolf could be a famous breakfast cereal mascot, because their sexual attraction to those things is what made them furries to begin with.”
“Entrances have everything to do with what we feel about what we are entering. All buildings until the birth of modern architecture knew this, and you can see it in church doors, temple gates, city walls, shop entrances, and cottage doorsteps. Now the doors of a modern building are likely to be a continuation of the same hostile slab of glass or steel that makes the rest of the building sterile and aloof. There will be no place to rest for a moment, inside or out, and no shelf to rest a burden on, and no decorateive details to declare, “This is not just any place you are entering, but this honorable place.” I believe even criminals feel differently about the judges they encounter inside an old courthouse than inside a new one.”
“autodidacticism : school :: entrepreneurialism : work”
“Have you ever tried writing? It is serious work.”
I want to see these homos do some construction work for a few month, then ask them again if they think writing is hard work. No wonder all writers are huge faggots.”
“Construction is easy, you just follow your bosses instructions and your training.”
“>follow instructions written on blueprints
>spend most of your time standing around
>you make plenty of money doing this because unions”
“>Construction is hard work
Is this 500 IQ post way beyond our time?”
“Literally just follow instructions and put that dirt over into that pile over there.
Even IT is a harder job since you have to use 4% of brainpower as opposed to the 0% of your neanderthal brain you’re using.”
“In human society, there are only a few people who actually trust each other.
That’s true even among the police.”
“Nah. It would be boring to peek.”
“Then just be patient and watch what happens.”
“Step back a bit.
Both republicant and demobrat voters feel they’re getting jacked. Ockham’s razor suggests it’s because they’re getting jacked.
Other sources suggest only the 0.1% are not getting jacked.
Indeed that’s always the point of government: bugger the 99.9%.
However, this is the first system which so efficiently sodomizes the lower classes. Other systems had some draw or benefit, indeed often many, which the lower orders could enjoy.”
“I remember thinking, why doesn’t Luke just lie? Why doesn’t he just pretend to join Vader, and then light saber him in the head or poison his rebreather later on? Instead, he jumps like a Stoic.
Short term yes, long term no. Turns out Lucas/Campbell was right and I was wrong. In extreme scenarios, for example torture or being a prisoner of war, lying and pretending gives short term gain but accelerates your mental breakdown. People who have survived have done so not by toughing it out– me vs. you– but focusing on something they considered more important than their own survival. “This hurts, but it’s far better than bowing down to them.”
In the language of learned helplessness: there is a vicarious learning in watching yourself apparently break down and give them what they want. Furthermore, it reveals the limits of your power: I had no other options but acquiescence.”
“What I try to do with my guys, and with every client, is to determine what this corral is. What is it exactly? Like here’s the shape of everything that’s possible, and here’s the corral that we’re allowed to play in. And that corral could be any bit of art direction. In that last one, it was “sunny” and it was “Himalayas”. That’s all they said.
You have two kinds of artists. In hiring I’ve noticed this. A kind of artist that says “Fuck this corral, I do what I want! I do what I want.” And that’s fair. I respect that. But you can’t work for very long if you have that attitude. And then you have another kind of artist that just cowers here in the corner, like “Just tell me. Please tell me what you want me to draw.” And that’s just fucking maddening. That’s when I lose my shit. Because this person has died inside. And this [other] person is lawless.”
“The contradiction is evident when you see what the guy in the talk is facing. He’s trying to compromise people’s need to be individual artists who want to follow their passions with the need industry has for concept production. This is the root of the problem which he tries to disguise by pandering to artist’s sensitivities to be better and then bullshitting them about how to get there which ultimately just produces a more efficient concept art producing machine for his business, not another Leonardo or Frazetta.
Are there people who are inclined to work this way? You bet. Was there anyone who picked up a pencil with a passion to get into it for it’s own sake? Never, just like there’s never been one person who ever looked at a Minimalist painting and was inspired to be a painter by it, ever. It’s almost guaranteed that every single one has been inspired to persue a career in art by either a great classical artist, illustrator, comic artist or has some other motive like eventually directing an animation studio etc.
And because you have to compromise the two, you have to let concept artists think they are doing what they set out to. But ultimately this is also why it’s hard to have any respect for the famous concept artists of this era like say Craig Mullins. So what if he’s the grandaddy of digital concept art, that’s just accident of birth. The man has killer skills but he’s just become and efficient machine that’s producing concepts and concept artists. I don’t think anyone can name or even desribe the last great piece he did that would make you look at it for hours, which begs the question, what’s the use of them being so refined? I mean, it’s like the man spends half his time coming up with ways to produce something as fast a possible, and when he does he eventually kicks himself and everyone coming after him in the nuts because once a concept piece can be produced in half the time with half the skill, you can bet your life that it will have less than half the value, so to finalize the economic side of the argument Craig Mullins and other’s efficiency is leading people into starvation and giving guys like the one in the video larger profit margins, which is his goal, that’s why he’s there.
For the life of me, I’ve never understood why anyone would ever want to be a concept artist just like I never got why one would want to be some, I dunno, post-modernist political commentary artist.”
“The problem with this stuff and this guy talking about getting good and being an art god and what not are a) as a concept artist it’s not necessary because what’s important is the concept and speed, not the quality and b) no one ever took up a pencil idolizing a concept artist, especially a digital concept artist. And herein lies the problem. Most people who take up art want to emulate other artists, from classical old masters to modern master illustrators, no one wants to be some machine that produces 200 variants of a character and get burnt out after 5 years (which is the average time concept artists work in the video games industry). But the need to be an individual is meshed with the demand to be a machine, and unfortunately most take the bait.”
“If you take a look at the making of Jurassic Park you will see that the effects were the combination of a bunch of artists from different disciplines. You have traditional puppet and stop motion animators animating the dinosaurs with special puppets that represented the virtual bones (since these guys weren’t Softimage 3D users). You have the lighting, texturing, shading etc of each shot being studied versus paintings and illustrations where stuff like color temperature of the shadows and the lights are studied to adhere to the light on the scene.
We’re talking about an insanely excruciating amount of detailed work to make the visual effects look as lifelike as possible, a level of effort and sophistication that to my knowledge has never been exhibited in a movie since. You’ve got to wonder how in a time when renderers and 3d packages had 1/100th the tools they have today to autotrack camera movement, use the global illumination of a scene to sort of match the lighting in the virtual scene, use effects like radiosity, sub surface scattering etc to match the work done by all those artists automatically, how it is that Jurassic Park for the most part looks so life-like that the only thing keeping you from thinking it’s an effect is the fact that you know dinosaurs are extinct and the latest blockbuster’s effects look so cartoonily false despite the help of automation? Or why is it that the further back you go, with exception to films that are cheap knockoffs (and even there a debate can be had), films that involve concepting of any sort display a variety of ideas, photography, palettes and creations that make them totally distinct from each other whereas today, totally different films or games look and feel identical for the most part?
I’d blame photobashing. The fact that it can be so economical that it’s the only viable option and thus studios rely on it totally. Artists are gonna use, more or less, the same references because when looking for reference they will use Google, and more or less no one’s gonna look through 1000 pages of photos, most will scour the 10-20 first pages and be done with it. Also you have the exact same tools and algorithms which produce exactly the same look outputting all the imagery in everything you create. When you have everything being drawn in Photoshop, using the same techniques to the effect of it seeming like it was all done by the same hand why wouldn’t it all look similar? Also, most of these artists are being worked to death that they’ve no time to be artists, whatever individuality they may have is eventually burnt up in the concept farms.”
“The cunning which I am against is that guys like the man in the video who have become bean-counters (and they are needed) is that they pretend to care about the individual artistic sensibilities when they can’t afford to. You said it yourself, concept art is to inspire those who’s work is to be up front, so why is it important that the art be “good” from a quality standpoint other than to tickle the poor schmuck artist’s ego into thinking he’s an equal member of a team when he’s a dime a dozen? If the idea and inspiration it can spur to the modeller making the final model is what’s important why is your idea any better than the ideas brought up by a child, an uneducated man or an old grandma? Why is the sober trained artists’ idea better than the drunkard’s, the junkie’s or the harmless lunatic’s? The case is a case for never ending devaluation of the workforce, to keep you a happy slave until you either break down or are replaced by some new version when you aren’t as productive. So, we can clearly see that you don’t understand context, just blanket everything that has the word/symbol you’re interested in and take it how it’s most convenient to you. This isn’t stuff I made up, I’ve read reports in the past brought forth by concept artists, art directors and companies on how this works and how this results in fast burnout, so the ethical and emotional reward of a job is pushed forward to keep the artists drawing. It seems to be working and isn’t new and is very likely to also be affected by the economy because hey, unless one has something else to fall back onto, of course they’re gonna keep on chuggin’.”
“This guy is essentially explaining how you could go about enhancing your sense of achievement without slowing down his production or cutting his profits. He’s blowing smoke up your ass. It’s not a question of art or Art, which is an asinine distinction. It’s about just being realistic in what’s up and knowing when one’s being exploited and when not. And I’ve no issue when two parties have a consensual agreement and if one takes the BS about team work and getting better etc that this guy is selling, so long as you know he’s taking you for a ride and not think he actually gives a damn, cause he doesn’t.”