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really sad

2017-07-03 12:52:57 by Starogre
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I wasn't aware Newgrounds mods were taking down music videos :(

3 of my best animations I made back in the day were taken down because of no reason sent to me. RIP Gaia Destruction and Over The Hills and Nightwish Collab. Those were my most impressive projects as a teen and I can no longer show how great they were back in the day. 

They are on this page of my old website if anyone wants to watch them as a memorial service. Made over a decade ago. http://www.starogre.com/movies.php

I accessed them through my trophies but got the angry faic saying mods deleted them. Why were they deleted? I didn't know things got deleted here because of copyrights similar to youtube. How is Newgrounds supposed to be a bank of internet history if unmonetized things are getting deleted?

This is all assuming it's because of copyrights and not something else. What are the mods doing?

 


New animated film, goals + Humble Bundle

2012-12-19 16:54:28 by Starogre
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New film

So I decided to take a break from games for a bit to work on some other things I've wanted to do for awhile.

I'm currently working on an animated film which was originally for school but the classes weren't structured in a way where I could finish an entire 4 minute film in time. So here is a WIP that I intend to finish in the near future! I'm using music from a guy named Dan Johansen from the Audio Portal. He hasn't officially gotten back to me about whether he approves or not but I figured I'd post about it anyways since I'm not making money off this :P

The story is based off a video I saw about the living bridges of Meghalaya, however I wanted more of a story so I've begun storyboarding out more of a plot of conflict and other crazy stuff. My goals are to practice the workflow of going through and making a storyboard, painting backgrounds, animating the characters on keys and adding inbetweens, developing some sort of character relationship, animating other movements besides run cycle and fight scenes, animating special effects (with the help of Adam Phillip's online course), and merging Flash animation with Photoshop backgrounds, and 3D elements. In addition, I wanted to try my hand at the traditional look of animations these days. I know there is great potential in experimenting with what can be done with animation, but I just wanted to do this for fun as an homage of how I started "animating" 10 years ago. It's a lot of things I want to work on but I haven't made a movie in awhile so it'll be fun.

You can see in one scene there is a short cut of an unfinished 3D bridge. Here is an album on imgur with some zbrush sculpts I've been working on. It's quite a long process to texture and render out lit scenes but I'll be working on this too. The goal right now is to render out shots and photoshop them into other painted elements of the scenes so that I don't have to repaint a complicated bridge for every camera angle I want. It'll be a challenge to get it all looking cohesive but the reason I'm learning 3D is to try new things like this.

It feels good to be learning more art techniques and breaking out of standard workflow!

PS. I may or may not need someone to do sound effects, ambient or whatnot. I really don't know yet, but if you are good at engineering good outdoor sounds, water, fire, lightning, subtle footsteps, scuffs, scrapes let me know. Like I said, I don't know if I'm even going to be using sound at all, but I'm making it without at first. We'll see how it holds up and whether or not I should pull the volume of the soundtrack down to allow for more fx.

Closure related News

Humble Indie Bundle 7 just came out a couple hours ago and is just about to break 60,000 copies sold. Pay what you want for a group of great games (+ Indie Game the Movie), 3 of which came from developers from this site! Great gift for the holidays, and you can choose a % to give to charity. Tell all your friends about it!

It's so amazing to have potentially this many more people playing our game. It was kind of crazy going from millions of people playing my Flash games as a teenager to mere tens of thousands of people playing a game I spent a few years on. I'd always expect a game for sale to have far less players than a free online flash game, but this bundle is super exciting because I just want more people to play!!

Have a good holiday, merry christmas, etc!

New animated film, goals + Humble Bundle


CLOSURE IS RELEASED ON STEAM

2012-09-11 18:46:59 by Starogre

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Closure is coming to Steam & PAX

2012-08-27 15:34:03 by Starogre
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Our PSN puzzle game hit Closure is coming to Steam (PC+Mac) on September 7th for only $9.99 (5 less than PSN)! Make sure to pick it up!

We'll also have it available to play at PAX Prime again this year, so stop on by booth #783 in the Indie MegaBooth section (wing :P )!

Here is a new trailer for the Steam launch!

This version has unlockable dev commentary mode and 1080p HD resolution! (As opposed to PS3's 720p)

Please share it with your friends! A Steam page should be up soon. This game originated on Newgrounds and it's come a long way because of it!

facebook.com/closuregame
twitter.com/closure
www.closuregame.com

PS. thanks for the plug on front page Tom ^^;



Hey guys I did an interview recently with a dog puppet. Yeah, that's right.

It's about the art I did for Closure, which by the way, we are working on getting a PC/Mac release out by the end of the summer.

If you haven't got the game on PSN yet, the game will be 30% off this week! http://blog.us.playstation.com/2012/06/29/psn-su mmer-sale-starts-tuesday-bonus-discounts-for-plu s-members/
Quite an honor to be featured in a sale with some of these other hard-hitting titles!

Closure Art Interview + PSN Sale!


CL6N-4DNK-NK5B

2012-03-27 18:45:38 by Starogre

Hey guys, Closure is out on PSN. Go Play it. :)

http://us.playstation.com/games-and-media/games/
closure-ps3.html

CL6N-4DNK-NK5B


Closure Trailer and PSN Release Date

2012-03-15 11:45:30 by Starogre
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Here we go. March 27th. On my birthday.

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2012/03/15/close-
out-spring-fever-with-closure-psns-next-innovato r-hits-march-27th/

upvote on reddit!

follow us on facebook!
follow us on twitter!

PS. Go vote five :D


We won the Indie Game Challenge Grand Prize!

2012-02-12 12:29:14 by Starogre
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Glaiel-Gamer and I just got back from Las Vegas at a conference called DICE. The Indie Game Challenge hosted 10 teams of finalists and they treated all the attendees of the conference EXTREMELY well. Definitely one of the best I've been to. Our game Closure won the grand prize of $100,000! We plan to release on PS3 within the next few months, and PC/Mac a little later. Business stuff takes awhile :/

We post most of our updates on the facebook page if you'd like to follow along with our progress.

We're still taking in the shock from winning, it's quite surreal and an enormous achievement for our whole team, considering the types of industry professionals that were judging.

until next time...


Vote for Closure ^_^

2012-01-28 17:20:09 by Starogre
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hey gurl hey

So our PSN version of Closure is nominated for the Indie Game Challenge sponsored by Gamestop and shiz. There's a sub-prize up for grabs called the Gamer's Choice Award. It's all about who has the most votes on the official site. Vote for Closure HERE please! It'd be a huge help to us. Just click vote and type in the captcha and it's that simple!

If you follow us on Facebook, we post updates about the game. Recently we've been releasing a new screenshot every Saturday because the game is nearing completion and release. Tell all your friends too! :D

Thanks to all our fans and supporters so far, and recently Tom for plugging us in a news post. We'll be going to Vegas the second week of February to find out the results of this competition.

-jon

Vote for Closure ^_^



If you don't know what's going on with the Stop Online Piracy Act, TotalBiscuit puts it in good perspective.

The US House Committee is still 'arguing' about it and it will resume on the 21st of December this month. Call your local representative's office and leave a message letting them know you are against this bill or the internet all over the world will be ruined forever. Lots of people are all like 'oh it's just another stupid piracy bill trying to pass' but it's looking grim. The reps in favor of it heavily outweigh the opposers at the moment due to lobbying. I watched nearly all the House discussion and there are a few people saying they need more technical experts weighing in, and they need more revision or mechanically the internet could get extremely F'd up. These people were in the minority.

I'm surprised Newgrounds hasn't been talking about it more. The Senate also has a Protect IP Act they want to vote on. So if the House and Senate pass these, Obama will most likely give us yet another wonderful Christmas present in addition to the NDAA and sign this over as well. Call your local rep at americancensorship.org and tell them to oppose it. It's meant for stopping copyright infringement but it's really about censorship and it's disgusting.

I never post about politics here but this affects everyone. Especially the people that aren't 70 years old and use the internet on a regular basis unlike our government.