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Discussion / Re: Who here has free time? That could be the main issue
« on: April 22, 2016, 05:21:41 PM »
I don't know why it did not occur to me until now, the real reason why there's no idea that can work at the moment.
(Well, other then hiring someone)

All the active members here, are really busy with their real lives.
Back in the day, a lot of the members were ages 16-21, but all those members grew up, and don't have as much free time as they used to.

This place is called "The Gaming Universe", but I feel (at the moment), that I'm the only active gamer around here.
If there truly is no one here who has free time, then this site can't get active, at this time!

Well, actually, that's not completely true. Besides hiring someone or money contests, some of the members who have nostalgia for this place, could have their kids sign up.
Guardian's kids joined this place, after all!
Nostalgia is the only thing this place really has going for it atm!
So, time could help revive this site, if the nostalgia some of these members have for this place, and has lots of free time, then I could see GU getting a spark again.

I'm not sure either why it didn't occur to you until now because I told you this a year ago. :P

General Chit Chat / Re: Career Pursuits
« on: August 14, 2015, 01:33:42 PM »
I could not imagine trying to write while watching something, haha! I can't write [or read] and also pay attention to anything else and I don't even write stories. That's pretty impressive, Guardian.

Though I cannot concentrate on drawing UNLESS I'm watching or listening to something. I don't know why, just part of my brain isn't engaged in the drawing I guess. If that part of my brain isn't being entertained while I draw, it results in me windowing out to find something more engaging to do.
But that's why I have a billion audiobooks and my Netflix subscription never lapses.
Conversely, drawing also helps me concentrate if someone's talking. I had a few teachers in high school that would get slightly irritated with me doodling all the time because they thought it meant I wasn't paying attention to the lesson. I understand their irritation, it probably really looked like I was completely ignoring them. After I explained to them that it was actually my way of concentrating [and proving that I could answer any questions put to me while I was doodling], they let me doodle whenever. :)

Basically, I can draw and listen, but I can't read and listen or write and listen. I'd be interested in learning the science behind it. Maybe I'll google it sometime and see if any studies come up. For now, I need to get back to drawing [and watching Classic Doctor Who].

General Chit Chat / Re: Career Pursuits
« on: August 14, 2015, 09:11:48 AM »
You may first say, "you shouldn't force yourself," but in reality, good writers DO force themselves to write in order to get into the 'writing flow.' Otherwise, I sit there, staring at my screen for thirty minutes wondering where to go next. :P

I wouldn't say that! It's very important to develop that discipline, rather than relying on motivation or inspiration. :) It's the same in any artistic endeavor.

The Museum / Re: Art Post - Furry Warning~
« on: August 14, 2015, 08:24:26 AM »
Eh, sometimes is the imperfections that make things come out the way they should IMO. Besides night job on his facial expression. It says just about everything you need to know. ;)

Thank you! :D Human mouths are so hard to draw, haha.

[Aliem hasn't been active for almost a year, so you might be waiting a while for a reply from him.]

I personally like review videos as long as I like the personality of the person reviewing, but my favorite to watch are top 10 videos. You get a couple minutes per game [or whatever], say your spiel about it, and it's all relative so there's not usually a ton of contention. You're just voicing your own opinion. It's also very easy to invite audience participation in comments with videos like that if you ask them to post their own top 10, whether there's something that should have made the list [or if they agree/disagree with your top 10 in general]. You don't even have to record yourself talking if you record yourself playing each game and splice it together [maybe with some cinematic portions thrown in]. Then it's just someone talking over gameplay footage which is less boring than watching a person talk.

Do I think it would be easy to start making those or that they'd be a huge draw to the site? Probably not, but I'd watch them if someone made them. Heck, I'd make them myself if I had the time, but I could probably only manage 1 or 2 a month right now and I'd probably get bored with that project really quickly. Mainly because I don't play enough different genres, so I wouldn't be able to think up enough content.

The Museum / Re: Fanfiction
« on: August 13, 2015, 05:49:53 PM »
I'm not really into sci-fi-ish stuff or XCOM but that third one looks kind of hilarious, haha.

I have read some pony fiction [coughCupcakescough], but I generally go for Tumblr ask blogs when I read pony stories. There are a couple fascinating ones that would make pretty good fanfiction, but I enjoy the almost web-comicy feel of the ask blog format.

I don't really do fanfiction anymore. I used to read them more often when I had more time, but lately, I hardly even have time to read novels that aren't audiobooks. XD I think the last fanfic I read [that wasn't a pony fic I read out of morbid curiosity] was probably a Harry Potter one? Or maybe a xxxHolic one. It's been years now and I don't remember.

I'll have a lot more input after someone makes a thread about webcomic recommendations. ;D

The Museum / Re: Art Post - Furry Warning~
« on: August 13, 2015, 05:43:21 PM »
Book cover! It's not perfect and I still need a lot more practice with humans, but the author loved it, so that's all that matters to me. :)

General Chit Chat / Re: Career Pursuits
« on: August 13, 2015, 05:40:56 PM »
Freelance work sounds interesting. How long have you been freelancing?

For almost 9 years, though I've only been making enough that I had to pay taxes on it in the past few years. I charge from $15-20/hr now so it's pretty decent, but it took me 13 years of near-constant practice to get to this point, haha. When I started out, I charged about half minimum wage.

It's pretty fun and I wouldn't rather work for an employer, but it's also really hard. It takes a lot of dedication and discipline, plus I have to do all my own publicity and customer service, Terms of Service and contract writing, etc. Still, it's nice to be able to take a day off when I need it without worrying about getting fired for too many absences and being able to sleep at weird hours without needing an alarm since I can never be tardy for work!

General Chit Chat / Re: Career Pursuits
« on: August 13, 2015, 04:55:38 PM »
I'm a freelance artist. It's pretty much what I wanted to do! Some setbacks with certain things made this year kind of suck, but I'll be back on track and doing well by the end of this year for sure. Can't wait!

My main project is currently a book illustration thing [cover and 4 interior illustrations]. I usually turn those sorts of projects down, but the author had a great working knowledge of this sort of transaction [and was willing to sign my contract], plus had no issue paying my rights fees, which was awesome. She also had seen my human work previously and thought it would be a good fit for her story, so I felt a lot less pressured to change my style to something more realistic. The book is a steamy sort of yaoi supernatural romance, so my half-cartoon half-anime style is working pretty well.

I almost knee-jerk declined the project when she contacted me, but I'm pretty glad I accepted. It's been an interesting way to bust out of the box my normal work confines me to and the author has been really supportive.

General Chit Chat / Re: Windows 10
« on: August 07, 2015, 06:33:45 PM »
Wow, GW, sounds like a nightmare. :/

General Chit Chat / Re: Windows 10
« on: August 05, 2015, 11:00:27 PM »
I will not be upgrading because my art program won't install or run on Windows 10, according to other artists who have tried. Since I kinda need that for my income, it's not really optional to have it. :P The problem will probably get fixed later, so I might upgrade at some point, but I am very resistant to change and I'm good with Win7.

Which art programs? Photoshop CS3 is working perfectly for me.

I use Paint Tool SAI almost exclusively. I only use CS6 for if I have to put text on my pictures since SAI doesn't do that. Even then, once the English translation comes out for SAI v2.0, it will include a text tool and I will no longer have to use Photoshop at all. :) I look forward to it.

General Chit Chat / Re: Windows 10
« on: August 05, 2015, 11:11:39 AM »
Wellll my mom says she likes it fine but she's not sure she actually does enough with it for her opinion to matter much. She runs her usual programs on it [browsers, WoW, other games, Spotify, etc.] but doesn't really use the OS itself much if that makes sense. She hasn't run into any problems with it, though.

She did say that my brother isn't really liking it as far as she knows. He preferred Windows 8. She doesn't know specifics on what he doesn't like about it other than that he hates the way the Start Menu is [which she only found out because she was telling him she liked it]. XD


General Chit Chat / Re: Windows 10
« on: August 05, 2015, 04:08:41 AM »
My mom took the upgrade and I think she's happy with it so far. I'll ask her for a more in-depth report when she wakes up and see what she says, but she hasn't said anything negative to me. I just don't know if there's anything she particularly likes other than the start menu, which she seemed pretty enthusiastic about, I think.

I will not be upgrading because my art program won't install or run on Windows 10, according to other artists who have tried. Since I kinda need that for my income, it's not really optional to have it. :P The problem will probably get fixed later, so I might upgrade at some point, but I am very resistant to change and I'm good with Win7.

The Museum / Re: Art Post - Furry Warning~
« on: August 03, 2015, 08:34:06 AM »
Thanks, fellas!

The Gaming Lounge / Re: Spiritual Successor to Banjo-Kazooie
« on: August 03, 2015, 08:33:44 AM »
I backed another game last year that's also somewhat of a spiritual successor to games like BK, but not by the same dev team [though they did recruit Grant Kirkhope AKA the voice of Mumbo Jumbo and Donkey Kong to compose a song and voice a character]. I'll probably look into Yooka when it comes out too.

Here's the one I backed:

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