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Question: A new Star Control should show aliens as
3D computer-generated images
hand-drawn cartoons
claymation
puppets (SC3 style)
puppets (Muppet style)
puppets (Thunderbirds style)
actors in suits
something else (specify)

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Poll: alien appearance in sequel
« on: January 02, 2006, 08:57:43 am »

How would you like to see the aliens in the next Star Control?

Some not-quite-serious suggestions for 'something else':
- machinima
- ASCII characters (think Nethack)
- Shadow play
- real aliens
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Re: Poll: alien appearance in sequel
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2006, 11:02:00 am »

3D, I think.
An opttion to make the aliens look like
ASCII characters would be a fun easter egg.
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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2006, 11:29:33 am »

3d Computer generated, though "cartoon-style" should work too.. "Arne-style" even better...
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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2006, 12:27:58 pm »

3D.
the time has come and I see no disadvantage to it.
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Re: Poll: alien appearance in sequel
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2006, 03:06:56 pm »

3D.
the time has come and I see no disadvantage to it.

I agree.
As long as the 3D images are well done.
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Re: Poll: alien appearance in sequel
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2006, 05:14:25 pm »

2D-drawn  cartoons.

Just leaves more imaginability for Talana.....

Although real aliens would just be cool.
Imagine the Melnorme landing on Earth and selling a SC2401 with real actors from certain races.......

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Re: Poll: alien appearance in sequel
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2006, 05:38:05 pm »

3D has been overdone, and it's still not a good medium for lifeforms (even the latest fantasy movies have 3D art that is lacking).
The only games where I've been impressed with the 3D graphics have been mechwarrior, scrapland, etc where it's all robots.  Even Thief 3's 2Dish cutscenes are better looking than the 3D in the game.  If the vidscreens you communicate with the aliens with are 2D, then let 2D art make a comeback, not for nostalgia, but because it's just darn better for the given purpose.  3D art exists because it's easier to walk around a 3D object than it is to draw a 2D object from all it's angles (think doom or the original system shock).  You won't get to walk around the aliens (unless there's a FPS mode to the game), so I vote for 2D, hand drawn.
That, and the ridiculousness of SC requires a cartoonish feel in my opinion.
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Re: Poll: alien appearance in sequel
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2006, 06:57:51 pm »

It depends.

I'd go 3D, but probably cel-shaded to keep the charm of Star Control(all of the races in realistic 3D would look...well, weird...okay, maybe not all of them, but some would definitely lose their charm). That shouldn't be too hard to do.

If not, then I might as well take some well-drawn 2D art.
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Re: Poll: alien appearance in sequel
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2006, 07:24:24 pm »

"3D computer-generated images" can also mean pre-generated ray-traced stuff.
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« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2006, 11:28:49 pm »

I too vote for 3D cel-shaded graphics.  All the advantages of having 3D computer generated images with the charm of a cartoon.
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Re: Poll: alien appearance in sequel
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2006, 05:28:49 pm »

3D computer generated (probably pre-rendered.) As a side benefit of this method, you can re-use the alien models for cutscenes or perhaps to create sprites that run around on planet's surfaces.

By the way, Meep, why did you put out this poll? Is the UQM team thinking about coordinating an official branch off of the port with new graphics and such?
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Re: Poll: alien appearance in sequel
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2006, 05:53:05 pm »

Wallace and Fwiffo!
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« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2006, 09:04:19 pm »

3D has been overdone, and it's still not a good medium for lifeforms (even the latest fantasy movies have 3D art that is lacking).

Hollywood-blockbuster-quality 3D and special effects. Kong, LOTR, the Hulk - these are the first things that came to mind with realistic 3D - no lacks (and if THOSE are lacking, I'd be more than happy with that).

Besides, until a Star Control 3 comes out I'm sure Id Software and nVidia / ATI would come up with the hardware/software capable of such real-time quality rendering, and for home users (cost-wise).
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« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2006, 11:37:36 pm »

By the way, Meep, why did you put out this poll? Is the UQM team thinking about coordinating an official branch off of the port with new graphics and such?
Nah. I just thought it would make a good poll.
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Re: Poll: alien appearance in sequel
« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2006, 06:57:21 pm »

Nah. I just thought it would make a good poll.
And it does. Good idea, indeed!
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