DAMN dudes dig this:iconfrustratedrocka: put together a video of the last few pages of DOUBLE K set to the context-appropriate soundtrack and holy MOSES it rules.
CHECK IT OUT NOWWWW and totally full-screen it, then go E-HIGH FIVE the hell out of him
SO DAMN FRESH
VVVVVVNo that's not a typo. That's the name of an indi game that is currently available a variety of ways (including the 3DS and Steam). I purchased it on a whim off of the 3DS's eShop and was pleasantly surprised by what I found.VVVVVV3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Don't let the low level graphics fool you. This is a seriously unique game and the retro feel and chiptune music all work together beautifully. It's kinda like crossing the level difficult insanity of Battle Kid with the exploration style gameplay of Metroid infused with the "no worries try again" aesthetic of Bit Trip Runner.
It's very difficult to describe this game but I'm gonna try anyway. The entire thing is built around the core mechanic of flipping gravity up and down. Your character cannot jump at all. The only way to move around is to flip gravity causing you to fall up or down. The level layouts are phenomenal at keeping you from getting too stuck or worried you might hit something bad, and there are plenty of checkpoints to ensure that you never have to
Where to draw the line?Some what controversial, so beware ...and something that has been on my mind for a while... I actually want to talk about two things that are quite interlinked.Where to draw the line?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
What is okay to joke about? Are there things you see as off limits? do you believe joking about something ' e.g death, murder, drugs, rape, homosexuality, gender, religion, historical events etc' is good or bad?
Do you believe jokes supply relief, help soften attached stigmas and make issue easier to talk about? or do you believe they minimize the issue and do more damage than good? 'e.g referring a girl as a 'bitch', simply because she is a girl, implying someone getting beaten at something is getting 'gang raped', using the word 'gay' to describe unpleasantness or someone being an idiot/lame.
I myself joke about everything, there is little I won't joke about but I am sensitive to whom I tell these jokes too, usually close friends or people I know won't be offended by them. (obviously there are some topics I conside
Dynamic Range in your artJust answered a question over on my tumblr and gave a good little explanation of DYNAMIC RANGE, something I was going to talk about in my dead lighting tutorial.Dynamic Range in your art3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Read the good bit here: Q&A: Lighting Extras and Dynamic Range.
Hope its at least a little bit helpful!
No Women in eSports, and A Talk About SJWWomen segregated in eSports to “legitimize” the sportsNo Women in eSports, and A Talk About SJW10 months ago in Personal More Like This
I personally think that eSports is kinda a silly idea. The idea that video game competitions should be treated with the same respect as the Olympics is just... head scratching to me. But just because I personally don’t “get it” doesn’t mean I can’t support others who DO actually want to legitimize their hobbies or activities into being real things they can compete in.
However... if your way of “legitimizing” your eSport is to SEGREGATE WOMEN... you’re kinda shooting yourself in the foot. Earlier this week the International e-Sports Federation announced that it was going to separate it’s competitions into “male only” and “female only” groups... an act defended by the IEF as being (and I quote) “part of our effort to promote e-Sports as a legitimate sports”
Naturally, this ended up pissing a LOT
I don't fave watermarks.I’ve harped on about this before and I’m going to do it again…..and again and again…..until people stop doing it.I don't fave watermarks.3 months ago in Personal More Like This
I do not fave pictures that have watermarks right across them.
This isn’t me being monumentally arrogant and thinking that I alone faving a piece of work bestows upon it some kind of greatness. This is just me having an artistic eye.
If you’ve slaved to create the most astounding piece of work to have ever graced the galleries of deviantart, something that puts all your peers to shame and will remain a benchmark that others aim to match for years to come…..and then across the middle of it you decide to slap a watermark that you spent 5 minutes farting out: you just f**ked up your artwork. You have added something that detracts from my enjoyment of the piece and I’m not going to fave it.
There are a number of brilliant artists out there who I’m on the verge of unfollowing, simply because it irks me so much to see a
The E.T. Cartridge Landfill has been foundIn the early 1980’s the American video game industry bombed so spectacularly, that it was rumored Atari just dumped their unsold copies of E.T. in a landfill in the New Mexico desert. It’s been a longstanding folk tale of the modern video game industry. And now it’s been proven true.The E.T. Cartridge Landfill has been found1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Microsoft (of all companies) teamed up with a documentary filmmaker to go and explore the desert in the hopes of uncovering this legendary landfill of shitty games. And it looks like they were successful. http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/134045-E-T-Cartridges-Found-in-New-Mexico-Landfill-After-30-Years
As cool as this is... I can’t help but feel a little... disappointed. And more or less it’s because the hard working Angry Video Game Nerd left his post of doing regular updates to start filming an actual feature film with the plot being uncovering the mystery around the legendary E.T. landfill. The AVGN uprooted his home life, moved to California for a year, hired acto
Duped.Fake CommissionDuped.10 months ago in Personal More Like This
Recently I found out that one of the commissions I undertook a while back was, in fact, a setup. It was hired by forum members of Encyclopedia Dramatica, one of whom I actually use to talk to and have good discussions with. They pooled their resources to pay for it, sent me the info and money, and then proceeded to sit back and document everything I did or didn’t do per their highly specific criterias. The user in question then posting a lengthy take-down (though through a disclaimer on the top of the journal it’s clearly not a takedown! lulz!) here on DA.
Here is the commission:
The journal in question talks at great length about my seemingly lack of transparency. IE: that I don’t communicate every little facet of what I’m doing to them, such as the number of commissions I have, what my “job” is, what my home schedule is like, etc. And honestly? This is WHY I’m not transpar
JUST MAKE COMICS!I’ve been getting a lot of complaints from people saying they don’t like all the “feminism” and “SJW” messages that I’ve been putting into my comics lately. They want me to just make comics that are fun and don’t have political meanings or messages behind them.JUST MAKE COMICS!7 months ago in Personal More Like This
Alright... I can get behind that. I understand that sometimes reiterating yourself on your political points can get a bit tiring, especially when you don’t yourself marinate in social justice issues 24/7. No problem!
Except... I haven’t really been doing that. Like, at all. These are the latest 27 comics and Illustrations I’ve made:
SYAC - BINGO by TomPreston NSYAC - Time After Time by TomPreston NSYAC - Winging It by TomPreston NSYAC - Crafty by TomPreston NSYAC - Dirty Fingers by TomPreston NSYAC - Premature Departure by TomPreston NSYAC - Less Is More by TomPreston NSYAC - Why Ask Why by TomPreston NSYAC - Listening In by TomPreston :thumb46741033
ParodiesSo here’s the thing. Ever since my “stop doing sexist things” joke in SYAC a while back, there have been a number of parody comics about me and my views floating around tumblr and DA. Granted, parody work of my stuff has been there since the very beginning of SYAC, but these are actual comics themselves not just reskins of my own art.Parodies10 months ago in Personal More Like This
And you know what? That’s perfectly fine. While I will flag work that takes my actual artwork and just changes the text to be derogatory, if you actually make the work yourself... then it’s fine. Everyone is entitled to their opinions. And while I may block people for being assholes to me or my fans, that doesn’t mean I actually want to “censor” their right to speak anywhere else on the internet.
In the past I have tried to use the law to take down certain things. For example, I tried to get KnowYourMeme to remove their user article about me, because it was obviously a carbon-copy of the E
Being Critical =/= HateLooks like I need to remind people about this again, as yesterday I got several comments in a row from people who assumed that me being critical about something automatically translated into me outright hating it. I don't know how to stress this enough but that's not the case... You can be critical of stuff you like and not hate it. I don't know why our culture tries so hard to force everything into such black and white terms but come on guys, really... being critical and smart about what you love doesn't mean you hate it.Being Critical =/= Hate2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Take the Dragon's Crown comic, for example, in which I was critical of the Sorceress's design. From that someone hypothesized that I must HATE the game, and that's farthest from the truth. I know full well that Vanillaware is an amazing studio and they do fantastic work. One of my favorite games of theirs is Muramasa the Demon Blade. Dragon's Crown has scored really highly and it's most definitely worth your money to buy/download it if you can. BUT... I can still be
A Brief History of Marvel's Film RightsSome people took interest in this from my last journal ( Spider-Man and the Avengers ) so I thought I’d try to explain it better here. Please keep in mind that this is a SUPER CONDENSED version of events that took place (starting 60 years ago) that led to the convoluted mess that is currently Marvel’s various film franchises. Also keep in mind that I will be using industry shorthand like saying “comic book industry” to refer to the American comic book industry giants of Marvel and DC, because that’s how we do things here. Anyway, here we go!A Brief History of Marvel's Film Rights7 months ago in Personal More Like This
“Seduction of the Innocent” comes out (a moral panic book which blames comics for kid’s wayward negative behavior), massive book burnings and censorship of comics ensues. Old comics burned or lost, thus increasing the value of the few comics that remain.
The New DA LogoThe New DA Logo5 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Overthought, Underbaked: The Controversial New DA Logo
So, in response to requests for my thoughts on the new DA logo — and being disinclined to type the same response repeatedly — I will lay out my impressions here.
To paraphrase a certain swordsman: "You keep using that logo, but I do not think it conveys what you think it does."
The new logo is certainly clever, and as a designer — setting aside any resemblance to the platzkart.ru logo, accidental or otherwise — one can easily imagine the careful thought that went into its concept and execution, but...
If there is one thing that I took from my schooling in graphic design, it was the importance of clarity: of meaning, of import, of impression. This was true for any work, its composition, it layout, its style — its effective visceral message. Logo design, above all, is go
My Thoughts on #GamerGate NowI’m not in favor of it.My Thoughts on #GamerGate Now8 months ago in Personal More Like This
I have desperately been trying to keep an open mind about the movement, but the more I’ve seen of how that movement acts I just can’t in good conscience root for it. I thank all the people who were willing to give me a second chance and send me links to positive things the movement is trying to do... but ultimately the whole genesis of the movement seems to be to harass women OUT of the gaming industry, and the mountain of proof piling up is pretty damn damning.
Like I said in my last journal, I do honestly believe there ARE people in the GG community who DO believe 100% in the goals of the group and who are absolutely LOVELY and WONDERFUL people. But the more I see of how the GG movement was started, how they speak to each other, how they plan to attack and target specific individuals... I kinda feel like those wonderful people are being used, or at the very least duped. And that bothers me a lot.
It’s particularly tel
A VERY personal journal...Last night I wasn’t feeling good and ended up writing a rambling mess of twitter posts about my very real problems. Since this happened at night and some of you might’ve missed it… I thought that it might be a good idea to clean them up, reorganize them a little, and post them in a journal/blog format to make them a little more coherent.A VERY personal journal...3 months ago in Personal More Like This
Please be aware this will be talking about some very real and very personal problems that I am facing. If talking about my problems in my own journal is an issue for you, please leave now. For the rest of you… read on!
Being a creator is terrifying sometimes. Fear of failure or inability can crush your soul and prevent you from doing the things you love. Over the past 3 years I've been struggling with this fear. And a large portion of it comes from the very real threat of my so-called haters.
I have so much I want to do... And I can tell you right now that I often don't do them because of the fear of repercussions. Every sin
Feminism in Comics and Gaming - What Would Happen?I’m genuinely curious. What exactly is it you fear would happen to gaming/comics/geek culture if feminism DID actually have it’s way and take everything over? I’m serious, I am curious as to what exactly about feminism or hell, even humanism, is so “scary” and what people seem to think will happen if they accept it.Feminism in Comics and Gaming - What Would Happen?8 months ago in Personal More Like This
I genuinely want to know, so please tell me in the comments below. I won’t block or ban anyone for speaking their mind, and I’d like to urge my fans to NOT argue with, criticize, or demonize any opinions expressed below please. I want honest answers here.
Happy Happy HappyThis is usually where I write some post about how Christmas isn’t really the celebration of Christ’s birthday, or how I hate the holidays, or how annoyed I am at religion during this time of the year... but I’m just not feeling it anymore. Too much snark and anger is detrimental to us all, and I think I’m starting to finally get my fill.Happy Happy Happy1 year ago in Personal More Like This
So have a Happy Holidays. A Merry Christmas. A Happy (late) Hanukkah. A Merry Kwanza. And if you don't celebrate any holidays at all like me... Happy Shut The F**k Up Day.
Here, enjoy this video of Elsa from FROZEN singing “Let it go” and just enjoy the next few days, alright? Peace out, y’all.
How to read the news.Any time I pass comment on world events, especially if that comment is negative toward the actions of a foreign country, I get the same replies: “Your media is lying to you”, “It’s all propaganda”, etc.How to read the news.2 months ago in Personal More Like This
I promise the people that said all that: I’m just as paranoid and untrusting of the world as you guys, which is why I question everything before opening my mouth.
There is constant talk of conspiracy and media manipulation, and I believe that it does occur, but it is not as long lasting as it was prior to the dawn of the digital age. In the past, information could be controlled very easily, but now, with everyone who owns a phone being a potential source of news, the truth will surface much faster. Lies are now exposed within hours, not decades.
Within the comments of a recent deviation I made mention of how I assess information, but it probably go lost so I shall repeat it here: I don’t just look at one news source, I study three. The BBC, RT a
My Thoughts On #GamerGateLast night I said something incredibly stupid on twitter about GamerGate. You see, someone had decided to send child pornography pictures to Anita Sarkeesian through twitter, and I made a comment equating the act to GamerGate sympathizers. That was incredibly wrong of me to do and it was quickly pointed out to me how wrong it really was. I rightly apologized and then something happened that I’ve never had happen to me in my 10 years of being on the internet... people didn’t dwell on my mistake and actually started to provide me with lots of helpful information about GamerGate! That really took me by surprise since I am so use to having every slip-up and mistake held against me forever. It was enough to make me realize that perhaps I have been wrong about the GamerGate movement being created to silence women in gaming.My Thoughts On #GamerGate8 months ago in Personal More Like This
And that’s why I’m going to apologize for the last couple of journals here on DA too. All last month it has been absolutely ter
So What is it that Gamers Want?Over the past several weeks gamers have been whining incessantly about” journalistic integrity” over the supposed “scandalous” incident involving Zoe Quinn which may or may not have actually happened at all.So What is it that Gamers Want?8 months ago in Personal More Like This
Zoe Quinn was accused of sleeping with journalists to get positive reviews for her game... which wasn’t true. While it’s entirely possible that she did sleep with games reviewers while cheating on her current boyfriend, there’s no real evidence that that translated into positive attention for her game. And frankly, that’s not really any of our business is it? A person’s personal sex life isn’t anything WE, gamers, should be concerned with.
But weather or not you believe the rumors, the thing that gamers seem to want NOW is to “rid games journalism of corruption,” which begs the question... what corruption? I understand that there’s this idea that if a game journalist donates money to a game on, say, Patre
Your fears?My last journal has made me very curious about this topic? what scares you and why? What gives you nightmares and do you have any phobias?Your fears?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Mine would have to be....hmmm let me see? there is very little I am scared of in respect to what the population is usually scared of? I love heights, love getting injections..., love getting piercings, love going to the dentist, dark places don't scare me? I don't believe in ghosts or anything paranormal, Blood and gore don't phase me in the slightest, I love insects, arachnids, rodents reptiles, bats etc...but there are two things I am very afraid of. One is space, it just freaks me the fuck out... I hate watching documentaries about space because it reminds me of the vast expanses of the universe and how mortal and insignificant mankind is :iconcryforeverplz: the other thing that terrifies me is deep water... the thought of it just makes me panic... you don't know whats down there and I always panic I will lose sight of the surface. If I can see t
Back to Square One (Minor Edit)EDIT: I added a few more little things, including a link for people who were asking questionsBack to Square One (Minor Edit)7 months ago in Personal More Like This
I’m sorry that the last journal seemed to upset so many people. It was meant as a cleansing of views and people around me that might introduce toxicity in my life. But I can totally understand how some people took it very personally, or felt that I worded it poorly. You are absolutely right, and for that transgression I am sorry.
With that in mind, I felt it might be a good idea to just give a refresher course on important personal rules, opinions, or views I have so that we’re ALL on the same playing field on where/what/who I stand for. So this is going to be a very BLUNT and DRY list of stuff about me and my opinions. I hope that it helps clear any confusions and I will be happy to elaborate on anything if you ask me in the comments section.
I am an atheist. While I am very tolerant of other religions providing they leave me alone, living in America has ma
What do you think of reputations?As of this moment, the reputation of comic artist Randy Queen is being quickly eroded away to almost nothing within a matter of hours. The inciting incident of him issuing take down notices for a tumblr blog posting “corrections” of his artwork is doing more harm to him than if he just left it alone. But in the comments to the journal where I went into more detail about this whole debacle (link here if you’re interested: http://tompreston.deviantart.com/journal/Randy-Queen-vs-Eschergirls-473253186 ), I noticed a couple people wondering aloud why anyone really gives a crap about “reputations” in the first place.What do you think of reputations?9 months ago in Personal More Like This
So I thought that might be an interesting point of discussion here. Do you think reputations are important?
There’s a lot of evidence, in my opinion, that yes they are. If you (either as a person or a company) have good reputation, people are more willing to forgive you little mistakes or promote you when you do something right. But if you hav
Potentially Unpopular Musings Junk DrawerI’ve been saving up a bunch of topics I wanted to talk about, but for some reason haven’t been able to stretch out into full journal discussions. So I’m just gonna lump them all together here in one big “junk drawer” journal to get them out. I’d like to think that these aren’t “unpopular ideas” at all, and just common sense. But as I’ve learned about the internet just believing that women are people is considered a “controversial opinion” so... I’m just gonna lump these all under the idea of “potentially unpopular musings.”Potentially Unpopular Musings Junk Drawer10 months ago in Personal More Like This
Being 100% Objective is Impossible
If there’s one myth I wish I could dispel, it’s that criticism is suppose to be devoid of bias in favor of being objective. While this is a nice sort of unobtainable Buddhist enlightenment concept... it’s just not technically or realistically possible. Everything around us affects our mood, disposition, opi