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June 25th, 2012 #14
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June 25th, 2012 #15
"Why does this mecha have tits? Apparently for the same reason it's painted pink: so that we know it's being piloted by a girl."
Too many words about why mechas are stupid
most functionality even on todays real world machines is unseen or done by black boxes of electronics. and i can imagine future machines would be totally incomprehensible to us.
so your entertainment design has to show what the thing does. guns have to look shooty, rockets zoomy, robots really robotic (as opposed to sleek, bafflingly complex biologically sophisticated ur-machines, for example). its because makers of entertainment products need children and imbeciles to understand whats going on so they keep buying them.
if you want properly interesting speculative industrial design, read a hard sci fi book.
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June 25th, 2012 #16
By "all of those" I mean to say the design by committee look. For example 9/10 space marines look alike and share the same nonfunctional features. In general it's like they are working from a template and frankenstein successful designs.
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June 26th, 2012 #17
When people talk about functionality in terms of "Oh well that wouldn't be able to support that weight" or anything where they try to bring our reality into a fictional world. That's when I get annoyed. Besides that, who cares as long as it's functional 'enough'.
Some robots are more flashy than others. I like to think of it in terms of "Who the fuck knows how people would build their robots". People deck out their cars with unfunctional crap just to make it 'look cool' if people could build giant robots many would do the same.
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June 26th, 2012 #18
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June 26th, 2012 #20
Of course even with this there different level of this depending on the corporation etc, but when you're doing concepts and designs and your boss comes in and says "we want this design to be immediately recognizable as a space marine and we want to attract the same buyers as those who play Generic Space Marine Game X2000 so that we don't take too much of a risk", well...
Reminds me of the "video game industry does not exist to be creative, it exists to sell products at WalMart" quote.
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June 26th, 2012 #22
As for what else was said, yeah, quadrapeds are already in development. I mentioned DOG and Max posted a video of it. Personally, I think it looks very functional, but not very cool. Whereas if you added fancy bits and electronics on top of it, it would look functional AND cool.
Hah, and you would be surprised how seriously Warhammer 40k artists take their fictional universe. I know, I drink beer with one once in a while
By the way, speaking of hard sci-fi. Check out Forever War by Joe Haldeman. It's one of my favourite sci-fi books and reflects, in a sort of a giant metaphor, with his experiences in Vietnam. Also, the science is pretty solid, the author being a physicist.
June 26th, 2012 #23
Tiny Bird-on the money. But that doesn't mean we have to like it. Besides, they are shrinking their base by using the "me too" tactic. I know allot of people that quit playing video games because of that.
So I'm going to talk about awesome functional designs. Awesome designs Rule!
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June 26th, 2012 #24
That gives me an idea for an art blog - "Functional Designs". It'll be on par with the Women Fighters in Reasonable Armour blog
EDIT: In faaaaact. This gives me an idea for my Honours project!!
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June 26th, 2012 #25
The Big Dog does remind me of that one Crit thread that went sour where the Op was trying to design a cheetah robot that you could ride but which would run like a real cheetah, and I could only wonder why the hell would anyone want to ride a robot that constantly twists up and down, and I think same would happen with a robot similar Big Dog, unless you create some sort of stabilizer that keeps the rider somewhat in same position...
Bah, screw legged robots, gimme my hoverboard!
June 26th, 2012 #26
Hahaha, that would be awesome. Although I wish they found a way to do this without cooling the board to below 100K - you'd have to have some seriously warm snow boots to ride it; and god forbid if you fall over and smash your face against the board.