Once, Picasso was asked what his paintings meant. He said, “Do you ever know what the birds are singing? You don’t. But you listen to them anyway.” So, sometimes with art, it is important just to look.
- Marina Abramović

Beloved Rapture - Act 1
Highly cinematic, tour-de-force of a jRPG, 7+ years in the making.



Final Fantasy XV

pseudo topic bump, but.. it's so..b-beautiful...

Although I've been frustrated with the countless delays, I still see myself becoming more and more enthralled with every new trailer for this game. XD

There's a really tangible feeling that they've effectively meshed the Japanese sensibilities (many from Nomura's days of directing) and the linear/cinematic qualities, with the more Westernized and open-ended direction they added for the earlier parts of the game.

New 4k TV

Serious question though - why is 4k video even really a thing? To me it seems like bumping an mp3 from 320kbps to 1080kbps. It was practically lossless at the start - why quadruple the size?

It depends on the original recording/size of the television etc. (I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure most Hollywood films are mastered at far beyond 1080).

But yeah, if you have anything larger than 55 inches (with the right input configuration), I think you'll definitely see a difference.

Facing another hard-drive crash, with the last backup 3-4 weeks old. Does the universe want to keep me in development hell forever? =_=

This must be a timeline in which you can't finish your game - be happy! WW3 doesn't happen in this history.


It'll be finished. But uh, I can't help but feel as though the deck has been stacked against me over the years. ;__; (I'm probably not alone though)

If anything, this will teach me to make daily backups. XD I'm bringing the computer into a specialist tomorrow, so fingers crossed!


Love this shot. Incredibly cinematic!

Does the fire underneath animate at all, etc?

Facing another hard-drive crash, with the last backup 3-4 weeks old. Does the universe want to keep me in development hell forever? =_=

That's a good idea, Zach! XD

For anyone on this site who's more savvy with hardware stuff; what's a good option in terms of professional file-recover for harddrives, besides the obvious like Best Buy etc? Is it a safe bet that the files can be recovered, or does it really vary case-by-case?

Facing another hard-drive crash, with the last backup 3-4 weeks old. Does the universe want to keep me in development hell forever? =_=

I was getting into a good rhythm of backing up all RPGMaker/Personal stuff every 3-4 days. Figures that when I started slacking off, something awful happens. XD


Thanks Tau! Hahah it really was. Meiscool had some of the best tilesets back in the day, though I did tweak it a little.

out the door

This post isnt targeting anyone, just the forums in general, and I feel like trying to change it is also a sort of lost cause, so I dunno enjoy the continued rotting I guess, it ain't getting any better. Like I said I can't even say who would be at fault, but evidently it hasn't ceased with my erasure, in fact its only gotten noticably worse.

I agree with some of your post but I have to disagree with you there; there's nothing inherently wrong with RMN and it's quite stupid of you to suggest RMN's underlying design leads to these issues. It doesn't have to be this way.

(In fact, I'm aging myself here, but I've seen this community go through far worse over the past decade.)

The staff and admins have the power to change the general atmosphere of this place if they care enough to do so. They need to listen to those who have criticisms (or feel provoked into leaving like Luchino), not bury their heads in the sand. Compare RMN when WIP and Holb were running things, or even when Kentona was first promoted, to what it is today. Certainly there were always spurts of drama, but to be frank, the comparison is night and day.

That's not to say Liberty isn't a hard-working member who does a great job, but remarks like this are particularly condescending;

4- luchino has obviously outgrown the site. That's fine. People grow at their own rates and there's nothing wrong with being dissatisfied with the attention you're getting on your games. Trying to blame others for that because you're jealous of any attention they get is wrong, though. Grow up.

5- Pom. Pom is a great little game. It's cute, it's got dogs, it's got internet speak and it appeals to a very big audience. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. The only reason it gets hate (and as much attention as it does) is because it got played by someone super popular. Got an issue with that? Go onto the forums of other youtubers and see if you can't get them to play your game. Go share your game on tumblr and imgur and reddit and twitter and all those other lovely places where people can find it. There's other sites to show your game off on in the hopes of drawing more attention, so do that. You might be surprised.

A.) Hm, was Luchino really trying to BLAME anyone here specifically? I admit, this last blog post was a bit dramatic, but this issue has been on her mind for a while. And it was a very general statement. Our reaction should be how to expand and improve RMN if people don't feel like it's doing a great job meeting their needs as a game development showcase/forum...not be like "The door's over there."

B.) Pom has had both benefits and detriments to this website, and to pretend otherwise is untrue. Corf's resentment was understandable...even if expressed very badly. It's another case of blaming the user, instead of brainstorming for ways to change or improve this site. But I won't go too far into that subject.

I don't think any one of us has all the answers...but collectively, maybe we can get closer to finding it. But it rests with the staff as well - they need to be open to suggestions or even criticism if we want RMN to ever improve.

Screenshot Survival 20XX

Solidifying one final dungeon in the prologue to balance things out. Does the waterfall placement seem off?

It's a bit of a...cavern/forest hybrid? Or something? XD

What are you thinking about right now?

I'm ashamed of this community. It's no wonder people are leaving. Roden, I don't blame you. Luchino, I agree with you. Blindmind, you're my brother.

Amen brotha

I never agreed with most of what Corf posted (lol) and I don't wanna beat a dead horse/rehash anything, but it's a bit disappointing to see him leave RMN...over, what exactly? Why was this situation handled so badly?

Are members here not allowed to discuss the merits of Indie Projects or RPGMaker Games without developers or moderators taking the criticisms to be a personal attack? Is that not why we're here? Nothing he said was actually directly at Me-Patra... last time I checked, verbalizing a criteria of quality wasn't against the rules. Compared to how harsh people were in the community ten years ago, this is negligable.

Quite frankly I don't think he's the only one who felt like it was an insult to the more serious developers on this site that POM continues to rule the front page for what's years and years at this point.