How much hand-holding is necessary?

Before making my game public I listened to so many online who made fun of hand holding in games like Navi in Zelda Ocarina of Time.

But after putting out my game I understand now that hand holding is very much needed for many players. So, yes put in a lot of hand holding but I guess try not to make it feel annoying.

Game Magazines

One of my big magazine memories is seeing a game that looked like Final Fantasy but had a 6 man team battle. But, I could never recall what the game was.
In recent years I have found out that the game was almost certainly Romancing Saga 1.

Sum up the worst game you ever played in a single line.

Do phone games count because I got a smart phone for the first time recently and a good number of them are the worst games I've ever played.
Well instead I'll try to pick a console game.

Dark Cloud 2

Sometimes randomly generated dungeons are alright ... sometimes.

Tears of the Kingdom Ultra Hand Creations

In the new Zelda you can construct a bunch of stuff with Ultra Hand.
And although I have not experimented too much since I've been busy exploring the world I have made a few memorable things.
I made a really terrible unicycle that controlled so badly I only just barely beat an NPC in a race across a canyon. The NPC wasnt trying to race me if your wondering. Anyway it was memorable.
I made a mobile spike barrier with a Shock Emitter attached to shock enemies.
and finally I flung a Korok to its destination with a simple slinging device using that auto balancing thing.
Eventually I want to make a home for link and a giant robot but haven't yet.
What have you made with Ultra Hand?

Guess the RPG from Only 3 Tiles

I got 10/30 I should have been able to do better but oh well.
The only RPG on the list that I've never heard of is Metal Max 2.
I'll have to look that one up some time.

Is AI generated art ethical?

My original comment about it being as unethical as tracing was not meant to be disparaging of tracing. Instead it was supposed to be a literal comparison to how ethical it is.

I used tracing instead of copying because in my mind the difference between copying and tracing is it there will be imperfections and in some cases even a slight personal touch. Thus making the work somewhat but not completely transformative.

And in that way tracing can create a new piece of work that is its own thing while also being a copy of a different work. The ethicalness of that is the same as the point we've all made in this thread over and over. Is that the ethicalness of it all is depending on why you do it and what you will do with the result.

The sidetracking that seems to happen is in the idea that unethical=bad and ethical=good. When it doesn't really matter if the art is good or bad (or even art) or whatever. The unethicalness of AI art comes in the procedure of stealing other people's art without crediting them. Shamelessly opening pandora's box to teach algorithms to create new images without the consent of the people who have been wronged.

That's why AI art is currently unethical it was made through a shitty procedure by people who didn't give a shit about artists.

This doesn't mean that ethical AI art can't exist. By willing participants, teaching algorithms to generate new stuff by using... "ethically sourced" art.

It's not an either/or. AI art can be both ethical and unethical and it's all about how it's produced and why.

Fair enough. I honestly don't have much else to reply, I just wanted to be polite and let you know I read your comment.

As far as the AI debate I will add that with my current definition of art, I would not say that AI made images are art because I think art comes from living beings so even if an AI can make an image that looks nicer than what an elephant can paint (and yes elephants can paint) the elephants crude painting has more soul and therefore has more right to be called art than what the AI makes.

As far as ethics of AI well frankly one could make an ethical AI if it were trained on only Public Domain stuff but I don't think an AI like that exists at the moment, at least as far as I'm aware.

Though I also feel that copyrights in general last too long because the Disney Corporation made congress extend how long copyrights last so they could hold onto Mickey Mouse. THe fact that Superman and Batman are still copyrighted characters is kinda ridiculous. But the silver lining is if Disney doesn't screw with the law again all 3 of those characters will become Public Domain in the coming years.

African Images

So when I answer ethnological questions outside the confines of my videos keep in mind I will often choose to speak from memory like I would in a normal conversation just because it can be time consuming to find the academic reference. But anyway from what I recall for the uninitiated, like children of the Dogon, they will see the crocodile and bird but once they are older and get initiated they will be taught the symbols deeper meanings.

Next I'll show some Central African stuff.
Here's a mask that represents the Kuba King. Sometimes the king himself wears it. Other times someone else will dance it in his place.

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Here's a divination object in the shape of a dog :3

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And here is a figure sculpture and bowl from another Central African people, the similarly named Luba culture.

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Are vampires overdone?

Depends on how you portray the vampire. You can have your own unique take on vampires after all. Side Note: I think Zombies are more overdone but again that to can be given a unique spin.

Is AI generated art ethical?

I noticed a few people in this discussion bad mouthed tracing. You guys don't know art very well. I happen to have a bachelors degree in art illustration. For one assignment our teacher had us replicate a master illustrator's painting as perfectly as possible and although you can't trace a painting, we were encouraged by our professor to trace the masterpiece art and then paint on top of it. I remember my professor clearly saying, "How you make art doesn't matter, the end result is what matters." This statement was from a highly respected art teacher. Having said all that, I don't know how he or my other teachers would react to AI art. I haven't fully formed my opinion on the AI subject yet.

African Images

Glad you like the masks Gourd_Clae! Those stick figures above the Kanaga masks can be interpreted in multiple ways. One of the most common interpretation is a crocodile. It can also be likened to a bird. A deeper meaning to it is that it is the hand of god.
Those are the most common form of Dogon mask which are made by the dancers themselves. There are many other Dogon masks which are mad specifically by a designated wood carver.

Anyway, the Dogon are from West Africa, let me now show some East African stuff.

Here are the famous Gedi ruins of the Swahili Coast (Not to be confused with Getty lol)

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And again if that doesn't work, I'll try Marrend's method.

Sometimes Getty's images and other watermark image sites have Public Domain images on site which is why its important to check to see if you can find an old looking photo elsewhere. For example I just found this incredible image on Getty's site but also found it on Wikipedia. So I'll share the Wikipedia link. This image is important because it shows 2 rare things in Africa. 1 it shows women wearing masks which is a rarity and in fact I intend to one day make a video about women's masks in Africa. 2 it shows partial masks which are more common in European Ball room settings than in Africa. Normally African masks cover the whole face like those Dogon examples do because an African mask generally speaking transforms you into a spirit so it makes sense to cover as much of the human face as possible. So I hope you can appreciate the uniqueness of these ladies's masks.