When you want an image to use for your character portrait, you have two choices:
- Spend years mastering the art of sci-fi / fantasy illustration. Perhaps attend art school. Hone your craft until you can fully realize your character on paper just as you imagine them.
- Use Google Image Search and swipe something that looks roughly like how you want your character to look.
For whatever reason, most players take the lazy way and opt for #2, despite the fact that there is a 90% chance they are going to look like a brooding androgynous goth / punk elf holding the wrong weapon.
Overused Words in Game Titles
I scoured the Steam database to figure out what words were the most commonly used in game titles.
WAY back in 2005, I wrote about a D&D campaign I was running. The campaign is still there, in the bottom-most strata of the archives.
This Scene Breaks a Character
Small changes to the animations can have a huge impact on how the audience interprets a scene.
Video Compression Gone Wrong
How does image compression work, and why does it create those ugly spots all over some videos and not others?
What did web browsers look like 20 years ago, and what kind of crazy features did they have?