Dorky question, but what's your computer setup? And more importantly, how was a creature of your kind ever able to acquire a computer setup in the first place?
Strong enough to be doing everything I’ve pulled off so far, and yet not strong enough to run AAA game titles at good settings.
Asus Sabertooth z77 LGA 1155
16gb DDR3 RAM at 1600 MHz
Geforce GTX 650Ti
The machine was designed with upgrade capability in mind, and for what I need, I could very well go higher with that graphics card, because while it does what I need it to do, it’s absolutely laughable compared to what I could be using.
But to make a really proper jump in power requires a new motherboard of the 1151 class, which means a new build.
And while I could upgrade the GPU to the highest possible model that works with the LGA 1155 Sabertooth, I’m concerned about my PSU possibly being a fake watter.
I had purchased a 1000-watt piece that wasn’t Bronze-certified. It’s working and reviews are largely good, but I had issues drawing power during the first phase of the build.
(Although that’s probably because I was using a wall outlet that often shorted the computer because it was only barely meeting the needs of the PSU, so whenever something else was turned on through the same circuit, everything went bust…)
Point blank: I’m facing an issue of upgrading on a closed system when I could get much better, but getting much better means a brand new build. With a brand new build, I could learn from all of my novice mistakes. With staying on cards under the 1155 series of motherboard compatibility, I may just have to take an extra step of getting a new PSU I know is bronze-certified and high pedigree from a really strong name brand.
As for how someone like me got all this? Well, you can get away with a lot of things when you’re someone like me and the right connections to the world of people exist.
[Anyone got tips for me on how to move forward with the system issue I’m pondering?]
If someone is making a game with the default graphics (which everyone seems to think is some sort of Cardinal sin in the RPG maker community) would it be worth it to advertise for help? (Such as making a post asking for the help of composers or voice actors) or would it be considered pretentious and looked down on if you ask for the help of others for sound or coding when you don't even make your own graphics?
No, it’s looked at as a “cardinal sin” by people outside of the community. There’s plenty of games made with the default RPG Maker Graphics in the community that don’t get flack since, well, it’s the RPG Maker community. Heck, there’s even a Misao category on RPG Maker.net for best use of the default assets. Usually, people just add on stuff from free graphic packs and do their best tomakesomeprettymaps when they can’t or don’t do tileset graphics themselves. You’d be surprised at what you can make with just some parallax mapping and a little lighting know-how!
The reason why people are instantly averted to RPG Maker games with default graphics is because of junklikethis being put out on commercial platforms like Kickstarter & Steam. Since you have the same graphics as them, your game is tainted by looking like others and gets lost among the crowd in spite of how good or bad the game ends up being.
I don’t think it’d be pretentious or looked down upon to ask for help with that stuff. Maybe someone will think you’re more naive since it’s hard to get people to sign on for any project, but not pretentious. In the community, people won’t take you too seriously when you ask for help and don’t have a playable thing yet. I say “thing” because if you have a demo out, people will be more likely to sign on to your game since then you have a tangible thing that says “Hey, here’s what I’m doing. You interested?” People who’ve already released a game will be taken seriously.
The reason why there’s less people willing to sign up for someone without a playable thing is because most people won’t sign up for an “ideas guy.” That is, someone who has some rad ideas, but don’t do much else. If you’re programming (like you do events and implement the bulk of the game in the engine) and mapping out the game, that’s at least something.
So yeah, just go ahead and ask for help. As long as you don’t act like you’re entitled to help, people won’t be mean to you. The worst they’ll say to you is “no”.
Competent high end PCs (aka, the reason why a PC could run AAA games better than consoles) would cost you $800+ minimum. Consoles will always be the cheaper and simpler alternative. They are suppose to be.
That’s not true.
Most of the time, people simply want a PC that can outperform the consoles - which you can get for sub $500. Heck, there’s videos out there that’re 2 - 3 years old with $500 builds that not only cost less than that now, but are still more powerful than current gen consoles. While there’s plenty of games that take advantage of PC’s customized and preferenced hardware, simply having a game run at medium graphics at 1080 / 60 is already outperforming what consoles offer.
While you can build an $800+ PC, it’s not required for you to simply get a better performance than what the PS4 gives you. My old graphics card (GTX 560 ti) performs on par with the PS4 and you can get it for sub $40 now. If your only goal is just console parody, you can play super low to the ground and spend far less than that.
Fact of the matter is that the current batch of consoles is offering nothing in terms of what the PC hasn’t surpassed long ago. We’re at a point where the diminishing returns are so clear that for what you’re paying for, you’re not really getting anything all that amazing. Games that run at sub HD resolutions at 30 FPS. They look pretty, but they don’t play like they could on much better hardware - which you can get on the PC for a similar to slightly higher price point, along with the fact that you’re getting more games to play while spending overall less money. No extra online fees, games are generally cheaper out of the gate, sales are abundant, bundles everywhere - it’s the best place to play games for the consumer.
That and it’s also a PC, so you’ve got more versatility to do many more tasks than you could with a console for the same price.
As for simpler, Sure. Building isn’t hard unless you just are too lazy to put cords in a box, turn some screws, and click in some plugs - but if you just want the “convenience” of plugging something in, then yeah, it’s simpler. But you only have to build it once - after that - you’re set.
What’s your current job?: I’m a full-time college student going for a Bachelors of Fine Arts. I also work in the art department as a digital lab attendant, a fill-in gallery attendant, and the graphics designer for the gallery as well. Off to the side, I occasionally do commission work for graphics and/or drawings.
What are you good at?: Well, I guess I’m good (enough) at a lot of things? I do graphics, I draw, I write, I edit videos – I do a lot of things well, but I’m not exactly the best at them all. A jack-of-all-trades and renaissance man, I hope!
What is a big goal you are working towards (or have already achieved)?: I’m hoping to survive college, for one. But I’m hoping to be able to land a job with a video game company as either a graphics designer or a character concept artist. If that fails, then who knows? Maybe one day, I can become a famous artist and exhibit my works in galleries across the country.
What is your aesthetic?: Um… If you go off my painting aesthetics, my paintings consist of heavy black lines, drips, and a overall grungy feel that often gives off vibes of anxiety and tension. If you wanna go off my personality aesthetics? Probably lots of candy and dumb doodles.
Do you collect anything?: Besides water bottles by my bedside, I collect my old drawings and doodles and I keep them stored in a doodle binder. A homage to my past work and the path that I’ve taken to become what I am as an artist now.
What’s a topic you always talk about: I like to talk about alot of things: video games like Final Fantasy, Overwatch, Dragon Age, etc; art; video editing; OCs and character concepts; story ideas – I enjoy being able to discuss alot of things, but I never find myself able to, unfortunately. I find myself listening more than talking myself.
What is a pet peeve of yours:I don’t particularly like it when I’m disturbed when I’m working. A few times, I’m alright. But if it’s every minute so someone can interrupt me completely, I get really bothered. I also hate being interrupted or disregarded. I don’t talk much as it is, so having to be interrupted in the middle of something important really bothers me too.
Good advice to give: Never – and I mean never – let someone or something stop you from becoming what you want to be. This includes yourself. The self-doubt, the fear of failure, the sensation or words telling you that you’re not good enough? It’s honestly all bullshit. Because in the end, it comes down to you and what you want to be. Practice hard at it, don’t give up, and believe that you will be the best for yourself – not for others. If you think you’re a great artist, then you are. If you think you can improve an artist, then improve. Do the things you want to do for yourself. Because your happiness is the most important!
What are three songs you’d recommend?: Oh lordy, why make me pick three? Okay, okay. Um… Three songs that I really like right now are… 1) Toothbrush by DNCE 2) Kiss by Camikaze 3) Capsize by FRENSHIP