Never enough monster stuff!
I land on the darker side of things, I have no interest in doing fluffy vanilla stuff as I enjoy teh stark contrast and the endless options monsters give me.
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I think most advanced Posers users would jump up a level rather than parallel jump to Daz. I don't care for the Daz interface and other than the Genesis model (which I don't have) it doesn't provide any must have features for me. Regards to upgrading I am in the process of migrating to Max. Even though I'll likely still be doing a lot of posing and exporting out of poser, I think moving to bigger and better software is the natural evolution of things. I can see people learning Zbrush as alternative as well. As Miro said earlier the primary reason Poser is still competitive is due to its ability to link to better, more professional software packages.
Seems like your question is whether or not you want to invest in Genesis at this point, because that's really what this discussion comes down to. A good one especially since I don't see a clear plan from Daz regarding model standardization and content migration. I think they should have waited a year or two before releasing the second genesis model, allowing for their genesis specific market place to grow. I have enough trouble wrestling with content made for v4 the last thing I would want to do is have to struggle with model compatibility or miss out on a product because its incompatible.
In terms of real guns, pretty much what aguinness said, I too love bullpup rifles. In regards to fiction…
Halo S2AM sniper rifle: Sexiest goddamn sniper rifle in gaming. Potent in the hands of the average, game changing in the hands of a pro.
Mass Effect Cerberus Harrier/Mattock: While not stunningly beautiful, it has a nice aesthetic to it.
Warhammer 40k Imperial Bolt Pistol. Its so stubby and tough looking for a pistol, almost adorable really.
Tyranid Fleshborer: Truly an alien looking gun, coolest thing about it are the flesh eating beetles it shoots. As soon as they are fired from the gun the beetles are put in frenzied state. Upon impact they immediately begin consuming anything they make contact with, literally chewing holes into their victims. Oh and they are coated in a digestive enzyme to help get them started.
As useful as you want them to be. Different mods facilitate different things. You can determine the length of the scenes and their frequency. Biggest thing about the Skyrim/Oblivion/Fallout adult mods is the immersion. You're blending your game experience with adult content. Some of them have quests, decisions and consequences, others are simply a button press or spell cast. Because of the talented folks at loverslab your character has all sorts of options to engage in sexual mischief. Are you holy knight during the day but frisky prostitute at night? Does your vampire enjoy seducing his prey before having a meal, or do you have a domination fetish and spend your time running around Tamriel in bdsm gear, totally at the mercy of whomever you come across (lol pun)?
In truth the animations themselves are for the most part primitive compared to what 3D artists can accomplish on their own, but the eroticism isn't necessary based on just the animations, its the whole roleplaying/immersion that goes along with it.
I should add that in regards to Skyrim, its a lot easier to make your "ideal" female. Enhanced character edit. plus the CBBE Bodyslide mod can create just about any (reasonable) body/face combo.
I use Poserpro 2012 myself. I was never a big fan of the Daz interface. Though the genesis compatibility thing is annoying, I have found that the lali bits/perfect v4, and photoshop make up for v4.2 shortcomings.
The Emperor protects.
Warframe with buddies is good fun. Been having a good time with a heavily modded skyrim.
Its the first among many honestly, as previously mentioned other big companies have started their own variants. Its disappointing that facebook purchased it for sure, and given the nature of their business somewhat alarming as well. They are just desperately trying to stay relevant during the age of adblock in an already brutal industry. I have a feeling this project will end up shelved somewhere (or sold off) before we see any practical facebook functionality.
In regards to 3DX, whats really important is the hardware. Hackers/modders will have their way with this kind of gear undoubtedly opening it up for less "regulated" markets.
The problem isn't the business model, its law enforcement or lack thereof. The current business model for retail works only because the law prosecutes those who commit crimes. If rampant theft was allowed to proliferate with traditional products the way it does with digital, our economy would collapse. The prosecution rate for online piracy is laughably low.
Do businesses need to change to suit the needs of their environment? Absolutely, but the changes implemented aren't consumer friendly. The subsequent laws to protect businesses probably won't be either.
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