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Friday, March 27, 2009

The Joad Family Starter Pack and Curmudgeon Rant

Back many, many years ago when I worked about 16 hours a day on my computer creating fonts and graphics, I had a program called "Poser." I never really mastered Poser--I found the interface a bit awkward, but it was a nifty program that allowed you to pose human figures and create images with them. This was version 4. There have been many advancements since then, although I have not upgraded. There are also enhancements you can buy that are like presets created by other Poser artists that feature these human figures in various costumes (or lack thereof) and hairstyles. It all seems too sci-fi heavy metal renaissance dragon airy fairy woo woo sex goddess porno 13-year old boy's wetdream starfighter bitch fantasy, with names like the Dragynfyre Goddess Corset Packs and the Barbarian Skeleton Gore Bundle.

This whole fantasy thing won't die, will it? It just gets more and more absurd. I thought boys playing D&D when I was a teenager was silly. And here it is, 30 years later and that genre still exists. Why? It hardly seems worthy and redeeming. Is it just me?

I'd love to see some Poser designers come up with something different. Something not so medieval, but something a little newer, like maybe 65 years back or so. Something also very relevant to the times we are in. Yes, I'd love to see The Grapes of Wrath Pro Bundle, or at least a Joad Family Starter Pack. Seriously. I might even consider upgrading.



Blogger Stan said...

Doesn't the Poser program deal with smooth looking people? Do they need an aging, shrinking, and at least a wrinkling program to be able to have people at lots of different ages and stages in life. The way poser figures look seems to be centered on everyone looking like they are in their early 20s and it's the fairy woo woo trappings are kind of un-necessary too.

11:33 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

Yes, but they have texture mapping which allows for the appearance of wrinkles. Like Bryce...all those cool textures? It works on the same basis. It's not really texture, but it looks like it. It could be done, it's just that why create Grampa Joad when you can create a gravity-defying 44 G Cup Sexx Goddyss for your little computer nerd wet dream fantasy?

Essentially, it's become a program for computer geeks to create their own porno. I mean, sure, I'd be lying if I said I never tried morphing a penis in Poser just to see what happened and for a laugh, but it's not what I used the program for. (It was version 4, so it was very primitive...sort of like a Ken doll...not realistic at all).

I'm just so repulsed by that whole uberperfection vs. monsterquest dichotomy that computer games and poser represents...the female characters are all G-cup smooth perfect, and the men are all metal he-men skeletormonster types. Do you know what I mean? That whole fantasy genre. Elch.

11:43 AM  
Blogger Stan said...

So, it's more like the majority of people using this program are living in a very shallow culture oriented to fantastic fantasy imagery? If they were to use a wrinkle look it might only be for someone like a wizard.

11:48 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

LOL! Yes...a wizard. Wizards are allowed to be wrinkly. Sigh.

11:49 AM  

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