Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Instant Gratification


I've always loved Legos. As a kid, I'd always want some toy or other and I never felt like I had enough (even though I'm sure I did). The solution was always Legos. The same little blocks were my Transformers and the Ghostbusters and warring factions of animal-people, and whatever else I needed them to be.

Since I started being creative for a living, Legos have fallen by the wayside. They're expensive as hell, for one thing. And it just doesn't look sane to have a desk covered in tiny plastic bricks. But I still love the D.I.Y. philosophy behind the whole thing.

I recently discovered the Spore Creature Creator. I'm sure I don't need to advertise the game, since anyone with a computer's probably heard of it by now. Well, I can only hope that the game itself is as well structured and as fun as the Creature Creator. It's the best thing, in my opinion, since the invention of the Lego.

Work has been work lately, and the Creature Creator has been a sort of saving grace as far as my sanity's been concerned. There's just something so satisfying about being able to make something awesome without having to ask permission to do so. Plus, each of these bad boys only took a few minutes to put together.

It's a free download for the basic version. Definitely worth a peek if you're into building stuff or gaming.

**Update:
The ditors are still awesome. Well worth it for those alone, if you liked the Creature Creator. As a game... "meh". I have no doubt it'll get better with time, so I'd give it some before I'd buy this expecting decent gameplay. It's also mad buggy right now. I've gone and lost several dozen hours of unemployment time to the winds already due to a corrupt savegame.

17 Comments:

Blogger Allyn said...

when ever i go home to my parents i build with my old lego, i say it's so my nephews can play with the sets i build, but really it's cause lego is the best toy ever!

4:15 AM  
Blogger MasterK said...

I'm planning to do some Lego stop motion animation but I'm in school so I don't know when I'll have time.

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Jesse Custer said...

Mr Atoms, I don't know if you'll get to read this, but I have just made a revelation about one of your characters and I want to know if I'm right.

Is General Skarr is based off the character Herr Starr from the comic series "Preacher"? I mean, between the similar-sounding last names, the exact same skars(sic)on their eyes and the physical resemblance, it really is kinda obvious.

Glad to see that one of my heroes is also a fan of Vertigo comics!

5:16 AM  
Blogger Maxwell Atoms said...

@ Jesse Custer:

Actually, if anything Skarr is a comedy version of Starscream from the original Transformers cartoon. Well, really he's just my take on every backstabbing henchman, but there were a lot in the cartoons of the 80's and I think Starscream was the best. Just because he was so obviously plotting to usurp Megatron's spot as leader and everyone else was totally oblivious to it.

I'm not familiar with "The Preacher", other than to say I've heard of it. Skarr was created in 199..8? I think. So he's a decade old this year! Happy Birthday Mr. Skarr!

7:38 AM  
Blogger MasterK said...

Yay for Skarr

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

His real name is Adam Burton? And he has a gothic edge to his work?
Is he Tim Barton’s brother or cousin or something?
He has to be, when I first saw Billy and Mandy, I thought it was TIM Burton making it with a false name.
I’m convinced that he is Tim’s cousin or nephew or something.

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Matt3000 said...

OMG!!! Maxwell Atoms!!!!
I'm a huge fan; I’m a HUGE HUGE FAN!
You are the best, I can’t believe those retards at Cartoon Network canceled you’re show!
It was the only thing on CH with any soul!
Grim and Evil Forever!

-Matt

7:34 AM  
Anonymous Matt3000 said...

Darn I forgot to ask.
A long time ago… more then 10years ago anyway.
When cartoon network was just starting with the new cartoons, like Dexter and Power puff girls, and Johnny Bravo there was this weird cartoon premiere
It only showed the pilot, and that was it
It was unsuccessful, and didn’t make the draft!
I can only vaguely remember it!
It was about this little girl who makes friends with Dracula?
Was that your first pitch to Cartoon Network?
I think it was around 1996-1997?

-Matt3000

7:42 AM  
Blogger Maxwell Atoms said...

Thanks Matt3000!

The short you're talking about was by Rob Renzetti, who's currently working at Cartoon Networks Cartoonstitute. It was called "Mine and the Count" and I believe Nick made it into a series.

@ Anonymous:

Nope. No relation. Check with cousin Levarr.

10:06 AM  
Blogger remking said...

If I am right, when Underfist hits, Gen Skarr will be the only character to have been in each of your original series.

1:12 PM  
Blogger Mukpuddy said...

Nice dude!! These are very cool!

5:31 PM  
Blogger CaseyBugCreations said...

Psha man, I already miss your myspace page. Why ya gadda make me hang around blogs all day? I'm better with big flashy pictures, but what's with all this 'reading' and 'writing' crap? Madness, boy.

Come visit me sometime here where it's flat and cold. You'll love it! Cartoonists like flat and cold, right?

-CBC

11:43 PM  
Blogger Badboy said...

I've got season one of TGAofBM on dvd and it was well worth it! But just curious about a couple of things.

1. Will there be a season two release soon?

2. Evil Con Carne is remarkably funny! Are there any more episodes other than what's on TGAofBM season one DVD?

3. Concerning Underfist, will Eris or Dracula make appearances?

4. General Skarr=Starscream...is that why General Skarr shrieks so much? ("My BEAUTIFUL YAAARRRD!!!")
LOL! Thanks and keep up the good work!

9:51 AM  
Blogger Bromden said...

LEGOS!! Woo!!
lol there is also the New MMO lego game coming out, but its so watered down so little (like 7 year old little) kids can play it....but it is crative and us members can submit crap to the team cos their too lazy to come up with their own mini game ideas. I saw an add for creature creation (or whatever its really called, I know what you're talking about Mr. Atoms.) right after Infinte Undiscovery (which Im gonna buy, probally one of Squares only good game in like 5 years) Ima check it out after this humanities-ed comment. In fact, right now. Lol.
As a footnote, Lego also saved me from going insane back in the day (rough parent divorce and all) So I can concur. Lego rules. For a price. Which is around $30 for a decient amount of bricks.I'll stop typeing now.

6:04 PM  
Blogger Dominuse said...

I love your work. such great characters. but I'm posting this specifically to inquire about the work you've done in spore (or at least the creature creator). if you picked up the game, maybe you could post a link of your profile. I'm very curious to see what you'd create there. if the creations in the photo of this "Instant Gratification" blog are yours, wow. CC was limited in a lot of ways, and if you pumped that out with CC, I'm dying to see what you can do(have done) with the full version. love your work. can't wait to see what you make next. your sci fi project sounds very interesting. underfist was epic.

11:57 AM  
Blogger Dominuse said...

whipped this up with the vehicle editor in spore. unfortunately, i had to use the freedom cheat and the asymmetry mod to do it(translation: i can't share it other than in the capacity of pics)
hope you dig these(inspired by Underfist[links are the "preview" version from tinyurl, ~some people are paranoid~])—
http://preview.tinyurl.com/DelgadosCar1
http://preview.tinyurl.com/DelgadosCar2
http://preview.tinyurl.com/DelgadosCar3
http://preview.tinyurl.com/DelgadosCar4
~wish i could have made it longer, stupid editor limitations~

11:30 PM  
Blogger Dominuse said...

ever get a chance to check out those links?

9:24 AM  

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