Hi you all and welcome to this very special update! Today we’re celebrating that this CJ has been viewed 50,000!! times since it started on January 23, 2010; eleven months ago! I wanted to do something special to celebrate this, and after a week following the countdown, it's finally here!
I’ve been watching my first updates, they were some humble begginnings. I had no idea on how to photoedit the pictures, I had barely no custom content (and I still have very few) and those ugly Maxis highways still ran through the cities. I guess things have changed quite a lot in this time.
But... how is an update made? I guess the users who have a CJ know very well the answer, but don’t know what happens behind the scenes of this specific CJ. Let’s see... everything begins here:
Hey, stop studying! Time for an update! Leave this easy and funny [/irony] fluid mechanics homework for later!
We begin this special update on my desktop with a breathtaking pic of Manhattan. I always have this kind of pics installed, just love them.
Here you can see the very first picture of the region I’ve played Plainsport, DuQuesne and now Blackwater. Precioustown isn’t here, I deleted it accidentally some time ago... You can see other projects and experiments (campuses, airports, all-plopped cities...), here, some have been showcased in T&R and others will be showcased sooner or later...
After taking six shots, two for each picture (a bad one, usually without automata showing and the good one), we go to the photoedition; that has become a great addition to this CJ. See the difference between a raw pic and a photoedited one. The focus/blur tools and the contrast and saturation sliders are the kings here. Eventually I have to run GIMP to make some more advanced effects like lens flares, simulate rain or other nice stuff.
As you can see, the pic seems much more grimier now than before... I learnt all those simple but effective tricks on this [link] Omnibus article; I owe Masochist, its creator, a lot!
I love making mosaics...
Seems I’m going to need a cool font for this mosaic... Let’s see what do we find on “teh internetz”... www.dafont.com Meanwhile, I’ve taken some notes with MS Word.
That’s a cool one... Come with me!
Once I'm done with photoedition I go to Simtropolis. I’ll take a look to the forums later. Let’s play some music meanwhile... This is an excellent album.
First, the pics; later the text. During the loading process, I take a look to my Facebook. I can’t remember when Simtropolis gained more importance than my own Facebook friends... They’re all very nice, but they don’t have a CJ to be watched and have no idea about a videogame called SC4. When I tell them about the game and ST, they say I have too much free time and I tell them they should give it a try...
Some minutes later, after replying each person and writing a brief description for each pic, it’s time to click the “new entry” button and (hopefully) make someone have a good time looking to the pics.
That’s all behind the scenes, not a big deal; but the whole process is important for me and important for this CJ. Anyways, I can’t finish this update without the following picture:
And I've forgotten to place here Jamesrules90, Zombiehunter and sykosamon, who have commented after I had made this pic... Thank you too!
Upcoming projects? I think I'll stick to Blackwater for the next entries, but I'd like to show some more commie style. I don't promise anything, but I've been downloading some more commie blocks lately...
One last thing: As usual, comments to this update and the latest regular one will be replied on the next update!
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