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About Tarnsman

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  1. Horizontally they can be at least up to 1024. Vertically they can't be taller than 128. I should have said taller not higher.
  2. Allow textures higher than 128 for vanilla. Flat alignment. Give the Spider Mastermind the lowest pain chance in the game.
  3. Tarnsman

    What are the dumbest map names you've heard of?

    The process typically starts with just finding a GBV song that sounds like a neat title and then vaguely making a map around that. Like for example "Cool Off Kid Kilowatt" sounded neat, there is a liquid texture called Coolant, Kilowatt sounds electrical. Boom computers and coolant. Occasionally someone will just make a map and we will find a title that vaguely fits it. And then rarely we will just pick the dumbest name possible for the map because we can.
  4. Tarnsman

    Torm's apology for the Doom community

    I appreciate that Tormentor took the time to respond and admit to it more or less. There are some aspects of his apology that I take issue with and question, but provided that Torm has come clean about the extent of the issue and we do not discover anything else moving forward that fits within this pattern, I don't think we need to litigate the specifics or get angry over it.
  5. I agree that's what Tormentor should do. It was more directed at the people who are saying we should not jump to conclusions until he has a chance to speak. Like he's going to say "oh this is just some wacky coincidence that my levels have geometry that lines up perfectly with other levels, multiple times, and the other instances of me lifting others work does not speak to any sort of pattern at all" and suddenly new clarity will be provided.
  6. Who is getting ahead of themselves? Someone discovered evidence of plagiarism. They posted said evidence of plagiarism. Other people posted other instances of Torm being less than ideal when it comes to usage of other people's work, demonstrating a clear pattern. And the general collective response has mostly been, "This is shitty, don't do that." What other more tempered response should there be from people? I haven't seen anyone calling for Torm to be banned, for his work to be taken down, that his name should be stripped from the records, that we should endlessly crap on him, or anything like that. Most hostility in this thread has been directed at bad faith attempts to defend the action that are more or less complete nonsense. The only people bringing any judgement about moral character into this are the people saying he's a good guy (although it's very hard to not look at plagiarism as a moral issue).
  7. For everyone saying things like "we need to hear his side". Like legitimately what do you expect him to say that's going to change anything? He has a paypal button and his website asks for donations when you go to it. So yeah...
  8. Chillax was renamed to Chillax in response to people calling it out for said plagerism. Quite possibly the worst example to give of people not caring about this before. Edit: It was pmhl who asked that it be given a new name as to not make it appear that he made it, which is where the name "Chillax" a pretty antagonistic response to the request, came from. Which is a pretty bad example still none the less.
  9. It is different in practice. Sampling is a legitimate thing in art and it's quite a bit different. As you say yourself the intent is to make an obvious tribute. You're not copying obscure sections of a map to fill something out. If a musician samples a well known song to build something new from it that's quite a bit different than an artist lifting an unknown underground song, doing very minimal alterations to it, and posting it as their own work to fill out a soundtrack. If someone decided to release Return to Neptune Y and very clearly took the base entrance from E1M1 of BTSX and then after that did a lot of their own content that built off of the very clear and cheeky homage while acknowledging it as tribute that would be a lot less offensive than someone copying four random sectors out of the same map to put in another map that has no connection to BTSX, no mention of BTSX, and is being presented as its own thing. The crux of what people are mad about is that it's areas that realistically did not need to be plagiarized, provide no new context, call back, or other value from their inclusion, and fit into a larger pattern of Torm doing this sort of stuff that speaks to a level of artistic laziness.
  10. Slayer is not an exact replica of Circle of Death. Here are the two maps side by side and overlayed. Slayer *is* clearly a remake of Circle of Death with the style and personality of a new author. It's not copy and pasted and slightly re textured. It's a completely different thing. Inspiration is fine. Recontextualizing something is fine. Neither of those things are copy and pasting things from other people's work and barely changing it.
  11. No I would not have done the same. Draw your own sectors, it's that simple. Even when you're making a map that's specifically evoking a previous map you should still modify it enough to make it its own thing and have your own touch applied to it. If Tormentor was taking a well known early Egyptian themed map and "sampling" it to recontextualize it in a Zdoom context with clear inspiration where you could see what he changed, that would be one thing. This is not that, this is taking pretty standard shapes from another source and using them to fill out map length in a way that makes it hard to justify as anything but pure laziness.
  12. People worrying about things like "the line" are completely missing the point. All art is created on the back of work that came before it. Be it painting, writing, music, or even doom mapping. There are a litany of inspirations present in basically every major doom project. Tom Mustaine was famously told by American McGee to get his own geometry after he made his version of The Inmost Dens. The Inmost Dens would make another appearance in Plutonia as Neurosphere and from there act as the basis for two maps literally named after it in The Inmost Dens II and The Inmost Dens III found in MM and HR2 respectively. Its influence has gone beyond that. Maps like Helix in PRCP being continuations of Nuerosphere's legacy and even more direct things such as Flooded Library by Jimmy in D2TWID. Plutonia itself is a constant barrage of Doom 1 and Doom 2 levels reimagened through the Casali's style. None of these things have ever caused a commotion or an issue. Because that's not the same thing as this at all. This sort of thing is not homage or inspiration or anything of the sort. Look at the shapes that he copied directly. It's not some super intricate thing where he wanted to use it as a reference point for general shape and size. They're standard size mostly orthogonal sectors that if it wasn't for the fact that there are multiple of them in the same map clearly directly copied, one could easily argue are so standard that it's hard to say it's plagiarized. It is directly copying portions of other work, that are not immediately recognizable to evoke the notion of clear homage (the same way as say Map 32 of Plutonia) and then using them to just fill out small portions of a map. This is more a product of laziness than artistic verve. Just draw your own sectors.
  13. Speedmap. Map Name: Alfonzo Allows Himself To Be Mugged Because He's Such A Nice Guy https://www.dropbox.com/s/vgk64cthtuioygi/TARNS-ISO.wad?dl=1
  14. Tarnsman

    Project DARK (SCYTHE) - Now on /idgames!

    Yes Please
  15. Tarnsman

    TNT 2: Devilution (Clean thread, new updates)

    I'm just going to be honest with you. This is just Duke Nukem Forever 2.