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Random Critiques - A Fun ChallengeAs I have written in my journal a couple of days ago, I have been making some good use of the "Random Deviant" button. It's there for a reason - so that you can meet new people and check out their art. It is, however, often just used to post "Hello random deviant" on their pages. Instead, try using it for this challenge: Random Critiques.
Click on the "Random Deviant" button, and when you get to the deviant's page, see if there are any recent deviations - art, literature, whatever. You can even check out their scraps if you like.
If the deviant is active and has some recent deviations, pick one and critique it. You can pick more than one if you like, and if you have a lot of free time on your hands. Be polite when critiquing though - don't attack the deviant or the deviation. Mention what you like about it, and what you think needs work. Give some tips on how to improve, and maybe post some links to your favourite tutorials here on DeviantART or elsewhere.
Next, encourage the deviant t
Psycle - Hybrid Freeware TrackerStarting in the late 1990's, when DSL was still mostly a luxury item much like cellphones were a decade before, music production software started to become more available to the average user. These programs were mostly shareware with nag screens, but there were some developers who wanted to make free music software.
Most of the early free software wasn't very useful, but in the late 90's and early 2000's, three music trackers appeared, and soon gained a lot of attention.
Buzz, which was released in 1997, is a very well-known tracker and popular among techno composers for its enormous plugin library. OpenMPT, then known as Modplug Tracker, was also released that year and was modeled after the Amiga tracker, as Buzz was. The two were very different, in that Buzz had a pattern for each instrument while Modplug had only one shared pattern, and Modplug didn't have a machine connection interface, while Buzz did. Modplug was more sample and effect based, while Buzz was more geared toward synt
Turbo-La Rasa - Chapter 8 and EpilogueOnce in the portal, Ralph noticed something odd going on. Many of the sprites were glitching, and the track looked different than it had when he had first arrived.
“Where was Q*Bert... your buddy... the last time you saw him?” he asked Turbo.
“He was out here, but maybe they put him back in that building over there!”
Turbo pointed to a generic-looking red box-building with a window and a door.
Just then, they heard someone yelling in Q*Bert-ese in the distance, and turned to see a car zooming on the track, with Q*Bert in it.
“Oh no!” Turbo cried, “He's gonna crash!”
Turbo ran to the track, waiting for Q*Bert's car to approach. As the car went by, he grabbed onto it, and held on while the car dragged him along.
“Ow! Ooh that pavement's rougher than it looks!” he yelped.
Two other cars could be seen on the other side of the track, but were drawing closer to Q*Bert's car. Turbo pulled himself up to the driver's seat, trying to re
Turbo-La Rasa - Chapter 7“Well, it looks like we got a new man for this game,” Throttle chuckled, “All we need to do is see if we can program him to drive.”
“Yeah, and if we can't, he can be the loser!” Speed-Machine added with a laugh.
“I wonder if Turbo's made it outside.”
“Should we go after him?”
“We'll do it pretty soon. But first, we're gonna find out how this coding works. It's a bit of a jungle in there, and we may need some help. From our little friend.”
Throttle looked over at the orange basketball thingy with feet and the weird nose, and grinned.
Q*Bert just sighed and looked at the door, silently praying that Turbo was able to get some help.
“Hey, have you seen Q*Bert anywhere?” Ralph asked a random passerby, who just silently shook his head and went on his way.
“This is useless,” Ralph sighed, “And it's my fault. Maybe he died somewhere. Poor guy.”
“You givin' up NOW, Stink-Brain?
Turbo-La Rasa - Chapter 6Both Turbo and Q*Bert were in big trouble. Turbo was bound and gagged in the corner, and Q*Bert was locked in a canary-style cage, complete with a swing. It was quite tacky, but effective.
Q*Bert lunged at the door of his tiny cage, which was set on a small end table. He didn't know how the characters managed to make a cage in a racing game, but anything was possible. The door was locked with copper wire, something they somehow knew he couldn't untie, but if he could get close enough to where Turbo was tied up, maybe they would have a chance.
The cage wobbled a little, and Q*Bert had some second thoughts. What if this was like falling off the pyramid in his old game? Then again, there was solid ground below it, and it was about a cube's height. Maybe he would make it. Turbo and his own new game depended on it.
He rushed at the side of the cage again, making it wobble some more.
Just a few more shoves, Q*Bert thought, ramming into the side again. One last shove and the cage fell down to
Turbo-La Rasa - Chapter 5Ralph and Vanellope headed back toward Moo-Juice Meadow, along with Taffyta Mutton-Fudge and Minty Zaki.
“So like, HOW did you milk those poor cows?” Taffyta asked, as she sucked on her lollypop.
“I just lifted them up and milked them into the bottles,” Ralph replied, “Nothin' to it... except they must've been really full of milk.
“Are you sure they were GIRL COWS?” Minty teased.
“I checked,” Ralph growled, “I assure you.”
“Did you count the udders?”
“You know,” Ralph yelled, “Despite what I look like, I do know how to count, Missy. So will you cut that out?”
“Whoa okay, okay,” Minty said, “Calm down, geez.”
“Like, what's eatin' him?” Taffyta wondered, “And come to think of it... what COULD eat him?”
Vanellope gave Taffyta a look that told her to shut up, then walked over to Ralph, who had run ahead, possibly to get away from the two come
Turbo-La Rasa - Chapter 4“Bully,” Ralph grumbled as he walked through a small crowd of various characters, “Me, a bully. Fancy that.”
He did a double-take at one dark-haired man in round glasses, who was wearing a blue sweater decorated with white flowers. His tummy was kind of fat, but the rest of his body looked rather fit.
The man was discussing something with another character, and word balloons appeared over his head. One of them had a picture of a green flying saucer, and then the next had a pacifier.
Ralph shook his head and went on to Sugar Rush to see the try-outs. After the incident where Turbo was outed and destroyed, that game had become almost like a second home to Ralph. He and Vanellope didn't always get along, often trading insults and the like, but she was a good friend and disliked all the frilly princess stuff.
Another thing he liked about that game was, nearly everything was edible. Maybe it wasn't the most nutritious stuff the game world offered, but most game chara
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Lilyas has dedicated herself to making our community a brighter place with her vibrant artwork and infectious enthusiasm for interacting with others in our community. It has certainly paid off, as many deviants flock to her page on a daily basis to let her know how much of an inspiration she is. We absolutely agree, and couldn't let all that hard work go without recognition, so it's with great pride that we bestow the Deviousness Award for March 2014, to ... Read More