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Unveil Your Work! Don't Fake It!

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Zeph_Kat's Avatar Zeph_Kat
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It bugs me when I see a quality build with a screenshot that is vanilla (no mods/resource packs) and unedited with 20 views and 2 downloads and then someone builds the tiniest unoriginal "modern home" with a shader or render and texture pack and they have 5,000 views and 300 downloads. I feel as though shaders are faking what you've really done. When someone plays your map with vanilla they are going to see something completely different. I'm not saying that any project with a shader or render is bad and the owner is unoriginal, I just think that shaders shouldn't be used to enhance a screenshot.

Yes, it looks professional and you want to look professional but to me you look fake. Ooooooh, you built a little village that almost anyone can build? That's impressive. It looks amazing with a shader, but it looks like a 5 year old built it when you download and look at it.


Picture a beautifully intricate cup with all sorts of colors on an advertisement.
It looks like this:
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You love the cup so much you decide to order one! It comes in the mail and you are super excited. You unwrap the paper and open the box and it's a plain old cup, at least compared to the one you saw.
It looks like this:

Spoiler - click to reveal
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It has its own merits, if it had been advertised as that you would have still appreciated its unique qualities. There's nothing wrong with the cup, but because you saw it displayed in a beautiful way it's just not as satisfying. This example is similar, but not the same as, using shaders or renders. 

So the next time you post a project, think about your screenshots. Do they really show the work you've done? Or do they simply compensate for the lack of work? Be true to your style and project! Don't fake what you've built! 


I know that some of you may disagree and argue that it's the person's fault for not using a shader, and you are entitled to your opinion. If you think I'm wrong, you can tell me. I'm always open to new ideas!

Thanks for reading!

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Revamp : by Zeph_Kat 10/06/2014 4:37:16 pmOct 6th, 2014

Loved my original idea but didn't like its length! I've added a lot more details and PICTURES 

(yipee!)

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08/13/2014 6:54 am
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PookieSK
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Making a picture with shaders is like McDonald's reclams.
They make it look better so people buy/download it.
Its just a way of making something look good to the customers and players.
Adn a way of advertising. I dont think you should be so mad and if you want more diamonds -> start taking pictures with shaders.
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08/13/2014 12:26 pm
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Zeph_Kat
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That's false advertising, it is not? False advertising is one of the worst things in commerce.  Also, my goal is not to get more diamonds; my goal is to share my work on PMC for others to enjoy. Now, I'm not saying I wouldn't like more diamonds, but false advertising is a nasty way of doing it.
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08/15/2014 12:45 pm
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PookieSK
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Then it must be impossible for you to watch tv or youtube...?
Look dude i dont like people getting dia's for false advertising but a thread like this isnt gonna help it.
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08/15/2014 9:11 pm
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Zeph_Kat
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I watch TV and Youtube frequently. I don't like the false advertising. That doesn't mean it's unbearable to watch. And if you're going to question the impact/purpose of this blog then I could equally question the purpose of your comment. Your comment isn't going to help threads like this.
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08/16/2014 6:06 am
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PookieSK
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So i guess we are equal now. :)
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08/16/2014 12:48 pm
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Zeph_Kat
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Haha :) I'm glad we could have a peaceful debate.
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06/22/2014 11:08 am
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Pipola_the_First
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"I think you added a bit too much minecraft to that shader"
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01/25/2014 9:41 pm
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Jiloacom
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Agreed, but you have to admit, to most people, the screenshots are how they determine the project.
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01/25/2014 9:44 pm
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Zeph_Kat
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If you're trying to say what I think you are then my response is: Yes, unfortunately.
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01/19/2014 9:06 am
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Casamify
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i agree with you
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01/19/2014 7:14 am
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skspajdalfsks
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very very sad true :o(
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