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Allright, so today I decided to share my ideas on Minecraft and skinning with all of you, this is my first blog, ever, and I think it's gonna be a long one so please bear with me ;p.

I noticed that, a LOT of skins lately, are very very unoriginal, not creative, and are just really really getting old. Some of them even end up in the pop-reel. The amount of teen skins is insane, it feels like people are losing their creativity, because there should not be that many, especially since the game has SO much potential. But this is no angry teen skin rant, let me explain what I mean by potential.

Let's say that, Minecraft is a real world, another planet, another dimension it doesn't really matter. What do we know about that world? Little, we know very very little, especially about it's history. It's THAT, that has so much potential because if there is none, that means that we can create one. And I think that there should be a larger focus on this, rather than just skinning an animé character or super hero, those can actually fit in a story, but I'll get into that later. Let's take a look at what Minecraft survival is right now, that means no minigames or creative mode or pvp, just regular vanilla survival. There are zombies, walking skeletons, exploding green creatures and spooky scary endermen roaming about in this world, leaving the few amount of "humans" fighting for their survival. This is what we know, and now we can start speculating.

What if there was a crisis, and somehow, an interdimentional gate was created that sucked people out of their own worlds into the world of Minecraft, also stripping them of all the power they had in their own world. This would allow for characters like Spider-man or Mario to be walking around. But how is that gate created? Was it because some sort of supernatural being was bored and wanted to see humans fight for their lifes a a post apocalyptic world? I dunno. This is one of the lamer stories if you ask me, so let's move on to another.

What if, an apocalypse really did occur, during some sort of Minecraft-adaptation of the medieval age? How long or how many years ago did the apocalypse actually happen? Who are actually left, and why? What are their stories? How did the apocalypse start? Was it an angry god? Was it a failed experiment? Who leaded that experiment? Is there anything left of the civilization that once was, like, could there be cities left untouched, safe havens maybe? 
How did humanity even get to the medieval ages? What other ages were there? Were there giant civil wars?

What sort of creatures or animals lived on this planet, before humans ever got to that world? How DID the the humans come into existance?

I think that, putting a larger focus on the story behind a character, making the character/skin 10 times more interesting, is a lot of fun.

This is only a small part of what I have in mind, I'm having trouble putting it into words heheh. xD

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Well your right. I'm a fan of superheroes and comics and I love making superhero/supervillain skins. Maybe I need to be a bit more creative.
  • royes
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Ninja
  • September 25, 2015, 3:01 am
Really, to be honest. A lot of the skins now a day are just Sweaters with the same designs with them. Never making it creative. I think people care more about the shading than the creativity.
It's true.

However, shading can be really really cool, y'know. It can really bring out someone's style, and styles are one of the most interesting things when talking about art in general, and I do think skins classify as art.
  • royes
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Ninja
  • September 25, 2015, 11:44 am
But mainly. My comment focused about the clothing, a lot of long sleeves and sweaters. And tang tops too. Lots and lots of teen skins. But I have no problem with it. I will let people do there thing
lol nice work!
I wish more people thought like this. I have a whole backstory behind my skin, and it frames the game of Minecraft in a unique way.
  • Nikster31
  • Level 28
  • Expert Skinner
  • September 3, 2014, 10:52 am
Thank you for pointing this out. Here. Have a diamond from me.
  • BobbyJones
  • Level 39
  • Artisan Taco
  • August 16, 2014, 11:18 pm
I totally get what you're saying, seeing original character skins that people make of things they came up with themselves are nice and creative, however, I like to use a skin of myself, or of my favorite movie/video games characters so I have no problem when people take time to make a good-looking skin of Spiderman even though it is unoriginal.

I get the thing you're saying is that you are sick of the skin section being so full of the generic skins because I totally get your frustration. At any given time there are at least 30 teen skins around the pop reel. Same with superheroes, famous people, etc. Those skins are the ones that are usually in demand though.

I mean, I love Spiderman so I would most likely use a skin of Spiderman rather than a skin someone created of their original Creeper Lord of the Abyss skin...or something like that. It's because I know Spiderman-he is a canon character that's been around for decades. There is a low chance that any skin someone makes on planet minecraft will become a canon character in minecraft and because people don't know a lot about original characters, they probably won't be looking for a skin of them.
  • wa20+
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 15, 2014, 4:02 pm
Some people prefer realistic skins that reflect their own personal apperance, some prefer skins of characters from movies and shows, and some prefer original characters with a detailed backstory.

Whatever another person's preference happens to be, just let them continue preferring it. It's not harming you. Not everyone will like the same skins as you, and that's guranteed, so don't force them into doing so. Your ideas sound really interesting and unique, and I would actually look forward to seeing skins like this being made in the future, but I probably wouldn't use them. I've always felt comfortable using skins that resemble me, and that's just what I prefer.

To sum it all up, different people have different opinions, and you shouldn't force people into liking a certain style of skin simply because you do. Popular or not, it's what they like.
Allright, first, I am not forcing anyone to do anything. The point of this blog was to show people the potential, it's up to them to give a shit or not.

Second, I totally understand that you like to play as someone that looks like you. But I assume you are a woman, and the difference between male and female teen skins is HUGE. You probably know what I'm talking about.

All I was trying to do, or am trying to do, is to breathe a little more creativity into this community. :)
  • wa20+
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 16, 2014, 8:39 am
I understood your point during the entire blog and wasn't trying to be that rude about it... ;-;
Haha no it's okay, I'm glad you were honest.
  • Cold_Blood5
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Miner
  • August 15, 2014, 10:38 am
Lol read this right after posting a teen slime guy
but you made quite a good point
Teen AND slime? Dude that's like, double unoriginal xD
  • Cold_Blood5
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Miner
  • August 16, 2014, 2:45 am
  • kvSketch
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Pixel Puncher
  • August 14, 2014, 6:55 pm
I've been around for about 2 years now active on and off in the skinning community.  No, it's not "recently" skins have become unoriginal this was a problem 2 years ago -- heck this was a problem as soon as their was more than 1 active skinner.  Your first paragraph is incredibly cliche for this site, but I continued reading after your final statement and continued to read. 

You have an interesting idea; I think people have done it before more or less.  Character skins from games, tv shows, movies, etc...usally get more attention because the average minecraft user is wanting a skin representing themself.  If you like batman, get a batman skin!  Want to be a wizard?  Get a wizard skin.  Generic skins do well period.  I'm not saying a creative skin can't do well, but I think it's harder to create an idea many people will appreciate.  All in all, the average user isn't looking for a skin with a level of depth to it.  

But in at the end of the day every form of content creator should make things for themselves and not just other people.  People will do what they enjoy :D
I know, I just wanted to show everyone it's potential.
I would like to make skins with creativity... Just dont know how to shade. I want to shade skins like steve lol because it'll match the actualy skin unlike undetailed skins. Idk I want to know how.

Nice blog diamond
Shading is only a small part of the skin, but if you really want to learn how to do it, you're just gonna have to keep skinning and and skinning and skinning. That is REALLY how you learn it, not through tutorials, and certainly not trough shading templates.
ok lol
very nice blog oblivion <3 <3 <3 

but srsly why you hatin on my teen skins 
Aww heyy I'm not hating on your skins, Mad, I would just love to see what you can REALLY do :).

I mean like, Marvel didn't just throw Spider-Man out there, while they set on their assen waiting for succes, no, they created a whole universe to go with it! We can do that too, isn't that awesome?! :D

Now, I knew we're no Marvel, but we can at least try, right? :)

And thanks, btw ;p
i see what you mean <3   I was just kidding anyways <3

In my opinion, I think that you are saying that i should go far into the world of my skins and make stories about my skins. Also, I could make other skins connecting to other skins. 

Very good advice. and i could care less even if you WERE hating on teen skins xD
  • piworld4
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Architect
  • August 14, 2014, 9:38 am
So deep
Nice reply to YukaYuma's blog here. I really like your ideas on that and honestly may make a skin myself. However, in case I have an issue with it, I am posting the idea here: The Missing Link between Creeper and Human.
  • DragonsForce
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Dragon
  • August 14, 2014, 4:21 am
Great blog!
  • Mayanaisee
  • Level 45
  • Master Spider Rider
  • August 13, 2014, 7:40 pm
That sounds like fun! Since I really like writing, I may just put a story to all my skins! Thanks!
You should try, it's more fun for you and more interesting for us ;p
  • Starite
  • Level 48
  • Master Pixel Puncher
  • August 13, 2014, 6:27 pm
This is really, really, really interesting! Now I want to think of backstories for all of my skins and how they entered the Minecraft world now :D
I always wonder who is steve? How can break logs with his bare hands? How can he walk let alone sprint with all the weight that he is carrying? Not to mention he is TWO METERS TALL!

P.S. Well I guess in that persepective my skin must be the child of a human and an ocelot? Very disturbing indeed.

P.P.S Great blog!
  • Zylerius
  • Level 28
  • Expert Network
  • August 13, 2014, 10:05 am
BLEEKP. I'll read it all later, however from what I've seen, its pretty good.
  • mattlegostar
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Dragonborn
  • August 13, 2014, 9:51 am
Well said...
  • carny12
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Warrior
  • August 13, 2014, 8:35 am
A very thoughtful blog! Thanks for sharing. Anyway, what about the Nether and End dimensions? Could they have played a role in Minecraft's history, or were they a bi-product of something else resulting from the main world?

I see a lot of potential there as well. Not to mention the mobs of those dimensions. Where did Endermen come from? Or for that matter, magma slimes, ghasts, etc. It's easy enough to say "Oh Notch created everything" but I'd like to see some original ideas not based on the limitations of our mind and the world around us!  I mean, come on... a world similar to ours created by a superior entity known as Notch... I wonder where they got that from.

Anyway, I think it would just be cool to see some originality and ideas involving the Minecraft World and this blog has given me the idea to possibly do so myself. I may even use that story and incorporate it in my skins as you suggested! :P

Well, thanks for reading if you did. +1 Diamond
Of course they could play a role! The possibilities are endless :).

What if there was something called "The Ending Shadow", this would be some intelligent black mist-type entity, that slowly kept spawning Endermen within himself, being a large and growing black mist. But this mist could not survive on its own, it needed some power source in order to keep spawning Endermen. The only suitable host it could think of, was a dragon. Back then, long before any humans ever lived, there were LOTS of dragons. Dragons had the ability to travel through dimensions, keeping every dimension save. The Ending Shadow was a huge threat to them, and they had been fighting it for a long time, until the mist manifested itself inside of a dragon, transforming it into the Ender Dragon and becoming incredibly powerful. No dragon could match the power of the Ender Dragon, and their numbers were slowly decreasing. The last ones remaining, decided to combine their powers, to seal the Ender Dragon in an empty dimension, later to be called the End. But this required a sacrifice.They themselves were because of this banished to the hell dimension, the Nether, where they went extinct.

Remains of the dragons can still be found in the Nether, leftovers of their bones, people refer to it as "quartz" nowadays.
  • rivermont
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Ranger
  • August 13, 2014, 8:28 am
I had never though of it from that point of view.
And now you have :)
  • fredmow
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Network
  • August 13, 2014, 5:44 am
I tired .-.
Heheh, then you can probably imagine how I feel, after typing that
  • fredmow
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Network
  • August 13, 2014, 7:48 am
ikr <3
I always thought that strong holds and temples were ruins of past steves *And zombies and skeletons* And villagers being survivers as well as steve *Or your character*. I like how minecraft doesn't have any sort of history or story behind it, allowing you to create your own, and even your own character to play as. which is why many people love minecraft includng myself to this day. *And minecraft being one of the few games that I still play actually its one of the only games I play now*. I made a character that was very skilled in many things *Minecraft things like potions etc and how mobs found humans interesting in how they do things* even being a archer like a skeleton or brewing potions like a witch.
Yeah that's all good stuff. The reason I baught Minecraft, was actually because I could be anyone I wanted to be.
And build and create anything you want :) I bought it  because it was a game that was unlike any other.
heheh, you say it like it's not anymore ;p
  • Tristantron
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Skinner
  • August 13, 2014, 5:30 am
you, my friend, have a huge point. plp are just making skins that have nothing to do with minecraft. anime skins super hero skins teen skins are just getting boreing now. no 1 actually says hey thats a nice skin! i, like to make skins for the fun of it, but now u gave me insperation to do a skin that will go beyond the box. all my skins that i made are from video games, tv, or just plain teen skins. the good skin i actually made was a cyborg skin that had half a guy tthat was similar to steve and a half cyborg part that looked totally original. that was my most complemented skin i made.
Heheh, I'm glad at least one guy agrees ;p
  • Tristantron
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Skinner
  • August 13, 2014, 6:06 am
ya i totally agree with you. from now on im going to try to do my own creative stuff. i just finished the skin actually. idk if it fits under this, but its a cyborg enderman. i think its awesome.

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