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Week in Review - Week of November 8, 2015

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avatar GrayRemnant
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
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Well guys, it finally happened.  The Binding of Isaac has now officially claimed my soul.  I've been playing it non-stop for the past couple weeks, and I don't see that changing any time soon.  I literally can't muster the will to stop playing.

Nonetheless, I was able to crank out this week's episode of WiR, barely.  Hope you guys enjoy!  ;)



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The best structure of the week is a clock.  Not just any clock, mind you.  This is a special clock.  It’s called The Eighth Hour, and it was created by goCreative.

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Rather than measuring the time of the day, this clock measures something else.  This clock measures the reign of civilization in its entirety.  Each hour head represents a pivotal point in the history of this planet.

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At one o’clock, the dinosaurs reign.  Lush jungles and giant theropods dominate the plains of the earth.  At two o’clock that reign ends, and the age of man begins.  By four o’clock, the Roman empire has sprouted, and medieval castles can be seen at five.

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At eight o’clock is us.  Us as we are now.  It’s the reason the title of this project is ‘The Eighth Hour’.  That hour is the present, or at least the present as we see it in 2015.  By eight o’clock, the planet has been marked by far-reaching skyscrapers.

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As the dial approaches ten o’clock, the buildings become more sophisticated, culminating in what appears to be a space station.  Perhaps this marks the hour that mankind leaves the Earth, in pursuit of new resources.

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The last few hours detail calamity and destruction.  A massive aircraft carrier appears to be rundown and decommissioned, surrounded by ashen mountain ranges.  Midnight represents the apocalypse, and the ultimate and inexorable demise of the planet.

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But the cyclical nature of this project adds more depth than just that.  It implies that the cycle continues past armageddon.  It implies that once all worldly life is extinguished, the chain of events starts all over again.  Like the dinosaurs, the end of man kicks off the start to a new reign.

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The conceptual genius of The Eighth Hour is further augmented by a stunning array of structures, terraforming, and organic work.  Each era has an expertly crafted build style, suitable and historically accurate.

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It takes a great depth of knowledge and skill to execute such a wide variety or architecture, which is why having an elite build team helping you along the way is especially helpful.  Combining the raw terraforming ability of Gabersid with the structural and organic techniques of Knuckles527, Florian Funke, corengames, and Necrosys is a foolproof way to create something of this mind-blowing nature.

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It’s still too early to speculate on what the best build of the year is, but I’d say this is amongst the top tier.  The Eighth Hour is an example of the peak potential Minecraft can be used to achieve, as long as it’s put into the right hands.

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Remember The City of Gallitzin?  That mega city in WOK that won the structural category last week?  Well, the best terraforming of this week was Highways interchange Clermont-Gallitzin, created by john_sauve.  You see WOK is made up of so many cities, and due to the ultra-realistic nature of said server, there has to be a highway system linking all the cities together.  This is a sample of one such highway.

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This isn’t terraforming as usual.  It’s not a landscape dominated by rolling hills or frosty tundra regions.  This is a simple, flat terrain with some trees, rivers, and a mild mountain range.  What’s special about this map is the complex highway system running through it.

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The elaborate curves, road markings, and ramps give this map and exceptionally realistic feel.  This honestly looks like something you could find on ‘Google Earth’.  The terrain is simple, yet looks like something you would actually see while driving on a highway.

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It’s tremendous to see people on WOK who put so much time and effort into designing the filler space between cities.  It’s a testament to the level of seriousness and professionalism that the builders actively engage in.

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And finally, the best organic work of the week is Panty & Stocking - Angel, created by Divici.  Let me start by saying I don’t watch anime.  I don’t know what this is, or what show it’s referencing.

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However, even though I can’t talk knowledgeably about the subject matter, I can talk about something else.  Divici understands human anatomy and pose-ability better than anyone I’ve ever seen on PMC.  Time and time again, he has shown adept skills in creating humanoid figures, and he does it at an enormous scale and with pin-point precision.

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This is, without a doubt, art.  The facial features are perfect.  The limbs are scaled well and all the joints bend the right way.  The hair is fluid and has an illusory degree of movement.  And don’t even get me started on the clothing.

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These are factors that most people have a difficult time executing.  I rarely see organic figures with facial features that don’t look, at the very least, slightly off.  But here, it couldn’t be any more spot-on.  I also don’t know many people who could create a human hand gripping a fork with the degree of elegance seen here.

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As far as Minecraft goes, you can’t sculpt any better than this.  More and more it seems that Minecraft is being put to use doing things that are normally reserved for museums.  It’s work like this that transcends playing a video game and becomes an art form.



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Thanks for stopping by!  I have to go try to beat Hush and Mega Satan on hard mode with The Lost.  My god . . . what have I gotten myself into?  o_o


-Gray Remnant
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12/12/2015 2:23 pm
Level 44 : Master Architect
john_sauve
OMG pretty nice man :P
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12/13/2015 5:41 am
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
Thanks dude!
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11/22/2015 10:54 am
Level 8 : Apprentice Architect
kittehs6
you forgot 1 life goal dude!
Profit XD
south park fans will get this and if they have seen this type of thing in games
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11/23/2015 3:40 am
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
It's not about money . . . it's about sending a message.  o_o
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11/28/2015 7:26 pm
Level 8 : Apprentice Architect
kittehs6
dont you get what i was trying to refferance?
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11/28/2015 8:36 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
Yes.  Don't you get what I was trying to reference?  :P
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12/02/2015 8:36 pm
Level 8 : Apprentice Architect
kittehs6
nope
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11/21/2015 10:11 am
Level 21 : Expert Architect
Sireastbound
that is one hell of a great structure and very inspirational. expecially since I am myself practising with circular structures now. these things must cost so much time to build.
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11/20/2015 10:40 pm
Level 25 : Expert Ranger
Soybeam
Noice!
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11/18/2015 9:16 pm
Level 31 : Artisan Architect
deadbuilder_1
Loading these pictures is how you know your internet is about as good as a plugged in toaster....
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11/19/2015 3:00 am
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
Lol, yep those first few are HD renders.  :P
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11/18/2015 7:20 pm
Level 15 : Journeyman Cake
cake_destructor
UR LEVEL FIFTY AMAZING JOB KEEP IT UP!!!!!!!!!!!
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11/19/2015 2:59 am
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
Thanks buddy!
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11/18/2015 7:18 pm
Level 40 : Master Dragonborn
CAG2
You're level 50, a Grandmaster! Great Job!
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11/19/2015 2:59 am
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
Thank you!!
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11/16/2015 12:03 pm
Level 48 : Master Fox
Orbiter
I almost eat this stuff nowadays. xP
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11/16/2015 11:20 am
Level 18 : Journeyman Explorer
RenegadeRad
Dark souls is driving me mad now, im slowly going insane.
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11/17/2015 4:29 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
You should have heeded my warning.  :P
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11/17/2015 11:49 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Explorer
RenegadeRad
you should know that the people who made these builds are not console peasants >:D
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11/18/2015 2:56 am
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
Who plays Minecraft on console?  :P
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11/18/2015 3:26 am
Level 18 : Journeyman Explorer
RenegadeRad
console peasants duh.
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11/19/2015 3:01 am
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
I'm a console peasant, and I've never even thought about playing Minecraft on anything other than my laptop.  :P
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11/15/2015 11:07 pm
Level 41 : Master Lego Builder
xXSkinnygamerXx
Nice, I really like the anime stuff
The first project eighth hour reminds me of maps from call of duty
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11/15/2015 8:49 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Architect
nottreysongz
Only 3 qualifiers for terrain? o.0
I noticed there weren't many landscaping works posted this week, but damn..
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11/17/2015 4:28 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
Probably the fewest terraforming projects I've ever seen uploaded over the course of a week.
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11/17/2015 4:40 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Architect
nottreysongz
Well, I saw 3-4 I was surprised didn't make it up here tbh, but there still weren't very many :/
we need to step up our game this week i guess
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11/15/2015 8:36 pm
Level 44 : Master Architect
Anakiiin
Awesome review as always, gray:)

it seems like you haven't been diamonding projects anymore :-;
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11/17/2015 4:28 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
I blame The Binding of Isaac.  I can't stop playing it.  xD
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11/17/2015 6:27 pm
Level 44 : Master Architect
Anakiiin
Hmm, sounds like it has really binded you into playing it! c:
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11/18/2015 2:55 am
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
o_O
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11/18/2015 10:57 am
Level 44 : Master Architect
Anakiiin
Just realized you're level 50, grats! :)

Pun war activate! >:)
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11/19/2015 3:01 am
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
Thanks, dude!  :P
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11/15/2015 8:13 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Explorer
RenegadeRad
What makes me mad is when I find a perfect build of my suiting and it is not available for download or it is in a server ;w;
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11/17/2015 4:27 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
Same here.  xD
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11/15/2015 6:26 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Musician
Fighterbear12
Great blog again! Thanks for making these.
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11/17/2015 4:27 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
Glad you like it.  :)
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11/15/2015 6:15 pm
Level 46 : Master Pirate
Gabersid
Yo, thanks for featureing our project! :D
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11/17/2015 4:27 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
I couldn't resist.  It was just too damn epic.  ;)
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