I hate to bring Drama into anything I honestly do. But sometimes something need to be said and understood from here on out.
As my Gallery shows,I'm a big Mad Max Fan. I am also american,where as Mad Max is a major part of Australian Culture. And this MUST be
respected. You get no Argument there. But where I catch the most flak from is the Fandom. I make 3D models of the cars from the first thee movies (the 4th FURY ROAD is due out this year) and I try to put these cars into video games as mods. I have gone to the ends of the earth to get references of the Vehicles so that I can make them the most accurate models ever. Because I know as a fan that I'd want nothing less then accurate models.
The problem. Australian Cars ,and indeed european cars in general,have their drivers side on the right side of the car. where as we in america have it on the left side of the car. I know this. I've seen the movies so many times I could qoute you scene and dialogue by heart.
and yet if I dare to put a car ingame with the drivers side on the left,then I'm called a bigot. No really.
that I am ignorant of these cars,that I am trying to "Americanize" these cars and thus steal away the legacy of mad max. and that I am doing it to directly insult the people of Australia. I cannot begin to tell you how much of a spit in my face this is. First off it assumes that I know nothing about the cars,movie or culture whatsoever. it assumes that I am trying to insult people on purpose cause I dislike Australia and want to piss on their cars and their culture and their films and art. When nothing could be further from the truth.
In the games of Grand Theft Auto (those being III,VICE CITY AND SAN ANDREAS) the games models and animations are pre-set to that of a left side driving set up. and when we tried to put them on the right side. the person not only didn't sit right,but they reach through the door
trying to touch a gear shift that isn't there. it looked silly and it looked wrong and broke emerssion. We tried Desperately to get that detial right before giving up on it. We were then faced with the reality of either 1. releasing the mods anyways for the fans and making some happy. 2. not realeasing the mods at all and no one is happy. We choose at the time to do number one and tried not to look back.
because here's the other issue to this. If it wasn't for people like me,these mods wouldn't get made at all. almost no one cares about mad max right now and so it's down to me making the models. it's down to me making the models work in games where they aren't build for forgien cars. and when I hear nothing but shit from the fan base whom aren't making the cars themselves. it just makes me wonder why the fuck I should do this in the first place. me and my crew up months of our lives on one model. only to have people bitch at us that it's not right. that we are insulting Australia and that it's done on purpose. so many times I just want to scream back "you want these models so badly then you fucking make them!" because at the end the day they aren't and won't. and good god never bring up Australian gaming cause they will rip you a new one about how their industry failed.
My point is it's not me who is ignorant of anything. it's not me who is trying to take anything away from you or your country. but My god, it's fans like you that make me never want to make another mad max model ever again. because I know you guys will hate me for doing the things you guys aren't doing yourselves. I cannot recode a game to make it work how you want it to. either you enjoy the shit you get or you get nothing. because I am telling your right now. it's fans like you that turn companies off to the brand. Don't like my gaming work. don't play it. but don't bitch at me unless you are in a position to do it and do it better. cause right now I am doing all the work for you.