Playing with Inkscape

In between thesis stuff, I was playing with Inkscape today and put this together.

I have a few unresolved problems with gradients. Specifically, are all gradients “alpha gradients”? I just want a fade from one opaque colour to another, but in order to do that I have to make a white copy of the shape and put it underneath the original. Why? why? (Probably because there is something obvious that I am missing).

Update: I’m using .40 (default under Ubuntu), I’ll try gradient stuff under .41 instead. Apparantly there are significant updates in just that .01.

Sessions from GDC’05

I just watched Keita Takahashi’s presentation on Katamari Damacy. It included humourous anecdotes from his time in Art College including what are possibly the greatest coffee table, tissue box, and plant pot ever made. Highly recommended.

I’m going to check out Will Wright’s Spore presentation and see if it lives up (down?) to Penny Arcade’s commentry. It looks like it will be in stark contrast to Takahashi’s. Seriously, one game is based on something as simple as “you roll a ball” and the other is based on “you start and evolve life on your own planet and then others”.

Update: Will Wright’s “Spore” looks excellent. Takahashi said something about different styles of games, and that he wants to be the rock/punk game designer. Wright is definately a science-geek game designer. I think there’s room in the world for both.