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Games aren't interesting these days without zombies. Thats seems to be the rule. But thanks!

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Link updated www.lb3d.co/games/maggot_invaders/maggot_invaders.zip

I had wanted to make a small "microstock artist" game (equally simple, free, and stupid) where an artist character comfortably puts out content to agencies. You just tap the space bar...

Then as time passes (like the Maggot game) the demands become so high that you can no longer tap the spacebar fast enough. How many times I wanted to make that and post it here...

But in all honesty the philosophical aspect of Maggot invaders still carries the same feel. Have some fun with it. It will change your life. The Maggots always win.


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I'm surprised things lasted as long as they did. At least the race to the bottom lasted many years right? Enough time to react...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4UFQWKjy_I

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"what is this click bait? i need to leave my details to play the game. are you mining email addresses to spam later ?"

Trust me the days  have passed when I cared about email addresses (and even then they didn't do much)

Let me set up a direct download.

The people who played said it stressed them out. I can think of alot of microstockers who might need the therapy.

Link updating soon...

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Off Topic / How long can you survive in Maggot Invaders?
« on: May 14, 2018, 18:38 »
Hey guys,

CHALLENGE:

See how long you can survive without
A: Letting a maggot escape
B: Throwing up

I used a roadkill stock image (dreamstime) in this game (ie, I did not personally kill the bird used in the game).

Direct download: www.lb3d.co/games/maggot_invaders/maggot_invaders.zip

http://www.lb3d.co/product/maggot-invaders-minigame-lb3d-pc/

Please post screenshots of your final score when you finally lose control.

Intro here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVsHgJkxvuc

(PC Only)


-------------

How:

Destroy maggots by running into them (move by pointing LMB).
Select "weapon"  by RMB.
Deploy weapon by slamming spacebar


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General Stock Discussion / Latest Atrocities in Modern Art
« on: March 26, 2018, 03:02 »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ea39dHj01yc&t=68s

Has there ever been a stranger time to be alive?

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PhotoDune / Re: Anyone unworthy of Photodune yet?
« on: February 07, 2017, 16:06 »
I am out too..

but I knew it since the original announcement as they had already said that there would be no illustrations..

it's going to be a "photos only" marketplace..

Leo, you should send those to graphicriver or 3docean.. they sell much better than photodune anyway    :)

Oh no illustrations! That would explain it What if I said this here is a photo -- I caught this little guy abducting chickens for genetic hybridization one particular night. The conspiracy theorists love him. Now if I can just find a model to wear a  tin foil hat. Problem is I don't know any models and I'm not usually a photographer.

I'll take a look at those two places on my spare time. I haven't uploaded to an agency in ages though, and I don't want to break my fast.

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PhotoDune / Re: Anyone unworthy of Photodune yet?
« on: February 07, 2017, 15:44 »
I got the email and assumed it was automated process. Here is my portfolio: https://www.shutterstock.com/g/leoblanchette

I respectfully request being added back in James Giroux.

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This thread is about a simple and time efficient way to upload to and maintain a personal site. Purpose as well as screenshots available in original post.

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I get the emails of trending threads, and I click on them to engage with others as I sip my coffee ...

I totally get that! That makes me happy.

Right now:
  • Laptop, easy chair.
  • Large cup of coffee on my left (cold, black, left over from yesterday, but still good).
  • Fruit gummies settling in Li hing mui powder, probably ready tonight.
  • Wife and daughter watching Brady Bunch. Son reading.
  • Cheap laptop, Linux, working on Xenos.

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Wow! Sorry that this thread was trolled so badly and that I wasted so much time trying to get through the pointless banter.

Sounds interesting. I've always wanted to host my own database but any time I've tried Wordpress I just gave up because it always felt bloated.

What I'm primarily interested in is a clean, ultra search engine friendly site to host thumbnails / previews to drive customers to an agency using a referral code.

Anyone working towards a stronger photography community should be encouraged, not trolled.


Wordpress is sort of like a swiss-army-knife, so that is a natural side effect. I've had to get away from it for a few reasons.

What I'm primarily interested in is a clean, ultra search engine friendly site to host thumbnails / previews to drive customers to an agency using a referral code.


This will be massively devoid of customization features, but clean is a leading goal. My current site is fairly accurate example of what this will produce. Its extremely minimal and serves the purpose of utility more than style. Example page.

The referral code is not a bad idea either. My original project had a big provision for that -- I might include it in this as well.

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Selling Stock Direct / Re: 2017 Selling Direct, Personal Stores
« on: December 30, 2016, 20:06 »

True, but what i envision is more backend stuff, only one login for a customer, and easy distribution of dollars to whomever sells photos through one site. Easy enough to allow access to shooters to upload photos to one site, but paying them for sales is the hard part (in my mind). I am not techie enough to automate that.

I think right now few individuals make enough on a self hosted site, but 3-10 might be able to carve out some sales for niche subjects (ie science, industrial, etc). Its not about competing with the agencies, its about finding those few companies and people that only need specific subjects and genres and not have to search through millions of unrelated images. Might be interesting. :)


For starters, I will ensure that one site can contain multiple submitters. That is a sensible thing to do in the beginning -- ensuring that 1 site is not locked to 1 user. So the first release won't necessarily be built for multiple users -- it will just be blind to the idea of contributors, accepting images under a given author with a password and organizing it as such.

Inevitably people will want tracking of sales and book-keeping, so that might be a latter plugin (and I'll attempt to keep it all pluggable). I'm really adhering to the KISS principle with this project as much as possible.

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Selling Stock Direct / Re: 2017 Selling Direct, Personal Stores
« on: December 30, 2016, 17:41 »

Anyhow, nice to see you alive and doing well Leo. Keep up the good work.



Thank you! And good to you see you too!

I'm simply having fun with the challenge this presents. Its also extremely attractive to me (not so much a matter of selling it, but just making and using it).

Here is a similar example, Jekyll http://jekyllrb.com/ -- Look at their introduction. Very attractive isn't it?




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Selling Stock Direct / Re: 2017 Selling Direct, Personal Stores
« on: December 30, 2016, 04:26 »
It might be a good idea to split this thread into two - one constructive and optimistic, and the other one critical and reminiscing about all previously failed projects. But no intermixing allowed! (unless you walk the full El Camino de Santiago trail to do a proper soul searching before switching to the other camp).  We could even call them Yes and No groups.  Or "We Can" and "No way Jose".

I have a hunch which of the two threads would be more fun and live longer, but I'd been known to bet on a wrong horse before. Paradoxically, so did over 60 millions of other optimistists very recently.

At first I thought you were joking, but this thing has gotten so bad it might be a good idea. If nothing else, a start-over with some opening text explaining that this is a simple program I'm creating (not a save-the-industry-scheme, not an everyone-make-me-rich scheme, etc). Maybe if we pre-address the troll-able accuse-able stuff ahead of time the only people commenting will be people genuinely interested? I think people have trained themselves to overanalyze these things to the point that a simple image-watermarker and website-uploader is considered a weapon of the antichrist.

I don't want to overwhelm MSG though.

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Selling Stock Direct / Re: 2017 Selling Direct, Personal Stores
« on: December 29, 2016, 22:59 »
Another person mentioned that in this thread as well. Multiple submitters. Would that sort of thing be used often?

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Selling Stock Direct / Re: 2017 Selling Direct, Personal Stores
« on: December 29, 2016, 22:37 »
I missed this thread! I'm in Leo. FYI my GRFX site is still working perfectly from the get go.

That is good to know! Very good to know! I never really got complaints from that, other than the fact I took it off wordpress's plugin network.

My thoughts on direct selling is that it is business model not likely to succeed...
SAD BUT TRUE. Not much to add.

I might have to simplify it a bit and just say it:
I'm talking to people who just want to have a website that sells (or can sell) images.

The second main statement I've been making:
I want to simplify and speed this process considerably.

But again, I agree! You'd have to be a special case (these days) to make bank selling independent these days. Hopefully this clarification will help.

Think "Vending machine"  8)



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Selling Stock Direct / Re: 2017 Selling Direct, Personal Stores
« on: December 29, 2016, 20:44 »
My thoughts on direct selling is that it is business model not likely to succeed ....

For brevity I shortened the quote, but I'm replying to the whole of what you said.

You are correct on everything. Intentions and expectations are more the issue. I no longer look at my website as a solution to any greater problem -- I just like having it. I built my more recent one to do infinite-autopilot (and I junked wordpress forever!). So what happens now is the occasional $10 sale with no effort on my part. The customer gets a quick download and moves on. So the time to effort ratio is good, although I often joke that my website is a vending machine or graveyard. Either way its still being productive without attention from me.


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Selling Stock Direct / Re: 2017 Selling Direct, Personal Stores
« on: December 29, 2016, 20:32 »
@cascoly what is your opinion of the inter-site search network that we all had? Hindsite is 20/20, I'm curious what you think.

I didn't intend to carry on anything like that in this endeavor, but still I'm curious. You had contributed very well to it.

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Selling Stock Direct / Re: 2017 Selling Direct, Personal Stores
« on: December 29, 2016, 17:50 »
Just to be clear, this will not attempt to be an agency or connect users (no co-ops) but rather a perfected sell-direct solution that keeps things simple and productive for artists. There will likely be a community for support and fun available right through the software, but that will not be a primary focus.

The community forum is quite important and I recall that in the heydays of Symbiostock, the forum was a great help in getting many members operational, and it also served as an effective recruitment tool for new members. There was a tremendous spirit and solidarity between the Symbiostockers (until the whole thing fell apart).

By the way, the very first and very simple Symbiostock forum platform was the best.

It would be nice to reclaim that happy and creative spirit that drove the early part of that project.

Your observations are good, and I think having something very simple and very straightforward platform will probably serve a foundation for a happy group of users. Call it silly, but a quiet tech support and a loud off-topic-area would probably be the ultimate achievement :).


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Selling Stock Direct / Re: 2017 Selling Direct, Personal Stores
« on: December 29, 2016, 06:43 »
Its a go. I would like to thank those who had encouraged me to start this up again. I will be sure to give you something special.

I'll set up a youtube account special for updates on this and post videos instead of pictures.

-Leo

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Selling Stock Direct / Re: 2017 Selling Direct, Personal Stores
« on: December 29, 2016, 00:41 »
...and there are other alternatives to selling direct already out there.

There are no cost effective ways to sell video directly which is primarily my interest. I've tried the few direct sell platforms that support video and they are very expensive and clunky. I love Leo's idea about using YouTube for previews. Built in promotion (YouTube videos rank very highly in google searches) and the cost of bandwidth from playing previews is eliminated. I'm interested!

I had checked into it and seems possible to use the youtube API (so the software does it for you, you don't have to upload/link yourself) https://developers.google.com/youtube/v3/docs/videos/insert

The downside of that youtube *might* be restricted in certain countries. I've heard that often in this forum. Is that still the case?

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Selling Stock Direct / Re: 2017 Selling Direct, Personal Stores
« on: December 28, 2016, 18:30 »
My comment was on point...you want it deleted just because you dont like what i said. Looks to me like you are the one that should be deleted, since all you did was call me names.

I disagree with the need to delete, but your knock against leo was gratuitous (besides being incorrect) 

your other comments were redundant and served no positive purpose other than trying to re-ignite old flames


She could have had her say at the outset, but she showed up when the thread got popular.  Cathy, you will not be receiving any more replies from me for the duration of this.

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Selling Stock Direct / Re: 2017 Selling Direct, Personal Stores
« on: December 28, 2016, 18:09 »
The problem with selling direct is not finding a platform to sell from; Leo is here trying to rake in business again, and there are other alternatives to selling direct already out there.

The problem is marketing yourself and getting people to buy directly from you. There are likely a few people who have been successful at this, but it's because they already know about building websites, SEO, marketing, social media, blogging, and spending the time to do all of those things. Most photographers are, well, photographers. Until that happens, having the most excellent, awesome website in the world isn't going to help.

Cathy I'm flattered how determined you are to keep me in your social sniper-scope throughout the years. I come and go months apart, but you are always here waiting. You are welcome to stand back at a safe distance until the outcome is complete, then resume trolling on something tangible.

Meanwhile, as mentioned, I am only here due to prodding. You wanna troll a genuine huckster I got just the guy for you. Otherwise building flight simulator controllers and doing other things is more my concern, and certainly not dealing with frazzle-haired dysfunctional women.


Ah, there you are. You missed the whole point of my post...by the way, my hair is absolutely straight.  ;)

I didn't miss the point. The point is to troll, so that is what is addressed.

Also when I speak of a masterpiece system that can potentially create a beautiful graveyard for your images, I don't think I'm boasting of merchantability am I? So perhaps you missed a few things?

I'm requesting some intervention that the moderator delete this part of the conversation  (from Cathy to this point) so as to keep it pointed.

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Selling Stock Direct / Re: 2017 Selling Direct, Personal Stores
« on: December 28, 2016, 17:04 »
The problem with selling direct is not finding a platform to sell from; Leo is here trying to rake in business again, and there are other alternatives to selling direct already out there.

The problem is marketing yourself and getting people to buy directly from you. There are likely a few people who have been successful at this, but it's because they already know about building websites, SEO, marketing, social media, blogging, and spending the time to do all of those things. Most photographers are, well, photographers. Until that happens, having the most excellent, awesome website in the world isn't going to help.

Cathy I'm flattered how determined you are to keep me in your social sniper-scope throughout the years. I come and go months apart, but you are always here waiting. You are welcome to stand back at a safe distance until the outcome is complete, then resume trolling on something tangible.

Meanwhile, as mentioned, I am only here due to prodding. You wanna troll a genuine huckster I got just the guy for you. Otherwise building flight simulator controllers and doing other things is more my concern, and certainly not dealing with frazzle-haired dysfunctional women.

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