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Sonic Adventure Minecraft

The goal of Sonic Adventure Minecraft is to recreate the entire game of Sonic Adventure in Minecraft as well as include brand new areas you can explore.
Massively expanding upon the city of Station Square and turning it into a real city with locations from other well known Sonic games thrown in as well.
There are hundreds of unique pedestrians in the game you can interact with as well as Chao populating the Chao Gardens and badnik/enemies populating the action stages.

You can download Beta V3 of the project from here:
www.mediafire.com/download/v1m…
You will need to be using Minecraft 1.6.4 to run the map properly. Everything you need will be provided for with the download file though please be aware it may be a lengthy and complicated process if you haven't already adapted to Minecraft 1.6.4.

Visit the archive section of my journal if you want to download any previous versions of the project.

You can see plenty of videos of the project in action on my youtube channel here: www.youtube.com/user/SamThomps…


Shenmue Minecraft

The goal of Shenmue Minecraft, like Sonic Adventure Minecraft is to recreate the entire game of both Shenmue 1 and 2 in Minecraft, complete with my own unique areas and locations to create a huge expansive world out of an old game.
The map of Yokosuka in this project is going to be huge and will cover many unique districts that will be new to Shenmue fans such as Aida Park, Lamistar Shopping District, Takome Village, etc.

In the final version, you'll be able to travel from Yokosuka to Hong Kong through Amnihama Station which will take you to Wan Chai, Kowloon, Guilin, Shanghai, Tokyo and Guiyang, the city featured in my Shenmue 3 fan-fiction novel. thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/g… (Guiyang being heavily inspired by the map from Sleeping Dogs)

I also plan to populate the city with thousands of unique NPC's, both familiar and original. (Though in the current betas you'll only be able to interact with Shenmue exclusive characters)

You can download Beta V2 of the project from here:
www.mediafire.com/download/v1m…
You will need to be using Minecraft 1.6.4 to run the map properly. Everything you need will be provided for with the download file though please be aware it may be a lengthy and complicated process if you haven't already adapted to Minecraft 1.6.4.

Minecraft World

As well as both Shenmue and Sonic Adventure, I've also started working on another major project where I plan to recreate real life towns and cities across the UK using Minecraft and Google Maps. Each town and city is going to be it's own project but the overall project is going to simply be called Minecraft World.
So far I'm just going to be focusing on each town's shopping center and working my way out into the suburban and industrial areas later on. My focus right now is Cheltenham Spa and Exminster Village but I'll soon be spreading out into Birmingham, Gloucester, Exeter, Exmouth, Paignton, Goodrington, Torquay, Bristol, London, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot, Stroud, Brixham, Sidmouth, and Seoul (South Korea).

I have plenty of other towns and cities planned afterwards if I feel it's worth the effort, but these 17 areas will be my main focus for the time being.
None of this should really interfere with both Sonic Adventure and Shenmue Minecraft, it's really more of a side project to go alongside them.
I'll keep updating on the progress as I go so for now, watch this space.

Other Projects

Animal Crossing Minecraft

This is a side project I'm working on in an attempt to bring the world of Animal Crossing to Minecraft. The finished version is going to be a huge world of over 20 unique villages all connected by a railway system, a large city and small town to explore, a tropical resort island and even chao gardens. Every single existing Animal Crossing NPC will be part of the project as well as over 50 human residents that you can interact with.
No word on when the project will be finished but as it's much smaller than my other projects, I'd much rather release the finished version for download instead of releasing updated beta versions every year.

You can see an early sneak preview of the project here:



SegaSonic ArcadeCraft

The goal of this project is to recreate the 1992 arcade cabinet game, SegaSonic Arcade in Minecraft, letting you play with either Sonic, Ray or Mighty as you have to traverse each of the 7 stages of Eggman's Island and survive the deadly traps and obstacles along the way.
This is only a short project so I plan to release the full game for download when it's ready, rather than releasing earlier builds for download every year.
You can see an early sneak preview of the project down below.



Sonic 1 Minecraft

Sonic 1 Minecraft is going to be a recreation of the 1991 classic Sonic the Hedgehog on Megadrive in full 3D. The stages are going to be completely redesigned from the ground up and I'm going to be making the game using the original sprites for each level as well as populating the game with Badnik enemies, animals and new challenging boss fights.
I have future plans to give Sonic 2, 3, Knuckles and CD the same treatment.



Wreck it Ralph Minecraft

This is a project I don't intend to even start for a long time but it's something I've been passionate about doing for a long while now.
I intend to recreate the entire world of Wreck it Ralph from the Movie in Minecraft.
Game Central station will be the central hub and from there you can travel to over a dozen different arcade worlds, from Fix it Felix Jr, Sugar Rush, Hero's Duty to other licenced arcade franchises like Sonic Championship, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter and many more.



Shenmue 3: The Complete Saga

Shenmue 3: The Complete Saga is my attempt to continue and finish off Yu Suzuki's Shenmue saga which has been in limbo since the Dreamcast died in 2001.
This project is basically my own interpretation to how I personally envision Shenmue 3, should it ever exist someday. There's going to be 11 chapters in the story bringing Ryo through Guilin, Kowloon and to the Chinese city of Guiyang where the story finally concludes.
The project has been on hold for a long while now but you can read the current 8 chapters of my story here: thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/g…
I'll update when the rest are ready,

Hopefully someday I'll turn this into a web comic and maybe even an animated movie or game but for now I'm more concerned with having the story itself finished and uploaded for those interested to be able to read and have some sort of closure with the series, even if it is just a fictional interpretation.



Katherine and Hippoloid

This is a project of mine that I've been passionately taking about for years yet have very little to show for in terms of progress, but Katherine and Hippoloid was my first project that I started when I was 15 and have been very enthusiastic and passionate about ever since.
It's a 5 part story about a girl named Katherine and her best friend Rhys who (while never explained in the story) both have superhuman like abilities to be able to defy gravity and basically travel around the world as freely as a feather.
But in the story their entire world is under attack from an alien invasion lead by an evil tyrant known only as Untitled and a secret resistance group lead by a small hippo named Hippoloid join forces with Katherine & Rhys in an effort to stop the invasion and save both of their worlds from Untitled's rule.

Outside of concept character artwork and the story itself I don't have much to share on the project but I really do hope in the future to be able to turn this into my own video game series, animated series or at the very least a web comic.

This is a project I've been passionate about for most of my entire life now.



Deadline

This is a project I started when I was in college and was hoping to turn it into a side scrolling horror game for Newgrounds and DeviantArt but my attention has shifted towards other things and the project currently remains in Limbo.
Basically the premise of the project is a 3 part horror series about a teenage boy named Andrew who wakes up in a post apocalyptic future that's completely alien to him. He finds himself all alone in what appears to be a normal city that after sunset becomes Mysteriously infested with zombies, but as he digs deeper into this doomed society he realises that the secrets behind this reality go much, much deeper.

I don't know when I will continue working on this project but concept art for it does exist in my DeviantArt gallery so you can at least have a rough idea of what the project looks like.



Outside of this, I have plenty of other projects in the works, from fan games to animated shorts, comic books and loads more. It's a long road ahead but I'm going to work hard to try and make it all happen. Hopefully you'll enjoy what I have in store.

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Shenmue HD, Bump Mapping and reflective lighting.

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 10, 2014, 7:09 PM



::The Crimson Emo's Journal::







Cross paths by TheCrimsonEmo Dudley St, Birmingham 5 by TheCrimsonEmo Westgate St, Gloucester 5 by TheCrimsonEmo Commission: Katherine and Rhys by QuantumJinx


Hey guys, welcome to my DA page.

Here I plan to bring you all my latest projects for the future as well as upload all my artwork and photography.
My main aspiration in life is to make it big as an animator and game designer, I hopefully wanna move to the big city and set up my own little art studio so I can make my dream happen.
Thanks so much for supporting, and hopefully you'll enjoy my work too when it's ready.
- Ashton

I am grateful for everyone who views and enjoys my work, sorry if I can't respond to every single comment and message I get but I hope you understand, very often I'm really busy and I can only respond to a handful of messages at a time.

If you wanna use my Photography as stock or colour in any of my art, don't hesitate to ask. But please wait for my permission first otherwise I'm going to treat your devitation as art theft and instantly report it.





::Shenmue HD, Bump Mapping and reflective lighting.::


A few weeks ago I came across this amazing Shenmue fan project made by a Korean Shenmue fan by the name of Kid Nocon.
His project painstakingly recreated a small section of the east side of Dobuita from Shenmue in beautiful high definition 3D, showing off what Shenmue could possibly look like had it been made with the technology of today rather than 15 years ago for the Sega Dreamcast.




The project inspired me to try and think of more ways in which I could take my own minecraft projects further. I've tried nearly every single technique in the book to improve the look of my worlds from adding detailed shader packs to improve the visual quality, populating the map with human civilians to even subtle improvements such as adding real working quicksand to the Desert Dodge stage in my SegaSonic Arcade recreation.
I've explored nearly every single trick I could think of but then I discovered a technique which some high profile texture pack creators use to improve the look of their worlds by adding new layers to each individual texture file to create bump mapping (Normal mapping).
Bump mapping is a visual effect used in all modern video games these days to make flat surfaces and textures look more three dimensional and realistic. I didn't think the technique was even possible in minecraft and looking at the way people talk about the process in forums, it seemed extremely complicated to do, but after watching a few tutorials on youtube, it actually seems surprisingly easy to get into.

You're basically just making 3 different versions of each texture in the game, having one texture as standard, one that you'll use to add an extra layer of detail to create a pop-out 3D effect and a final layer used for reflective lighting to give the textures added glossy effect.
I'm no pixel artist but this is something I'm seriously eager to give a try. Hopefully it could add some serious detail to my worlds that they're desperately lacking right now.

Update:
I've discovered a great program called Crazybumps that does all the hard work for me.
I've now spent the past two days going through every single texture in my worlds and improved upon them significantly.
Every texture is now greatly detailed, has reflective lighting and even reacts accordingly to the weather.
Just walking around Station Square as massive puddles form in the rain and you can see the reflection of the tall skyscrapers from the puddles in the roads as beads of water shimmer light off of the grass is a thing of beauty.
It really does have to be experienced to be believed.
I may have to make another video update soon just to show you all how it looks. It really is something worth bragging about once you've seen it in action.
I'm not sure if I'll add the same detail to my Animal Crossing world, part of Animal Crossing's appeal is it's cartoony aesthetics so I may leave it be, but I will at least experiment with it a little first to see if I like the results or not.

Update #2:
Sorry It's been a while since my last journal, I actually meant to post this months ago but I've been having major problems with my laptop and have been really busy with work so it just sunk to the bottom of my to do list.
To cut a long story short, my laptop was hit with serious malware and while removing it accidently took out some system files in the process which the laptop needs to run in order to function properly. The laptop still works but I decided its time to jump ship anyway and moved all of my data to my gaming PC instead.
I don't really need 3 computers at the end of the day anyway, and once I finally get around to fixing up my much older laptop I'll get all the data off of that one and just have this one PC for everything. I'll probably just buy an extra 2TB hard drive to backup my data and leave it at that.
But anyway back to minecraft.
I actually DID make those videos I mentioned in my previous update which I'll link down below




The first video is showing off Sonic Adventure minecraft as I travel around Station Square as Sonic in 3rd person with Tails following me. I play around with the weather to show you the realistic weather changes and puddle forming effects, show off the improvements to Westopolis and progress with the Mystic Ruins, then for the remaining half of the video show off Shenmue Minecraft with the changing weather effects as well.
The 2nd video is just showing off SegaSonic Arcadecraft with the new texture packs. I've added more lava to Volcanic Vault and added the basic layout to Landslide Limbo to the map but other than that its not significantly different to the previous video I made for the project.

The BIG news however is that I recently came across another fantastic mod for minecraft that seriously helps speed up the production progress. It's basically an improved version of a faster build mod I used to use in the older versions of my project only the mod has been perfected now (as it was incredibly glitchy in the older versions) and they've added tons of new features that make world building a breeze.
The most important feature they've added is the ability to clone and copy structures and objects in minecraft, which has SERIOUSLY helped me in building Yokosuka Highway in Shenmue Minecraft. Before I was having to build each and every single building, traffic light, street light and tree by scratch following my blueprints of the city to a tee, now I can just merely copy and paste everything to wherever I want it.
it's shaven months, if not entire years of hard labour to my project and I can't believe how well it's all coming together. It's far better than I could of possibly imagined.

Yokosuka Highway is huge and an entire district of the city alone can take months to build, this mod saves me a significant amount of time but it's still going to be ages before you see this project in a completed state.
I at least have a small chunk of the city down to a near completed state though and I can't wait to show it off either through screenshots or another video. It looks better than I could of possibly imagined and I dream of the day when I see other people on youtube exploring my work in amaze as they explore the city with their friends.
It really makes it all worth it when you see your work in action from the perspectives of other people.

I really should start populating the city soon anyway and make more Shenmue NPC's. Dobuita looks extremely barren with only a few characters populating the entire area, its almost depressing to walk through.
My vision is to have millions of NPCS populating the city, living their own busy lives. What I intend to do is have each area of the map separated into zones, where each zone will house every single individual NPC only once, so you'll never, ever see clones of the same NPC within several miles of each other.
Y'know unlike most sandbox games where you can see clones of the same NPCS walking side by side as if they don't even care that half the men and women in the city look exactly like them with different coloured clothing.
That's something I definitely want to avoid so each and every single NPC will be individually hand crafted and placed in a certain location so you'll rarely ever see a familiar face within any proximity to each other.



But anyway enough of that, onto other things.

I'm getting ready to move out very soon now. I still need to fill out odd forms here and there but its mostly all finalised and I should be moving into my own place by December.
I can't wait. I really want to buy a PS4 and Xbox one before then as there are a load of upcoming games I'm really hyped for such as the master chief collection and a ton of other remastered editions of games I already own that I'm eager to rebuy.
'Cus' y'know screw buying new games when you can just buy your old collection again.
No but seriously I am eager to see how sleeping dogs, saints row IV and GTA V play out on next gen systems. Even if it is just for improved framerate, sharper visuals and more NPCS in the city streets.
The real tough choice is trying to decide which console to get if I can't afford both. PS4 is easily the wiser investment long term but all the games I'm interested in are coming to Xbox One and PS4 doesn't have a single exclusive so far that interests me.
Its a really tough decision...

I really wanna get back into pokemon as well. I was watching the pokemon origins movie 2 weeks ago. It was total garbage like everything the pokemon anime series touches in my personal opinion but it really did remind me of why I used to be a pokemon fan in the first place, so i'm really eager to go back and get into the series from scratch.
I've been meaning to catch up with pokemon for years now but could never find the time for it. Everyone else is on Pokemon X and Y and I haven't even got past Ruby and Sapphire on the GBA yet.
I personally felt the transition they made from Red/blue/Yellow to Gold/Silver/Crystal was perfect as they introduced us to an entire new generation of pokemon just before the series was risking getting stale, but then the series started progressing way too fast for me to even keep up with and I just couldn't get into the changes they made with Ruby and Sapphire.
Thats the thing with Pokemon nowadays, you've either got to be totally 100% committed to the series or you get left behind so fast, they would of released another 7 games and 2 more anime spin-offs before you manage to keep up again.
I'm determined to though, starting right from the beginning with Pokemon Blue (as thats the only 1st generation pokemon game I've yet to play through), then pokemon yellow, silver, ruby, sapphire, emerald, leaf green, pearl, platinum, heart gold, black, black 2, then X.
Then I'll go back and revisit whatever game I missed.
I'm determined to play em all!

On a different note I still can't believe nintendo is releasing yet ANOTHER 3DS! I was still burned when they announced the 3DS XL just when I was planning on buying a PS vita and felt too damn compelled to buy one.
Now they've announced yet another revision with added buttons, enhanced 3D effect and FASTER PROCESSING SPEEDS!
Argh, damn you Nintendo! I feel so tempted to buy this it's not even funny. and tbh I've been using my 3DS XL as nothing but an alarm clock for the past several months now.
I still regret selling my original 3DS to CEX, I only got a measly £40 out of it and I could of given it to my sister instead.
pfft, if Nintendo hadn't removed Swap Note I'd get much more use out of the system. She's off to university soon and it could of been a fantastic way to keep in touch.
Seriously they got rid of my favorite feature on the system for the most juvenile reason ever.
Kids were sending titty pics. So what? If they're old enough to know what tits are then there's no point in trying to bloody censor them, is there?
Why ruin the application for EVERYONE else who was enjoying it perfectly fine as a messaging system?
Ass Tourists!
Space Tits!
Mud Burglar!



What else is new? Oh yeah, I'm trying to get back to work on both my katherine and Hippoloid project and my Shenmue 3 fan fiction novel.
It's hard to concentrate or find inspiration because I never really get the free time to work on it but hopefully sometime next year I'm going to book a week or two off work, book a hotel in Exmouth and spend the week exploring Devon.
visit all the nostalgic places I grew up in as a child and really get some inspiration to write again. It worked wonders for me last time I visited and I need that creative spark back again.

I have this really cool idea when I move into my new apartment next month, as I've always fantasized about living in a skyscraper apartment with a nice view of Birmingham or London, to actually have photographs of the city blown up and stuck on the wall so it looks like an actual window to the city is in the room.
I found the perfect photos to use as well. I want one of Birmingham for my bedroom, one of London in the Living room and maybe one of Torquay in the bathroom.
It'll be like each room in the apartment has a window to some of my favorite places in the country.
I do own hundreds of posters I've collected over the years though that have been collecting in a pile in the corner of my room so the real question is wall space at the end of the day.
I think it's a brilliant idea regardless though and any image I don't use I can always use for vita, Xbox or PC wallpapers, so nothing will really go to waste.

Speaking of which, the vita got an interesting update this week that lets you customise the theme of the system, rather than just the background image.
Its still really restrictive on what can and can't be changed, but its an interesting feature nonetheless and I made a really interesting shenmue theme out of it.
I hear you can change the background music as well but I've yet to see an option for it.
I only really use my vita during breaks when i'm at work anyway so I always have that feature turned off as not to annoy those around me but it'll be interesting to see if I can actually make my vita play like Shenmue's title screen or any main menu/title screen to a game franchise I like.
its a cool little feature.

Going back to my apartment though the thing I think I'm most eager to do is decorate. The tiny room I live in now is an absolute mess because I have so much stuff - I mean its gotten to the point where I can't even access my own movie collection anymore.
Not that i'm a hoarder or anything, I just don't see the point in throwing anything away until I have my own place to live and have more space to work with.
I'm thinking of having an entire wall in my living room dedicated to serve as a large shelving unit, so I can have all of my games, movies and books on the wall, organised from A-z
Maybe another shelving unit in the bedroom just for music, retro games and comic books.
I'll have a big media shelving unit for my TV and every single one of my games consoles on display from PS4 to Sega Saturn. Might even get out the systems I have in storage like my original mega drive, xbox, Gamecube and n64 just for collectors sake.
I still have my sega saturn and dreamcast hooked up to my Tv, even though I never use them.
I wouldn't mind having a sofa in my room and stick my plushies on there as well. Roxas from Kingdom hearts, L from Death Note, Len and Rin, even my rare Sonic Adventure Chao Plush.
I'll turn this into a real gamers apartment.
I'll even have an area in the place just for all of my disney infinity figurines. Why not?

The really cool thing about where I live is that it's right next door to a new shopping mall that was built in the town centre. Literally right next door.
The Sainsbury's store I used to work for is only around the corner and there's bus stop right outside of my front door.
You couldn't ask for more convenience!

One more thing I wanna talk about before I wrap this all up.
Very recently I started writing my own really funny adaption to Alice in Wonderland starring AOSTH Robotnik
Its only halfway finished so far but it is seriously the funniest thing I have ever written.
Its dark, twisted and absolutely hilarious. I mean it, I really go all out this time and try not to censor myself. There are jokes about Disney Characters being tied with the KKK, jokes about North Korean Cannibalism, Sonic the Hedgehog owning abused Child Slaves, the list goes on...
The whole thing is basically Disney's Alice and Wonderland retold through the eyes of AOSTH Robotnik but it features tons of popular cartoon characters who make random cameos ranging from the cast of Coonskin, Howard the duck, Chun-Li, the police chief from Freakazoid... even Ashens and Guru Larry have a very twisted and bizarre cameo during a scene in the white rabbits cottage.
I won't dare spoil it all but as soon as it's finished I'll post it up for you all to read and at some point down the line turn it into a web comic and maybe even an animated movie, who knows?

One last thing before I end this.
This song from Sleeping Dogs, I've seriously had it stuck in my head for a full week on a constant neverending loop. It seriously will not go away.



This is almost as bad as the time I got to Lilliths nightclub in DMC and had that techno rave song stuck in my head for months. These songs just don't go away!!








::My Current Projects::


Sonic Adventure Minecraft - Beta V3 out now
Shenmue Minecraft - Beta V2 out now
Minecraft Exminster
Minecraft Cheltenham
SegaSonic ArcadeCraft
Shenmue 3: The Complete Saga
Katherine and Hippoloid








::Minecraft Archive::


Sonic Adventure Minecraft

Beta Version 1 download: thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j…
Beta Version 2 pre-release download: en.file-upload.net/download-75…
Beta Version 2 download: en.file-upload.net/download-82…
Beta Version 3 download www.mediafire.com/download/v1m…
Update archive #1: thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j…
Update archive #2: thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j…
Screenshots: thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j…
Minecraft Forum: www.minecraftforum.net/topic/1…
Planet Minecraft: www.planetminecraft.com/projec…
Feature on TSSZ News: www.tssznews.com/2013/05/10/fa…

Shenmue Minecraft

Beta Version 1 pre-release download: en.file-upload.net/download-75…
Beta Version 1 download: en.file-upload.net/download-81…
Beta Version 2 download: www.mediafire.com/download/v1m…
Feature on Pushsquare: www.pushsquare.com/news/2014/0…
Feature on AreaGames: www.areagames.de/games/minecra…
Feature on GamesBlog: www.gameblog.fr/news/44465-voi…
Featuere on N4G: n4g.com/news/1553235/incredibl…
(more links found above)








::You can catch me on these sites::


Xbox Gamertag - The Crimson Emo
PSN Gamertag - TheCrimsonEmo
3DS Friend Code - 4639-8966-3635
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plus.google.com/u/0/1016584379… (Google+)
www.pinterest.com/TheCrimsonEm… (Pinterest)
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Other links
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My top 50 games and movies list of 2014
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My top 20 video game villains of all time list
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My own video games quiz. Go ahead, give it a try!
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My video game Christmas musical parody
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - Dr. Eggman's Cross Dimensional Adventure
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My Disney infinity Review
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My Alice Madness Returns Review
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My American McGee's Alice Preview
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My Crazy Taxi 360/PS3 Review
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My Halo Reach Preview
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My Shenmue in The Sims 2 Project
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My flash projects list
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/a… - Curse of the Tails Doll, my short horror novel
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - How to explore the underbelly of the Egg Carrier
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My Weazel News skit.
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - Download Laura Bailey as a playable character in Saints Row: The Third





Sonic Adventure and Shenmue Minecraft August 2014

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 18, 2014, 8:22 AM







::The Crimson Emo's Journal::







Cross paths by TheCrimsonEmo Dudley St, Birmingham 5 by TheCrimsonEmo Westgate St, Gloucester 5 by TheCrimsonEmo Commission: Katherine and Rhys by QuantumJinx


Hey guys, welcome to my DA page.

Here I plan to bring you all my latest projects for the future as well as upload all my artwork and photography.
My main aspiration in life is to make it big as an animator and game designer, I hopefully wanna move to the big city and set up my own little art studio so I can make my dream happen.
Thanks so much for supporting, and hopefully you'll enjoy my work too when it's ready.
- Ashton

I am grateful for everyone who views and enjoys my work, sorry if I can't respond to every single comment and message I get but I hope you understand, very often I'm really busy and I can only respond to a handful of messages at a time.

If you wanna use my Photography as stock or colour in any of my art, don't hesitate to ask. But please wait for my permission first otherwise I'm going to treat your devitation as art theft and instantly report it.





::Sonic Adventure and Shenmue Minecraft August 2014::


I want to deeply apologise for taking so long to upload this. I know I promised a July 30th update but I've been so busy in the real world, plus have been having a few internet related issues to boot that I just haven't been able to meet that deadline. (Even though the files were technically ready for upload on that date.)

But nonetheless I've combined both projects into one convenient download file for you here.
www.mediafire.com/download/v1m…
I hope you enjoy it.

I've been receiving an overwhelming amount of positive feedback on Shenmue Minecraft lately, not only from dedicated Shenmue fans but even from gaming sites like Pushsquare, Game, AreaGames, GamesBlog and NG4.
I seriously cannot believe it and I can't thank you all enough for your support.
I'm very eager to please so I'll continue working towards making these projects as impressive as I possibly can.

If you're not already aware, I uploaded videos a few months ago of the projects in action on my new computer with SEUS 10.1 shaders running.
You can see them on my main page.

Because I'm now working full time I sadly don't have as much free time to dedicate to these projects and since those videos were made, not that much has changed.
Most of my attention went towards improving the Mystic Ruins and Westopolis in Sonic Adventure Minecraft and New Sakuragaoka and Takome Road in Shenmue Minecraft.
Some improvements are subtle, others are much larger, but because I have less spare time to dedicate to these projects, sadly updates will no longer come as often as they used to.
I'll try to update twice a year but it may only end up being once a year from now on depending on how much I can get done within the timeframe.
We'll see how things go.

I should probably also mention if I haven't before that you now need to be using Minecraft 1.6.4 to run the maps properly. Everything you need is provided for with the download though I personally strongly recommend also downloading Optifine and the latest shaders mods to get the full experience. (I provide links for those as well).

One last thing I need to bring up before I wrap this up.
About a year ago I started a promotional contest for Sonic Adventure and Shenmue Minecraft where I hid over a dozen Chao, Kiki Robots and BladeSpinner Robots throughout both Sonic Adventure and Shenmue Minecraft, for those who downloaded either beta, if you could find 5 of any of the characters you could submit your results to me here and claim a prize with a chance of winning monthly art features, deviantart subscriptions or even Nintendo club card codes.
That contest is now officially over and sadly not a single person ever entered or submitted any results.

I did have fun however hiding all of these fun easter eggs throughout my maps and it did inspire me to take the idea further. So if you play my maps now, even though the contest is over and all of those missing chao, kiki and bladespinner robots have been removed. I did in their place add a ton of fun easter eggs that I won't dare spoil but am very eager to see who can find them all.
It's nothing too major but throughout both maps you may find hidden chao, secret messages, heck even Sonic characters just casually wandering around the map and exploring the world I created.

I had so much fun doing this that I intend to do the same with my Minecraft World projects as well.
How cool would that be to just be wandering around a virtual Minecraft London or Birmingham and just see Sonic wandering around Piccadilly Circus with the locals, watching a street performer, or spot Tails in Oxford street looking at the latest gadgets, or Cream and her Mother exploring a local park in Shanghai, etc?
I reward those who are willing to go out of their way to explore so feel free to search every nook and cranny of my projects for these fun little easter eggs. You may be shocked at what you can find. ;)

Take care for now and hope you all enjoy the downloads!







::My Current Projects::


Sonic Adventure Minecraft - Beta V2 out now
Shenmue Minecraft - Beta V1 out now
Minecraft Exminster
Minecraft cheltenham
SegaSonic ArcadeCraft
Shenmue 3: The Complete Saga
Katherine and Hippoloid








::Minecraft Archive::


Sonic Adventure Minecraft

Beta version 1 download: thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j…
Beta version 2 pre-release download: en.file-upload.net/download-75…
Beta version 2 download: en.file-upload.net/download-82…
update archive #1: thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j…
update archive #2: thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j…
Screenshots: thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j…
Minecraft Forum: www.minecraftforum.net/topic/1…
Planet Minecraft: www.planetminecraft.com/projec…
Feature on TSSZ News: www.tssznews.com/2013/05/10/fa…

Shenmue Minecraft

Beta version 1 pre-release download: en.file-upload.net/download-75…
Beta Version 1 download: en.file-upload.net/download-81…
Feature on Pushsquare: www.pushsquare.com/news/2014/0…
Feature on AreaGames: www.areagames.de/games/minecra…
Feature on GamesBlog: www.gameblog.fr/news/44465-voi…
Featuere on N4G: n4g.com/news/1553235/incredibl…
(more links found above)








::You can catch me on these sites::


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thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My top 50 games and movies list of 2014
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My top 20 video game villains of all time list
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My own video games quiz. Go ahead, give it a try!
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My video game Christmas musical parody
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - Dr. Eggman's Cross Dimensional Adventure
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My Disney infinity Review
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My Alice Madness Returns Review
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My American McGee's Alice Preview
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My Crazy Taxi 360/PS3 Review
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My Halo Reach Preview
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My Shenmue in The Sims 2 Project
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My flash projects list
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/a… - Curse of the Tails Doll, my short horror novel
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - How to explore the underbelly of the Egg Carrier
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My Weazel News skit.
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - Download Laura Bailey as a playable character in Saints Row: The Third







So I haven't really updated in a while

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 14, 2014, 3:26 PM







::The Crimson Emo's Journal::







Cross paths by TheCrimsonEmo Dudley St, Birmingham 5 by TheCrimsonEmo Westgate St, Gloucester 5 by TheCrimsonEmo Commission: Katherine and Rhys by QuantumJinx


Hey guys, welcome to my DA page.

Here I plan to bring you all my latest projects for the future as well as upload all my artwork and photography.
My main aspiration in life is to make it big as an animator and game designer, I hopefully wanna move to the big city and set up my own little art studio so I can make my dream happen.
Thanks so much for supporting, and hopefully you'll enjoy my work too when it's ready.
- Ashton

I am grateful for everyone who views and enjoys my work, sorry if I can't respond to every single comment and message I get but I hope you understand, very often I'm really busy and I can only respond to a handful of messages at a time.

If you wanna use my Photography as stock or colour in any of my art, don't hesitate to ask. But please wait for my permission first otherwise I'm going to treat your devitation as art theft and instantly report it.





::So I haven't really updated in a while::


That might be something you'll have to get used to. I'm not abandoning this account or intentionally ignoring you all, it's just now that I'm working full time I very rarely have the energy for anything DA related.
I don't typically even come home till around 1.30 or 2am most of the time and when I do, all I really wanna do is switch on my PC and relax with a good movie. Thats almost my entire average day in a nutshell outside of work.

This job has it's ups and downs but I'm going to stick with it. As pessimistic as it is I honestly don't feel that there's anything better for someone like me out there.
From a strictly realistic perspective, it took me THIS long to even find an employer willing to hire me full time instead of constantly jumping from meaningless part time retail jobs that barely pay a salary worth getting out of bed in the morning for so I feel this is an opportunity I shouldn't be in a hurry to get out of.

I suppose when you look at it, it's a pretty grim situation the whole world is in right now that we try not to acknowledge or focus on too harshly but the fact is, for the younger generations out there, there really is nothing.
Our economy's in such a hopeless situation it almost feels completely pointless getting an education after high school unless you have a realistic focus in mind because the honest fact is, you could waste 5 or so years in college and even more going to university and still end up having to survive on government social benefits because no employer is willing to hire you.

And thats not the small minority anymore, it actually is fast becoming the small minority who even manage to find a job after high school. (Or at least a job working full time).
Though I Suppose I'm not really talking about the whole world, just the part of it I live in.
Really makes me wonder sometimes how our generation or even future generations are going to cope when we get to 60 and are preparing for retirement. (If that would even be a possibility at that point?)

I mean hell, I honestly found myself spending an entire day contemplating suicide the other day because the chef of the kitchen I worked at asked me to tip the dirty water from the deep fryer into the outside drain pipe and some asshole then chased me back into the kitchen and told me thats a criminal offence and I could go to jail and end up paying a £25,000 fine just for doing that.

I honestly spent the entire day after that moment trying to think of the most painless way of killing myself if the situation ever came to it because in all honesty, I don't even know how I would even cope in either scenario.
I could sell every single thing I own and still spend my entire life trying to pay off a debt that big.
Is it even worth living through something like that?

You've really gotta ask yourself questions like that sometimes because this really is the reality we live in these days.

I don't know this for a fact but I guess given the typical demographic that a lot of the people who follow me on here or just read my journals are still in high school and haven't really experienced the working world just yet.
All I can really say is brace yourself for the worst and be as grateful as you can you have a TV and a warm cup of coffee to come back to at the end of the day because those two things may honestly become your best friends after the day is done.



I feel I've gone far off topic though.
I suppose I don't really hate this job, I've made some good friends, I feel like a rat on thanksgiving whenever they give me leftovers to throw away (hell I even stalk around the kitchen like a vulture sometimes just looking for food that I could 'throw away') and again, I'm finally earning a wage I could hopefully support myself on.
But there are times I do just wonder to myself what the hell I'm even doing here. Very often I have to work almost two hours after my shift is over to clean up the kitchen despite not being paid for any of it, and the times when I have to take out the heavy-mother-fucking-garbage, the cheap plastic bag splits open and it goes all over the place and there's no one around but me to clean it up, I almost just wanna run.

Really the food garbage bins have become the bane of my existence. I even call them that... directly to their faces! These bins are making me hate the colour red, why the fuck are these damn bins red!??

But these things are typical in any job really, there's always going to be things you like and hate. The only thing that really makes this job a struggle for me is the journey. It's so far from where I live and up until this point I've been relying on either public transport (which is costing me almost one fourth of my entire paycheck) or the kindness of others just to get to work on time everyday.
But it's become more and more apparent that I need to buy either a car or an electric bike if I'm going to stick with this job. I tried to buy a regular £130 hybrid bike because I'm just unwilling to spend that much but it's proven to be a complete waste of money.

It's almost impossible to get there by bike as there are so many insanely steep hills I have to go through (both there and back) that by the time I actually get there or home, I'm too faint and exhausted to even walk, nevermind work a 10 hour shift.

I just today tried to return to bike and get my money back but Halfords won't even take it. Con artist bastards. You know that whole 28 days exchange or refund guarantee is bullshit. Thats how they get ya.

Either way, it's become apparent that I need an electric bike, a regular bike just can't cut a journey this far and walking isn't really an option either.
Frustrating thing is, a reliable electric bike typically starts at £1000 or over. I seriously don't want to spend that much but it has gotten to the point where I don't really have a choice.

Yeah cars, mopeds and motorbikes are still an option but when you consider all the hassle and costs that are tied with them. (licensing, insurance, maintenance, petrol, MOT, VAT, all that other government tax bollocks) an electric bike is still the best option.
I mean the only maintenance it'll ever really need is a puncture fix every rare occasion. No other cost would ever really be tied to it.

*sigh* Ah well... despite all of this, all I've ever really wanted out of this is to finally be able to have my own apartment and move out. Thats been my goal ever since I was 15 years old and has been my only real motivation in any job I've ever worked at.
What's the point in even having a job if you can't afford to support yourself, right?

There's this one place I've had my eye on all month long now. It's absolutely perfect for me as its literally next to town centre yet not even far from where I currently live. I walk past it almost everyday I go into town. It's in a quiet cul de sac tucked away from the troubles of the world so I can only imagine it doesn't get much crime and even though the apartment itself is unfortunately pretty small if not tiny, in every other respect it's almost too perfect.
My only fear is someone else is going to beat me too it before I even get a chance to apply for it or contact the agency which is sadly almost the case for every apartment I always have an interest in, but either way I really want to move out as soon as I can.

I suppose I can't complain, I do have it really good where I live, I just really want my own independance and feel at my age it's long overdue if not heck, selfishly owed to me.

But for those who don't care, this journals probably become a really boring read so let's change it up a little and get to the more interesting topics...

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I'm planning to release the latest versions of both Sonic Adventure Minecraft and Shenmue Minecraft on July 30th if possible. Despite how busy I am I still do work on the two projects in what little free time I can salvage and have slaved for weeks on end building the mountains and scenery of the Mystic Ruins or the shops and office buildings around Yokosuka, Japan.
(Seriously this has almost become a second job for me.)

Hopefully it's all worth it though. It really pisses me off that despite the draw distance in minecraft, you still struggle to see all of the scenery of the Mystic Ruins unless you get right up and close to it. Considering how hard I worked on those mountains to try and make them look strikingly detailed it's almost enough to make me wanna chew on my fingers that people playing on a weaker computer won't even get to appreciate any of it unless they actively go exploring right up close to them.
Grrr man that pisses me off!

One thing I am considering though, I already stated before how once some of my projects are completed I want to have a go at bringing the old classic sonic games to life with Minecraft, but I'm also considering more recent 3D sonic games as well like Sonic Heroes, Shadow the hedgehog and maybe even Sonic 06, who knows?

I know people are obsessed with bringing Sonic Adventure 2 to minecraft but thats not personally something that interests me to be honest. I just don't feel the stages are even that interesting enough to warrant the hassle of recreating them and let's face it, the most interesting stage in the entire game is without a Doubt, City Escape which many people on youtube try to bring to life in Minecraft but in all honestly, I'd personally be far more interested in recreating the Real San Fransisco as opposed to the linear fake one.
Wouldn't that be a more interesting challenge?

I've already expressed before how I'm interested in bringing real towns and cities to life in Minecraft though so that is something I may or may not attempt in the late future.
Hell I'm actually going to work on my Cheltenham Minecraft project as soon as this journals done.

As for bringing Sonic Unleashed to life in Minecraft (going back to the previous topic, sorry.)
It's something I've considered since I first got into World building but I'm just not really sure I want to do it or if it's even possible.

I mean games like Sonic Adventure and Sonic 06 can work well in an open world setting because they all take place in one remote location. Or something like Sonic heroes or the classic Sonic games where you're constantly travelling through linear pathed environments almost like a road trip adventure.
Again that stuff can totally work in Minecraft but something like Sonic Unleashed almost feels like it'll be more work than it's even worth.

Heck have you seen the locations in this game? Spagonia alone would be challenging enough but linking it to places like Chun-nan, Empire City, Apotos and Eggmanland is almost enough to make me want to faint.

It wouldn't be impossible, but something like that I could see myself devoting my entire life to and tbh I'd rather not waste my entire life glued to one project when there's so much more I feel I could be doing.



One project I really am considering giving a go though. I've had this idea since day one but never really knew how to go about attempting it.
I've always loved the idea of Pixar characters living in this big world that they share together, almost like Disney Infinity meets Wreck it Ralph or Roger Rabbit where Pixar Characters like Mike Wazowski, Woody, Mrs. Incredible, Merlina etc all star in their own movies and then behind the scenes go home to this big open world where they all live in their own 'districts' or areas themed around their own worlds, yet come together once in a while.

Again, Wreck it Ralph did that idea perfectly and even the short lived TV series Game Over pulled it off in a way that worked for them.
I think there was even a Disney/Pixar game for Kinect that did this. Where your kids could go on adventure's to all these different pixar themed worlds from a disneyland theme park style hub world or something.

Anyway thats something I really wouldn't mind attempting.
Ever since I saw the movie Monsters University I've always wanted an excuse to bring their world to life in someway, even if It's just that world and not the others.

I mean yeah there's always Disney Infinity but it's just not the same thing. I'm not really creating that world just as much as I'm placing buildings and people everywhere. Plus I can't really share my creations with the world outside of the Monthly Toy Box Share feature. It's just not the same as doing it in Minecraft and really feeling like this is a world I build with my own two hands, y'know?

But yeah I just love the idea of being able to explore Pixar themed worlds or what it would be like if Pixar characters were all friends or had lives outside of the movies they star in.
It's actually become a recurring fantasy or daydream for me.
Like say if the incredibles host a dinner party and invite Mike, Sully, Merlina and Carl Fredricksen over and they talk about their movie careers or wherever the mood of the conversation takes them.
And the incredibles have Skinner from Ratatouille as their obnoxious next door neighbour or something.

Maybe things get more bizarre and every fictional character you can think of comes together and lives in this huge world.
Maybe Mike Wazowski owes Iron Man money and Iron Man was going to break his legs if he couldn't pay but then Duke Nukem comes in and offers to pay his debt if Mike can get him Child Pornography Magazines but the only 7/11 in Metroville that sells them went out of business due to Mr. Incredible beating the shit out of the grasshoppers from A Bugs Life who ran the store so he has to go to Carl Fredricksen's blimp out on the falls and ask Carl to hook him up but Carl says he's not in the porn making business anymore and... yeah I'm just rambling about nonsense here, but you get my point. (I hope...)

I wanna get back into Disney Infinity Regardless. I just gave the PC version a try as it's free to download and play. It's almost feels pointless building my own worlds as pretty much every single thing I've ever been inspired to create has already been made and is free to download but just collecting the figurines alone makes it all worth it. They really are remarkably detailed and I still find myself admiring the small collection I currently own.
Argh, it kills me Fix it Felix isn't in the game though. Seriously, I really hope they consider bringing him to Disney Infinity 2.0. I know they're doing Maleficent and Merlina so it's not all going to be Marvel Focused. (And thank god for it. I'd have 0 interest if it was just marvel superhero's in a toy box world).

But yeah thats pretty much all I have to say really...

I haven't forgotten about the Shenmue 3 fan fiction novel I was writing or Katherine and Hippoloid or all the other many hundreds of projects I keep announcing but you never see or hear of.
I'm just trying to keep the focus on where it's mostly wanted and as most people tend to have an interest in Sonic Adventure and Shenmue Minecraft, thats mostly what I focus all of my energy into.

I still do art on rare occasion as well. I haven't given up on that nor have my talents really deteriorated over time.

Ever since I played DMC I've become obsessed with the game and often have Lillith's Nightclub background music in my head while I'm at work.
Anyway it inspired me to draw Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Cream and Cheese as Demons just out of boredom one day.
Basically my interpretation of what Sonic Characters might look like through the eyes of Ninja Theory if they were featured as Demon Cannon fodder enemies in DMC.

I haven't scanned the artwork and it's currently sitting on a pile on top of the Katherine and Hippoloid character art I haven't uploaded yet either but they do look freaking badass.
Sonic looks like a cross between his cameo on Illbleed and Sonic the Werehog. He's boney, has sharp teeth and claws and a terrifying grin that makes him look like he wants to rape your asshole and claw you in half for the thrill of it.

Tails looks even freakier, he's like a cross between one of warren spectors Epic Mickey concept art monstrosities and the doll girls from Alice Madness Returns. It's enough to make Tails Doll wet his pants in fear, he doesn't even look like something that could physically exist his design is so bizarre.

Knuckles is pretty scary but I admit not that interesting. He just looks like a scary, blood hungry beast in Knuckles form.

Amy on the other hand is a lot more terrifying. She has huge claws that could tear through anything and a chilling grin making her look completely insane. She has devil like hooves and acts like a female demon carrier, constantly giving birth to other demon cannon fodder enemies for the hero to fight. Man that would be freaky to see. Especially considering how she's constantly grinning and laughing throughout the whole damn thing...

As for Cream and Cheese, I tried to draw inspiration from the Mundus's Spawn boss fight, having Cheese as a giant mutated monster and cream hanging out of his body like a possessed voodoo doll but ehh, it's really hard to make a chao look intimidating and tbh I feel like I failed with this one.
Hell it's hard enough to make Cream look scary, nevermind her pet fucking chao.

Sonic and Tails as demons are definitely the highlight of the whole thing though. At some point I may do Eggman as the Bob Barbus giant hologram head from the boss fight in the raptor news network tower but ehh, we'll see how things go.

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Anyway last thing before I wrap this all up, for Sonic Adventure fans this is pretty unbelievable but Corvid Dude and a group of other dedicated fans in the modding community actually managed to piece together and restore the lost Beta version of Windy Valley in its entirety.
www.tssznews.com/2014/07/12/wi…
It seriously amazes me at times what this fan base is capable of. If Sonic's world was real you'd all be highly paid archeologists working in museums or something. The stuff you guy's are capable of. Bravo!

Anyway thanks for reading all of this and I'll try and keep you all updated on my life and my projects/art/etc whenever I can.

Thanks for reading.







::My Current Projects::


Sonic Adventure Minecraft - Beta V2 out now
Shenmue Minecraft - Beta V1 out now
Minecraft Exminster
Minecraft cheltenham
SegaSonic ArcadeCraft
Shenmue 3: The Complete Saga
Katherine and Hippoloid








::Minecraft Archive::


Sonic Adventure Minecraft

Beta version 1 download: thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j…
Beta version 2 pre-release download: en.file-upload.net/download-75…
Beta version 2 download: en.file-upload.net/download-82…
update archive #1: thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j…
update archive #2: thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j…
Screenshots: thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j…
Minecraft Forum: www.minecraftforum.net/topic/1…
Planet Minecraft: www.planetminecraft.com/projec…
Feature on TSSZ News: www.tssznews.com/2013/05/10/fa…

Shenmue Minecraft

Beta version 1 pre-release download: en.file-upload.net/download-75…
Beta Version 1 download: en.file-upload.net/download-81…
(more links found above)








::You can catch me on these sites::


Xbox Gamertag - The Crimson Emo
PSN Gamertag - TheCrimsonEmo
3DS Friend Code - 4639-8966-3635
www.youtube.com/user/SamThomps… (Youtube)
thecrimsonemo.tumblr.com/ (Tumblr)
twitter.com/TheCrimsonEmo (Twitter)
inkbunny.net/TheCrimsonEmo (InkBunny)
ashtonnextgen.newgrounds.com/ (Newgrounds)
plus.google.com/u/0/1016584379… (Google+)
www.pinterest.com/TheCrimsonEm… (Pinterest)
www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/T… (stumbleupon)
en.gravatar.com/thecrimsonemo (Gravatar)

Other links
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My top 50 games and movies list of 2014
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My top 20 video game villains of all time list
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My own video games quiz. Go ahead, give it a try!
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My video game Christmas musical parody
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - Dr. Eggman's Cross Dimensional Adventure
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My Disney infinity Review
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My Alice Madness Returns Review
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My American McGee's Alice Preview
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My Crazy Taxi 360/PS3 Review
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My Halo Reach Preview
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My Shenmue in The Sims 2 Project
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My flash projects list
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/a… - Curse of the Tails Doll, my short horror novel
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - How to explore the underbelly of the Egg Carrier
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - My Weazel News skit.
thecrimsonemo.deviantart.com/j… - Download Laura Bailey as a playable character in Saints Row: The Third







Shenmue HD, Bump Mapping and reflective lighting.

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 10, 2014, 7:09 PM



::The Crimson Emo's Journal::







Cross paths by TheCrimsonEmo Dudley St, Birmingham 5 by TheCrimsonEmo Westgate St, Gloucester 5 by TheCrimsonEmo Commission: Katherine and Rhys by QuantumJinx


Hey guys, welcome to my DA page.

Here I plan to bring you all my latest projects for the future as well as upload all my artwork and photography.
My main aspiration in life is to make it big as an animator and game designer, I hopefully wanna move to the big city and set up my own little art studio so I can make my dream happen.
Thanks so much for supporting, and hopefully you'll enjoy my work too when it's ready.
- Ashton

I am grateful for everyone who views and enjoys my work, sorry if I can't respond to every single comment and message I get but I hope you understand, very often I'm really busy and I can only respond to a handful of messages at a time.

If you wanna use my Photography as stock or colour in any of my art, don't hesitate to ask. But please wait for my permission first otherwise I'm going to treat your devitation as art theft and instantly report it.





::Shenmue HD, Bump Mapping and reflective lighting.::


A few weeks ago I came across this amazing Shenmue fan project made by a Korean Shenmue fan by the name of Kid Nocon.
His project painstakingly recreated a small section of the east side of Dobuita from Shenmue in beautiful high definition 3D, showing off what Shenmue could possibly look like had it been made with the technology of today rather than 15 years ago for the Sega Dreamcast.




The project inspired me to try and think of more ways in which I could take my own minecraft projects further. I've tried nearly every single technique in the book to improve the look of my worlds from adding detailed shader packs to improve the visual quality, populating the map with human civilians to even subtle improvements such as adding real working quicksand to the Desert Dodge stage in my SegaSonic Arcade recreation.
I've explored nearly every single trick I could think of but then I discovered a technique which some high profile texture pack creators use to improve the look of their worlds by adding new layers to each individual texture file to create bump mapping (Normal mapping).
Bump mapping is a visual effect used in all modern video games these days to make flat surfaces and textures look more three dimensional and realistic. I didn't think the technique was even possible in minecraft and looking at the way people talk about the process in forums, it seemed extremely complicated to do, but after watching a few tutorials on youtube, it actually seems surprisingly easy to get into.

You're basically just making 3 different versions of each texture in the game, having one texture as standard, one that you'll use to add an extra layer of detail to create a pop-out 3D effect and a final layer used for reflective lighting to give the textures added glossy effect.
I'm no pixel artist but this is something I'm seriously eager to give a try. Hopefully it could add some serious detail to my worlds that they're desperately lacking right now.

Update:
I've discovered a great program called Crazybumps that does all the hard work for me.
I've now spent the past two days going through every single texture in my worlds and improved upon them significantly.
Every texture is now greatly detailed, has reflective lighting and even reacts accordingly to the weather.
Just walking around Station Square as massive puddles form in the rain and you can see the reflection of the tall skyscrapers from the puddles in the roads as beads of water shimmer light off of the grass is a thing of beauty.
It really does have to be experienced to be believed.
I may have to make another video update soon just to show you all how it looks. It really is something worth bragging about once you've seen it in action.
I'm not sure if I'll add the same detail to my Animal Crossing world, part of Animal Crossing's appeal is it's cartoony aesthetics so I may leave it be, but I will at least experiment with it a little first to see if I like the results or not.

Update #2:
Sorry It's been a while since my last journal, I actually meant to post this months ago but I've been having major problems with my laptop and have been really busy with work so it just sunk to the bottom of my to do list.
To cut a long story short, my laptop was hit with serious malware and while removing it accidently took out some system files in the process which the laptop needs to run in order to function properly. The laptop still works but I decided its time to jump ship anyway and moved all of my data to my gaming PC instead.
I don't really need 3 computers at the end of the day anyway, and once I finally get around to fixing up my much older laptop I'll get all the data off of that one and just have this one PC for everything. I'll probably just buy an extra 2TB hard drive to backup my data and leave it at that.
But anyway back to minecraft.
I actually DID make those videos I mentioned in my previous update which I'll link down below




The first video is showing off Sonic Adventure minecraft as I travel around Station Square as Sonic in 3rd person with Tails following me. I play around with the weather to show you the realistic weather changes and puddle forming effects, show off the improvements to Westopolis and progress with the Mystic Ruins, then for the remaining half of the video show off Shenmue Minecraft with the changing weather effects as well.
The 2nd video is just showing off SegaSonic Arcadecraft with the new texture packs. I've added more lava to Volcanic Vault and added the basic layout to Landslide Limbo to the map but other than that its not significantly different to the previous video I made for the project.

The BIG news however is that I recently came across another fantastic mod for minecraft that seriously helps speed up the production progress. It's basically an improved version of a faster build mod I used to use in the older versions of my project only the mod has been perfected now (as it was incredibly glitchy in the older versions) and they've added tons of new features that make world building a breeze.
The most important feature they've added is the ability to clone and copy structures and objects in minecraft, which has SERIOUSLY helped me in building Yokosuka Highway in Shenmue Minecraft. Before I was having to build each and every single building, traffic light, street light and tree by scratch following my blueprints of the city to a tee, now I can just merely copy and paste everything to wherever I want it.
it's shaven months, if not entire years of hard labour to my project and I can't believe how well it's all coming together. It's far better than I could of possibly imagined.

Yokosuka Highway is huge and an entire district of the city alone can take months to build, this mod saves me a significant amount of time but it's still going to be ages before you see this project in a completed state.
I at least have a small chunk of the city down to a near completed state though and I can't wait to show it off either through screenshots or another video. It looks better than I could of possibly imagined and I dream of the day when I see other people on youtube exploring my work in amaze as they explore the city with their friends.
It really makes it all worth it when you see your work in action from the perspectives of other people.

I really should start populating the city soon anyway and make more Shenmue NPC's. Dobuita looks extremely barren with only a few characters populating the entire area, its almost depressing to walk through.
My vision is to have millions of NPCS populating the city, living their own busy lives. What I intend to do is have each area of the map separated into zones, where each zone will house every single individual NPC only once, so you'll never, ever see clones of the same NPC within several miles of each other.
Y'know unlike most sandbox games where you can see clones of the same NPCS walking side by side as if they don't even care that half the men and women in the city look exactly like them with different coloured clothing.
That's something I definitely want to avoid so each and every single NPC will be individually hand crafted and placed in a certain location so you'll rarely ever see a familiar face within any proximity to each other.



But anyway enough of that, onto other things.

I'm getting ready to move out very soon now. I still need to fill out odd forms here and there but its mostly all finalised and I should be moving into my own place by December.
I can't wait. I really want to buy a PS4 and Xbox one before then as there are a load of upcoming games I'm really hyped for such as the master chief collection and a ton of other remastered editions of games I already own that I'm eager to rebuy.
'Cus' y'know screw buying new games when you can just buy your old collection again.
No but seriously I am eager to see how sleeping dogs, saints row IV and GTA V play out on next gen systems. Even if it is just for improved framerate, sharper visuals and more NPCS in the city streets.
The real tough choice is trying to decide which console to get if I can't afford both. PS4 is easily the wiser investment long term but all the games I'm interested in are coming to Xbox One and PS4 doesn't have a single exclusive so far that interests me.
Its a really tough decision...

I really wanna get back into pokemon as well. I was watching the pokemon origins movie 2 weeks ago. It was total garbage like everything the pokemon anime series touches in my personal opinion but it really did remind me of why I used to be a pokemon fan in the first place, so i'm really eager to go back and get into the series from scratch.
I've been meaning to catch up with pokemon for years now but could never find the time for it. Everyone else is on Pokemon X and Y and I haven't even got past Ruby and Sapphire on the GBA yet.
I personally felt the transition they made from Red/blue/Yellow to Gold/Silver/Crystal was perfect as they introduced us to an entire new generation of pokemon just before the series was risking getting stale, but then the series started progressing way too fast for me to even keep up with and I just couldn't get into the changes they made with Ruby and Sapphire.
Thats the thing with Pokemon nowadays, you've either got to be totally 100% committed to the series or you get left behind so fast, they would of released another 7 games and 2 more anime spin-offs before you manage to keep up again.
I'm determined to though, starting right from the beginning with Pokemon Blue (as thats the only 1st generation pokemon game I've yet to play through), then pokemon yellow, silver, ruby, sapphire, emerald, leaf green, pearl, platinum, heart gold, black, black 2, then X.
Then I'll go back and revisit whatever game I missed.
I'm determined to play em all!

On a different note I still can't believe nintendo is releasing yet ANOTHER 3DS! I was still burned when they announced the 3DS XL just when I was planning on buying a PS vita and felt too damn compelled to buy one.
Now they've announced yet another revision with added buttons, enhanced 3D effect and FASTER PROCESSING SPEEDS!
Argh, damn you Nintendo! I feel so tempted to buy this it's not even funny. and tbh I've been using my 3DS XL as nothing but an alarm clock for the past several months now.
I still regret selling my original 3DS to CEX, I only got a measly £40 out of it and I could of given it to my sister instead.
pfft, if Nintendo hadn't removed Swap Note I'd get much more use out of the system. She's off to university soon and it could of been a fantastic way to keep in touch.
Seriously they got rid of my favorite feature on the system for the most juvenile reason ever.
Kids were sending titty pics. So what? If they're old enough to know what tits are then there's no point in trying to bloody censor them, is there?
Why ruin the application for EVERYONE else who was enjoying it perfectly fine as a messaging system?
Ass Tourists!
Space Tits!
Mud Burglar!



What else is new? Oh yeah, I'm trying to get back to work on both my katherine and Hippoloid project and my Shenmue 3 fan fiction novel.
It's hard to concentrate or find inspiration because I never really get the free time to work on it but hopefully sometime next year I'm going to book a week or two off work, book a hotel in Exmouth and spend the week exploring Devon.
visit all the nostalgic places I grew up in as a child and really get some inspiration to write again. It worked wonders for me last time I visited and I need that creative spark back again.

I have this really cool idea when I move into my new apartment next month, as I've always fantasized about living in a skyscraper apartment with a nice view of Birmingham or London, to actually have photographs of the city blown up and stuck on the wall so it looks like an actual window to the city is in the room.
I found the perfect photos to use as well. I want one of Birmingham for my bedroom, one of London in the Living room and maybe one of Torquay in the bathroom.
It'll be like each room in the apartment has a window to some of my favorite places in the country.
I do own hundreds of posters I've collected over the years though that have been collecting in a pile in the corner of my room so the real question is wall space at the end of the day.
I think it's a brilliant idea regardless though and any image I don't use I can always use for vita, Xbox or PC wallpapers, so nothing will really go to waste.

Speaking of which, the vita got an interesting update this week that lets you customise the theme of the system, rather than just the background image.
Its still really restrictive on what can and can't be changed, but its an interesting feature nonetheless and I made a really interesting shenmue theme out of it.
I hear you can change the background music as well but I've yet to see an option for it.
I only really use my vita during breaks when i'm at work anyway so I always have that feature turned off as not to annoy those around me but it'll be interesting to see if I can actually make my vita play like Shenmue's title screen or any main menu/title screen to a game franchise I like.
its a cool little feature.

Going back to my apartment though the thing I think I'm most eager to do is decorate. The tiny room I live in now is an absolute mess because I have so much stuff - I mean its gotten to the point where I can't even access my own movie collection anymore.
Not that i'm a hoarder or anything, I just don't see the point in throwing anything away until I have my own place to live and have more space to work with.
I'm thinking of having an entire wall in my living room dedicated to serve as a large shelving unit, so I can have all of my games, movies and books on the wall, organised from A-z
Maybe another shelving unit in the bedroom just for music, retro games and comic books.
I'll have a big media shelving unit for my TV and every single one of my games consoles on display from PS4 to Sega Saturn. Might even get out the systems I have in storage like my original mega drive, xbox, Gamecube and n64 just for collectors sake.
I still have my sega saturn and dreamcast hooked up to my Tv, even though I never use them.
I wouldn't mind having a sofa in my room and stick my plushies on there as well. Roxas from Kingdom hearts, L from Death Note, Len and Rin, even my rare Sonic Adventure Chao Plush.
I'll turn this into a real gamers apartment.
I'll even have an area in the place just for all of my disney infinity figurines. Why not?

The really cool thing about where I live is that it's right next door to a new shopping mall that was built in the town centre. Literally right next door.
The Sainsbury's store I used to work for is only around the corner and there's bus stop right outside of my front door.
You couldn't ask for more convenience!

One more thing I wanna talk about before I wrap this all up.
Very recently I started writing my own really funny adaption to Alice in Wonderland starring AOSTH Robotnik
Its only halfway finished so far but it is seriously the funniest thing I have ever written.
Its dark, twisted and absolutely hilarious. I mean it, I really go all out this time and try not to censor myself. There are jokes about Disney Characters being tied with the KKK, jokes about North Korean Cannibalism, Sonic the Hedgehog owning abused Child Slaves, the list goes on...
The whole thing is basically Disney's Alice and Wonderland retold through the eyes of AOSTH Robotnik but it features tons of popular cartoon characters who make random cameos ranging from the cast of Coonskin, Howard the duck, Chun-Li, the police chief from Freakazoid... even Ashens and Guru Larry have a very twisted and bizarre cameo during a scene in the white rabbits cottage.
I won't dare spoil it all but as soon as it's finished I'll post it up for you all to read and at some point down the line turn it into a web comic and maybe even an animated movie, who knows?

One last thing before I end this.
This song from Sleeping Dogs, I've seriously had it stuck in my head for a full week on a constant neverending loop. It seriously will not go away.



This is almost as bad as the time I got to Lilliths nightclub in DMC and had that techno rave song stuck in my head for months. These songs just don't go away!!








::My Current Projects::


Sonic Adventure Minecraft - Beta V3 out now
Shenmue Minecraft - Beta V2 out now
Minecraft Exminster
Minecraft Cheltenham
SegaSonic ArcadeCraft
Shenmue 3: The Complete Saga
Katherine and Hippoloid








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TheCrimsonEmo Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah yes, I meant to send this to you the other day!
Great news about the mp3 support, though if you ask me that SHOULD have been there to begin with, same with themes.
Its beyond puzzling to me why the xbox one and ps4 was stripped of these features when their predecessors have been able to do them since launch.
You've been able to customise the xbox's background theme since the original blades operating system.

reviewtechusa recently posted an interesting 30 minute video talking with another youtuber about how badly this gen really is behind.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSY8my…
Its there if you wanna listen to it.
Its kinda scary in a way, this is a brand new console generation yet they're still struggling to make games in 1080p HD, nevermind 60fps.
I have to agree with him. It's shocking that game developers have to make those features a selling point in their games rather than those features be the defining standard.
After 8-9 years of us all gaming with 360, ps3 and wii we were all expecting it would be part of the 8th gen as standard.
He complains a lot about the lack of 4K in his video but tbh I doubt many games really care about it, unless you own TV's bigger than 60 inches you're not really going to notice a huge difference from 1080p anyway.
If anything your brain would more than likely just be telling you there's a huge difference just to justify the amount of money you spent on the new set.

but eh. sorry for my long winded rant.
Definitely glad both xbox one and ps4 have mp3 support now as to me that is probably one of the best features they've brought into the gaming industry since they replaced memory cards with hard drives as the standard.
I have some games that are just outright completely unplayable for me were it not for the custom soundtrack feature. Even PGR4 and Blur, hell even Sonic 06. being able to play my own music is what keeps me coming back to those games.

I was worried I was going to be bored as fuck playing through driveclub, need for speed rivals or forza 5. Its the ultimate chillout experience when you can just drive through these environments with your favorite music in the background
You can create your own mood and just lose yourself in the moment.
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ThePuzzleSolver Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
I know you'll enjoy this! youtube.com/watch?v=TDkrOyQ5pO…
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TheCrimsonEmo Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're awesome you are!
Btw have you seen the family guy simpsons crossover yet? I must of watched it 4 times by now, I'm obsessed with it.
I think my favorite scene has to be either the gas pump scene or grampa simpson running over peter and then shouting I'm old so I'm the victim!
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ThePuzzleSolver Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
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