Sunday, 16 April 2017

A 2017 Update

I've noticed that the Creatures Community has been fairly quiet recently, but I have decided to return briefly just to give an updates of sorts in regards to the status of The Norn Nebula.

First of all rest assured that I won't be taking the blog down any time soon! The Norn Nebula has a lot of history, and I don't plan to ever throw it away, unless the inevitable happens. I'm quite dubious of Google and have suspicions they may plan on getting rid of blogger at some point, but for now everything is quite safe!

Now, onto the NornHub. I haven't streamed Docking Station in over a year, but when I go back to uni in September I will try to stream the game whilst I am away in class. I could perhaps stream when I go back to finish my studies in May, but I will have to wait and see what happens first!

The Norn Nebula will be celebrating its eighth birthday this May. This is counted from its first incarnation, Docking Station Galaxy, which was created in late May 2009 as the successor to a previous attempt at a Creatures website. Even more interesting is that next year will mark ten years since I joined the Creatures Community (has it really been that long?). I may plan on releasing a genetic breed to mark the occasion, so keep your eyes peeled!

Monday, 12 December 2016

Creatures Series Intro Compilation (1996 - 2000)

Last week I posted a video compilation of the introductory sequences from each of the creatures games: Creatures 1, Creatures 2, Creatures Adventures, Creatures 3 and Creatures Playground, to The Norn Nebula's YouTube channel. I would have posted about this sooner, but encountered some heartbreaking news last Tuesday - one of my real-life friends had sadly taken his own life after apparently being missing since Sunday. I know it is a sensitive subject to talk about and may upset some people, but if you are feeling down or depressed, please speak to a professional, or someone close to you, such as a friend or relative. Nobody should have to face this alone.

In regards to the Norn Nebula, I'm planning on adding some more stuff to the new YouTube channel, and may even record some new gameplay videos similar to Jessica's of Discover Albia. I've been busy a lot grieving recently and I've been working on uni work so I've not had much time, unfortunately. I'll try and get stuff done as soon as I'm available, however.

Also, today marks the second day of the CCSF 2016. You can find out more on the CCSF 2016 website here.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

The Lost Creatures Adventures Introduction Video!

Whilst searching the internet, I recently came across the introduction for Creatures Adventures, which I've never seen before. Like a lot of the original game releases, the game had the option to watch an introductory video, where the player could be shown a bit of the backstory behind the game. Unfortunately these intro videos aren't included with the newer releases, which is a shame because they are quite interesting, despite the CGI work being somewhat dated by today's standards.

You can watch the introductionary video below. I've also posted the Creatures Playground introduction as well - the difference in animation and 3D quality is quite astounding. but it's understandable as Creatures Adventures was in development prior to Creatures 3 so they probably had quite a limited animation budget!

Whilst the Creatures Playground and Creatures Adventures games aren't as fun as the main series, it's interesting to see where Creature Labs were going in regards in targetting a younger audience.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

What is Happening with Creatures Family, Spil Games?

I normally try and avoid ranting on The Norn Nebula, but I think some things have to be said! When Creatures Online's production was halted earlier this year, it was soon snapped up by Spil Games, a game development team responsible for a wide variety of different web games. In their statement, Spil Games said that "Spil Games will keep fans happy with a series of multi-platform teaser games starting this summer", but where exactly are these teaser games? The game is said to have a 2017 release, so why haven't we been given any form of update regarding its status. If Spil Games are keeping Creatures Family on the backburner, it would have been nice if they would at least give us some sort of statement.

Again, sorry for the somewhat negative tone of this post, but it's such a shame a franchise like Creatures has been pretty much forgotten about. Fishing Cactus, like them or not, did a great job with Creatures Online, despite the numerous delays, and I still think its a darn shame that the game was shelved, especially after so much hype was built up in the community. Right now I'm hoping that Spil Games are keeping the development of Creatures Family under wraps, but hopefully come 2017 we'll eventually get a proper answer.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Happy 20th Anniversary Creatures!

As many of you may (or may not) know, today officially marks twenty years since the release of the original Creatures game on PC. The first entry in the creatures series, it is considered by a lot of people to be the "perfect" Creatures game, and also helped introduce us to the loveable norns that we still all love to this day! The game also introduced the scaly grendels, which although seemed scary at first, were actually all not that bad with a few tweaks to the game's scripting.

I've not really been active in the community recently, but decided this would be a good opportunity to return for short while as this is quite a special occasion indeed. I did originally plan a piece of fan art to commemorate the occasion, but I've been too busy with uni work recently and never got far from doing a few initial sketches. I'm also probably not going to release anything for the CCSF this year - I did hope to finish off an Ant Norn breed for C3/DS earlier this year but unfortunately life has taken over. Regardless, I hope everyone continues to enjoy Creatures for many years to come, and if anyone has any memories to share about your creatures experience please talk about them in the comments!