A Game About Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs was a pretty big passion of mine back when I was still a child. My parents are geologists, and they liked to show me fossils and other prehistoric oddities. They gave me numerous books about dinosaurs and earth history, and even from before I could read I really liked those textbooks with cool illustrations of fossils and artist’s impression dinosaurs and even stratigraphy. I learned the names of geological ages long before I know the current year. I memorized the names and classification of dinosaurs before I learned the name of plants that grow on our front yard (heck, I don’t even know some of them to this day).

This passion wanes a bit as media for it become rarer (I’ve never watched Jurassic Park, but I owe a lot to it. All these children’s books and cartoons and documentaries about dinosaurs wouldn’t be so popular without it), but it’s still somewhere in my blood. Dinosaurs, I mean. I don’t actively seek them out anymore, but if I, say, come across yet another stupid argument on the internet on whether or not they have fur, I still always read through them.

Art of Saurian by http://arvalis.deviantart.com

Apparently called a Denversaurus.

Through one of my crazy delves into the depth of the internet, I came across this guy, who made some pretty awesome scientifically-less-baffling version of Pokemon. He is also apparently a concept artist for a game called Saurian.

It feels like a dream that I’ve always had, but never realized. A game where you play as dinosaurs, which tries to be as scientifically accurate as possible? I’m already sold!

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what has 4chan done to you that now youre talking about education

I think the most important thing school does, for me at least, is giving a set goal to meet. It forces you to study to get around these hurdles called “test” or “angry teachers.” It gives those hours spent studying (piles of books on your desks, papers everywhere, deadlines tomorrow, video games still calling) a purpose. Even if it’s boring you still have to do it. Even if you hate what you’re studying, even if its usefulness is still an invisible blip in the distance, you’ve still got to do it.

Someone once told me that 80% of what you do doesn’t have much impact on your work (as in, useless). But those 20% won’t happen unless you do those 80%. It’s a pretty pessimistic view, but I think it rolls. School and daily jobs give you goals to force you to do those useless 80% instead of only dreaming up all the 20%.

To an artist without inspirations, a blank canvas is torture.