Every time the team at Truant Pixel releases new themes, it's hard not to be impressed. Yesterday they hit the North American PSN again with their Azure Earth Holographic Dynamic Theme and Azure Earth Orbital Dynamic Theme.
These are outstanding! I'm ready to buy
Not really impressed as it's something users could create with ease if they weren't blocked from having the editor.
lkr, l wish l could edit my own theme with sound and icons /sigh
this reminds me of PS3 cancer project - [email protected]
My thoughts exactly. They need to get the [email protected] one on the PS4. It was awesome.
Great, more crappy themes from Hacks. Why can't we make our own themes anymore? You can on the VITA, PSTV, PSP and PS3. Most of the themes these guys create are just shameless copies from free ones that users created. Why is it that the only themes that are free are advertisements?
Actually had to login to my old n4G account to respond to this. Firstly, I was a member of the theme making community for a very long time, on PS3 and psp. Some of you might even remember my work, which I always freely distributed since 2008. There is nothing about my themes that are "copies". I compose every element, from the graphics to the music. I model and animate all of our assets. Dynamic themes do not utilize any sort of user friendly editor. They require actual coding, and an actual dev kit given increased memory requirements necessary for the development process. If it were easy, then the store wouldn't be flooded with worthless crap like poorly compressed video frames and badly drawn skulls. Getting a development kit required a substantial financial investment on our part - it required starting a company, and jumping through all the hoops just to get our foot in the door. But having been a part of the community that created themes back in the day, i felt it was worth it. That being said, I've set the prices of our work at 1/2 to 1/3 of what the other guys are demanding for their 'product'. We are trying to break even, not fleece our fans. I absolutely agree (and have been outspoken) that *static* themes should be free and should be user-made just like on the previous platforms, but we have no say in any of that policy. For that reason, since I can't distribute any themes for free, I'm not creating any static ps4 themes as I simply feel there is no justification for charging for them. We have made a couple of theme packages for other companies (like odd World) and we always recommend distributing themes for free, but at the end of the day it's up to the publisher. We don't see an extra dime if they decide to sell them. I only ask, before judging us with the rest of the people that have turned the theme store into a mess, take an actual look at our work first. We make sure all of our themes have a video preview on the PlayStation store, we post work in progress vids on YouTube, and I've even live streamed some of the development process. We take user feedback at every turn, because since we do have to sell our dynamic themes, I am constantly striving to ensure that our work is worth the asking price.
I quite understand your position and my negatives towards themes are not directed at yourselves rather Sony for not supplying a free editor or allowing others to create one. I appreciate many see it as an acceptable cost but I'm a dev from the 80's (Atari 8bit onwards)and remember just how many amateur and professional programmers came from simply typing in game / app program magazine listings. My fav free dynamic themes on PS3 was the garden and fish tank :)
There are no real pictures of earth from space. So this is most likely the best you'll see for some time.
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