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  • Big News Brawl Contest: 2nd Place goes to…

    June 13, 2011 by adam

    Huge congratulations this time around to the 2nd Place winners for the Brawl Contest. Lot’s of hard work and creativity went in to them and its paid off quite well! Congratulations you two!

    As you may remember, the judges were sent the Top 5 FIGHTERS and Top 5 STAGES as voted on by the Polycount Community. From there, they rated the entries in 3 areas: Artistic Achievement, Technical Achievement, and Brief Criteria. The points were tallied and our winners were decided. In the event of a tie, we referenced the public vote and the Fighter or Stage with the most amount of votes was given the win.

    Up first:

    The 2nd place winners!


    2nd place FIGHTER: JFletcher’s Mario!!


    The judges comments:

    Chris George:

    Technical Achievement
    Very clean work. The meshflow if super clean and follows the lines of his body perfectly. I love how some of the subtle details were modeled instead of just normal-baked, like the small buttons pulling his shirt across his chest. The fingers lack any deformation geometry, which would most likely result in pinching if bent too much. Another minor issue I have is how the ripped strap on his back is glued to his shirt, instead of draping down like it is in the front.

    Artistic Achievement
    Awesome character! He is full of personality from head to toe. Great texture work, clean bake, and I dig his face. For me, a great face is what really makes a character. The little details like the stitching and rips in his clothing are spot on too. Great job.

    Brief Criteria
    The personality of this redesign is so great, and that personality is totally different and unique than the original Mario. This is what I call a redesign. It’s like an entirely different character while still staying true to the original.


    Vitaliy Naymushin:

    Technical Achievement
    Technically this model is excellent, everything is very well done and built in a very smart way. Everything is very clean and it definitely shows that the creator knows what he’s doing. This model can be thrown into any AAA game and it would animate well and work great.

    Artistic Achievement
    Artistically this character is really fun and interesting. Its saturated, but not overly so, it looks very pleasing and whimsical and its definitely a memorable character that stands out from the crowd.

    Brief Criteria
    Out of all the entries I think this one did the best job of re-envisioning a character in a whole new interesting and unique way. I definitely want to play a Mario game done in this style!

    Hanno Hagedorn:

    Technical Achievement
    The poly distribution is pretty clean in general, but a bit rough when it comes to the outer shapes. The stylisation of the textures is good looking but not overdone and well balanced

    Artistic Achievement
    It is a badass gnarly Mario! Brilliant stylization and design. Lovin’ it!

    Brief Criteria
    It is just a gnarly Mario and not too creative in concern of the challenges topic.


    2nd Place STAGE: Mert’s Old Temple!


    The judges comments:

    Ryan Monday:

    Technical Achievement
    This is an extremely impressive looking set for the amount of texture sheets the artist(s) used in this environment. Because the artist(s) used many of the other systems in the game engine the artist(s) were able to take the environment to the next level with FX and lighting giving the atmosphere an amazing amount of depth.

    Artistic Achievement
    The mood in this scene is surreal. He has left open so many opportunities to allow for ambient movement which always makes a fighting stage that much more interesting. The stage itself is very complex looking with the broken up and uneven stones while he is able to still have very interesting background with simple elements.

    Brief Criteria
    This is an extremely nice rendition on Old Temple. You were able to take key elements and translate them to your new scene while giving it much more depth and room for ambient movement. 


    Josh Cook:

    Technical Achievement
    Good lighting and FX, nice sense of depth , good material quality.

    Artistic Achievement
    Great attention to detail, colour pallet and composition

    Brief Criteria
    Great idea to expose previously hidden areas of environment while maintaining a visual anchor to the original.


    Bram Eulers

    Technical Achievement
    Overall the scene is pretty well constructed, with most of it being tiling textures. Some texture layouts could have been more efficient, but overall the use of technical specs is good.
    It seems open enough though I have a problem reading the scale, but I trust it will work in a fighting game.

    Artistic Achievement
    It’s Not very daring with the color palette and a there’s a bit overreliance on post effects. I think a lot of post stuff is overkill I feel the textures and shaders could have use a bit more work, and the post effects and contrasty lighting were used to hide them. The overall composition is cool though!

    Brief Criteria
    Feels very similar to the original, but I think there are enough added elements like the fallen statue and nighttime lighting to consider it a nice reinterpretation!


    Very nicely done you two! Loved both of these entries quite a bit!

    Be sure to check out Mert’s thread as he has posted VIDEO of his entry and JFletcher’s thread for a rundown on how he created his rendition of Mario.

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    1. Elyaradine on June 13, 2011 at 6:06 am

      (Um, the post still says 3rd place, even though it's the second place guys.)

    2. lampekap on June 13, 2011 at 6:24 am


    3. jimmypopali on June 13, 2011 at 7:26 am

      lol nice copy and paste job

    4. Wahlgren on June 13, 2011 at 7:28 am

      I'm sitting next to Mert atm and I can verify that he's flabbergasted. He didn't expect it all :D


    5. jramauri on June 13, 2011 at 8:04 am

      Congrats, JFletcher. I wish you had won.. anyway, awesome work on Mario.
      Let's get back tomorrow to see Cammy highest on the podium :)

    6. jocz on June 13, 2011 at 8:05 am

      congrats to the top 5
      i guess everyone knows who won now …

    7. ENODMI on June 13, 2011 at 8:46 am

      Mario is the best!

    8. dogzer on June 13, 2011 at 8:57 am



    9. Dreamer on June 13, 2011 at 9:06 am

      Yes brother!!

    10. luke on June 13, 2011 at 9:13 am

      grats guys! 2 of my fav entries

    11. mxb8924 on June 13, 2011 at 10:35 am

      Fantastic both of you, I was showing my classmates in 3D your work as it was progressing and everyone loved it. Congrats you both deserve it. So ……Cammy in Bath House I thinking.

    12. r4ptur3 on June 13, 2011 at 10:55 am

      lolol @ jocz! congrats on 2nd place guys! awesome work!

    13. MrOneTwo on June 13, 2011 at 11:03 am

      Cammy in Bath House I thinking. – true true mxb. But congrats. Really amazing work.

    14. Chandler on June 13, 2011 at 11:20 am

      Both are great entries! The temple turned out awesome, it was a pleasure seeing that progress. Congrats guys!

    15. Hazardous on June 13, 2011 at 11:35 am

      Awesome job guys !

    16. shrew81 on June 13, 2011 at 12:11 pm

      Ah, my favorite environment! I was expecting this to be first. :D

      Sweet placings Jfletcher and Mert!

    17. Ravenslayer on June 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm

      grats both very well executed entries

    18. g2000 on June 13, 2011 at 12:32 pm

      Congrats both JFletcher and Mert ,amazing work!!!

    19. POFFINGTON on June 13, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      OH Man…..I thought these were going to be #1!! I love that Mario.

    20. Ivory on June 13, 2011 at 2:38 pm

      Mario aged well!

      The Best!

    21. duncan on June 13, 2011 at 4:40 pm

      Congratz guys! Really awesome job.

    22. Larkbeef on June 13, 2011 at 4:47 pm

      Vote well spent, on both stage and Character! Brilliant work.

    23. JFletcher on June 13, 2011 at 5:07 pm

      Heh, nice. :) Thanks everyone, and grats to the other finalists!

    24. Purplepaint on June 13, 2011 at 5:15 pm

      Wow, grats!

    25. JeremyRM on June 13, 2011 at 7:49 pm

      Awesome work, loved both of these!

    26. STRIKER on June 13, 2011 at 9:13 pm


    27. Mert on June 14, 2011 at 2:39 am

      Thanks all that was unexpected! :D well done to all involved and congrats to the other competitors, it was a blast!

    28. Spatz on June 14, 2011 at 4:22 am

      it´s a marion ^^ Congratz guys!!!

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