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Yeah...You know somehow people that don't actually make art tend to say that sometimes, I wonder why...
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I don't know if you are just being sarcastic or honestly thinking out loud but I can only assume you are siding with the other guys. It's funny though; because it's a lot like tasting sushi for the first time. Most people who have tried it think it's awesome and then there's the people who never have tried it and never will just because it "looks gross".
Anyone who is a part of the whole open source thing "gets it". They see the benefits. Everyone else makes comments like the one's you're reading in this thread. I suppose the shoe would be on the other foot if art had been first to open source.
I truly tip my hat to guys like http://www.turbosquid.com/
. I think that they may have something; maybe the closest thing to the "open source" frame of mind for now. The argument can certainly be made that the FREE content is not AAA but it's still in it's infant years...
I should add that I could have used sites like that to just "steal free art" as you may be thinking but I was holding the contest as an opportunity to do something different or do something more than just making yet-another-model and posting yet-another-render on your website. Hell; it was a space ship contest! We're not exactly talking rocket science here (no pun intended). It was supposed to be fun, not some devilish scheme that calls for a "mwhahaha" at the end .