The year is almost over, and Colors! 3D is not in your hands yet. This is due to the gallery integration feature. The term that Nintendo uses for features like the integrated gallery is “Rich User Generated Content”. This is not something we see too much of on consoles, so it’s been taking quite a while to work through.
More than once, I considered stripping out the gallery features and ship Colors! 3D without it, but I decided not to as I think the gallery is such as core part of Colors!. Finally, after a lot of back and forth with Nintendo we’ve worked it through (thanks for your patience, Dan Chang!). And thanks to the Parental Control options released in the recent Nintendo 3DS system update, we’ll see the gallery as it was intended. However, you will only be able to see paintings created on Nintendo 3DS systems, so the incredible database of paintings already there won’t be available other than as a link to view them in the Nintendo 3DS Internet browser. But I think the gallery will fill up with new stuff soon enough– and with the bonus that most of the available paintings will be in 3D!
I’m currently hoping to submit to certification as soon as the holiday break is over. Everything is done, and I’m just tinkering with a few things that have been bugging me while I’m waiting for that to happen. I’ve even taken the time to localize the whole thing to 6 other languages (French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch), which will hopefully prove worth the effort.
So, what about the topic of this post? What color are you? Well, that is referring to a pet feature of mine in Colors! 3D. I’m a huge fan of procedurally generated data, especially when you use individual data as the source. I did a project back in the days where I generated Rorschach blots based on someone’s name (sort of like this). This was part of an exhibition I did together with Ida Rödén where we showed off a video game we made together. People were really fascinated to see what blot came up when they entered their name, even though it’s really only a random thing that uses their name as a seed.
Anyway, in Colors! 3D, each artist in the gallery has a color generated from his/her username. It makes the comments a little bit easier to follow, as you quickly start to recognize people’s colors. It’s one of the smallest features of Colors! 3D, but one I very much enjoy.
So, what color are you? I guess you have to get Colors! 3D to find out. If everything goes well, it should be very soon!