Friday, June 3, 2011
3D Pets? Sims, Yeah!
by Neil Melville
Lehi, UT

Today, the game I am currently working on was announced to the public. Sims3 Pets on 3DS. That's right, Sim animals that are for the first time full Sims, and in full stereoscopic vision. See the preview at IGN - yes, exclusive to this platform is the ability to play with a full pet Sim family. Not everyone will care, but for those of you who do, this game is for you. Your welcome!

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   Art Direction!
  Preproduction screenshots!
  Media links!

  Special FX!
  Sample screenshots!
  Movie links!

Game Developers Conference 2007
Shigeru Miyamoto at GDC 2007 - My report of the presentation on Creative Vision
Clint Hocking at GDC 2007 - What I got from the presentation on Exploration in Games

FX samples from VAN HELSING

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I have been a professional game developer since 1994, working as a game designer, concept artist, 3d artist, animator and visual FX specialist. I am driven to make great games, and have been blessed so far to make a career of it.

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Site Updates

02/02/10     Star Trek Online Launches! Neil's site gets a new page!
11/11/08     Neil celebrates LUX award, and "this site viewed over 10000 times."
08/25/08     Neil jumps into game design at EA Salt Lake.
07/28/08     Cryptic Studios announces Star Trek Online.
02/20/08     Marvel Universe Online out, Champions Online in. My site not updated.
05/05/07     Cryptic Animation Rig released with models built by Neil.
03/07/07     Neil Goes to GDC in San Francisco.
09/29/06     Cryptic Studios named as developer of Marvel Universe Online.
03/28/06     GDC, VMC, FX, Ageia, and "this site viewed over 4000 times."
10/31/05     City of Villains ships, and this site gets updates again.
06/27/05     Neil joins forces with Cryptic Studios in Los Gatos, CA
05/20/05     New VAN HELSING page with FX sample video
04/22/05     Web Articles Page added, and the Sketchbook gets a second page.
04/15/05     New links, Ink sketches added to Sketchbook, Taxes due.
04/06/05     New sketches in sketchbook, surviving a cat attack
03/30/05     Added spotlight features and Sketchbook Page
     More news items, including "This site viewed 1000 times."
03/01/05     New news is good news, update section updated, joy abounds.
02/26/05     Images added to Color Illustrations Gallery
02/22/05     Site overhauled with new graphic design.
02/13/05     Added Random Gallery Image on Home Page
02/28/03     Downloadable Demo Reel added to the Gallery
02/15/03     Animations added to the Gallery
02/10/03     More images added to the Gallery
02/01/03     Site launch!