Ya know, then you guys could also ban every other 3D application that usese pre render stuff, like poser, because you can get a ton of models for those programs from various sites and can throw together your own stuff without much work.
Odd you should mention that... Poser renders, that are just a bunch of non user created models, also fall outside the scope of FA's AUP. This pertains to the scenerio as you mentioned it, for any application be it POSER, SL, MAX, MAYA, POV, TRUESPACE, Bryce, or any other number of 3D modelers and render tools.
Dont see a problem why pics that are done with a highly pseicalized redering tool are forbidden. Its not like you make one click and you are done, most landscapes are modled anyway.
As I understand it no one said that using highly specialized rendering tools where forbidden, in fact, its specifically mentioned more than once that they aren't, and specifically what is.
I think if you really look into the matter, you'll see that only one side is really generalizing the issue.
The only other program that can do such things would be 3DSMax, but only in the 5000 Euros worth full version of it
Umm... Max isnt the only program that does "such things". (See aforementioned, especially the "...any other number of 3D modelers and render tools", part.)
Umm, right now... (it didnt take much effort to figure this out) Max v9 - new - goes for $3,519.11 on amazon, and you can get it legitimately - used - on Ebay or Amazon, for around $400. Naturally if you want to save more money, you could look for lower versions. Thats one of the glories about software. The good stuff doesn't become drastically less useful just because its older... Most of the freeware version of TGen is like a decade old. Yes... people have been squeeing ZOMG were did you take that picture!?!? at TGen renders since before I started playing with it, way back in 99. Back then I got kicks because I made some other kids think that I took a picture of the surface of mars through my high power telescope, and even got raised eyebrows from some teachers. Software dosnt have to be the newest most expensive version or even commercially released, in order to achieve amazing results. And, 3D modeling applications and rendering programs (sometimes they are entirely separate things, but often times they are combined to one degree or the other) arnt so specialized that there are only two applications out there to use if you want to model and render a landscape.
that or you have Hammer and make such stuff with the source engine.
Yeah, no kidding eh... who does that any more!?!?
Dont see an argument here for banning it.
Nothing's been banned yet, that I know of... except for Sammy.
Ummm, Sammy deleted his own terragen renders while this was being discussed... I guess he was trying to spoof the old BAWWWWWW I'M LEAVING 4 EVER thing that he and his kind enjoy laughing at. When he "came back", I guess he thought the joke was on him, but its not, its simply just a matter of the AUP never allowing generator content "in and of itself, or as the main theme of a submission" to be hosted on FA.
My terragen renders where not even "banned". I was told two weeks ago that they where allowed, and I was asked nicely to take them down, once it was decided that they didn't belong here anymore, I gladly complied... and Sammy... well this is were Sammy took it.
And just to make sure you understand how I see it... Using specialized or advanced, or not so specialized or advanced 3D applications isn't what is not being allowed on FA, generator content, in and of itself, or as the main theme of a submission is, because it almost blatantly contradicts the FA's policy requiring content to be user created or created for the user, in order to have a place on FA.