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DS Birth of an Island

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Sep 13, 2006 | 6:06 PM EDT

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This little doc. shows how volcanoes start from deep under the Earth. It shows some facts about volcanic islands and it has a little 'what you've just seen' quiz. Can you spot the spelling mistake? I am working occasionally to improve this movie with more photos etc. If I upload an improved version- you will be credited if we use your suggestions. I will make BOI 2 if I get enough support- PM me!



Rated 4 / 5 stars

A Commendable educational message... but...

I thought this flash might have benefited from some more entertaining visuals. Although I understand you trying to make the flash as factually accurate as possible (which it was) I think any flash on Newgrounds must be made with the understanding that viewers are expecting to be entertained. I see no reason that your flash couldn't of contained the exact same information, but have much more entertaining visuals (like lava pushing it's way up through the earths crust). Even the island forming, although entertainingly shown could have been done even more entertainingly.

Say are you still planning on doing part 2? I doubt it with how busy you are. You were planning on showing ecological succession on an island, right? I don't think I told you this but I'm a forestry major and I might have fun doing a flash showing that... maybe that could be another project for us down the line?
-Ox Sox

IceDragon64 responds:

1. We can discuss the details of entertaining visuals. Although I intend it to be a serious flash, if we can come up with more entertaining images I will consider it. I was working at the limit of my ability at the time. Although it is very short and simple, the main scene involves FBF lava flows, FBF waves away from the island, three different layers of smoke and steam... it took hours!
2. Yes I am nominally still planning it, tho I don't do much flash at present. Yes, I would consider working with you on pt 2. I confess I don't know much about ecological succesion, I am expecting to do quite a bit if research, when the time comes.
Thanks for your detailed review.


Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

This actualy taught ME something.

Kids who go on NG will probably learn alot from this, is there an educational collection? There should be. And this should be in it. I learnt a bit about Surtsey from this :p. Lengthen the quiz abit, it's like, real easy. For a documentery on NG this is quite good!

IceDragon64 responds:

You wait till version 2 comes out- I'm working on it! Better art, better animation, better sound, more pics, longer quiz. I haven't started with BOI2 yet but I will. Thanks


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Good Job

It's kinda funny to see something educational on NG, but that's not a bad thing. I like it. Hope to see more of your stuff soon.

xxx V

IceDragon64 responds:

Hi V,
I am not alone. ShrimpFryRice has some and I know a few language tuts. Maybe this could be the subject of an article too! If you think of a fairly simple documentary idea, let me know and we could collab, with the help of the Dragons & Spirits. There's more on the way!


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

I like it

It's good know can i see, you wanna show and express your fells and your thinking.. It's good.

I like it.

IceDragon64 responds:

I am glad you liked it. Thank you.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

This was good :)

I liked the animation style.
And the explaination was very good also.
Was that your voice ?.

I never knew anything about volcanoes.
Now i do heh.

(srry for the short review, but i had to go.)

Keep on goin like this !!.

IceDragon64 responds:

Thank you for reviewing. Dont worry if its not long, I have been told all the basics now anyway. Glad you liked it. Yes its my voice (with a cold). Its my voice in DS Dragon quiz for some of the answers too, mine in the DS Christmas Quiz song at the end and mine in toothy lip sync alpha, speeded up! I will keep going. BOI 2 -someday if I get support.