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Pre-rant gubbins:
Animated avatar of a Half Life 2 NPC. Combine Elite. Feel free to use in whatever you like, forums, websites, whatever. Just sort some hosting out and host the avatar yourself as I don't think deviantart likes hotlinking.

Made by going in game, putting no-target on, and taking a series of screenshots in rapid succession. And then processing in photoshop and flash to sort out the animation.


And now for the rant:

Ok, here's the story. This avatar was made a fair while ago (talking years here) and was happily on devart with people using it and fav'ing it and all that, along with a dozen or so other avatars. It was one of the better ones.

Then, a little over a year ago, it was removed due to 'copyright violation'. Being unsure on why this would be removed and the others remained, I queried it, and got a generic answer that smacked of someone not even looking into the case. I even requested that if there is a copyright violation with the avatars that they should remove the action...

So, a year after it's removal, it's back. I figure if the other avatars are ok, then there is no reason why this one shouldn't be.

I must stress...I'm not one to deliberately break rules. I'm not re-submitting this as a means to cause problems for devart. I'm re-submitting it as it's part of a collection, a popular collection at that, and it's wrong that one of the better pieces in this collection should not be with the rest.

I do not see why this image was removed when a dozen others made in the same manner using the same process weren't. Also I don't see the difference between this and the other game avatars available on deviantart made using only single screenshots taken from the game. If anything they should be more likely to violate copyright as much less work could be said to have gone into their creation...(see below)

"Your submissions may not contain material or images which were not created entirely through your own effort; this means that you cannot simply collect photographs, artworks and other images, writings or scans from printed books/magazines and submit them to your account. You are not allowed to submit “reworked”, “edited” or otherwise “modified” material which you obtained from other sources."

As far as I know, the avatar is "safe", here's why:

The submission was created through my own effort. I took the screenshots in the game. Not only that, but I had to run the game and tweak various things to get the settings right. THEN I had to process the screenshots and arrange the animation. "I" DID all this - no one else. The only part of the image that is not mine is the in-game model used. And if this is where the copyright violation lies, then Deviantart should be a bit busy removing ALL screenshots from here, as this interpretation could be argued to include icons and other digital media found within another program. Replace characters with icons, and the game with an OS, and you see where i'm going...

Ok thats the rant over...fingers crossed it will stay up, if not, nevermind. I've kinda strayed into photography and so flickr is as inviting as anything now...
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Ellio0t Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Groso bro!
Wasteland-Omelet Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i love it mate
CombineElites Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Student Artist
jimcool93 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
can i use it?
haywire7 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
Love it!
Had a few things randomly removed myself, still no idea why :/
legion374 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
drawerick Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice!!! :D
lors555 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
i love moving pics like this and i love the HL series
zpyder Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009
Who keeps requesting this as a print? It's a blooming animation! How do you print that?!
Mabley Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
Oh lol.
Kinda makes me wonder whether that may actually be possible in the future.
DOLARES12 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Student General Artist
geminilaser Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They're bad,but still i like this guys...
Fyrus69 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
Awesome avatar, using it on my forum profile and MSN
Arandus Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009
i give credit to you when i use it for my own :D
someone3333 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009
Looks like me in "GarrysMod".
Weasel102 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008
Love it. Looks like he's going to say something, thinks better of it, and just shakes his head in an attempt to remove the thought from his head. Very nice, I like it. =D
Netika Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
he looks like hes thinking of something to say during an interview....awesome
StonePaw Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
Nice effort dude.

May I use this as an avatar on this site for a bit?
zpyder Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008
Sure, not a problem!
aca985 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
Really nice m8 :) ... tnx for the In-game tip :) gonna try it
theethan77 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
copyright my ass ahhaha violations are all over they need to just shut up haha i love it
Ghostings Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008
Mmm im lovin it!
XxMrDestructionxX Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
this isn't fat ass mcdonalds.. this is awesome!! :P
scuzzy5005 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
I hope it spreads around, I try using it out in
obtusellama Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
cool :thumbsup:

i hope it doesn't get removed!

crossing my fingers too :)
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