Last June the Blogosphere was briefly abuzz about the South Park Studio site, which allowed users to construct their own made-to-order South Park characters. Unfortunately, within a few weeks the site (in Germany) had stopped providing the service, with an apologetic message. Perhaps because my German is inadequate, it was never clear whether they had been threatened with a lawsuit or just couldn't afford the bandwidth. Most likely the latter, since I now see (from Left & Right, found through Silent Running) that the site is back at a new URL, Planearium South Park Studio. (L&R's links don't seem to work, so you'll have to scroll down to May 11th for a picture of Rob.) It's not exactly the same -- there don't seem to be any 'Kiss My Ass' T-shirts in the Body option -- but close enough. Here is the self-portrait I constructed last June, which is actually an excellent likeness:
Be sure not to add anything in the Hair/Hat option if you want a bald character like mine. These can be changed but not deleted, so you would have to start all over again.
The site doesn't seem to provide any capability to print or store your results, but that limitation is easy enough to get around, at least on Windows machines. For those who don't already know, here's how it's done: Use Shift-PrtScr to save a screen shot to the clipboard, then open Microsoft Paint, retrieve the screen shot with Ctrl-V, trim it down to the appropriate size, and 'Save As' a JPEG file. Some detail is lost in the process, but what do you want for free?Posted by Dr. Weevil at May 17, 2003 09:26 PM