Time and time again I have to wonder exactly what causes brand-loyalty. I’m sure you’ve all had experiences of this sort, especially dealing with the issue of Blender vs. all those “professional” modelling software out there. In any case, here’s my latest grievance:
I’m overseeing a design project, and one of the artists is an architecture student who is enamoured with 3DMax. I thought this was rather interesting, so I told him that I knew what 3DMax is, but I prefer to use Blender, appending “let’s not start a religious war about free modelling software vs. “professional” software :)” after it. Given the number of people who have jumped at my throat when I mentioned I prefer Blender over most professional modelling software, even though I don’t model at all these days, I had to take the precaution against it repeating.
Well… I get a rather nasty reply: “i’m not starting a goddamn religious war, i’m trying to help out, so dont patronize me. its not like this campus is crawling with people who know how to use these programs.”
WELL THEN. Didn’t know I was patronizing. Eh, excuse me?
So this little exchange got me thinking yet again. Is it really dependent upon the individual how tolerant he/she might be towards other modelling programs, or are there really trends in behavior. Of course, everyone who uses Blender is proud of it, but it seems that even those who are most self-assured come to expect to be attacked for their preferences. I know this question sounds philosophical and generally applicable to everything, but in the mind of you modellers out there, especially those of you who have kept with it consistently – do you, or would you, ever consider yourself a professional 3D modeller by using Blender? Obvious answer is “yes”, but do you truly, truly believe in that 100%?