Friday, November 28, 2014

Top Diva 3: Sydney's Sweetheart

John Marine | 8:52 PM | | |
Tournament three of "Top Diva" is highlighted here. The past two tournaments have offered their own insanity as young women from around the world battled to become Grand Champion. This third tournament promises to be deep and intense. A deeper and diverse field was assembled as the prospect of becoming Grand Champion is a goal each of the finalists of Top Diva's 3rd Tournament want to accomplish.

This blog post is a look at the third tournament of my "Top Diva" series.





--- Introducing "Top Diva" ---

In case you don't know about this series, let me share with you the story behind Top Diva before moving onto me introducing you to the 2nd Tournament.

"Top Diva" was a fighting game concept I had inspired mostly by all-female fighting game series such as Asuka 120% and the Variable Geo series. It is a fighting tournament more in the sense of the Street Fighter games more than the ever-popular mixed-martial arts fighting of today. "Top Diva" and its storyline branches out in many different ways.

The concept was to be a set of characters as well as stages made with the very popular PC fighting game engine M.U.G.E.N.. I only went as far as to mostly create some here-and-there bitmaps of certain characters as well as plan out palette combinations. No characters or stages from Top Diva were ever successfully created.

Here are more details about my concept...


Inspirations.

The fighting inspirations come from various all-female fighting games as well as the Street Fighter series. When I came up with this idea, I wasn't thinking of supernatural powers or anything. I instead wanted this to be more straight up punches and kicks. So you could also say that the Virtua Fighter series is an inspiration. The characters themselves aren't based on any real people. Some of the characters wear certain fashions that I just wanted to showcase the diverse array of characters. The concept of an all-female fighting realm is nothing new if you are aware of game series such as the "Asuka 120%" series and the "Variable Geo" series among others.

To add personality and provide something different, I tried to mix up the different personalities. Some people mostly only focused on making the women as seductive as possible or only focus on what many people would consider attractive women. What I did was try to spread around different personalities. Besides slim and slender women, some of the characters may be curvy women or even petites. Some of the women are total girly-girls in looks and personality, and some others are tomboyish in appearance and personality. You can think of it as stirring the pot and offering loads of diversity.

Considering I am a male who came up with a concept of an all-female story, one would probably think I'd appeal to just about every heterosexual male's fantasies about women. However, I mixed things up. The various personalities represent a broad variety of people instead of only focusing on sexy women or what most people would consider attractive.

As of this initial blog post, I did not have a logo in mind. I may feature it in a future edit.


The General Storyline of "Top Diva."

The tournament known as "Top Diva" basically seeks for some of the strongest women in the world. The age threshold was for females to be between the ages of 18 and 30. Tournaments held showcased women from around the world wanting to have a chance at becoming the Grand Champion. Women who competed in this tournament competed hard. Many didn't make the final cut but still enjoyed their experience to the fullest. Some others, however, felt jealous of the finalists and formed certain factions and gangs to attack the eventual finalists of each Top Diva tournament. Everyone who competed in the tournament risked and sacrificed many things to realize the goal of becoming champion of the tournament- including their health, their jobs, their friends and family, and even their relationships and motherhood.

Because this was mostly a game concept, there is no real "winner" of any of the tournaments. It was mostly designed for the player to determine who was the best by picking someone and beating the others in the tournament.

Especially for the first tournament, I had thought of certain boss characters that aided in trying to sabotage the tournaments.


Time now to get into the main stories.



--- Top Diva 3: Sydney's Sweetheart ---

Get to know the Third Tournament finalists:

Top Diva 3
^ The 12 finalists of Top Diva's Third Tournament are all featured here. Unlike the previous two stories, there is no real primary antagonist to this tournament. NOTE: This image may or may not represent any sort of final product based on these characters.

Voxel models made using MagicaVoxel. My latest posts featuring MagicaVoxel content: "MagicaVoxel" posts on John's Creative Space.



Top Diva 3: Sydney's Sweetheart.

A third Top Diva tournament was established. The field used to be 10. There are now 12 finalists. As the name of this tournament implies, the winner of this tournament gains "unworldly fame" by winning her own mansion in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; and she also acquires many items to make her famous in the fabulous city of Sydney. Every championship round is played out in the fictional Diva City.


Top Diva 3: Characters.

After all the qualifying, these 12 became finalists of the third Top Diva tournament:

• Paradise Chavez - recent High School graduate from Laguna Beach, CA, USA.
• Xiomara Luna - a ballerina and ballet instructor from San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
• Charmaine Wilson - a college student and bakery owner from St. Louis, MO, USA.
• Sayuri Hitomiyo - a geisha from Osaka, Japan.
• Denise Weatherby - the first-ever lesbian Top Diva finalist. Born and raised in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
• Carlotta Castiglione - former party girl and former wild teen from Milan, Italy.
• Annabelle Chavez - recording artist and model from El Paso, TX, USA.
• Kenosha Parker - a college student from Chicago, IL, USA.
• Trisha Taylor - a lounge music recording artist from Trenton, NJ, USA.
• Natalia Müller - an aspiring trance music producer and DJ from Cologne, Germany.
• Daine Eboka - a Tae Kwon Do champion from Nairobi, Kenya.
• Christine Johnson - a college student from Little Rock, Arkansas. Qualified, but retired.


Again, there is no character who emerged and challenged the tournament champion. So consider this a more civilized tournament.




For more posts in the "Top Diva" series, click this link: "Top Diva" posts on "John's Creative Space. Thank you for reading!

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