Same here. For some reason I’ve found every single modelling program unintuitive and immensely frustrating to use, even the ‘easy’ ones. Obviously a lot of people have no problem with them but I just can’t get my head around modelling at all (and I’m pretty good at making sculptures out of clay!).
Also ,when I finally got to make a basic model I was happy with, the process of getting the thing to compile and show in-game was so irritating for me that I nearly put my fist through a window. I think I’ll stick with propper for my own sanity.
Once you learn to model and texture, you lose your creative restrictions. You’re no longer forced to using default or other peoples assets and can instead build whatever you fancy.
I wish I had the will to learn, but then I can’t find any good texturing tutorials. But to make textures, it helps to bake an AO map from a model, but to do that you need to model. Ah, the circle of game development.
Propper’s cool and all, but it limits you to the hammer 1-unit grid. With exceptions. You can’t make smooth surfaces, or small details, as well as non-euclidean geometry-- which modelers like 3D Studio excel at.
I would have gotten into propper, but I’d recognized these weaknesses before I started. Instead I started doing things in XSI, which was balls. I can’t believe Valve made all of HL2 on XSI.
After trying both XSI and 3DS, I have to say that 3DS Max is pretty great. If I were developing a big 3D title, I would definitely license as many copies of it as I needed.
I’ve used a few programs in my life and I can safely say that Max is my favourite. I’ve never tried Blender because my Graphics teacher reckoned it was a bit difficult to use, but then again… He uses a thing called Rhino…