Genie Skin – Robin Williams Tribute

With the recent passing of the great comedic actor, Robin Williams, tribute after tribute is flooding the internet in various forms.  It is my pleasure to present this skin of the Genie from Aladdin by RevChuckles, a character voiced by one of the brightest stars of this era.

 

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The Genie is a highly iconic character from one of Disney’s most beloved animated films.  Many of the older Minecraft players were born at just the right age to grow up with this film in their childhood memories, so this skin is sure to hit home for some of you.

 

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Genie is an overall simple character with a few very distinct characteristics – namely the golden bands, red belt, and his face.  The belt and bands are portrayed fairly well here, though the bands could be a bit brighter as they are quite shiny in the original.

 

Obviously, as is the case with mermaids and other similar creatures, Genie’s wispy tail cannot be translated to the Steve model.  A little creative license is required instead.  Personally, I am not particularly fond of the choice of shape and color for his shoes, but it works sufficiently.

 

Finally, given the limited area to work with, his face is captured fairly well.  The skinner makes extensive use of the helmet layer to add dimension and certain characteristics throughout the body, being most important for the eyebrows and facial hair.

 

Overall this skin is well-executed and works efficiently within the boundaries of Minecraft.  The shading is sufficiently descriptive of detail without being overwhelming, as well.  I award RevChuckles four gold lamps out of five.

 

Installing the Skin

 

For online play, skins can be installed by simply uploading the file to your profile on Minecraft.net.  Skins posted on certain websites can be uploaded directly from their page, including this one; click on the button on the right-hand side labeled “change my skin” to be taken directly to the appropriate page.

 

For offline play only, the process is similar to installing mods:

 

  1. Download the skin’s .png file;

  2. Hold Windows key and press R to bring up the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.

  3. Type %appdata% and press enter, then navigate to roaming/.minecraft/versions.

  4. Open the folder containing the version you use for offline play and view the .jar file using WinRAR.

  5. Create a backup of the meta.inf file contained inside the .jar and store it in a separate folder.

  6. Navigate within the .jar file to assets/minecraft/textures/entity.

  7. Rename the image file titled “steve” to anything else (such as steve_backup).

  8. Change the name of your skin’s .png file to steve.png and insert it here.

 

Remember to keep your meta.inf and original steve texture backed up somewhere just in case.

 

In honor of Robin Williams, post a comment stating your favorite movie or production in which he played a role, no matter how big or small.

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