Monsters are usually supposed to be scary, but this one by Althestane is just adorable! Meet the Sad Little Monster, an entry into the Planet Minecraft Emotions contest, and a misunderstood angsty monster who just wants someone to listen and be there when he/she/it needs a hug!
Most skins are humans for an obvious reason – the model itself is a human, and the default skin is as well. As such, it is always refreshing to see a non-human; in this case, it is a… Lizard… Fish thing…? I’m honestly not sure, but whatever it is, its sad little eyes are melting my heart.
For the originality alone, this skin trumps most others in the Emotions contest for me. Aside from that, it genuinely looks sad. It may be sad that it didn’t get to slaughter Steve earlier, or perhaps truly because even the Creeper won’t hug it – I don’t really know.
One thing I do know, however, is that the shading on this skin is fantastic. It suffers slightly from what I shall henceforth refer to as dark-butt syndrome, or DBS for short – the area at the bottom of his backside is inexplicably much darker than the rest of his body, which would normally indicate a significant change in depth. This is a problem many skins face.
Other than that, there really are no shading errors. The detail is balanced as well – not overwhelming, but enough to give us a sense of physical texture and keep the model looking interesting.
Ultimately, I award the Sad Little Monster Skin ten out of ten sahagins.
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:
Download the skin’s .png file;
Hold Windows key and press R to bring up the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.
Type %appdata% and press enter, then navigate to roaming/.minecraft/versions.
Open the folder containing the version you use for offline play and view the .jar file using WinRAR.
Create a backup of the meta.inf file contained inside the .jar and store it in a separate folder.
Navigate within the .jar file to assets/minecraft/textures/entity.
Rename the image file titled “steve” to anything else (such as steve_backup).
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.
Which skin from the Emotions contest is your favorite? Post a link to it in the comments below, and I may review it!