nice links! Looks like I'll be learning a whole new skill just to get this one small thing accomplished.....ahhh! Thanks for the help though! Any tips on your absolute favorite tutorials or any that help show exactly what you did there? I'm probably going to fail miserably and not accomplish anything since I'm so bad at making anything creative that is visual.
For creating the 3D IGS icon, you can do the same using the steps outlined in this one
Just look up some basic 3D animation tutorials and you should be good to go. If you want particle effects... that's a whole other thing.