the online ramblings of a generally confused game designer

Thursday, February 15, 2007

reunion latest

wow.. a long time since my last post, and, well, the main reason is that i've been locked in my room for a couple of weeks, hard at work on the game engine.. the main achievement being the implementation of analogue control and procedural animation.

Unpacked, that essentially means the player has much more precise control over movement through the world, and a character avatar which reflects it. For example, whilst drawing the run gesture, the player can shorten the line, slowing down the character to a tip toe if wanted, and when you stop drawing a move, the character will actually move slightly with inertia in the direction he was going. The animation is all built from code, which maps the physics and volumes involved in each move. Jumps work in a similar way, as the character shows the correct amount of anticipation for each jump, moving governed by realistic (if slightly exagerated) physics

Full on, I know, but it all adds up to a really cool asethetic and play experience. More on that soon, I'm looking to have the first videos up sometime in the next week or two. Anyway, I'm off on holiday now till the middle of next week, with plenty of squared paper to do some level designs on :)


Blogger gnome said...

Great news, great. Back to work now.

8:11 pm

Blogger Matt Tempest said...

looking really nice. Seems to have come on a lot since i last looked in. Haven't read it all but the images look nice, and would love to see some vids when they ready, becoz thats really what animators like me love to see!! love the lighting. let me know when the vids are up :)

6:46 pm


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