So You Wanna Make Games?? | Episode 6: Character Animation


In this video, animators discuss the goals for character animation in a game. They explain how you should think about animation as a series of poses over time. That means an animation is really only as good as its poses. Learn what makes a strong pose, as well as some of the basics of timing and spacing—the keys to believable, satisfying movement.

There’s also a huge technical component to animation when it comes to implementation in games. The animators give an overview of state machines and parametric blending, explaining how different animations work together and overlap, reacting to whatever is happening to and around a character at any given time in a game.

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  1. Imagine walking into an animation office and people are constantly acting out random motions and then suddenly stop and sit down

  2. But I only have one question if some character punch another character in a face can I make the other character simulat realistic movement automatically
    Like using reg doll or something

  3. We are currently making a game with my friends and this series is perfect way how to describe the everyday job of every game aspect and position. Thank you for this informations again!

  4. I want to study something that has to do with animation, concept art, and character design. I prefer the 2D aspect of it, or at least NOT the part where I turn the ideas and characters into video game characters, if you understand what I mean. Video games are not something I care about, thought, so I'm a bit lost. What else can I do? Can anyone please list to me the options I have? And should it be animation that I pursue, or something more specific, does it matter much? Additionally, I'd strongly prefer a BA in London. Are there any good options there? I'm doing research but it's a bit overwhelming. Please help, almighty youtube comment section.

  5. By the way thank you so much for this video series! Its abnormaly helpfull (+ funny way how you do it, like dying animators in this video) … just THANK YOU


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