I like to find some way that the arms can float, and so how I do that is using a special material that is called Flex-Core. For that I use a standard arm piece, and then I just tape down all of those bones and all of those muscles and then I put the Flex-Core on it. And so then the arm’s supposed to float, because of the way the joints are formed and all those muscles are held, they don’t want to go flex and flex, they want them to stay as rigid as they were when they were built. So it’s basically kind of floating.
Yeah, and they also float back and forth, so you can kind of see it in action in the video, in the corner where that’s floating.
Oh, yeah; it’s great. So what do you do with the extra flexibility that you have?
Well, one time I made my head into a ball! (laughs)
But it doesn’t always feel that way.
Just give it a little bit of a break and a little bit of a break of that kind, and then it’ll feel like your head is going to actually turn around in the game. That’s how I like it, because that actually feels kind of solid as well! And so I can just go in and out of it and get into different positions a little bit more easily than if it were supposed to float around.
Yeah, I find the floating arm a little weird, I like to go into it and watch it float and watch the movement of it, and it just seems, well, a little weird. I’m not, by the way, a professional video game artist, but I really enjoy watching how the animations go before I make sure it feels right. I really like to do that. I’ve never done it before, though, and I think it’s a nice trick to have a little bit of freedom as well, and just to not worry what it’s going to look like as much as you should be worried that you’ve built a complete experience.
So I feel like all animation is like this – you know, this is a little different than normal animation. And as I’ve said before, animation in games is about making it feel more natural and real, and that’s kind of what I do. I try to try and get the game to move naturally into this sort of flowing movement; when you’re watching a scene, or in fact, when
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