The Gnomon School hosts great talks on the making of games and movies. I’ve attended a couple of these talks before and they were always more impressive than I imagined them to be. The last one I went to was one by Naughty Dog, on the subject of the making of Uncharted, and I had attened a Wall-E session before that. It was a great talk that not only covered the visual side of development, but how the game design meshed together with it.

The latest talk was covering the visual effects of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The game was developed as a joint effort between two game development studios, Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games.

Lighting

The first segment discussed lighting, the talk was given by Dave Blizard of Sledgehammer Games. He began his talk going over the history and significance of light.

  • Light is made up of a combination of colors.
  • Science & Religion has long given significance to light.
  • Mayan’s Yucatan Temple of Kukulkan was designed with light in mind. 2 times a year, a shadow is cast on it to bring a serpent to life along the outer walls of the temple.

He showed a slide of how a sun overhead can be a religious symbol and fascinates people because it is so unusual — showing pictures of tourists capturing the moments when the shadow is directly overhead.

He then uses this point to show how a directly overhead shadow in a game looks pretty terrible and bland.

For inspiration in lighting scenes, he would look to chiaroscuro in old paintings.

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I’ve been posting a Devlog for our current game project Donut Get! for a while over at the TigSource Forums. I just posted over there and I’m doing a re-post here.

Last time I posted I was animating the cop and got super frustrated when I couldn’t test the animation and the game wouldn’t compile. After that, I finished animating the cop and the game was brought to new life.

The following are a couple examples of how the artwork for the car portion of the game was created.


I used these sketches as reference when doing the vector linework for the game.


I imported the linework into Photoshop and added some color for the final look used in game. I used textures to bring some life into the flat colors of the artwork. Simple gradient overlay makes it look fancier than it is and gives a “night-time” effect.

For the past couple weeks I’ve been animating characters for the donut portion of the game and polishing gameplay.


Shown in this animated gif are Mr. Sprinkles and Officer Brown. Mr. Sprinkles is an NPC that will hang around and grab donuts as well.

I finally implemented new elements to the gameplay. Your objective is to eat falling donuts but you now have to dodge falling debris. Now that I started getting NPC animation in, I started filling in their different behaviors (like Mr. Sprinkles eating donuts).

The story is unfolding as gaps are filled in, I look forward to finishing the animation for the remaining NPCs.

David Rodriguez is just about done animating the fighting game segment. Tonight he sketched out some storyboards for a couple cinema scenes related to that segment. I’m very excited to have his animation in the game and playable!

Till next time…

Peace!

It’s that time of month again! The time when I announce our Downtown LA Art Walk show at the very last second! (right before I run a couple blocks and set everything up).

 

SOKAY PLAY 6
THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2012
FROM LIKE 8PM – MIDNIGHT
During the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk

@ The Medallion
334 S. Main St Unit #334-5012
Los Angeles, 90013

COME AND PLAY SOME GAMES!

If you still don’t know what I’m talking about, check out a video from a previous show: http://vimeo.com/33895049

Peace!

I found a link to et tu Gamer? in the comments to a Gamasutra article about game preservation. Right away I saw that this was without a doubt a site worth bookmarking. The homepage features galleries for a select few games but the gallery section contains a comprehensive archive.

Apparently the creator is attempting to archive as much video game art as he can get ahold of. The I’ve seen so far is incredible quality and definitely worth a gander.

Check it out!