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Questions tagged [animation]

The simulation of an in-game entity's motion, such as running or sitting or striking.

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How to learn 2d animation? [closed]

Where can I learn how to do simple 2d animation well? Or is it really just literally drawing every single frame of something in photoshop? Is there tips or tricks? Tutorials to help get started? Also,...
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Which is the best approach to make a 2D character to be able to use tons of different equipments when in action?

I want to create a 2D game but I'd like to have the character to wear tons of different equipments on different combinations, like a RPG or something. So let's say the user changes his/her shoulders ...
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What's the best way to create animations when doing Android development?

I'm trying to create my first Android game and I'm currently trying to figure out (with someone that will do the drawings and another programmer) what the best way to create animation is. (Animations ...
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What is a good tool for producing animated sprites? [closed]

Has anyone come across a software package that allows you to build animations in a similar way to how you can in Flash (i.e. using techniques such as tweens & bones & easings, etc) and then ...
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Tips and Tools for creating Spritesheet animations

I am looking for a tool that I can use to create sprite sheet easily. Right now I am using Illustrator, but I can never get the center of the character in the exact position, so it looks like it is ...
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How do I lerp between values that loop (such as hue or rotation)?

View Demo I'm trying to make the joint rotate smoothly around the center of the canvas, toward the angle of mouse pointer. What I have works, but I want it to animate the shortest distance possible ...
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Tools for 2D skeletal animation [closed]

What good free and widely used tools are there for editing 2D skeletal animations? Preferably, one that allows me to write custom animation exporters. One pretty good indie tool that I know of Demina,...
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Easing Functions

I started to involve myself with easing functions (Flash AS3), came about in trying to understand TweenLite and Robert Penner's website: http://www.robertpenner.com/easing/ The question I have is ...
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In Unity, why do my animator states wait until the end of each animation to change?

I'm trying to make a simple idle-walk transition in Animator using Unity. I've set a script that changes the Speed value from the Animator, and it works perfectly when I move the character forward ...
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How do I make a jumping dolphin rotate realistically?

I want to program a dolphin that jumps and rotates like a real dolphin. Jumping is not the problem, but I don't know how to make the rotation. At the moment, my dolphin rotates a little weird. But I ...
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Data-driven animation states

EDIT: To clarify what exactly my question is: is this a good way to handle animations / animation state in a game engine with the eye on content creation / management? What are the flaws in doing it ...
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How to transition between states and mix states in a finite state machine?

I don't understand how to use a finite state machine with the entity controlled by the player. For example I have a Mario style game (2d platform). I can jump, run, walk, take damage, swim, etc. So ...
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Animation Blending Basics

Say I have a framework with characters that can run and walk and of course, stand still. Am I right in thinking that animation blending is the process of smoothly transitioning between these by ...
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Ledge grab and climb in Unity3D

I just started on a new project. In this project one of the main gameplay mechanics is that you can grab a ledge on certain points in a level and hang on to it. Now my question, since I've been ...
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How can I generate isometric sprite sheets from 3D animations?

I want to generate sprite-sheets for an isometric projection of various 3d assets purchased from the Unity3D asset store. I'd preferably also render the normal maps. I am a programmer, but new to 3D ...
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How do I make a 2D character aim their gun toward the mouse?

Heli Attack is a perfect example of the shooting mechanic I'd like. The character aims perpetually toward the mouse. What's going on here? From what I've read so far, you could separate the arm and ...
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Sprite Animation Best Practices

I'd like to get a better handle on how people in the real world are handling their animation. Do you load 1 large image and then draw different rectangles based on the animation frame? Do you load X ...
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What animation technique is used in 'Dont Starve'? [closed]

While playing a few games in my personal time off development I've stumbled across a survival 2D/3D survival game. The game was apparently made in SDL and GLUT (Dont starve) but what really amazed me ...
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Exporting Blender bones

I wrote an exporter for blender models that works great for meshes. I'm attempting to extend that to bones defined in blender. However I haven't found good information for exporting bone data. How can ...
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How can I make a sprite-sheet-based animation system? [closed]

I want to make animations based on a sprite sheet, but I'm stuck implementing it. The key things I need my code to do are: Play through a set of images once (e.g. a jump animation) Loop through a ...
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2D animation: Animated 3D models or sprites with animation frames?

Starting out with new project, I am stuck choosing between: 3D textured model animated directly through the renderer 2D sprites and drawing each animation frame The game will be 2D platform, I would ...
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Doom-style 2.5D Movement Animations

I've started working on a demo for my 2.5D game. For a basic scene I figured I would just use the good old fashioned doom sprites textured to a double sided plane. Simple enough. But I've been ...
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canvas ball physics animation

I want to animate ball in html canvas like this. ctx.beginPath(); ctx.arc(75, 75, 10, 0, Math.PI*2, true); ctx.closePath(); ctx.fill(); start position is left ...
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How can I do something only after an animation has finished?

I'm making this 2D platform based game. Basically what I want is when the player walks into spikes (which have a "deadly" tag") it displays the animation that has the parameter of animate with the ...
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LWJGL—How to Animate and Render Characters Using a Sprite Sheet

I'm making an RPG similar to Super Nintendo RPGs in the early '90s. I'm handling movement much like Squaresoft's Final Fantasy IV. Notice that the player never actually changes his x and y positions ...
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How do I get started making Android games? [closed]

I am new to game development. I am interested in developing 2D games for the Android platform. What is the best place to start with (i.e) What are the basics and how to proceed? I already have ...
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How to programatically retarget animations from one skeleton to another?

I'm trying to write code to transfer animations that were designed for one skeleton to look correct on another skeleton. The source animations consist only of rotations except for translations on the ...
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How to animate abstract 2d top down water texture?

I currently implement a game with a top down view of the ocean. I use the following, a little abstract texture: The actual texture is transparent, I added the green-like color for clarity. The ...
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Are there any open source or free 3D modelling/animation tools that are widely used by indie game developers? [closed]

I have tried out Blender and Milkshape 3D, but my question is mainly asking if there is any 3D animation/modelling software that is open source, free, or has an indie license available that is widely ...
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Game actions that take multiple frames to complete

I've never really done much game programming before, pretty straightforward question. Imagine I'm building a Tetris game, with the main loop looking something like this. ...
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Following a path in a smooth fashion

I am currently making a 2d tower defense game with a static, predetermined lane that the enemies follow (i.e. towers cannot block the path and path finding is not the problem I am trying to solve). I ...
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Should I be using spritesheets, because of or despite of my vast number of images?

I am developing a 2D game, and I have a lot of sprites. I used 3D animations and models to render into 2D, to give them that "Fallout" or "Diablo" look to them. It is also easier than drawing by hand, ...
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How to update entity states and animations in a component-based game?

I'm trying to design a component-based entity system for learning purposes (and later use on some games) and I'm having some troubles when it comes to updating entity states. I don't want to have an ...
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Animation in OpenGL using 3D Models

I have created a model in Blender. Now i want to read that 3D model in my c++ program. I figured that a model can be exported to various file formats e.g. .obj, .3ds or COLLADA and then can be read in ...
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How to “swing” bounding box and update collision for sprite swinging a weapon?

I have a simple question about sprite swinging weapons. I am making an RPG and would like something other than stabby-swords, so why not swinging swords? I have a bounding rectangle for them, and the ...
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Common way of animating 'motion' for walk cycle animations

I've just posted this at the Blender artists' forums before realising I would probably get a better response from a more game development-specific audience, so apologies for cross-posting! It's for ...
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How do I interpolate around a rectangle?

I want to make a fancy animation where a point travels around a rectangle. I want to find the point's position at a time t. The rectangle is given by ...
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Efficient skeletal animation

I am looking at adopting a skeletal animation format (as prompted here) for an RTS game. The individual representation of each model on-screen will be small but there will be lots of them! In ...
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What's the best head-bob formula?

Given a point in space, a direction of travel, and a time since start, what's a convincing, non-sickening formula to simulate head bob? What's been successful in previous games? Has there been any ...
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How Plants vs Zombies animation is done?

I really like the plants vs zombies style of animation and it doesn't look complicated yet the result is really good. I doubt it's made of sprites seeing there's a large number of animations, ...
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Vary speed of enemy smoothly

Hey. I'm trying to create an enemy that travels at a speed s on screen but I'm having trouble with trying to make the speed vary in a smooth motion. Basically, I ...
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Player sprite animation in 2D platform game

It's pretty easy to get animations rolling from a sprite sheet. Though which ways there are on combining the animations with player dynamics and motion? I've figured there's two starting points ...
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Converting time of day into a smooth day/night variable?

I'm trying to make a smooth day/night cycle for a game project that I've been working on. I've already set up a clock that adds deltaTime to seconds, wraps seconds to gameMinutes, etc. The issue that ...
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How do I recreate this 3D “flying through space” effect resembling a tunnel?

On the "Final Destination" stage. in "Super Smash Bros. Brawl" and "Super Smash Bros. Melee", the players fight on a platform that is seemingly moving through space. I see particle effects, but I don'...
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smooth movement pygame

Hello im trying to learn more about smoother movement in games. I have created a little program to hopefully help me understand this. As far as i can tell i am suppose to track time, and update ...
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How do you deal with transitions in animating walking?

I'm pretty new to this whole animating models thing. Just learning the ropes. I got a nice walking animation going, which I can loop while a character is walking, but what about when they stop walking?...
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How to avoid spaghetti in the animator?

I am working with animations in Unity and so far I have made only four (Up Down Left and Right) and my animation window looks following... Problem is that if I was moving Up I want hero to stay ...
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How to play animations (GIF, SWF… )?

I have many diffrent animations made with flash. I can make it as (1).SWF, (2).GIF or as (3).PNG (every Frame per second). Searched in google... but coudn't find anything usefull. SWF: For SWF i need ...
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Spriting Animation Method

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/539087245/spriter At 3:00 they discuss that there is a method used to separate the parts of character into individual sprites and move them saving production time ...
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How do I animate pieces between puzzle states?

I'm developing a simple C# puzzle game as a learning exercise, using OpenTK. It's similar to Puzzles and Dragons' puzzle part: The aim is to match 3 pieces to remove them. Removed pieces are replaced. ...