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Understanding game asset creation

From: Game Character Creation in Maya

Video: Understanding game asset creation

Let's take an overview of game asset creation. So let's think about all the things that make up a video game. Well, we've got sounds, images or textures, 3D models for characters or props, and scripts that can control interaction. All of these things are known as game assets generally. Now you might have heard this term a game engine. Well what is a game engine? A game engine is a software that combines input from the user with other assets like scripts and sounds to create real- time renderings which basically lead to your gameplay and fun video games are all about real-time rendering.

Understanding game asset creation

Let's take an overview of game asset creation. So let's think about all the things that make up a video game. Well, we've got sounds, images or textures, 3D models for characters or props, and scripts that can control interaction. All of these things are known as game assets generally. Now you might have heard this term a game engine. Well what is a game engine? A game engine is a software that combines input from the user with other assets like scripts and sounds to create real- time renderings which basically lead to your gameplay and fun video games are all about real-time rendering.

If you've ever tried to play a video game on a slow computer you might know what I am talking about. Video games that are responsive to user input, even games that are still difficult or challenging, are much more engaging than video games that are slow or unresponsive. Now in order for a computer that's rendering a video game to be responsive to user input, the game assets have to be rendered quickly. This means they must be optimized for low memory usage. So image resolutions for textures have to be relatively low. Also 3D models can't be too complex. So if you have experience creating models in Maya for still renders, for example, you might be used to working with higher resolutions and higher poly counts in your models. That's okay.

We will go over some specific techniques to prepare a character model asset for real-time rendering in the next few chapters.

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Game Character Creation in Maya

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  1. 3m 50s
    1. Welcome
      39s
    2. What you need to know before watching this course
      1m 9s
    3. Understanding game asset creation
      1m 21s
    4. Using the exercise files
      41s
  2. 25m 35s
    1. Setting up scene folders (Maya and Unity)
      3m 58s
    2. Optimizing geometry
      3m 14s
    3. Using symmetry
      4m 8s
    4. Extruding geometry
      4m 19s
    5. Sculpting geometry
      4m 1s
    6. Importing reference sketches
      5m 55s
  3. 37m 14s
    1. Modeling the head and nose
      5m 34s
    2. Creating the mouth
      4m 28s
    3. Crafting the eyes
      5m 11s
    4. Building the body and a wing
      10m 11s
    5. Forming the limbs
      8m 5s
    6. Adding finishing touches
      3m 45s
  4. 36m 11s
    1. UV mapping overview
      2m 43s
    2. UV mapping the body parts
      9m 18s
    3. UV mapping the face
      7m 40s
    4. UV mapping wrap-up
      3m 44s
    5. Mirroring
      4m 57s
    6. Texturing
      2m 46s
    7. Normal mapping
      5m 3s
  5. 46m 21s
    1. Setting up the skeleton
      5m 19s
    2. Building the spine
      3m 39s
    3. Finishing the skeleton
      4m 32s
    4. Rigging the legs and feet
      8m 35s
    5. Rigging the torso
      3m 49s
    6. Rigging the arms and hands
      3m 35s
    7. Rigging the face and head
      5m 9s
    8. Rigging wrap-up
      2m 27s
    9. Skin binding and weight painting
      5m 26s
    10. Animating in Maya
      3m 50s
  6. 29m 9s
    1. Exploring the Unity interface
      3m 3s
    2. Importing character and animations into Unity
      5m 50s
    3. Controlling animations with scripts: Third-person character controller
      7m 14s
    4. Controlling animations with scripts: Third-person camera controller
      4m 4s
    5. Making read/write animations using UnityScript Editor
      4m 8s
    6. Controlling scripts with animation events
      4m 50s
  7. 19s
    1. Additional resources
      19s

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