Simplifying game character
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Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:36 AM
I'm currently have an idea about a game, but my problem is with my artist skills. I don't know whether I should make the game with placeholders, and recruit an artist to make the assets, while I finish the game, or simplify the characters that I can make graphics for it (like a character made of boxes, or I don't know)
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Posted 20 December 2012 - 02:41 AM
If you really had that kind of juice behind you (placeholders, artist hire) then I wouldn't assume it would be going into the game ideas section in the first place. But if you're convinced that this would be some kind of solution then it sounds like you've already got your answer and the most rational conclusion.
There aren't many other paths you can take without $$$.
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Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:43 AM
Some free - Just credit the artist in your game credits. Some for a small fee. This should get you started.
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Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:14 AM
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Posted 22 December 2012 - 11:03 PM
Make fully functional placeholders. Work on your own art skills and anticipate finding an artist to help you. This strategy will give you the most return for the effort in the long term.
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Posted 24 December 2012 - 02:21 PM
IMO, it's best to use mock-up placeholder graphic assets in the beginning. Make a playable alpha with skeletal graphic, then you can get more ppl to help you out.
Depends on what kinda games you're making, there are tons of character sprites out there. If it's RPG Medieval style, I love using Ragnarok Online sprites as placeholder.
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Posted 26 December 2012 - 03:22 PM
@Exoaria - Totally, completely disagree with you there.
You know the game "Braid"?
It's prototype was first made with sloppy, quick graphics. Most of the levels designed in the prototype were also used in the final product, just with new sprites to make it pretty.
A lot of studios even use place holder art while they are working on the final game. Actually, I can't think of any that hasn't used place holder art at some point or another. Take "Comic Jumper" by Twisted Pixel. They had place holder art for the characters, backgrounds, and other assets in there while they worked on the mechanics, flow, and gameplay functions. Double Fine, Bethesda, Epic Games, Valve, Blizzard. Yeah, they all use place holder art from one time to another.
Use placeholders when building up a game. Its just smart.
I've said it in other conversations, and I'll say it here. If a game isn't fun being played with just cubes, than the game isn't fun and that means it isn't worth making.
Why waste time and money adding fancy graphics to something when you don't know if it's fun?
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