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i am a newest user of gamedev.net and hope i will get support from the community side i use maya for my 3d animations i want to create a colony in maya and want to give interaction with keyboard i mean to say that i want to make it just like a game!!! how can i do this...?? please guide me!!

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Am I correct in understanding that you want to create a huge 3D model of some kind of space colony or something in Maya and then turn this into a game ? (this is not an april fool's joke, is it ?)

Well, what is done in Maya is just a small fraction of the work and skills required to create a game from scratch.

If you just wanted to let some people walk around in a colony, you would have to create models of that colony split into many smaller parts so they fit into common vertex buffer limits, create multiple human models, animate them, write a rendering engine that can import maya models, understand all the complex math required to animate bone-based models, gather all the formulae for collision detection between arbitrary meshes, write code to manage all those people and their movement paths and update the animation states properly.

In other words, its a huge amount of work and I assure you it won't be completed within the next 3 years. Maybe you should take a look at an authoring system like "3D GameStudio" or this Conitech 3D RAD thingy (google for those words). The learning curve is far lower than it would be using a programming language.

-Markus-

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Are you saying you want to make a game within Maya? As far as I know, that's not even possible without doing a complete overhaul of the plugin system. 3ds max 7 now has a feature that lets the artist "walk through" his scenes like in a first-person shooter. Is this what you had in mind? If so, sorry. I don't really know anything about any version of Maya, except that it's modeling tools are extraordinary, and I wish I had the time to learn it.

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