In the third experimental production phase of SALERO, Peppers Ghost Productions (PGP) produced animation tests for the My Tiny Planets browser based virtual world using both methodologies devised by Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and traditional toolsets, and evaluated the integration of these into a variety of on-line delivery mechanisms.
Having established an initial test group of several thousand users, PGP was better able to understand behaviours and requirements of players in virtual worlds, and revise development plans accordingly. It became apparent that animated sequences as a support for game-play, narrative and immersion represent a significant commercial advantage, and will be pursued aggressively during the next phase of development and experimental production.
DITís approaches for both lip-synch (driven primarily by audio amplitude) and activation of animation proved to fit well as a layer over the top of more usual approaches such as layering these over the top of Ďambientí motion capture files to prevent stilted movements.
My Tiny Planets Demos
Three demos of My Tiny Planets are available. Click the images to access the games! You are welcome to visit the Tiny Planets Labs