Tuesday, July 13, 2010

In-Game Cutscenes!

It's time to unveil what I've been working on this past week. Drumroll, please... I present to you, in-game cutscenes!

For those that don't know what a cutscene is, it's basically a movie used to help tell the story. Unlike prerendered cutscenes, which are rendered ahead of time in animation software, in-game cutscenes are cutscenes done using the game engine and art.

They each have their advantages and disadvantages. Some of which are listed below:

Lets take a look at the +/-'s of prerendered cutscenes.

+ Typically look nicer.
- Usually stored in some kind of movie format (like avi, mpeg, etc) which tend to be very large.

Now, in-game cutscenes:

+ Can allow the player to manipulate the scene (if the game chooses).
+ Take up less memory than prerendered movies.
- The quality of the movie is dependent on how graphically powerful the game engine and art is.

For now, I will stick with in-game cutscens, although I will admit, I have been playing around with AVI files...