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tyree 102 Nov 17, 2011 at 10:52

I noticed this when I first started but after several projects. it seems very counter productive to animate something and object in a straight line. thru code, instead of importing it in as animation and then just pointing it at the object its tracking.

clean up would not have to be done. it will loop back to its starting position or collision would handle it. if the object collided with another object on the way

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Reedbeta 168 Nov 17, 2011 at 17:58

I have no idea what you’re talking about. Can you elaborate? Maybe draw some diagrams to explain what you mean?

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geon 101 Nov 17, 2011 at 21:11

You mean writing a single line of code to move an object seems easier than importing the animation from some file format at first, but is too limited once the animation becomes any more complex?

I agree. Tiny hacks that seemed easier than the proper solution quickly adds upp and makes the whole code an unruly mess.

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fireside 141 Nov 18, 2011 at 00:58

I think he means the opposite. I could be wrong though. Like, you have a cannon and you make an animation for it to go up and down. Then you can just play a certain frame of animation rather than rotate it through code.
I’m not sure myself. I guess it depends how complex the object is. If it’s complex, and you can adjust the animations independently, it would probably be easier. I’m pretty sure in Unity you can set bones to track objects. I think a heavy duty coder would rather code it and a light duty coder (like myself) would rather use an animation. Math is only for when I get desperate.

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tyree 102 Nov 19, 2011 at 04:19

partially what geon said is right. especially the the 2nd half but fireside is right I meant the opposite. it is common practice to code things that really dont have to be coded.

everything in an engine has to be coded to be controlled. but not all motion should be coded to create the motion. even something going in straight line gets coded. it strikes me as a bad practice. there is never a shortage of objects and task to be coded. in the most simple game

why create the extra work when it isnt necessary. it also limits the creativity of the game. when motion in generated thru code. the main focus is getting the code to work. so how creative can anyone afford to be when motion is generated thru code