I’ve recently started to be aware of the manifold online resources for
animations, models, etc. Such sites as mixamo, Daz3D,
proanimationbank.com, etc. This all of course fits into the somewhat
growing trend centering around pre-existing models, animations, scripts,
etc. for a small fee at such online “banks”. Are any of these
tools/sites worthwhile? I mean, they look like they could save quite a
bit of hassle, but I don’t know whether or not such databases and tools
are generally scorned or considered legit, quality time-savers amongst
the pro faction of development.
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I wouldn’t worry about whether it’s “scorned” or not but whether it
makes sense for your project. :) If you’re trying to develop technology
and need some art to test it on, or make something just for learning,
then investing in some pre-made stuff seems well worth it. If you’re
trying to make a well-polished game, my main worry would be about how
well things will fit together - if you get pre-made art from various
sources, will it all work well together or will it not “fit” and just
look like a random assemblage of unrelated things? Establishing a
consistent visual style/theme/mood would probably be difficult with
pre-made art; you’d get better results from an artist hired to make
stuff specifically for your project, although that’s of course more
difficult in various ways, not least of which is the cost. Is that what
your question was getting at?