Player idle animations

Discussion in 'Mechanics' started by Mister Pixel, Jul 12, 2013.

  1. Mister Pixel

    Mister Pixel Big Damn Hero

    I think it would be a fine addition to the game if the player character would do some humorous things when idle. For example - he would impatiently tap his foot, fall asleep :zzz:, inspect the item / weapon he is holding or yawn. It would add a little more ''live-ly-ness'' to the game.

    What do you think of this idea? :iswydt:

    EDIT: Thanks for all the +1! With your support, this idea might actualy get somewhere!

    EDIT N.2: Woah! Never expected to receive so much +1's! Thank you all for the support!
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2015
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  3. Curly Parmesan

    Curly Parmesan Orbital Explorer

    Do indeed want
  4. Core

    Core Scruffy Nerf-Herder

    Love this idea SO much, brings warmth to me :)
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  5. CubeX

    CubeX Void-Bound Voyager

    If anyone has some pixel art skills, please do make some examples for him to use! I think this idea could get to somewhere.
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  6. Tessitura

    Tessitura Void-Bound Voyager

    Idle animations are always a great thing.
    Especially if nothing is going on in the background.
    Otherwise the game just looks completely static, and that's the last thing you want in a game.
    You want to make it look like there's always something happening, and idle animations would be an excellent way to do that!
    BlueSmoke, Ruban Crusade and Core like this.
  7. BluPixelz

    BluPixelz Aquatic Astronaut

    This would be nice, and it would be very interesting if your dance or action was randomly generated, to make it more interesting (you would do an embarasssing dance while afk lol)
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  8. CubeX

    CubeX Void-Bound Voyager

    Do you mean random? Because i don't think that the devs are willing to go as long as making a random generator for idle animations. But if you meant that it would randomly take one animation out of a ton of them, then I'm with you!
  9. Core

    Core Scruffy Nerf-Herder

    My friends generally go AFK a lot in games, so this would be fun to watch instead of boredom seeping in :p
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  10. mamba

    mamba Phantasmal Quasar

    definitely a good ideas. simple and really enjoyable.
  11. Facethelight

    Facethelight Existential Complex

    OT:I love this idea and would love this so much. What if afk and sitting down at a table, a coffee cup would beam down and he would start to drink it :eek: or read a book :eek:
    BlueSmoke, Retnuh, Nikki and 3 others like this.
  12. joshmusic95

    joshmusic95 Scruffy Nerf-Herder

    this is great I can't believe they haven't thought about it
  13. I will try to make some in a couple of weeks time~.
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  14. Erk n Snurfle

    Erk n Snurfle Space Spelunker

    Some lines that could be used with idle animations:

    "That pebble looks -real- interesting from over here..."
    "I get the feeling that i'm the puppet of some cosmic entity.... nah..."
    *Turns toward the screen* "HEY YOU! GET BACK IN THAT CHAIR!"
    "What was that sound?"
    "I think i'm going crazy..."
    "Does talking to yourself while alone really constitute being crazy? Because i'm in a society of ONE, therefore, i am society and can't be crazy! Shut up George."
    "So when's the next coffee?"
    " (playername) to Enterprize, come in Enterprize."
    "Where the doughnuts is everyone?"
    "Hey Gamer? Stop looking at me like that."
    "Why's that tree spinning?"
    "Is the pizza done yet?"
    "Seriously, how long does it take you to eat? It takes me all of 2 seconds... which explains why i'm always hungry..."
    "Can i have a drink Gamer?"
    "Don't look at me like that, you're the crazy one Bill."
    "Wait... if i'm hallucinating a crazy person... does that make me the hallucination?"
    "Ah... now i have time to write my book!"
    "Campfires... they're great... wish i had one."
    "zzzz AHHH!!!! oh... just a dream... strange, i dreamt i was in a video game being played by a Gamer..."
    "I wonder if i can thumb down a taxi..."
    "sdafivocwheifocvhsentyiogfdsvocpxhewszehoooozsengiohsdbweniogfsd..... what? you don't speak crazy?"
    Sefercil, Birdcrown, Hydeo and 8 others like this.
  15. Core

    Core Scruffy Nerf-Herder

    Oh yes, I love your ideas ;)
    I still want that embarrasing dance though... :p
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  16. Jagaeg

    Jagaeg Big Damn Hero

    Anyone remember this?
    Or this?
    Yes; +1 for idle animations.
  17. djifro

    djifro Void-Bound Voyager

    I love the idea, you could be able to select an idle animation in the character creation screen or maybe even just slight breathing and up down movement over a few frames would be cool too
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  18. ImmortalFrog

    ImmortalFrog Oxygen Tank

    Or we could have a screensaver? No? Okay.
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  19. Hotdogmoe

    Hotdogmoe Tentacle Wrangler

    Idle Animations Have Appeared In Many Games Before Adding This Will Be No New Thing But Still Great Idea :whoop:
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  20. Graham

    Graham Subatomic Cosmonaut

    Love the idea, but I think it would take a tonnnnn of effort since they'd have to animate it for every armour/set of clothes that they've put in the game.

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