Issue: Volume: 25 Issue: 10 (October 2002)

The Right Moves

House of Moves Motion Capture Studios (HOM; Los Angeles) has provided more than 1000 digital motion files for Microsoft Game Studio's new fighting game Tao Feng: Fist of the Lotus, created by John Tobias (Mortal Combat) and a team at Studio Gigante. The game is scheduled for release in early 2003 for the Xbox platform.

To obtain the fighting realism featured in the game, HOM captured 1100 motions from 16 performers, and married the movements to multiple, disproportionate CG characters. The movements were obtained with Vicon's 24-camera 8i system, and then edited, or cleaned, with HOM's Diva software. Through HOM's Dominatrix technology, the motions were directly attached to the Maya (Alias|Wavefront) characters, which were provided by the game developer. —KM

Diva and Dominatrix, House of Moves;

The game Tao Feng uses thousands of motion-captured moves.