Betec Level 3Extended Diploma inUnit 78 - Digital Graphics For Computer GamesTask 3Concept art is an example of what you are creating such as if someone was designing a weapon for agame and they design it on paper they then in order for it to be released onto the game it must bedigitalised the process before the finalising is concept art it is used to give you an idea of what youare creating here is a few examples of different types of concept work followed by the finished piecefrom different genres.This is the weaponconcept. Used togive an idea of whatis being created.This is the finisheddesign created inadobe flash andedited in Photoshop.
Betec Level 3Extended Diploma inUnit 78 - Digital Graphics For Computer GamesTask 3This is concept art of abackground for sonic the hedgehog. The background has an animated look this shows that thegraphics have Cel shading.The concept for a game is very important and takes several reruns and stages before the developersget it right in most cases. But as well as being one of the most important stages this doesn’t changethe fact that there are milestones that need to be completed within a certain amount of time inorder for the financial things to go as planned so after a certain amount of tries the creators need tobe happy with the look and feel of the game. But also thinking about the target audience so it issuccessful.Here are examples of stages of game creation.This is a simple concept ofsonic the hedgehogThis is a more developedconcept with more detailand has more of a chanceto succeed in sales andproduction.
Betec Level 3Extended Diploma inUnit 78 - Digital Graphics For Computer GamesTask 3The next kind of computer graphic art is pixel art this is where everything looks very distorted andblurry. A great example of pixel art is minecraft, this game is very pixelated and everything is madeof some form of a cube. Pixel art is a form of digital art created with the use of raster graphicsoftware usually used in older games or in modern games to give the game a retro look. Whenpixelated raster graphics are scaled they become very unclear and distorted creating this kind ofeffect.The third kind of graphic art I’m going to talk about is texture art this gives everything a surfaceranging from anything creating the effect of rocky surface and shiny tiles to a soft material surfacesuch as wool or cotton.Texture in games is very important because without it everything would look the same like a puzzleroom on the popular mind breaker portal.This is an example of a successfulcomplete background. This will beused in the finished game.
Betec Level 3Extended Diploma inUnit 78 - Digital Graphics For Computer GamesTask 3But even portal has used some texture without it everything would look the same and have thesame surface and feel. An example of a game with lots of texture is bioshock infinite very goodgameplay with lots of different surfaces some examples are the rusty metal steampunk look on mostof the characters. Another example is the broken wooden boards that create walk paths and also thesoft fabric texture which is used in the clothing of each character.Broken wooden boardslSoft clothing materialShiny BeakSteampunk themed hand metalmaterial
Betec Level 3Extended Diploma inUnit 78 - Digital Graphics For Computer GamesTask 3One of the last graphics I am going to talk about is background graphics.Background graphics main purpose is self-explanatory but the full use of background graphics ingames can be used for many things one of which I am going to use as an example.One of the uses of background graphics are in fighting, racing and first person shooters such as thetrack map or in fighting games different areas.Here is an example of a background select menu.The three I have chosen as examples are naruto shippudenultimate ninja storm 3, forza motorsports4 and call of duty black ops 2.- This is the background or stage select menufor naruto ultimate ninja storm 3. This menu is usedto select which stage you would like to fight youropponent on.- This is the track select menu for forzamotorsport 4 used to select which track you willrace on.- This is an example of one of the maps usedin call of duty black ops 2.
Betec Level 3Extended Diploma inUnit 78 - Digital Graphics For Computer GamesTask 3The last kind of graphic I am going to talk about is print media, cover art which is used to showaspects of the game and to catch the audience’s attention. Cover art does this by giving the certainpose and objects such as in call of duty it would be a soldier wielding an automatic sub machine gunpressing onward with a helicopter firing rockets and pieces of ground flying everywhere and ainjured comrade waiting to be treated or bleeding out. The font and text used is a very bold silverstainless steel like effect with a night vision text style which implicates they are some form of secretbut powerful soldiers.Because of all the gore and violence in this game it is rated m for mature andthe target audience is mainly teenaged gamers.Another slightly less violent example is sonic the hedgehog advertisement on the back of a gamingmagazine.This advertisement is used to catch the magazine readers attention with little in game screen shotsand a catchy line of text in this case “A new Beginning” which reveals to the reader that it is aremastered version of the classical game everyone knows of, and the bold blue gradient text whichis used in the game title and the line of text to make it stand out and have meaning, blue becausethat is Sonics main colour. In the image on this cover you can see sonic with a very determined andfocused look. Sonic isn’t violent in most instances and for this reason parents allow their children toplay this game. The game is rated 12+ mainly because of the technicality of the game and some verymildly violent scenes.
Betec Level 3Extended Diploma inUnit 78 - Digital Graphics For Computer GamesTask 3With some games that are sold in the industry dedicated gamers will pay extra money or pay beforethe release when you pay before the release of the game this is called a “pre-order” and in doingthis with most games you will receive some form of related merchandise which can be anything froma t-shirt with the game title or main character branded on it or an added in game downloadablecontent.When you pay extra money for a game being released it is normally some kind of collector’s editionwhich will usually come with a different kind of box art as the regular game a downloadable content,soundtrack of the game and in some cases a statue of one of the characters such as this.There are many other ways of advertising games like this and some known games developers havesupport from public transport such as busses and some games are advertised on billboards andbanners.