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surrealist
10-20-2006, 06:30 AM
http://computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=147690
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<div class="bbcode_quote_body">So what other control styles did you test?



Campus-Oriola: In the beginning the idea was to keep the cursor locked to the middle of the screen. I don't think that is it better to have the pointer locked to the centre of the screen on Wii because, firstly, <span style="font-size:1.0em">when you play FPS games with a mouse, when you reach the edge of the mouse mat, you lift the mouse and reposition it in the centre. With the Wii controller, you can't do that.</span>



We tried to do something similar to a gyroscopic mouse (a mouse that you operate with motions in free space, similar to the Wii Remote). With this mouse, you simulate the 'lifting' of the mouse by releasing a trigger button on it, re-centre your position, then press the trigger again to continue operation. Before we even had a prototype of the Wii Remote, we constructed a prototype of Red Steel using a gyroscopic mouse.



But it doesn't work so well because when you're playing the game you have to concentrate on quickly releasing and re-pressing that trigger button, and it's not really intuitive. It's really frustrating when I read all the debates that take place on internet forums because we can't get on and tell them <span style="font-size:1.0em">WE TRIED IT - IT'S NO GOOD!</span>



Everything that's discussed - we've play-tested it. Nintendo has too; one prototype we played at Nintendo HQ in Kyoto was also like this and they didn't like it.



What about one-to-one direct motion detection on the sword-play; why did you choose not to use direct motion sensing like Wii Baseball?



Campus-Oriola:<span style="font-size:1.0em"> Perfect one-to-one motion recognition can't be done.</span> What's interesting about Wii Baseball is that you assume the exact position of the character on the screen, so it feels like one-to-one motion detection. But <span style="font-size:1.0em">if you hold the pad down like this *demonstrates holding the Wii Remote low and upside-down* and you flick it slightly you will see your character take a normal swing - not real one-to-one detection.</span> But what's really important is not whether it's one-to-one or not, but that the player has the feeling of his motions on screen.



Another reason why we're not doing one-to-one motion with the swordplay is that holding a Wii Remote in your hand does not give the feedback of a normal samurai sword - the weight, the rebound of clashing blades.



We used animations to simulate the weight of the sword and the effects of your blade hitting something. Also, if you give someone the Remote and they will typically hold it at arm's length and flail around. That's not good, so that's why we used animation.</div>
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Seriously, the whole point of the thing was to be more immersive



This is like one big contradiction, why not realease it as a peripheral instead?