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Session Name: Innovations in The Sims 4 Character Creator
Speaker(s): Sri Nair
Company Name(s): Electronic Arts
Track / Format: Visual Arts

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Overview: The lecture gives a high level overview of various customization techniques we introduced in The Sims 4 Character Creator: Asset pairing system allows pairing of assets that share the same physical area and outlines an easy way to define which one to display over the other. This provides a way to mix and match various parts of the sim without causing interpenetration of geometries. Deformation maps provides another innovative way to deform 3D characters. The lecture will describe in what cases it gives advantages over morph geometries and bone-driven modifications. Direct manipulation allows users to create sims of their choice by tugging and pulling on the character directly. The system is built around data-driven selectors and modifiers that include morph targets, bones-driven deformations and deformation maps for shape manipulations. Smart randomization allows automated generation of sims with consistent look by putting together assets that match certain attributes.

GDC 2015

Sri Nair

Electronic Arts

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Visual Arts

Visual Arts