When ragdoll physics were introduced into FPS games, I, like most people, was impressed. However, as time has gone one I have become disillusioned. Surely the force needed to throw bodies around like that would probably rip them apart? Anyway, it seems to me that rag dolls are the new clipart.
Those readers old enough may remember when Microsoft Word was popular amongst poster makers. The idea would be to create some A4 flyer or poster to announce some event. Well, everybody was using clipart, normally stickmen or something similar. Everybody thought how cool it was to mix text with images. Of course looking back I cringe when I see my attempts at “art”. I honestly believe we will look back on ragdolls physics with the same feeling.
How can we enjoy watching representations of living people being flung around like this?
4th February 2007
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