What is very common in modern video game development today is how developers apply motion capture as their animation technology. Motion capture is a simple animation technique in which the camera that has been set will capture any movement made by the actor.
Apart from speeding up development, the application of these techniques also guarantees the authenticity of some animated movements. For example, fighting games that adapt certain martial arts such as Tekken 7.
We all know that Tekken 7 has characters with their own variety of martial arts techniques. Starting from Taekwondo, Kenjutsu, to of course Karate. Therefore the motion capture technique will be very helpful in its development.
So far Karate practitioners, represented by Paul Phoenix. But a few days ago, Bandai Namco decided to release a new character with the same martial arts as Paul, namely Lidia Sobieska with the background of the Polish Prime Minister.
Unlike Paul, Lidia has fast movements, and a deadly counter. These movements were apparently contributed by a native Karate master from Japan named Tatsuya Naka. His performance was shown via video from Kuro-Obi’s YouTube channel, where he is doing motion capture for Lidia.
Naka is an instructor of the Japan Karate Association born in 1964. He has a 7th Dan rank and is a Master in Shotokan Karate. He has won a variety of high-class competitions and starred in several famous films such as Black Belt, High Kick Girl!, and Karate Girl.
Of course Naka is not the only person contributing to his moves in video games. Several other masters such as grandmaster master swordsman Kuwami Masakumo also had time to contribute their movements with Sucker Punch when developing the game Ghost of Tsushima.