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Daughter Laura sent along this character model sheet art for "Juan Borgia" in the recently-released game Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. While I don't play myself, I have watched the kids play its predecessor Assassin's Creed 2, as well as a little bit of Brotherhood. AC2 impressed me with its incidental crowd character designs, which included both men and women of varying sizes, including fat people (and some pretty attractive fat men.) Laura, who's played ACB all the way through, tells me that there's even more diversity among the men in that game. Am looking into ways to get still shots from the X-Box 360 version of the game(s).

"Juan Borgia" at a carnival celebration, surrounded by courtesans

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Date: 2011-01-10 05:17 am (UTC)
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I was just watching and playing AC2 and admiring the setting and crowds and characters, too! It's a beautiful game, I'd just wander around happily and look at things.

Date: 2011-01-10 05:53 pm (UTC)
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Yup, I enjoy watching someone else play it, especially the wandering-around part.

Date: 2011-01-10 09:03 am (UTC)
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I am really impressed with how well they depicted the fleshyness in the model sheet. I am especially impressed with the butt and legs, and I'm wondering how they did so well with the complexity of fleshy knees, but made the "side boob" area look weird in profile.

...though an immature part of me is all "Is that a ram's head on your crotch or are you just happy to see me?"

Date: 2011-01-10 05:54 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, the ram's head was weird, because other characters on that page get the more common male equipment.

Date: 2011-01-11 06:32 am (UTC)
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Well I can totally see how the ram's head would need to be on a model sheet somewhere... but it's weird that this model sheet has shoes and ram's head but not the loincloth, hat or jewelry. Of course, I'm not a game developer, so maybe there is a reason for it that I don't know of.

Date: 2011-01-11 05:31 pm (UTC)
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The ram's head over the crotch on Juan Borgia is because he's attending what's basically a Bacchanalia. Hence the while the lady on the left is a courtesan, the lady on the right is one of the party-goers. There are also guys in leaf-loincloths with horned masks.

The man has a ram's head on his crotch because it's a ~fancy party~!

The clothing, hat and jewelery probably are probably not on the base model because the base model contains the stuff that doesn't move (no jiggly moobs for gamers, not yet) while the hat and loincloth do move in the game (waving in the wind).

Date: 2011-01-12 02:09 pm (UTC)
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That makes a lot of sense... Though in real life I'd expect a big cod-piece thingy like the ram's head to bounce around as someone walks, it's probably better that it doesn't move.

Date: 2011-01-10 05:16 pm (UTC)
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Oh, that looks realistic. Do they have fat women too?

Date: 2011-01-10 05:56 pm (UTC)
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To my knowledge, they don't have any fat women "named" characters in ACB, but I've only watched a small part of it. In AC2 there are no named fat women characters, but there are a fair # of fat women walking around in the crowd scenes, as well as fat men. And it's not just one fat body type either, but several. The funny thing was that in AC2, you go to both cities like Venice and Florence, as well as a rather backwater and provincial town called Forli. There seemed to be more fat people in Forli ...

Date: 2011-01-11 05:42 pm (UTC)
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood has like 10 named women characters (npcs and your assassin baby girls) in the 1500's Italy part. 2 in the modern part. All of them have your standard female video game body type. Considering that there "types" were set in the earlier Ass Creed games which had a more limited body type library and development fin date was pushing the release date, I can't blame them too much for that. But the body type diversity in Brotherhood is really good. I'm quite pleased that Ubisoft upgraded their body type library from Ass Creed 2 (which was upgraded from Ass Creed 1). I wanna play some more. Time to go steal it back from my brother.

Date: 2011-01-18 03:25 am (UTC)
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