EA Air Hockey: Creating the In-Game Graphics

As noted in the earlier post on EA Air Hockey, all in-game graphics were created in 3DS Max as 3D models and then rendered into 2D images and sprites. This eased the creation of game graphics and animations for the myriad target devices.

The moving objects, which were basically the "puck" (seen here) and the "mallet" were also created in 3DS Max. In this way, I was able to generate objects that were apparently moving in 3D space with the correct perspective.

The mallet changes color as it moves down the screen because in Air Hockey movement of the player mallet is restricted to one side of the table. I created tools to create sprite sheets from these animation frames, once rendered.

Here's how the table looked on our friend the Kyocera KX414 (104x68 pixels, rendered direct from 3DS Max). Scaled up so you can see it, followed by the original.

Here's how the player mallet looks.

Actual size.

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