Ukidig – A custom character for stepmania

UKIDIG INTRO

A long time ago I made a Anthro Lizard named “Ukidig” which originally started off as just a 2d picture that someone gave me but on a bet I converted that picture into a 3-d model.

Video mirrors:

In case you have no-script enabled or for some reason cannot see the title video on this website. I have provided direct links for these videos.

  • WebM – Link – This is the newest video standard, works great on Opera, Firefox, Chrome, and newer android phones, not good for Safari, IE, Apple.
  • MP4 – Link – The most compatible codec but also rather large in file size. Make take a while to download.
  • OGV – Link – The fallback codec for older PC’s and Linux USB stick OS’s. 1st generation web video streaming based on Ogg-Vorbis encoding.

This model was inject into a StepMania 3.9a at the time. And the video of the character “Ukidig” which was an anthro dragon. The original art was not mine and the artist wishes to remain anonymous about it. I would’ve given the man credit but he didn’t want it or the character. However he did say it was totally cool to give out to other people

Well, I wanted to try my character in StepMania 5.0. Many of years have passed, and it looks like Stepmania isn’t really focusing on characters in the later versions, Perhaps that is just the fault of the default theme in 5.0. I’m not really sure, However, this video is a demonstration that it does indeed work.

Total Polys: 1652 (your average stepmania character only had 500-600 polys, which is a little heavy. But I played StepMania on a classic XBox with this character and there is no noticeable difference. )

Song Credits:

 

  • Song Credit go to Float Overblow for thanks and the use of his song “Cyan”

Lets Begin! Download the Ukidig.smzip file:

You may either click HERE for the direct download of this character or feel fee to head over to the DOWNLOADS section of my site.

If you have StepMania installed properly, it should associate the .smzip file extension and automatically install this character for you with a simple double-click..

For those who are running StepMania in stand-alone mode or are running it on a different OS such as Linux or XBOX. Change the extension of Ukidig.smzip to Ukidig.zip and extract it to the root of your StepMania program. If successful it should drop all data files into your <<StepManiaRootFolder>>/Characters/Ukidig/

Final thoughts.

Although there was some clipping issues with the hands in the default ready stance. it was unavoidable due to the bagginess of the jacket combined with keeping a low polygon count for lower systems to use this characters. I played with that a lot and ultimately settled upon that. The only other thing I could’ve honestly done is add ‘blinking’ animations to the face. That’s about it.

Also, because of the theme in Stepmania 5.0. It seems harder to really have character support. You can activate randomized characters but you no longer have a character selection screen like you used to in version 3.9. Perhaps they’re weeding it out considering that most of the character libraries in Stepmania were an ugly hack and even the developers admitted to that. Original StepMania was to be a perfect emulator to the arcades. and it succeeded beautifully.

license:


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

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