I've certainly heard this argument before...
You may very well be correct, but you still fail to address the *real* issue
at hand: what system will you use to coordinate textures and models? Believe
me, the traditional "artists model and texture their own models) will NOT
work - no way.
OTOH, the worldforge people use the template system regularly, and have
several working applications where it seems to work very well.
> It's a risky business, because you would have to expect that each of the
> models were unwrapped perfectly to the template and use the texture
> sheet correctly. Plus, you would assume that the tempates are made
> perfectly, and that whoever designed them allowed them to 'work' for
> your model.. sometimes (actually most times) you need it to be tailored
> for each individual model.
Yes, the workmanship on the modelling, unwrapping, and indeed the template
creation would have to be good. Then again, I expect good work from our
modellers anyway, so what's the problem?
> I don't know, but I've never seen such a tex template system been
> implemented in commercial games - at least to this degree of genericness
> (is that a word? :))
I have. Name a recently released commercial MMORPG; I guarantee that it uses a
system like this. Not using a system of this nature is throwing time and
money down the drain - it's stupid.
> BTW, On your scenario, if we have 5 different human models who are only
> "slightly different", why not just use 1 model and paint 5 different
> textures for him? Else, if one has a certain prop, well, they would be
> modelled independently anyway.
Because you want some of the changes in detail to be in the model. For example
model 1 might be slightly taller, model 2 slightly shorter, fatter, thinner,
> Once again, I repeat that although this system sounds great in theory, I
> havent had much success with it in a production situation.
No offence, but how many commercial production situations have you been in?
We're all new to this, I just think we should try and use the system (which
has, IMO been proven by other people, than construct arguments as to why it
might not work (in logic this is called a "straw man argument").
It may be that the system needs to be tweaked to our situation. Maybe only
some templates will work, maybe the templates need to be changed...
whatever we choose, we need to make a decision NOW.