Camera Movement In Sidescrollers

Itay Keren goes through the various techniques used to control the camera in 2D games since the 80s.

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This talk is just an amazing showcase¬†of how many different ways there are to solve one problem. Itay Keren goes wide as well as deep, exploring different techniques for camera movement in a bunch of different genres of games with examples from games dating from 1980 (when computer graphics was in its infancy) to the present day, each one solving the problem in a slightly different way, depending on that game’s specific needs and gameplay. And oh, did I mention his amazing visualizations?

For an article-ized version of the talk, check out the Gamasutra article.