As a self-professed horse girl, I’ve always appreciated when video games gives me the chance to ride. But what goes into getting humankind’s favorite, majestic, finger-nail strutting freaks of nature into video games?
It’s a lot harder than it sounds. Horses, like all quadrupeds, are much more challenging to animate than bipeds like humans.
“As soon as you have more legs, you have a lot of options. You need to put more thought into ‘when does which leg does what,’” Alice Ruppert told me. Ruppert is a creative producer at Aesir Interactive, which is working on Horse Tales – Emerald Valley Ranch, a horse game that will come out this winter.
Importantly, Ruppert also