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The National Museum of Play receives collection from the creator of “Prince of Persia”

Jordan Mechner, most famous for creating Prince of Persia, has donated a huge collection of documents and designs to the Strong (The National Museum of Play). This includes a record of his great contribution to videogame graphics by expanding on the technique of rotoscoping.

First, he videotaped his younger brother, clothed all in white, running, jumping, and climbing.

Then he took prints of individual frames and highlighted the body shapes so they would be easier to trace and digitize.

Film stills of David Mechner jumping, Courtesy of The Strong, Rochester, NY

Once computerized, he combined these individual frames to produce lifelike, fluid movement in Prince of Persia...

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