I've been working on a tool to convert animated GIFs to Quake's sprite format! pic.twitter.com/F95FxEeNwmJune 22, 2018
1996: the year of both classic FPS Quake (opens in new tab) and of the famous viral video (opens in new tab) of a dancing virtual baby, which spawned an equally famous GIF that was emailed across offices around the world. Joshua Skelton, lead artist on first-person rogue-like Delver (opens in new tab), has now combined the two, as you can see above.
As he says in the tweet, it's not all about getting the babies into the game: he's creating a tool to convert GIFs into in-game sprites. It's apparently quite simple to pull off. "I just renamed baby.spr to soldier.mdl! The Quake engine treats 2D sprites and 3D meshes (and 3D maps!) generically as models and they can (mostly) be used interchangeably," he says.
Another Twitter user replied with an important question: what if you shoot your grenade launcher at the babies? Thankfully nothing, Skelton says: they just keep on dancing.
My money is on a smiling Robert Redford (opens in new tab) making it into the game next.