Twitter Is Crazy About 5-Minute Pokémon Challenge
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Twitter Is Crazy About 5-Minute Pokémon Challenge
20 June, 2019

There’s a new Pokemon tag on Twitter and it’s one of the best things that happened in months. Someone thought that it would be really easy to set up a Pokemon render, and people are now making quick renders and sharing them using the ポケモン5分モデリング tag (a Japanese hashtag that can be translated as “five minute renders.”).

The thing is that you just can’t make a great render in 5 minutes — that’s totally impossible until we get some AI tool that could make a render using your description, but why not? The whole thing started with one fan thing being unhappy about the reveal that not all Pokémon will be available in the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield and thinking that adding them all would only take five minutes each.

Challenge accepted! Artists around the world started making renders to prove that it takes a lot more than just five minutes. Yes, it’s a silly game, but it’s so much fun, so we had to share some of the “great” 5-minute renders with you.

You can find more works here.


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The reason this hashtag started was that there was a guy in Japan criticized the company behind pokemon(gamefreak) saying that their 3D artist are useless. and skilled 3D models would be able to be made in 5 minutes. He mentioned that you can do 800 pokemon each in 5minutes so close to 60 hours will be only needed. and if they can’t do that, they are not worth the salary.

and 3D modelers took this as a challenge. Resulting in 3D modelers doing modeling / sculpting in various 3D software.

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Except the dude clearly doesn’t know much of anything about the 3D game pipeline. Yeah, if you’re very skilled, a high poly sculpt could, certainly. But then there’s retopology, UV mapping, texture baking, rigging, animating, other means of optimization once imported into the engine. Granted it wouldn’t take anywhere near the production time of a AAA character (Which the High-poly sculpt took maybe 10-15 hours altogether, but the finished character took ~94 hours). And granted pokemon models aren’t nearly as complex as that, but I think at least a 1-3 hours from start to finish to be a fair average… Read more »


I totally agree with you here.
I just wonder if Game freak don’t have high poly models of their Pokémon and if they need to model them every time new. If so imo this would be totally inefficient and expensive.
My guess is, they simply couldn’t manage to rigg and Animate, nor Code all those several hundred (or is it already above 1000) till release.

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