Legal website Lexology
has details on
U.S. Patent no.
, which it says was issued on April 30, 2019 to Electronic Arts.
This explains this is a patent for changing the appearance of user-created
video game characters by direct manipulation, rather than by using sliders. This
seems a fairly obvious concept, but apparently it was deemed worthy of a patent.
U.S. Patent No. 10,275,947 (the ‘947 Patent) relates to
simulation video games. Simulation video games are games designed to simulate
aspects of real life or a fictional reality as close as possible. A notable
example in this genre is the game The SIMS. In this game a player can create a
character and configure its appearance by changing its body type, physical
attributes, clothing, or accessories. Previously, to make these modifications to
each character the user would move a slider along a predefined range of options.
The ‘947 Patent details a methods for directly manipulating the selected
portions of the character. This direct manipulation improves on the variety of
sliders system by simplifying the interface and design process for the user. The
need for lengthy menus and sub-menus is abrogated by the direct manipulation
using a mouse cursor. The cursor may directly modify hotspot areas of a
character such as the character’s nose area. This is an advancement over older
methods of character customization.