Getting Started with Unity

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Learn
  • Understand the different layouts, windows, and shortcuts, and navigate through scenes
  • Use, combine, and transform built-in objects and components including textures, water, GUI elements, controllers, lights, particles, and shapes
  • Understand different types of colliders, individualize objects with tags, apply colliders, and manage collisions through scripting
  • Learn how to create scripts, understand and use the default functions, and employ the console for debugging purposes
  • Access and modify game objects’ properties through scripting
  • Create functions, pass and access variables, and call functions between scripts
  • Implement basic AI for path-finding or user detection
  • Load scenes, navigate through scenes, and create persistent objects across scenes
About

Unity is a game development engine which is fully integrated with a complete set of intuitive tools and rapid workflows used to create interactive 3D content. Unity is best used for making great games that can deploy to numerous platforms.

"Getting Started with Unity" guides you progressively through the necessary steps to create a survival game using Unity3D’s built-in objects and components, JavaScript, animations with Mecanim, and some basic AI.

In this book, you will be introduced to a wide range of the core features used for games developed with Unity3D, including the user interface and much more. Furthermore, you will also learn about essential aspects like transformations, scripting, navigation, and built-in controllers.

Beginning with an introduction to the user interface, you will learn the necessary skills required to create a survival video game. Each section is a stepping-stone toward the completion of the final game. By the end of the book, you will have created an indoor level with enemies, AI, weapons, objects to collect, and all the logic to control the game.

Features
  • Use basic AI techniques to bring your game to life
  • Learn how to use Mecanim; create states and manage them through scripting
  • Use scripting to manage the graphical interface, collisions, animations, persistent data, or transitions between scenes
Page Count 170
Course Length 5 hours 6 minutes
ISBN 9781849695848
Date Of Publication 25 Aug 2013

Authors

Patrick Felicia

Patrick Felicia is a lecturer and researcher at Waterford Institute of Technology, where he teaches and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate students. He obtained his MSc in Multimedia Technology in 2003 and PhD in Computer Science in 2009 from University College Cork, Ireland. He has published several books and articles on the use of video games for educational purposes, including Handbook of Research on Improving Learning and Motivation through Educational Games: Multidisciplinary Approaches (published by IGI), and Digital games in schools: a handbook for teachers, published by European Schoolnet. Patrick is also the Editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Game-Based Learning (IJGBL), and the Conference Director of the Irish Symposium on Game-Based Learning, a popular conference on games and learning organized throughout Ireland.