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Unreal Development Kit Game Programming with UnrealScript [Video]

Alan Thorn

Kick-start your career in game development with UnrealScript and the UDK
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Video Details

ISBN 139781849696326
Course Length2 hours 23 minutes

About This Video

  • Step-by-step guide on how to set up the UDK and create a game with UnrealScript
  • Explore core UnrealScript features and configurations
  • Ideal for newcomers to UnrealScript

Who This Video Is For

This course is intended for newcomers to UnrealScript. If you’re already using the UDK Editor and are familiar with programming basics, then this course will help you move up to the next level, orienting you with the UnrealScript language.

Table of Contents

Getting Started
Course Introduction
Exploring the UDK Installation Folder
Exploring UncodeX
Configure Notepad++ for UnrealScript
Compiling UnrealScript Source Code
Compiling UnrealScript Source Code Using the FrontEnd
Understanding the Class Tree and Making Custom Classes
Getting Started at UnrealScript Game Development
The GameInfo Class
GameInfo Basics
Compiling GameInfo
Testing GameInfo
Appendix to Compiling
Beginning a Power-Up Actor Class
Getting started with Actors
Integrating Actors into the Actor Classes Tab
Actors and Components
Using Editor Properties
Using the Content Browser to Help Code
Refining the Power-Up Actor Class
Rotations in UnrealScript
Testing the Rotation Code in the UDK Editor
Collision Detection
Using Class States
Testing Class States
Creating Game Logic with GameInfo
Starting to Code the Main Game Logic
Refining Game Logic with GameInfo
Tips and Tricks
Inter-object Communication
Testing the Game So Far
Refining the Game with Exec Functions
Unreal Console
Exploring Console Commands on the UDN
Create New Console Commands
Testing New Console Commands
Review your Progress
Customizing Kismet
Configuring the Level with Kismet and Matinee
Customize Kismet with UnrealScript
Testing the Kismet Node
Activating Kismet Nodes
Testing Kismet Functionality in the UDK Editor
Moving Forward with Config Files
Config Files
Customize GameInfo with Config Files
Using the Config Keyword
Using Config Files to Customize Game Settings
Completing the Game

What You Will Learn

  • Understand the UDK files and folders for working with UnrealScript
  • Configure an IDE and the UDK Compiler to write and compile code and make debugging easier with custom console commands
  • Grasp the basics of UnrealScript workflow for making games and use the UnrealScript class hierarchy to build new features
  • Learn how to create states for working with timed behavior
  • Make customizable classes with Config files that integrate with the UDK Editor
  • Create feature-filled actors for your levels
  • Build custom Kismet nodes to control the logic of your game

In Detail

Over eight feature-filled chapters, Alan Thorn demystifies video game development by showing you how to get up and running with UnrealScript so you can make your own games. This course takes you from the foundations upwards: from configuring the necessary software and editors to compiling your code and creating a complete and working game.

This course is a comprehensive introduction to UnrealScript presented by Alan Thorn, veteran game developer and author with over 12 years of industry experience. Taking a step-by-step approach, you’ll move from the basics of configuring the UDK and its files to coding a feature-filled game complete with timed behavior and editor integration.

Clear and concise, this course takes you from start to finish through the creation of a practical game in UnrealScript, demonstrating the core features of the language along the way. It starts by exploring how to configure UDK files and software and ends with a working game featuring time-limits, editor integration, component-based actors, and custom Kismet nodes.

Overall, you’ll see how to build a game from the ground up. Along the way, you’ll explore core UnrealScript features such as console commands for improving debugging, class states for dynamically changing actor behavior, custom Kismet nodes to control program flow visually, the ability to tweak class settings through text-based configuration files, and much more besides.

By the end of this course, you’ll have coded a feature-filled game in UnrealScript and the UDK. In achieving this, you’ll establish a solid foundation in UnrealScript that you can utilize when building your own games.



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