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Unity Game Development in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself, 2nd Edition

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Description

  • Copyright 2016
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Edition: 2nd
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-427210-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-427210-8

In just 24 lessons of one hour or less, Sams Teach Yourself Unity Game Development in 24 Hours will help you master the Unity 5 game engine at the heart of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Kerbal Space Program, and many other sizzling-hot games!

This book’s straightforward, step-by-step approach teaches you everything from the absolute basics through sophisticated game physics, animation, and mobile device deployment techniques. Every lesson builds on what you’ve already learned, giving you a rock-solid foundation for real-world success.

  • Step-by-step instructions carefully walk you through the most common Unity game development tasks.
  • Practical, hands-on examples show you how to apply what you learn.
  • Quizzes and exercises help you test your knowledge and stretch your skills.
  • Notes and tips point out shortcuts and solutions.

Learn how to…

  • Get up and running fast with the Unity 5 game engine and editor
  • Work efficiently with Unity’s graphical asset pipeline
  • Make the most of lights and cameras
  • Sculpt stunning worlds with Unity’s terrain and environmental tools
  • Script tasks ranging from capturing input to building complex behaviors
  • Quickly create repeatable, reusable game objects with prefabs
  • Implement easy, intuitive game user interfaces
  • Control players through built-in and custom character controllers
  • Build realistic physical and trigger collisions
  • Leverage the full power of Unity’s Mecanim animation system
  • Integrate complex audio into your games
  • Use mobile device accelerometers and multi-touch displays
  • Modify desktop games for mobile platforms
  • Apply the “finishing touches” and deploy your games

Sample Content

Table of Contents

Preface    xiii

HOUR 1: Introduction to Unity    1

Installing Unity    1

Getting to Know the Unity Editor    4

Navigating the Unity Scene View    17

Summary    19

Q&A    19

Workshop    19

Exercise    20

HOUR 2: Game Objects    21

Dimensions and Coordinate Systems    21

Game Objects    25

Transforms    26

Summary    33

Q&A    33

Workshop    33

Exercise    34

HOUR 3: Models, Materials, and Textures    35

The Basics of Models    35

Textures, Shaders, and Materials    41

Summary    46

Q&A    46

Workshop    47

Exercise    47

HOUR 4: Terrain    49

Terrain Generation    49

Terrain Textures    57

Summary    61

Q&A    61

Workshop    61

Exercise    62

HOUR 5: Environments    63

Generating Trees and Grass    63

Environment Effects    71

Character Controllers    75

Summary    78

Q&A    78

Workshop    79

Exercise    79

HOUR 6: Lights and Cameras    81

Lights    81

Cameras    91

Layers    95

Summary    100

Q&A    100

Workshop    100

Exercise    101

HOUR 7: Game 1: Amazing Racer    103

Design    103

Creating the Game World    106

Gamification    108

Playtesting    114

Summary    116

Q&A    116

Workshop    116

Exercise    117

HOUR 8: Scripting—Part 1    119

Scripts    120

Variables    128

Operators    130

Conditionals    133

Iteration    136

Summary    137

Q&A    137

Workshop    138

Exercise    138

HOUR 9: Scripting—Part 2    141

Methods    141

Input    146

Accessing Local Components    151

Accessing Other Objects    153

Summary    158

Q&A    158

Workshop    158

Exercise    159

HOUR 10: Collision    161

Rigidbodies    161

Collision    163

Triggers    167

Raycasting    169

Summary    171

Q&A    171

Workshop    172

Exercise    172

HOUR 11: Game 2: Chaos Ball    173

Design    173

The Arena    175

Game Entities    179

The Control Objects    183

Improving the Game    187

Summary    187

Q&A    187

Workshop    188

Exercise    188

HOUR 12: Prefabs    189

Prefab Basics    189

Working with Prefabs    192

Summary    198

Q&A    198

Workshop    198

Exercise    199

HOUR 13: 2D Games Tools    201

The Basics of 2D Games    201

Orthographic Cameras    204

Adding Sprites    205

Draw Order    209

2D Physics    212

Summary    214

Q&A    215

Workshop    215

Exercise    215

HOUR 14: User Interfaces    217

Basic UI Principles    217

The Canvas    218

UI Elements    223

Canvas Render Modes    230

Summary    232

Q&A    233

Workshop    233

Exercise    233

HOUR 15: Game 3: Captain Blaster    237

Design    237

The World    238

Controls    247

Improvements    255

Summary    255

Q&A    255

Workshop    256

Exercise    256

HOUR 16: Particle Systems    257

Particle Systems    257

Particle System Modules    259

The Curve Editor    270

Summary    273

Q&A    273

Workshop    273

Exercise    273

HOUR 17: Animations    275

Animation Basics    275

Animation Types    277

Animation Tools    281

Summary    288

Q&A    288

Workshop    289

Exercise    289

HOUR 18: Animators    291

Animator Basics    291

Configuring Your Assets    296

Creating an Animator    305

Scripting Animators    314

Summary    315

Q&A    315

Workshop    316

Exercise    316

HOUR 19: Game 4: Gauntlet Runner    317

Design    317

The World    318

The Entities    321

The Controls    329

Room for Improvement    336

Summary    336

Q&A    336

Workshop    336

Exercise    337

HOUR 20: Audio    339

Audio Basics    339

Audio Sources    341

Audio Scripting    346

Summary    349

Q&A    349

Workshop    349

Exercise    350

HOUR 21: Mobile Development    353

Preparing for Mobile    353

Accelerometers    357

Summary    361

Q&A    362

Workshop    362

Exercise    362

HOUR 22: Game Revisions    365

Cross-Platform Input    365

Amazing Racer    368

Chaos Ball    372

Captain Blaster    374

Gauntlet Runner    375

Summary    376

Q&A    376

Workshop    376

Exercise    377

HOUR 23: Polish and Deploy    379

Managing Scenes    379

Persisting Data and Objects    381

Unity Player Settings    384

Building Your Game    387

Summary    391

Q&A    391

Workshop    391

Exercise    392

HOUR 24: Wrap Up    393

Accomplishments    393

Where to Go from Here    395

Resources Available to You    396

Summary    397

Q&A    397

Workshop    397

Exercise    398

Index    399

 

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