This chapter from Unity Game Development in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself, 2nd Edition shows you how to choose and install a Unity license. Once that is installed, you learn how to create new projects as well as open existing ones. You open the powerful Unity editor and examine its various components. Finally, you learn to navigate a scene using mouse controls and keyboard commands. This chapter is meant to be hands-on, so download Unity while reading and follow along.
Although there are notable exceptions, the concept of networked multiplayer games didn’t really catch on with mainstream gamers until the 1990s. This chapter from Multiplayer Game Programming: Architecting Networked Games first gives a brief history of how multiplayer games evolved from the early networked games of the 1970s to the massive industry today. Next, the chapter provides an overview of the architecture of two popular network games from the 1990s—Starsiege: Tribes and Age of Empires. Many of the techniques used in these games are still in use today, so this discussion gives insight into the overall challenges of engineering a networked multiplayer game.
In this excerpt from Designing Great Video Games LiveLessons (Video Training): How to Create Insanely Fun and Challenging Video Games, Zach Comm talks about the importance of innovation in video games and the idea of providing the player with new experiences.
Zach Comm, author of Designing Great Video Games LiveLessons (Video Training): How to Create Insanely Fun and Challenging Video Games, talks about the most important part of great video game design: fun!