Unity C# Tutorial: Space Blast

Yesterday I worked on a C# tutorial for Unity provided by Matthew Campbell. link

The idea behind the tutorial was to program some basic mechanics and look at some basic elements within Unity3D to make a very simple mouse controlled shooting game. I managed to successfully complete the tutorial and the results can be seen here

I felt I implemented the basic elements such as being able to navigate with a mouse, using the force blast and understanding how force can be added to the enemies to create that effect. I also had my first dabble with particles which was one of the more frustrating parts as the tutorial covered the old elipsoid method and I was using the new Shuriken particle system on Unity so I had a little trouble implementing the particle system as they were being created but not deleted and I also had to put a particle system off camera in order for it to work. The program would not let me use the tutorial code in conjunction with anything that wasnt a particle emitter and when I modified the code to use ParticleSystem I got an error about the program trying to run particle systems.

All in all I feel it was a worthwhile exercise as it taught me more about C# as its really the first time I have used it to make a game as all my other projects have been in JavaScript.  I felt the game could be improved by adding a consequence for hitting 0 lives, adding a leaderboard, improving the graphics, adding a skybox or backdrop, making the particle effects better and making the control system smoother.

I will continue to do more tutorials and post the outcomes here. Remeber you can follow me on twitter at @alloydgd to keep up to date with the latest developments!

Added Age Of Eradication Game design doc to portfolio

I have added the Game Design Documentation I wrote and compiled for Age of Eradication to the portfolio section of my website so that I can display some of my research and documentation skills as well as the creative skills I am working on as I feel it is an important area for me to convey. Hopefully if you read it you enjoy to see where some of the thoughts and ideas got implemented in the final level.  Link