- Taschenbuch: 408 Seiten
- Verlag: Packt Publishing (23. September 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1849691843
- ISBN-13: 978-1849691840
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19 x 2,3 x 23,5 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 856.482 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Unity 3.x Game Development by Example Beginner's Guide (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 23. September 2011
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Ryan is the founder of Untold Entertainment Inc., a boutique game development studio in the heart of downtown Toronto. Ryan got his start at a Canadian television broadcaster creating small, simple games for kids and preschoolers. By the time he was through, he had built over fifty games for a wide range of clients including McDonalds, Hasbro, Lego, Proctor and Gamble, Nickelodeon, and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. These games ran the gamut from simple slider puzzles, memory games, and contest entry mechanics to tile-based graphic adventure games and massively multiplayer virtual worlds. Ryan often leveraged his theatre background to perform on-camera in promotional spots for Microsoft and Nintendo. He spent a number of years moonlighting as a video game journalist under the cartoonish moniker "MrSock". Ryan founded Untold Entertainment Inc. in 2007 and has continued to develop great kids' content with broadcasters and independent television producers to help extend their on-air brands online. He packs the company's popular blog with tutorials, designer diaries, and insights into the world of independent game development, employing his signature biting wit and ludicrous photo captions. Through Untold Entertainment, Ryan is developing a number of original properties, which include: Interrupting Cow Trivia, an online multiplayer trivia game; Spellirium, a word puzzle/adventure game hybrid; UGAGS, the Untold Graphic Adventure Game System; and Kahoots, a fun crime-themed puzzle game modeled entirely in clay. Ryan lives and bikes around downtown Toronto with his wife Cheryl, and his two tiny daughters Cassandra and Isabel.
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If you want a laugh read the part of the introduction where he writes "I'll call your attention to a critical piece of information like this" and "I'll highlight a crucial gotcha like this" and all eight or ten of his formatting styles are basically the same. It even says "in a block of code I'll call attention to the key concept in bold" and the bold got stripped out. What a joke. Amazon, Kindle group, and the publisher should be ashamed.
Having gotten that off my chest, the book itself is really nice. If you have the patience to follow it through start to finish, it is a great example of the art of teaching.
I have a BS in Comp. Sci. so I'm not a total n00b, but have little (aka almost zero) experience in game development, and this book has proven invaluable. The author takes an approach of assuming you know nothing (I approve!), so I actually had to skip through several sections, explaining how coding/programming in general works, how 3D space/origin work, etc. because I already knew all that. I think it's great he's giving this information to beginners, but having said that, I'm also willing to bet that if I had no prior schooling/experience, the little bit of help he gives wouldn't be sufficient.
Some people remark he spends too much time being casual, making jokes or pop culture references, or giving anecdotes and analogies... but I don't think so. I find it refreshing. Sometimes corny and punny, but I appreciate his sense of humor, and he seems like a cool guy. How can you expect to be a video game designer if you don't know how to lighten up and HAVE FUN? Or maybe it's just that I can relate, being about the same age as the author and seemingly coming from a very similar background.
In fact, if you ever find yourself in Napa Valley, Mr. Creighton, and you want to hang, look me up! We can talk some awesome game ideas, and how much it still irks me that Flash is not supported on iPads...
PS. I did get the Kindle edition, and there are problems with it as other people have mentioned:
* No highlighting where it says "code is highlighted"
* No call-out graphics for calling attention or denoting specific text features
* Certain punctuation -- like dashes/hyphens and ellipses -- seem to be missing, making some phrases read like awkward run-on sentences
BUT... I got it for 1/3 the price of the print edition (normally I think e-book editions are a ripoff; in this case, it's quite a bargain, despite the formatting flaws), so I'm not complaining! It gets the job done.
EDIT/UPDATE: I am removing one star because I bought both this book and Unity 3.x Game Development Essentials at the same time, and decided to start with the "by example" book (because I learn best "by example" -- by jumping right in and actually doing it)... what I didn't realize is how much BETTER the "Game Development Essentials" book does the same approach.
So, if you are truly new to Unity (and maybe even new to game development, period), THAT is the first book to get and to go through, hands-down. The only game example in it is a "first person shooter" style game, but the pacing, presentation, and activities are extremely well done to give you the know-how to make other sorts of games (racing games and 3D puzzlers come to mind) pretty easily.
So, in short: if you are only buying one book, make it the Essentials one. Read through it and follow along. THEN if you want even more examples, get THIS one (Game Development by Example)
PS. I ran into some major problems with this By Example book since Unity had just changed to version 4 when I was using it, and I suddenly got stuck and could not continue the exercises in this book due to changes that had occurred in Unity.
I want this guy to write books on PHP, Google Sketchup, Blender... I would rule the world, it would unlock so many pieces of software that are just too hard to learn because the support materials are awful. And yes, Unity 3x, your support materials are awful. Newbies and non-programmers are never going to use this unless you create materials like this for regular folks.
Even the downloadable samples from the publisher or broke or incomplete.
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