Intro to Game Development using Unity

New Jigsaw member Curtis Himel will teach the basics of game development with Unity, an increasingly-popular game engine used by both indies and large studios. With the engine integrated directly into the development environment, Unity is (relatively) easy to use and allow real-time changes to your game with immediate results. Making a quick game is probably easier than you think! (And probably cheaper too since Unity has a highly-functional free version.) And once your game's done, you won't have to do it again since Unity publishes to nearly every platform available from mobile to Windows to X-Box.

Before the class, you should download and install the free version of Unity game engine 4.2 from http://unity3d.com/unity/download . Also, a mouse with scroll wheel is somewhere between useful and required.


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  • Curtis

    Thanks to everyone who came out. As I said, teaching a class is new to me, so I'm very interested in any feedback on what worked well and what can be changed / improved.

    2 · October 9, 2013

    • Budi M.

      Section 3 #19 and #20 are a little confusing.

      October 9, 2013

    • Curtis

      I re-wrote those, by the way.

      November 10, 2013

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    A former member

    Had a great time last night! Sorry I had to leave early. Looking forward to the next one.

    1 · October 9, 2013

  • MK B.

    Everyone was very nice, patient and knowledgeable. Thank you!

    1 · October 9, 2013

  • Budi M.

    Awesome job with a website outlining the lesson. One suggestion is to include screen shots in the instruction. Here's an idea: create an educational game to learn unity. Curtis, you're doing an excellent job with the pace when delivering the lesson so that even a n00b like me was able to follow along fine. Looking forward to the next class.

    1 · October 9, 2013

  • Pat T.

    Excellent lesson design!!! Really nifty project -- definitly want to go on with this. Thanks, Curtis!

    1 · October 9, 2013

  • Michael P.

    Very interesting system, this Unity. Curtis did a good job getting us started. Looking forward to the next class.

    1 · October 8, 2013

  • Curtis

    Hey. I made a webpage outlining what I plan to go over to make it easier for people to stay on the same page and follow along:

    http://uploads.jacobsladdergame.com/GameDevIntro/GameDevIntro.html

    2 · October 8, 2013

    • Curtis

      What languages / programming experience do you already have?

      October 8, 2013

    • Curtis

      Anyway, we can talk about it tonight and you should still be able to follow along alright.

      October 8, 2013

  • Michael P.

    I have downloaded Unity! Looking forward to the class tomorrow.

    2 · October 7, 2013

  • Thom M.

    Curtis- I may not make it tonight. I'll do my best to be there, but if I don't see you, have a great meetup!

    October 3, 2013

    • Curtis

      It's not tonight. It's Tuesday the 8th.

      October 3, 2013

  • Curtis

    Pre-requisites:

    You should ideally have some concept of coding. (Advanced skills not required.) Unity lets you write "scripts" in either C# or JavaScript. It won't be anything super-complicated, but being able to read / write basic code in one of those languages will be a help. But even if you haven't specifically used either of those languages, things should still be navigable since code is code. I'll be teaching in C#, but I know JS too if someone needs assistance there.

    1 · September 25, 2013

  • Curtis

    So I guess I should attend this.

    Anyway, my idea is that this is the first of (probably) 3-part series to get people up-and-running with Unity. After that, if there's interest, I might see about morphing this into a regular indie game dev meetup where I'll be around, but not necessarily leading. (I'll always have my own projects to work on!)

    My goal is to have a simple webpage up detailing what we'll be going through so it's easier to follow along. I'll post that here when I get it up.

    Later on, I could also do some stuff on game *design* too, if there's interest.

    2 · September 25, 2013

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