You know, in today’s world it’s easy to forget to spend a few minutes with the people around you. Have you ever thought of making games with your kids? The bonus of game development is that, in general, kids love games. You know what else? They tend to love making games too! If you’ve got children, or a younger brother or sister, take the opportunity to share what you can with them!

Tonight, my son and I took a spin with the Lego tutorial from Unity. I’ve got to say, it went pretty well all things considered. The tutorial walks…

This may surprise you, but one simple mistake in your creative process can cause you to spend months longer making your game than you really should. The worst part is that this is a process that literally can be done in one afternoon. That Game Development Mistake? Coming up with a plan for your game. Before you even write one line of code. Before you add a single prefab or node tree, consider planning out the following:

  • Is your game 2D or 3D?
  • Will you be doing levels, open-world? How many locations?
  • What kinds of NPC’s will there be? …

How the things you place in your world directly affect the immersion your player feels.

Trying to achieve realism in a game is a huge multi-faceted venture. Have you ever been playing a game and something just seems off? You look around, and sure there’s plenty of clutter on the desks but overall it just doesn’t seem like ‘stuff’ would be spread out that way? Like the stapler is a millimetre off of the desk, and the cup holding the pencils seems to have issues with clipping? …

Sound effects are integral to how your game is perceived by the player, and you’re here to make an explosion for your game today. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have a car that we can blow up to get that perfect, license-free explosion sound.

Fortunately, there is a free tool called Audacity that allows you to edit sounds on your computer, and you know what we’re going to start with? A clap. That’s it. We’re going to start with a clap and end with a believable explosion sound. So let’s get to it!

Step by Step Instructions to Make An Explosion Sound with Audacity

  • The first step to make an explosion for your game today is to install Audacity if you have not already done so. Click here to go to Audacity’s download page.
  • Once you’ve installed and run Audacity, you should see the following.
  • Let’s do some preparation work. Leaving about a third of…

I stumbled upon a question on Quora not too long ago asking “is the Unity 3D game engine as good as other engines?” I thought the question was kind of entertaining, to say the least, but then I stewed on it for a couple of days. Some of the answers seemed to imply that Unity isn’t as feature-rich. That it can’t compete, and that if you want to make a AAA quality game you’d best look elsewhere.

I have to say, that has me completely shocked. Not because it was asked, but rather because some of the answers seemed to…

When it comes to new people wanting to dip their toes into the world of game development, there are always going to be a few questions. If you’re wondering about some of the more common questions for game developers, you’re in luck, we’ll be discussing a few of them here! Trying to get you more and more answers so you can get building your game today!

Do I Need to Have a Degree to Get Into Game Development?

This one’s an extremely easy question to answer. No, you absolutely do not need a degree to get into game development. Many children are even developing games using a variety of engines available to…

If you have the dedication, you can teach yourself to become anything in your own time.

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Game development. Utilities. Whatever it is you need or want. The world is not so complicated that with a little time or effort you won’t be able to lean into something and build it yourself. If you’re into cars there are plenty of hobbyists who can build one from scratch. If you’re into artificial intelligence there are plenty of hobbyists who can properly train and deploy a model. Nothing is out of reach in 2020 and beyond.

Forget About Needing an Education

I’ve struggled with this to be honest, and I’ve missed out on a lot of opportunities because my degree says, “Biochemistry,” instead of…

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It comes off as a bit of a joke doesn’t it? That an AI could run against, let alone win an election against a human. A human who is able to understand the subtle nuances that come with governing the voting public? Able to emotionally connect with their constituents, and understand their woes?

Why then am I even writing about it? It seems that a computer wouldn’t stand a chance against that right?


AI Can Be Very Decisive, and Compare Thousands of Data-points!

What if we’re wrong. What if a computer program, designed to actually balance the needs of the many, rather than simply those who hold it in…

To garner faithful customers, you’re going to have to give them a taste first.

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Counter-intuitive. Contradictory. Unpalatable.

These are words that I would use to describe what seem to be the most efficient means to make a buck online these days. You see, you’re competing against an entire eco-system full of free advice, articles, and information. You have to ask yourself, what makes your article stand out? What does your app offer that your competitors don’t? Why should we trust you?

I’m sure you have a million and one things to say to each of those points. I hope that…

These three very common habits tried to ruin my life.

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It started as a gnawing feeling. It didn’t seem like anything wrong, really, but it was constant. Worrying. I started yelling. The people closest to me didn’t deserve that, and I didn’t deserve to feel like I had to. Something was seriously wrong.

I tried counselling, I tried journaling, meditation, you name it. I didn’t want to be the constant stress case that I was. Minor things would set me off, and I truly had no idea how to control it. It was chaos. It was chaos in my mind. It was chaos in my soul.

Then came the palpitations…

Patrick Fluke

Freelance Writer and Programmer.

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