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…

Should You Use It?

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If you’re interested in Game Development then you’ve no doubt stumbled upon the Unity Real-Time Development Platform game engine in your travels. If you haven’t, or if you simply want to know more, then let me introduce you to the Unity Real-time Development Platform. Often referred to as Unity, Unity 3D, or the Unity Game Engine, this tool has quickly become a mainstay in the development world. …

Civilians are blasting off into space, and there’s no stopping it now.

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The marble that we call Earth… home really, has both enthralled and contained us since the dawn of our sentience. For two-hundred thousand years, Homo sapiens have roamed this Earth, never tiring of the amazing things they could find, discover, create, and behold.

It’s been a blast.

But there’s more. We knew it the whole time. Any time we looked towards the heavens on a clear night. Any time we saw a streak of light across the sky that captivated our imaginations. You see, humans are naturally inclined to explore. …

Is it for ourselves? Others? The Future?

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This is something that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. I mean, I love writing, I love putting pen to paper… er fingers to keys, and pumping out my thoughts for the masses. At the end of the day though, am I really writing for you? Am I writing for me? Am I writing for some subset in between. It’s complicated, and that’s what has me thinking.

I like to be able to explain to someone else why I do something. However, my writing has long been a point of contention between…

After all that’s the dream right?

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Video games have become a main stream pass-time for hundreds of millions of people around the world since the first game was made almost exactly 62 years ago there has been an absolute explosion in the number and types of video games available. What hasn’t changed though is the amount of time that you can sink into a video game and in the end have absolutely nothing to show for it. Is there a better way for those of us so inclined to enjoy this pass time? Perhaps even allowing us to make a living from it? Potentially.

Esports and competitive gaming

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…

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