Unity is a great tool for writing games, and especially so if you are just prototyping some new idea. However, Unity is not only great for games, but works for many other applications as well. Making plans for a new home, I’ve discovered that Unity, together with ProBuilder, is quite useful for sketching floorplans in 3D. The results are quite presentable and offer a first impression on how your future home might look like with your current plans. Continue reading Using ProBuilder for 3D Architectural Sketches
Yesterday a colleague sent me a link which absolutely thrilled me: Amazon has published a new game engine, Lumberyard. Why am I excited? Not only is it based on Crytek’s CryEngine, but it integrates Amazon’s AWS cloud service and is completely free at the same time. But is it enough to be a real threat to Unity‘s market dominance? I had a quick look at the Lumberyard page and here is my opinion.
Continue reading Will Lumberyard be a Unity Killer?
As promised in my August post I cleaned up the code for my relay server and uploaded a first version to GitHub under the name ConquestRelay. It is meant for hobby game developers prototyping their own online games, but still lacks a lot of functionality found in professional network layers.
Last week I stumbled over a post by Gamasutra member James Bennet about his game “Conquest!”. “Damn”, I thought, “that’s exactly the working title of my own hobby project, even up to the exclamation mark”. But anyway, Conquest is such a catchy name that it’s probably not the first time it has been used, so I did a quick search and this is what I found. Continue reading Conquest! is a popular Name for Strategy Games
As described in my previous post Unity makes it pretty hard for hobby developers to develop their own online games. It is impossible to run a game server created with Unity on an Amazon AWS instance due to the missing batchmode option. As a workaround I implemented a relay server for my current project which is based on WebSockets and allows me to run my own server at home, combined with the benefits of a server in the cloud with a fixed IP address.
For a few months now I’ve been fiddling about my own small multiplayer game using Unity. Basic versions of client and server are now in a state where you can play the first games, at least in my home network. But of course the goal is to play the game over the Internet, so I chose to host the server in the cloud of Amazon’s Web Services (AWS). Setting up your own server there is a separate chapter, which I will hopefully be able to tell later. It turned out that Unity and AWS don’t work together for amateurs like me. Continue reading Unity in batchmode: for Pros only
In recent years, a dramatic change in the gaming industry can be observed: in addition to the well-established, large development studios and publishers there are more and more small, independent studios, who develop their games in-house and do marketing themselves. This development is driven by free game engines such as Unity and, since March 2nd 2015, the Unreal Engine 4, in combination with marketing platforms such as app stores and Steam. With its marketing model, a free version for indie developers and a Pro version for larger Studios, Unity however was the forerunner of this trend. A complete toolchain for development is easy to install and shall be described briefly below. Continue reading Free Game Development with Unity and Visual Studio