Games Unpacked uses a programme called Unity, which is used by some of the top, professional game developers. Abertay University chose Unity because it offers one of the friendliest screens to help get you started – and they provide a version for free!
Unity is a programme for creating games and applications. A game is made from a set of “resources” such as 3D models (electronic drawings of objects, gameworlds and characters, audio tracks etc) and lines of programming code.
This video shows some of the games that professional developers have created using Unity:
Games created in Unity can be published on the Internet so that people can play on their computers at home or to mobile “platforms” such as iPhone or Google Android. Unity also helps game creators split parts of the game into more manageable chunks such as individual game levels. Abertay University have done some of the work already by creating the Games Unpacked framework so that you will be able to create a game level. Check out these examples of games created using Games Unpacked.
For professional game developers Unity also does a whole lot more. Some repetitive tasks for game making can be automated and simplified. Games programmers use Unity to create “tools” to do this. Think of it as a digital factory where rather than building everything from scratch as if it had never been built before you can make shortcuts because you have built that part of the game for an earlier level.
Unity also has some of its own basic game elements that can be modified to suit individual games. These elements include how lighting works in the game and how shadows work (imagine if you were the director of a film and you wanted to tell the person with the lights where to stand so that the cameraman picked out the best scenes) and also basic programming so that you can control a character in the first person (and the view from the virtual camera becomes the eyes of the character in a game).
Unity is just one games development tool. Once you have the maths, physics, art and design skills from school - or maybe you’ve taught yourself from the web – or both, you will have an opportunity to embark on one of the greatest careers on the planet - then you will find yourself working with all sorts of other programmes.
Learn all about building a game in Unity using Abertay University's Games Unpacked framework by following the steps in their tutorial.
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Follow these steps to learn how to get started with Abertay University's Games Unpacked Unity framework & build your own game.
Great games designers need to know maths and physics so you should read up on the fundamental rules.
Check out these example games created by Abertay University. They might give you some ideas for your own game creation.
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