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To make every choice matter, Pentiment rewrote the rules of narrative RPGs - While choice can play a major role in many modern games, it matters more than usual in Pentiment. It isn’t just something that determines if its lead journeyman, Andreas Maler, is good or evil — each decision shapes the course of a small town’s history. To get that feeling just right, a tiny development team within RPG giant Obsidian Entertainment would need to dial in on what choices actually feel impactful in a game.
On trend and on time: 5 skill-building resources for your next game - Keep reading for a roundup of five Unity Learn educational resources that map to three of the biggest trends we’ve spotted.
6 things we heard from creators during GDC 2023 - Heavy rain couldn’t dampen the excitement of GDC 2023. We kicked things off with our Developer Summit’s eight packed-house sessions. The event gave us the chance to hear about the challenges Unity creators face and share what we’ve been working on to help overcome them.
A Comprehensive Guide to the Execution Order of Unity Event Functions - This guide illustrates the actual order of execution of the main Unity event functions, as well as the considerations for each one. It also includes essential information to help you understand when and how to use each of these event methods and the consequences of doing so.
let's talk about normals - I see a lot of confusion on this topic among Unity devs and other people dealing with fragment shaders, so let's talk about normals! A "normal" is the direction something is facing. We use normals in shaders for diffuse lighting, specular reflections, rim highlights, and so on. But things can get tricky because all directions are relative, and different effects require different reference points, or "spaces"
Making Player Choices Feel like They Matter in Your Narrative - In this 2022 Game Narrative Summit talk, Tony Howard-Arias goes in-depth on how they and their partner tackled (and continue to tackle) these challenges on both a micro and macro level.
Use references to design your UI The Game UI Database - Do you design your UI inside Unity? (Or any other game engine, really)
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Unlocking The Power Of Unity's Scriptable Render Pipeline - Inspired by the release of Hi-Fi Rush by Bethesda, I wanted to see if I could get a similar vibrant and stylized aesthetic in Unity. Little did I know, it would swiftly lead me down a rabbit hole of custom rendering in Unity and, in turn, completely overhaul my entire perception of Unity's Scriptable Render Pipelines. This video is a showcase of that journey... so let's take a look at how we can use Scriptable Renderer Features, and Scriptable Render Passes to completely overhaul our rendering in Unity and replicate some of the techniques on show in Hi-Fi Rush.
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How Undisputed created the first major boxing game in over a decade | Unity at GDC 2023 - In this talk, you will learn how Undisputed used the Unity game engine to create the first major boxing game, from a prototype to early access release. Steel City Interactives’s studio head and a senior programmer will share about the game’s inspiration, development process, and how Unity helped them overcome some of the challenges they faced.
How to build & operate live games with Unity Gaming Services | Unity at GDC 2023 - Unity Gaming Services (UGS) is a cohesive development platform that empowers developers to build their live games using the tech stack and engine of their choice. This session walks through practical examples of using UGS to run live games to demonstrate the platform’s flexibility. It covers integration points, including API patterns, data flow for player data and game content, and rich analytics to measure performance.
The Unity Engine in 2023 - At GDC 2023, Unity revealed their future plans for the Unity game engine. Unfortunately those sessions weren't available for everyone that wasn't in attendance. In this video we run through the Unity development roadmap with an eye towards 2023.1 and 2023.2 features.
Don't make this assumption about your players - In this episode I take my game to GDC in San Francisco, and get some feedback. Along the way, I learn some tough lessons about playtesting and making assumptions about your players.
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DMotion - A High Level Animation Framework and State Machine for DOTS - DMotion (DOTS Motion) is a general purpose Animation framework and State Machine for DOTS, built on top of Kinemation.
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LutLight2D - Stylized pixel art lighting shader for Unity2D using a color replacement technique. It keeps the original colors of the palette and can create unusual stylization effects.
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Unity3dVim (for Linux) - Simplified Vim support as an External Editor in Unity3d running on any Linux environment using bash. Using the built-in external editor functions, this plugin allows developers to set their default editor to vim, open the project directory in vim (NERDTree support), and edit and sync as you save and load.
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Glass system - This glass shatter system simulate window fracture with hand drawn impact patterns. it is inspired by Receiver 2's algorithms: On impact, a 2D pattern is clipped on the glass surface. this list of lines is then converted to a list of polygons (shards), finally the list of polygon is used to build the new meshes and game objects. Contrary to other fracture packages that allows to breaks arbitrary 3D volumes, this package is specialized in realistically simulating two dimensional windows.
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