Technical Game Development II
IMGD 4000 - D Term 2011
Due by Turnin: Midnight Weds, Mar 23|
|Goal:||The main goal of this homework is to quickly get you oriented and productive in the Unity 3 engine. Secondarily, use this occasion to observe the similarities and differences compared to the C4 engine, which you used in IMGD 3000.|
Your primary learning resource to get started with Unity will be the Design3 Video Tutorials (Subscription required--get code from instructor). Below are the tutorials you are required to study (you may want to view some videos twice---once to get the basic idea, and then again later with the Unity Editor open in front of you).
To go deeper into various topics introduced in the tutorial videos, see the Unity Manual, Reference Manual and Scripting Reference accessible under the Help menu in the Unity Editor. Also the 3D Platform Game tutorial is very good and comprehensive, but also very long (requires a larger commitment of time than necessary for this homework).
Basically, your assignment is to add "10%" of your own C# (only) code to the 3rd Person Shooter demo on the Unity website. This demo was chosen because the code is well organized and written almost entirely in C#, and thus is a good model for the project you will develop in this course. (It has a little more emphasis on animation techniques than we we need.)
You must write all your Unity code in C# for this course, and we strongly recommend using the MonoDevelop editor distributed with Unity 3, which requires some manual setup (see instructions).
(If following the Unity site instructions above you do not see MonoDevelop in the drop-down list, choose the Browse option to locate and select the MonoDevelop application either in the same folder where the Unity application is located or in Program Files. You should be using MonoDevelop 2.4.2.)
Note that "10%" is subjective. Don't concentrate on whether you have added 10%---just use this homework to learn as much as you can from the tutorials and documentation. It's very hard (though not impossible) to do less than 10% if you just spend some time experimenting.
You may discuss this homework with others, but you must write all the code yourself (see cheating policies).
|Grading:||This homework will be graded "A", "B", "C" or "F" (see grading).|