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Getting Started with Unity 2018 - Third Edition

By : Dr. Edward Lavieri
Book Image

Getting Started with Unity 2018 - Third Edition

By: Dr. Edward Lavieri

Overview of this book

The Unity game engine has revolutionized the gaming industry with its complete set of intuitive tools and rapid workflows, which can be used to create interactive 3D content. With Unity, you can scaffold your way from the basics and make make stunning interactive games. This book will guide you through the entire process of creating a 3D game, from downloading the Unity game engine to publishing your game. It not only gives you a strong foundation, but puts you on the path to game development. Beginning with an overview of the Unity engine and its interface, you will walk through the process of creating a game environment and learn how to use built-in assets, as well as assets created with third-party 3D modeling tools such as Blender. Moving on, you will create custom scripts to control non-player character behaviors and gameplay. You will master exciting concepts such as Heads-Up-Displays, mini-maps, game navigation, sound effects, and lighting effects. Next, you’ll learn how to create your first VR experience, right from setting up the project to image effects. You'll be familiarized with all the tools that Unity has to offer to create your own immersive VR experiences. Each section is a stepping stone toward the completion of the final game. By the end of the book, you'll have learned advanced topics such as cross-platform considerations which enable your games to run on multiple platforms.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
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Downloading Unity 

Getting your hands on Unity is relatively straightforward. Start by visiting the Unity site at In the top-right corner, as shown here, you will see a link to Get Unity:

That link takes you to the page where you can click on the Try Personal link as part of the Personal plan option.

You will be taken to the Download Unity Personal page. You should review the information on that page to be sure that you qualify for the Personal Plan.


Depending on your system, you might be prompted to select a Windows or macOS X button. If presented with this choice, select the appropriate operating system for your computer.

Once you acknowledge your eligibility, the Download Installer button will be enabled.

The installer downloads very quickly. It is just an installer and not the game engine itself. We will review the installation process in the next section.