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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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Adding visual effects to our game

Our game already has a Directional light and, as discussed earlier in this chapter, it acts like the sun—shining light from high above our terrain. The shadows from our Cucumber Man, Cucumber Beetles, cherries, cherry trees, and cucumber patches can be seen on the grass. We do not need to make any changes to them.

The visual effects changes we will make in this section are:

  • Adding a Point light to our cherry trees
  • Adding a special effect using the Particle System

Adding a Point light to our cherry trees

Currently, the Cucumber Man can walk up to and under the cherry trees in our sandbox area. Those trees are very dense and, because the only source of light comes from our directional light, it is too dark for the Cucumber Man to see the cherries he is picking from the tree. This is just simulated for the sake of adding a point light. So, we will use the following steps to add a point light to our cherry trees in the sandbox area of our scene:

  1. In Scene view, navigate...