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Getting Started with Unity 2018 - Third Edition

By : Dr. Edward Lavieri
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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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About the author

Dr. Edward Lavieri, is a veteran game designer and developer with a strong academic background. He earned a Doctorate in Computer Science from Colorado Technical University. He has taught and been a curriculum developer since 2002. In 2008, he started a software design and development studio, focusing on educational games. He currently serves as the Founder and Creative Director of that studio. Edward authored several books on adaptive learning, Java, Unity, AWS Lumberyard, and LiveCode.

Thank you to Packt Publishing for your continual support and belief in me. There are so many great people at Packt that I worked with on this project, including, Larissa, Yusuf, the reviewers, technical editors, proofreaders, the indexer, and the marketing team. It is a pleasure to have worked with such an amazing team.

About the reviewers

Andreas Oehlke is a professional full-stack software engineer. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and loves to experiment with software and hardware. His trademark has always been his enthusiasm and affinity for electronics and computers. His hobbies include game development, building embedded systems, sports, and making music. He currently works full-time as a senior software engineer for a German financial institution. He has also worked as a consultant and game developer in San Francisco, CA. He is also the author of the book Learning LibGDX Game Development.




Ludovico Cellentani is a senior engine programmer at King AB, and he has been working as a professional game programmer for almost 20 years. During this time, he has worked on a number of games released on various platforms, spanning PC, consoles, and mobile.

During the past 6 years, he has worked on a considerable number of games, VR experiences, and gamification projects released for PC, mobile, and custom-built computer installations, all powered by the Unity game engine.

He is currently living with his wife and son in Stockholm, Sweden.




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