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Game Development Patterns with Unity 2021 - Second Edition

By : David Baron
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Game Development Patterns with Unity 2021 - Second Edition

By: David Baron

Overview of this book

This book is written for every game developer ready to tackle the bigger picture and start working with advanced programming techniques and design patterns in Unity. Game Development Patterns with Unity 2021 is an introduction to the core principles of reusable software patterns and how to employ them to build components efficiently. In this second edition, you'll tackle design patterns with the help of a practical example; a playable racing game prototype where you’ll get to apply all your newfound knowledge. Notable updates also include a game design document (GDD), a Unity programming primer, and the downloadable source code of a complete prototype. Your journey will start by learning about overall design of the core game mechanics and systems. You’ll discover tried-and-tested software patterns to code essential components of a game in a structured manner, and start using classic design patterns to utilize Unity's unique API features. As you progress, you'll also identify the negative impacts of bad architectural decisions and understand how to overcome them with simple but effective practices. By the end of this Unity book, the way you develop Unity games will change – you’ll adapt a more structured, scalable, and optimized process that will help you take the next step in your career.
Table of Contents (22 chapters)
Sections 1: Fundamentals
Section 2: Core Patterns
Section 3: Alternative Patterns
About Packt
The Game Design Document

Before we start typing a single line of code, we need to complete a crucial step in a game's development cycle, which is creating a Game Design Document (GDD). A GDD is a blueprint of our entire project; its primary purpose is to put on paper the overall vision of our game's core concepts and act as a guide to a multidisciplinary team of developers during the arduous journey of a lengthy production cycle.

A GDD can include detailed descriptions of the following elements:

  • Lists of core visual, animation, and audio ingredients
  • Synopsis, character biographies, and narrative structures
  • Marketing research material and monetization strategies
  • Descriptions and diagrams that illustrate systems and mechanics

In most cases, a game designer is responsible for writing and maintaining the GDD, while a game programmer is responsible for implementing...