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Game Development with Unity for .NET Developers
Game Development with Unity for .NET Developers

Understand what makes Unity the world's most widely used real-time 3D development platform and explore its powerful features for creating 3D and 2D games, as well as the Unity game engine and the Microsoft Game Dev, including the Microsoft Azure Cloud and Microsoft Azure PlayFab services, to create games. You will start by getting acquainted with the Unity editor and the basic concepts of Unity script programming with C#. You'll then learn how to use C# code to work with Unity's built-in modules, such as UI, animation, physics, video, and audio, and understand how to develop a game with Unity and C#. As you progress through the chapters, you'll cover advanced topics such as the math involved in computer graphics and how to create a custom render pipeline in Unity with the new Scriptable Render Pipeline, all while optimizing performance in Unity. Along the way, you'll be introduced to Microsoft Game Dev, Azure services, and Azure PlayFab, and ...
Unity Virtual Reality Development with VRTK4
Unity Virtual Reality Development with VRTK4

Get hands-on practical knowledge of concepts and techniques for VR development using Unity and VRTK version 4. This book is a step-by-step guide to learning VRTK 4 for developing immersive VR experiences. Unity is a powerful game engine for developing VR experiences. With its built-in support for all major VR headsets, it's the perfect tool for developers to realize their vision in VR. VRTK is a battle-tested VR solution for Unity; VRTK 4, in conjunction with Unity has changed the dynamics of VR development. This book focuses on creating deep understanding of how advanced VR mechanics and techniques are built and utilized as a part of a VR framework. You will start off by setting up your devices for VR development and learn about the advantages of using VRTK 4 over alternate SDKs. You will learn to setup your very own custom VRTK Rig, find out how to setup various advanced VR mechanics and locomotion techniques, how to create several spatial UI objects, and h ...
Unity Artificial Intelligence Programming, 5th Edition
Unity Artificial Intelligence Programming, 5th Edition

Developing artificial intelligence (AI) for game characters in Unity has never been easier. Unity provides game and app developers with a variety of tools to implement AI, from basic techniques to cutting-edge machine learning-powered agents. Leveraging these tools via Unity's API or built-in features allows limitless possibilities when it comes to creating game worlds and characters. The updated fifth edition of Unity Artificial Intelligence Programming starts by breaking down AI into simple concepts. Using a variety of examples, the book then takes those concepts and walks you through actual implementations designed to highlight key concepts and features related to game AI in Unity. As you progress, you'll learn how to implement a finite state machine (FSM) to determine how your AI behaves, apply probability and randomness to make games less predictable, and implement a basic sensory system. Later, you'll understand how to set up a game map with a navigation m ...
Unity in Action, 3rd Edition
Unity in Action, 3rd Edition

Thousands of new game developers have chosen Joe Hocking's Unity in Action as their first step toward Unity mastery. Starting with the initial groundwork of a new game development project, you'll quickly start writing custom code instead of clicking together premade scripts. This fully updated third edition comes packed with fully refreshed graphics, Unity's latest features, and coverage of augmented and virtual reality toolkits. You'll master the Unity toolset from the ground up, learning the skills to go from application coder to game developer. Writing games is rewarding and fun - and with Unity it's easy to get started! Unity handles the heavy lifting, so you can focus on game play, graphics, and user experience. C# support and a huge ecosystem of prebuilt components help even first-time developers go from the drawing board to the screen fast. Unity in Action, 3rd Edition teaches you to create games with the Unity game platform ...
Beginning 3D Game Assets Development Pipeline
Beginning 3D Game Assets Development Pipeline

This project-based tutorial covers the creation of 3D assets in a game engine, from concept to implementation. You will learn the 3D pipeline using Maya and Substance Painter, which are industry-standard programs used for content creation in game development. You also will know how to add them and work with them in Unity. The book begins with an overall look at the production of game development and the different roles in creating assets. Then, starting with Maya, you learn how to start with a concept and take it through the entire production pipeline: base mesh, UV mapping, high poly, texturing, rigging, and animation. You will be working on one asset project throughout the entire book to understand how one phase leads to the next one. Lastly, you will cover asset placement and integration into Unity. ...
Deep Reinforcement Learning in Unity
Deep Reinforcement Learning in Unity

Gain an in-depth overview of reinforcement learning for autonomous agents in game development with Unity. This book starts with an introduction to state-based reinforcement learning algorithms involving Markov models, Bellman equations, and writing custom C# code with the aim of contrasting value and policy-based functions in reinforcement learning. Then, you will move on to path finding and navigation meshes in Unity setting up the ML Agents Toolkit (including how to install and set up ML agents from the GitHub repository), and installing fundamental machine learning libraries and frameworks (such as Tensorflow). You will learn about: deep learning and work through an introduction to Tensorflow for writing neural networks (including perceptron, convolution, and LSTM networks), Q learning with Unity ML agents, and porting trained neural network models in Unity through the Python-C# API. You will also explore the OpenAI Gym Environment used throughout the book. ...
Build Your Own First-Person Shooter in Unity
Build Your Own First-Person Shooter in Unity

Ever fancied creating your own first-person shooter game? Now you can with this 140-page bookazine, brought to you by the Wireframe magazine team with tips from expert video game developers! Making a fast-paced 3D action game needn't be as daunting as it sounds. Build Your Own First-Person Shooter in Unity will take you step-by- step through the process of making Zombie Panic: a frenetic battle for survival inside a castle heaving with the undead. - Set up and use the free software you'll need; - Make enemies that follow and attack the player; - Create and texture 3D character models; - Extend your game further, with tips from experts; - Design a level with locked doors and keys. ...
2D Game Development: From Zero to Hero
2D Game Development: From Zero to Hero

This is a small project that aims to gather some knowledge about game development and make it available to everyone. As well as being a source of knowledge this project aims to be a learning experience for everyone involved too, by gathering contributions from the community teaching others how to make a game, teaching algorithms but also learning tips and tricks from people who are more experienced. ...
Don't Panic: Mobile Developer's Guide to The Galaxy, 18th Edition
Don't Panic: Mobile Developer's Guide to The Galaxy, 18th Edition

This project was initiated in 2009 with the aim to spread knowledge about mobile technologies and encourage people to enter our community or deepen their existing knowledge. More than twenty writers from the mobile community share their know-how in dealing with topics such as accessibility in mobile apps, UX design, mobile analytics, prototyping, cross-platform development, native development, mobile web and app marketing. ...
Basic Math for Game Development with Unity 3D
Basic Math for Game Development with Unity 3D

Use Unity-based examples to understand fundamental mathematical concepts and see how they are applied when building modern video game functionality. You will gain the theoretical foundation you need, and you will know how to examine and modify an implementation. This book covers points in a 3D Cartesian coordinate system, and then discusses vectors and the details of dot and cross products. Basic mathematical foundations are illustrated through Unity-based example implementations. Also provided are examples showing how the concepts are applied when implementing video game functionality, such as collision support, motion simulations, autonomous behaviors, shadow approximations, and reflection off arbitrary walls. Throughout this book, you learn and examine the concepts and their applications in a game engine. Understand the basic concepts of points and vectors and their applications in game development; Apply mathematical concepts to modern video game functionality, such as sph ...
Developing 2D Games with Unity
Developing 2D Games with Unity

Follow a walkthrough of the Unity Engine and learn important 2D-centric lessons in scripting, working with image assets, animations, cameras, collision detection, and state management. In addition to the fundamentals, you'll learn best practices, helpful game-architectural patterns, and how to customize Unity to suit your needs, all in the context of building a working 2D game. While many books focus on 3D game creation with Unity the easiest market for an independent developer to thrive in is 2D games. 2D games are generally cheaper to produce, more feasible for small teams, and more likely to be completed. If you live and breathe games and want to create them then 2D games are a great place to start. By focusing exclusively on 2D games and Unity's ever-expanding 2D workflow, this book gives aspiring independent game developers the tools they need to thrive. Various real-world examples of independent games are used to teach fundamental concepts of developin ...
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