Unity

Unity Technologies ApS, 2011, freeware or proprietary

Do you like games? Do you like 3D games? Do you wish you could make your own 3D game? Well now you can! Unity 3D is your free (or not free) ticket to making games that can be released to PC and Mac, iOS (iPod, iPhone, iPad, etc.,) Xbox, PS, Wii and more! (Pro license required for game systems, Macintosh computer required for iOS publishing) Unity is a very simple to use program, but not so simple to setup. Allow me to explain;

When you first install Unity, you will be asked whether you wish to use the “indie” license or the “pro” license. The Indie license is free, but puts a watermark on the start of your game and you can only export to PC, Mac and iOS. A pro license costs, but you get the full features of Unity if you use this. I have the indie license, because I go by the open source/freeware code; “Live free or die hacking.”

After all is installed and you start Unity and go through all the step to get it running, blah, blah, blah, you can then start making your scene. Unity is packed with so many features (and more in the asset store,) it would take about as much time as the history of Windows article I wrote, minus the research. Just a few things you get with Unity are:

  • An awesome particle emitter
  • Random tree generator (which is a part of the landscape designer)
  • Epic graphics
  • and did I mention more?

Yes, all this, free. And more for the pro license! It even comes with templates for mobile game creation! There are only a few setbacks to Unity;

  • There is no built-in modeling system
  • You have to know Javascript, C# or Boo for the code (or use the built-in scripts, which are always good)
  • You get a watermark if you use the indie license

A great thing about Unity is that you can import files from Blender, Maya and some other modeling software. One amazing thing is that you can download an Android version from the Android repositories (that’s what it’s called, right?) I don’t think it can get any better. Sorry, iOS users, you don’t get Unity, switch to Android! Smile with tongue out  There isn’t much more about Unity, so I’m going to go ahead and close the post off with a link to Unity; http://www.unity3d.com/

There you are, Unity 3D! Smile This is a really good program, so give it a try, It being on Android makes it even better!

-Ben

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