How to Design a Game: Game Design Documents

How to Design a Game: Game Design Documents

So, you’ve got your brilliant game idea that you just can’t wait to turn into an actual game. You start searching around on the internet (something you will likely continue to do) and maybe you come across a tutorial about How to Make a Game. In it, you notice this section on “game design” and … Read more How to Design a Game: Game Design Documents

How to Train a Machine Learning Agents via Demonstration

Whenever a human learns a new subject, whether it be a musical instrument or a new language, there’s always a theme of “trial and error.” Attempting to get the correct finger placement on the violin or correct pronunciation of a foreign word oftentimes involves getting it wrong several times over. This is a well-known way … Read more How to Train a Machine Learning Agents via Demonstration

How to Make AIs Target Objects with Unity ML Agents

a gif of the first training attempt

Introduction We often hear in the news about this thing called “machine learning” and how computers are “learning” to perform certain tasks. From the examples we see, it almost seems like magic when a computer creates perfect landscapes from thin air or makes a painting talk. But what is often overlooked, and what we want … Read more How to Make AIs Target Objects with Unity ML Agents

An Introduction to Unity’s ML-Agents

An Introduction to Unity's ML-Agents

 Introduction Okay. So you’re a budding computer science enthusiast and you’re trying to make an AI that will take over the world. You do your research and find out about this thing called “machine learning.” You’ve seen several impressive demonstrations of machine learning technology so you decide that this is the tool you’re looking for. … Read more An Introduction to Unity’s ML-Agents

Make a Puzzle Game with Unity – Part 2

Make a Game with Unity's Navigation Components - Part 2

Introduction It has been my persistent perception that video game design is at a unique junction of art and technicality. If one manages to mesh impeccable code with sublime artistry, the results can be quite novel – and the fluid nature of this junction creates limitless possibilities. One is never sure when one skill is … Read more Make a Puzzle Game with Unity – Part 2

Make a Puzzle Game with Unity – Part 1

Introduction One of the most incredible things about game design is the ability to do things that are impossible in reality. A chief example of this is the idea of the orthographic view. Computers have the ability to construct a perspective that does not even exist in real life. This has some fascinating consequences when … Read more Make a Puzzle Game with Unity – Part 1

A Guide to the Unity Animator for 2D Characters

A Guide to the Unity Animator for 2D Characters

Introduction What is it that an animator does? What summary can we give that would accurately describe the operations an animator performs? Is an animator an artist illusionist? Is he a virtual puppet master? What about video game animators? Are they much different from a pen-and-pencil animator? I would say that when it comes to … Read more A Guide to the Unity Animator for 2D Characters

How to Animate a 2D Character in Unity

How to Animate a 2D Character in Unity

Introduction At the very core of animation is an illusion. The “Illusion of Life” is what it is called. We think an animation looks the best when it produces a greater illusion of a living character. This makes sense, does it not? When we see an animation of a living character, it triggers a memory … Read more How to Animate a 2D Character in Unity

Rig a 2D Animated Character in Unity

Create a 2D Animated Character in Unity

Introduction 2D animation has been around for over 100 years. Since its inception, this entertainment type has gone through quite a few different evolutions, each time becoming more and more complex. Now, in the latter part of the 20th-century to the present time, 2D animation is a huge part of video games – with thousands … Read more Rig a 2D Animated Character in Unity

Mastering Unity’s New Tilemap Editor: Building 2D Levels

Introduction In October of 2017, Unity Technologies released Unity 2017.2. This version released a new tool called the Tilemap Editor, which not only allows the user to create vast and complex grid-based layouts in a matter of minutes, but also eliminates the need for a third party program (such as Tiled) to create a similar … Read more Mastering Unity’s New Tilemap Editor: Building 2D Levels