Better looking environments in Unity (Part 2)

This is the second part of my series on better looking environments in Unity.  It has been a while since the first post and Unity has made a lot of improvements since then.  In this part I wanted to cover the post processing effects needed to achieve a more dramatic look, like the one in the current set of screenshots that I posted over the summer, which can be found in the Media tab. With… Continue reading

The Oculus Rift and the dream of Virtual Reality

Well, it seems VR has made a comeback with the Oculus Rift HMD Kickstarter.  Inspired by a dedicated hobbyist named Palmer Luckey and supported by John Carmack from Id, it seems we are going to have something very special in the coming year.  The Oculus Rift is unique with a wide field of view and low latency tracking.  It will be a consumer version of a true immersive stereoscopic HMD. The hype level surrounding the… Continue reading

Unity 3.5, Mercurial, and BitBucket

I have successfully updated my project to 3.5 and switched to using external version control, moving it into a Mercurial repository.  I am still a little dismayed that Unity doesn’t work a little more smoothly with things under version control.  Having a second set of meta files for everything means that you need to manage moving and renaming everything yourself and then doing the proper commands to your VCS when you do that.  Workflow like… Continue reading

Turning day to night and other Unity lighting tips

I found a thread on the Unity forums on lighting tips a while ago that had many good suggestions and came up with one I posted there that people may find useful:  I have been playing a bit with the lighting using the deferred lighting rendering path and dual lightmaps. I played around with a technique to make it go from day to night with the same lightmaps by changing the directional light color and… Continue reading

Better looking environments in Unity (Part 1)

After developing a prototype forest scene a while ago, I wanted to somehow improve the terrain textures to look sharper and have more detail.  I have been thoroughly inspired by the environment art of an indie action RPG that is in the works called Grim Dawn.  After some pointers by other Unity developers I recently found a way to get the terrain in Unity to incorporate bump mapping.  I have been pleased with the results… Continue reading

The endless complexities of an RPG framework

I was recently browsing the unity forums and discovered another post of someone wanting to build their own RPGs.  They naively ask the question, “How do I make a game?”  Like someone could answer in another sentence or two with the steps.  It started me thinking about the framework I am toiling on and just how much further I need to go to reach some kind of critical mass.  I seem to be drawn down… Continue reading

The modern game engine

When I was in college, or should I say in a previous life, since it seems so long ago, I remember playing games with great intro movies.  I always commented to my friends, hovered around the monitor, how one day not too far away, the actual game will look as good as those scenes. Of course, by standards today, those scenes looked like a student animation project done at the last minute with poor art… Continue reading