I’m excited because I released my first 3D Unity game as open source and you can play it in VR! (No binaries, yet. Should there be?)
None of the graphics, music or sounds are original. They’re all available from the Unity Asset Store in the Space Shooter Tutorial assets. The original 2D tutorial is here: https://unity3d.com/learn/tutorials/s/space-shooter-tutorial I worked my way through it exactly 2 days before it was updated! I had to figure out a lot of this on my own because Unity 5 changed a lot of things. So I think that other programmers will benefit by seeing the way I did things.
You can also see the differences in a 2D and 3D game. I figured out how to take the 2D game and make it into 3D. (I’ve always been fairly competent at math, but only as far as algebra and a little trig. That was more than enough!)
And yes, if you’ve got VR, build it and check it out! It’s too much fun, already. 🙂
Most of the code is my own. I added the AIController class from scratch to make “smart” aliens. (I added several other classes, as well.) Since I’m new to Unity, it took me a little bit to figure out (but only a couple of days).
It’s still a work in progress. Eventually I plan to update all of the graphics, music, add new aliens, power ups, etc., and release this as a commercial game.
And who knows? Eventually, the open source version may get pretty good <hint> especially if I have some help. </hint> 😇
There are notes in the repository about optimizing the game for low-end systems. Basically, click the GameController object in Unity and change the settings. You can also change the two custom “Delay” objects that I have. Those control the delays on the AI, so increasing those values will make them less smart. (In theory – I’ve not got that far. LOL)
Please note that there is now a board on that repository. That means that team members can post issues, suggestions, etc. If you would like to become a team member, please send me a link to an example of your code (preferably C# – but I can read anything). No offense, but I’m going to be picky about who I allow. Alternatively, if you do not have any code online, please send me your resume. I’m taking this seriously. Also let me know if you would like to work on the open source or the commercial version. Of course if you want to work on the open source, you can just submit a pull request and I’ll take a look! 😎 (If you don’t know what that means, then nevermind – or else go figure it out. I’m not going to teach all about Git.😉)
Screenshot is from the linked video at 0:10. Note the alien lasers in the frame at left. 😎 He was a long ways off and would have been hitting me if I had not been moving! When they get close to you, they’re impossible to avoid, right now. So you have to suit them. (Clicking the image also links to the 1st video.)
I just decided that all of my art books should be together. There are some that I’ve had since high school – maybe even before – and they have (almost) always been in the same bookshelf. So it just made sense to put all of the art books in that bookshelf.
I think you can tell a lot about a man by the books he reads. So, to that end, take a look!
Update 2016.06.24: After sorting through even more books, I now have 3 shelves full of art books. I’m updating this photo for your enjoyment pleasure. (Or something like that.)
Oh! And I actually found some more, so I guess I’ll have to clean of the shelf below these! (Not shown.)
This is tagged as Geek Stuff because that little shaman guy at top-left is holding an Intel Pentium chip. And the blue heatsink, near the center on the right edge, belongs on that chip. It’s not a Pentium II, or anything fancy like that. It’s a Pentium. (Pics needed???) Man we thought that was the greatest thing!!!
As an introduction to myself, I studied art and music primarily and then trained myself to become a computer programmer and worked my way to the top of that profession in a 21+ year career. My last job title was “Software Engineer, Advanced”. Unfortunately I have a lot of health problems and I am on disability now. I usually can’t do too much physically – and I still can’t type much. I’m using Dragon Professional Individual to dictate this – I love this software and it has allowed me to regain some of my online presence.
As promised, here are a few links to stuff from I and I 😉
— Art —
Some drawings I did on my iPad (before my stylus broke). This is my “Art by Leland” playlist:
My Facebook profile is completely open to the public. You can see everything that my friends and family can see, even if you are not logged into Facebook! While you’re there, please check out my photo albums, too.
Me on Google+ I’ve got a little art on there and a little of everything.
My old, old Google Sites page This is from 2008 when I published my Boogie For Christmas CD. You can still download it for free in high-quality audio from this site. It has some ragtime, too… check it out!
I promise I will never use your email at all, unless you sign up for one of my mailing lists. (Which I don’t have yet, so at this point I will not use your email at all!) If/when I do create a mailing list it will be strictly “opt-in” and I will never, ever give away or sell your contact information to anyone. Even if I were to sell “this page”, I would not give away your emails and I would destroy all contact info I had collected before the site was transferred to a new owner. With the sole exception of my demise. (Rumors of which have been greatly exaggerated. 😉 ) In such an event, the person designated to inherit all of my online data would receive your contact info. Currently the only such person is my wife. I’m quite certain that she will never use your info, either.
If you’re still with me, thank you for at least reading this page to learn what I’m all about. (At least the online me.) I love comments. Especially intelligent thoughts or good questions. Feel free to comment on anything and everything.