VR green screen filming

VR is hard to show someone without putting them in a headset, so Valve opted to use green screens and external cameras tracked by Vive controllers and the recipe for filming this way is available. Guides to VR Green Screen Filming The makers of Fantastic Contraption are the popularizers of the technique and they shared their…

Unityversity Santa Clara Sundays at Hacker Dojo

Gamebridge Unityversity Santa Clara Sundays are now weekly every Sunday at Hacker Dojo from 12-6PM in addition to the long-running Gamebridge San Francisco Tuesdays. WHAT Free weekly game dev & VR classes for teens, all ages beginners and bootcampers WHEN Every Sunday from 12-6PM: 12-2 PM: For ages 12-17 & mentor volunteers. 2-4PM: For all ages. beginner-friendly class….

Unity improvements depend on our feedback

Unity has opened up their roadmap to make their plans for improvement transparent with a Feedback voting system for the features that matter most to us so it is every Unity developers’ duty to participate in making the Unity the engine we wish it to be. Unity developers should not settle for putting up with problems…

Chatbot AIs in Unity with AIML and SpiritAI

Chatbot AIs are conversational programs that respond to typed text input and you can put chatbot AIs into Unity games and experiences to play the role of characters with more than the usual menu-based dialogue choices. Chatbot AI systems Alicebot AIML SpiritAI PullString GDC UPDATE: SpiritAI exhibited an emotionally intelligent chatbot middleware called Character Engine at…

Making a strategy game

Strategy games get to the essence of game design by being all about giving players interesting choices to plan and implement. Implementing strategy games Turn-based strategy games Turn-based Strategy Framework This open-source free package lets you get started making a grid-based map with hex or square tiles and terrain and units that move across it….

VR desktop computer buying guide

Virtual reality is demanding and requires a desktop of at least $600 and high-end VR requires highly upgradable and overclockable desktops that can do SLI in the future. If you are doing VR development, you will need a VR-ready laptop, a laptop with a Thunderbolt 3 EGPU and a desktop GTX 1080 in it, or…

MacBook Pro 2016 with a Thunderbolt 3 EGPU

There is finally a good guide to the setup steps required to get Thunderbolt 3 EGPUs working on different MacBook Pro 2016 machines. You lost about 10% of the maximum performance, but a 980 Ti for example in a Bizon 2 enclosure will give you macOS-compatible VR capability beyond the 460 in the top 2016…

Mnemonics

Mnemonics are learning and memorization techniques that can help you learn and remember what you learn better. Human memory is perfectible Human memory is normally fallible but there are people who do are born with the ability to not forget things and there are people who practice mnemonic techniques to deliberately not forget things without…

Articy Draft

We’ve explained why you should use Articy Draft in our overview of writing and design tools.  Let’s learn how. We’ll cover: detail on beginner quick start tutorial what kinds of intermediate integration you can do with Unity Dialogue System Importing into Unity what kinds of advanced workflows are possible Variables & Lua scripting Entity database design…

Hack the Future 18

Hack the Future 18 April 1st at South San Francisco Public Library WHAT: An all-day hackathon for young future hackers where you choose what you want to learn about and work on from activity stations like robots, Unity games, minecraft mods, 3D printed models, electronic circuits, and more! WHEN: Saturday April 1st, 2017   10:00am – 5:00pm WHERE:…

Virtual Reality Development

Virtual reality development puts us inside the game world with presence, the sense that we are really there. How do you learn VR development? You can develop VR experiences most easily with Unity. Desktop VR You can get started with desktop VR if you already have a VR headset like HTC Vive or Oculus Rift….

VRBridge

VRBridge is the virtual and augmented reality learning group of Gamebridge Unityversity Noisebridge Hackerspace. WHAT: VRBridge is the Noisebridge virtual and augmented reality learning group and is part of the Gamebridge game development group. We communicate on Noisebridge Slack on #vr. We have an HTC Vive VR headset and a number of Google Cardboard headsets…

Game Audio Design

Game audio design is the creation of sound effects and music to give games emotional impact. Music making Music composition for games adds additional dimensions of interactivity that normal linear music doesn’t have. Sound effects design Sound effects give actions punch and create atmosphere with background noises suited to the environment. Foley Foley is the…

Game Artistry

Game artistry makes you a wizard who can paint universes into existence. Making game art is one of the core game development skill specializations. There are a number of art subskills to be learned: Concept art Drawing Environment drawing: Fleshing out level designs into detailed worlds Character drawing: Making characters distinctive and memorable. Painting: Adding…

Web Development

Web development makes you a wizard that can create apps that change the world. Learning HTML Learning to make web pages with HTML is a great step towards learning programming. Do the Khan Academy HTML/CSS course. Learning front-end Javascript Once you understand HTML, Javsascript is the next step to make interactive experiences on web pages. Do the Khan Academy…