Patrick Felicia con Unity From Zero to Proficiency (Advanced): Create multiplayer games and procedural levels, and boost game performances: a step-by-step guide [Second Edition, February 2018] (English Edition)
***New Edition, for Unity 2017***
This book will help you to Create Multi-player Games, Procedural Levels and to Boost the Performance of your Games
Creating your own game can be very intimidating at the start, and quite often, regardless of your experience with games, it is sometimes difficult to find the time and motivation to get over the first barriers.
Maybe you are a teacher or a parent trying to motivate your student or child to get into coding, but with no previous programming or game development experience; maybe you are a hobbyist who would love to create simple games and share them with your friends; maybe you are a student who would like to learn more about C# or game development, but you just don't know where to start or what resources to use; you may be wondering: "How can I start to create my games if I have no experience of coding", or "this game engine is so complex that I just don't know where to get started".
This is quite common, and you can easily overcome these issues with a step-by-step approach that gets you to progressively develop and use your skills. This is the approach that I have used successfully over the past years to take students from no knowledge of coding or game development to good levels of proficiency in Unity and coding.
Of course, it takes some time and dedication; however, by following the techniques and suggestions described in this book, I can promise you that you will progress, regardless of your background, and become more comfortable with Unity and coding.
Content and structure of this book
In this book, the fourth book in the series, you will learn to create a simple network game, generate levels procedurally, and optimize the performance of your game. This book can be read as a standalone (you don't need to have read the previous books in the series, although it may help) and focuses on four aspects: procedural level creation, database access, multi-player networked games, and code and project optimization (i.e., memory and speed). The main idea behind this book is to save you some headaches when you need to maintain your code or expand your game, and to help you to find the time to actually code your game, by explaining simple and effective ways and best coding and organizational practices that you can use easily to create more code (and games) in less time with less stress and more fun.
The content of each chapter is as follows:
- Chapter 1 explains how you can create procedural levels, using arrays, text files, XML files, or images, and avoid spending a lot of time creating your scene manually.
- Chapter 2 explains how you can read and write data from/to a database through Unity to save and update user preferences.
- Chapter 3 explains how to create a simple (but fun) network tank game that can be played by two remote players.
- Chapter 4 explains advanced techniques to boost the performance of your game, and to make your code and project easily maintainable.
- Chapter 5 provides answers to frequently-asked questions.
The book includes:
- Step-by-step activities.
- Challenges at the end of each chapter.
- Code solutions for each chapter.
- Cheat-sheets (i.e., shortcuts, best practice, etc.) that you can download.
After buying the book, you also get access to the author, if you have any question, and to plenty of free add-ons worth over $100 exclusively made available to you (e.g., member area with weekly updates, over 25 tutorials (video and text), cheat sheets, discounted paperback copies, and much more!)
If you want to start creating multi-player games and procedural levels using a tried-and-tested method: download this book now