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Final Unity Asset Store Sale Coupon Inside!

New CouponThis coupon is good for an additional 5% off the sale price of on-sale assets, not off the regular price, on orders of $150+ USD. Cannot be combined with other coupons with no limit to how many assets may be included in the transaction. Coupon Code:¬†HELLO2022 Use this link please ūüôā Ends: 12/31/21 23:59:59 PST

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Tools for Artists – New App: Gesture Flow

After a long hiatus from releasing any new apps I’ve finally found a series of apps that resonates well with me. Tools for Artists will be a new set of apps I release over the coming months. My primary goal is to create truly free apps that support learning artists. As I restarted my journey into drawing and watercolor I found many great tools out there but none that were exactly what I was looking for. I really wanted something simple and no flare but robust enough to be a complete tool. The first tool I needed was a drawing…

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Serial Com Ports in Unity (+Arduino stuffs)

Hey everyone! Sorry it’s been such a long time. I’ve been super busy with work and all most of the stuff I’m working on cannot be shared publicly. However, one project I’m working on requires Serial Port communications and the scripts I had been using started to lock up and no longer work. It’s a common pain with Serial Ports and threading in Unity’s .NET. Threads don’t close, ports don’t close, programs lock up, etc, etc. So I spent some of my personal time enhancing DWilches’ SerialCommUnity project on Github. DWilches’ SerialCommUnity project is a great basis for doing serial…

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Data Serialization Part 2 – Unity3D, Json.NET, and Twitter REST API

Why Json.NET? Unity does now include a Json utility, but it falls flat in many cases. It doesn’t serialize nested classes well (classes with multiple levels of inheritance), it can’t rename the Json object’s variables to something more appropriate for your code base, and there’s really not a lot of options. However, it does claim to be “…significantly faster than popular .NET JSON solutions…”. One of my favorite features of Json.NET is that it can easily serialize private fields and public fields with private setters. This allows for maintaining access restriction in you code base’s models without requiring the use…

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Implementing Touch Controls in Unity 3D

Throughout the ages games have been controlled in a variety of ways: joysticks, gamepads, mouse & keyboard, and many more! With the advent of mobile devices new styles of input have become available to us, namely touch screen controls. In this tutorial you’ll learn how to implement two different styles of touch input in Unity: Virtual joystick: This is where buttons on the screen that are similar to a gamepad or joystick are used. Direct interaction: This is where the player directly interacts with objects in the game to control their movement, firing, and other actions. Unity makes it incredibly…


Saving Data in Unity 3D (Serialization for Beginners)

With games we almost always need to save some data: scores, inventory, progress, preferences, etc. There are many ways to do this in Unity. In this article I’ll take you through a few different ways to save data and hopefully encourage some good habits when structuring your applications for saved data. There are two main levels of persistency for data: Session Data¬†(data doesn’t necessarily need to be remembered the next time you load up the application): This is usually done via static variables and is used for only values that matter for the current session. Most commonly this is for…


Unity 3D Tutorial – Procedural Map Generation – Beginner Level

Procedural Generation is one of the most useful and complex practices in game programming. It’s often difficult to get into because it’s quite abstract which can make it difficult to grasp. It can also be quite time consuming to experiment with and there are many different ways to get the results you want. It’s extremely useful because it can help us to generate nearly endless amounts of content on the fly. It can be used in level designing where you don’t want to generate the levels on the fly, but instead want to predetermine your levels. In this tutorial we’ll…


My Unite LA 2016 Experience

Hi everyone! I’m finally an official Unity Certified Developer! I just returned from the Unite LA conference and a short vacation, and I thought I’d share some of my highlights with you. I decided to go to Unite LA for multiple reasons: I really wanted to be a Unity Certified Developer, going to LA would allow me to meet face to face with one of my best clients, and I was hoping to meet some like-minded developers. Mission accomplished on all fronts! Plus my wife and I were able to have some time to explore LA. This was my first…

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Unity3D Certification Courseware Review

Hi everyone! I’ve been prepping for the Unity Certification that I’ll be taking at Unite LA next week. For preparation I decided to work through the Unity Courseware. I received 30-day access to it for “free” when I subscribed to Unity Plus so it was a double win! I figured that I should review it as well so that others know what they’re getting for their money. Please note that I’m sure they’ll be making improvements in the future, so this review may/may not be valid in a few months. You have multiple options to rent the courseware. The cheapest…


New blog!

After years of struggling with Blogger and always being disappointed in its formatting, I’ve finally switched to WordPress. So now everyone¬†can read my posts without their¬†eyes bleeding. I’ve carried over my subscribers, so you should all be getting new blogs right to your email. My favorite change in all of this is the ability to embed code right in the post with beautiful C# syntax highlighting!

Also, the overall look is much more legible. I hope you agree! OK, now I need to get back to studying for my Unity Certification exam next month… As always, thanks for reading…

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