This Christmas I got a lot of Amazon gift cards and vouchers and knowing that my PlayStation plus is due to expire in January I decided to use my giftcard balance to try and buy a 12 month subscription.
On trying to purchase one of the codes i was asked to validate my account with a debit or credit card.
Turns out that this is just a security feature and that money is taken from the gift card balance and not the card unless there isn’t enough balance of course.
It had been widly reported that come the end of the 31st of june the much maligned and some would say hated games for windows live would become no more as microsoft were set to switch it off for good.
This would have left several games unplayable with out a patch not unlike the recent closure of gamespy.
However according to MCV this is not happening and microsoft themselfs saying that they are continuing to support the platform which is good for games that rely on it and didnt look like they would have had any chance of a patch.
It’s good news for the games that were in limbo and for the players that still play them.
The big question is what have Microsoft got planned for games for Windows live now? What do they have planned for the pc? Time will only tell.
I have had an interest in game development for years now often dabbling in to mod making or producing a few maps for games like command and conquer and unreal tournament. I have never really tried anything much more complicated as I have very very limited knowledge of coding. And the things that I have made I have never really felt as either complete enough or good enough to release and as you may be able to tell with how often I update this blog, I do have an issue keeping focused on just one thing at a time.
I have tried several different ideas for games and I have tried several different game engines. My most successful attempt was with YOYOgames Gamemaker Inspired somewhat by games such as Gunpoint. I managed to follow the tutorials and ended up with a end product that worked and that I was happy with. I have also tired to use unity several times and tired some of their own project tutorials and guilds but I have always ended up bouncing off it because I haven’t found the tutorials engaging enough. I keep coming back to unity because I like its flexibility in terms of the kind of games that can be produced and the sheer amount of platforms that unity supports with out to much fussing around.
I was browsing steam and came across a tutorial program for unity that was just happened to be under £2 so I bought it. I normally rely on free tutorials because paid ones are normally very very expensive But I figured that at £2, if they were no good it would only be a small amount of money wasted. Fortunately they seem pretty good and you also get a few resources as well and although I am now only two and a half video’s in, I am enjoying it and the person that is talking you though it is not treating you like an idiot but also not expecting you to automatically know stuff. And the great thing is that because they are in video form you can see and hear what is going on and if you need to you can pause and go over things as many times as you need to.
The tutorial is called GTGD which stands for Gamer to Game Developer S1 and can be found on steam HERE
The version of unity used in the tutorial is a bit old (version 3.4) and the teacher is using windows XP but its not really a problem and apparently if you want to use the new version of unity (version 4.0) instead S2 of GTGD tells you what changes are required between the versions.
I am looking forward to continuing on and seeing what I end up with. I already have an .exe of the prototype that he guides you to build and I’ll upload it here. Its by no means anything special at this point in the tutorial but you cant help getting that feeling of accomplishment when it works.
I am going to try and post with prehaps a prototype after every stage maybe that will also help me keep focused 😛
Couple of new let’s play videos to of note this week.
The first is my second part from my terraria let’s play and the other is the first part from the driver training section of formula 1 2013 which has been free to play over the weekend thanks to a steam deal.