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Game Dev Digest Issue #96 - Programming and preparing your game. The latest from the free weekly #Unity3d/#gamedev newsletter.

Mike Marrone, Blogger

May 28, 2021

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This article was originally published on GameDevDigest.com

Issue #96 - Programming and preparing your game

Short but sweet this week. Tons of great tips packed into the list this week. Enjoy!

Game Programming: Time Slicing - What if the job takes too long to fit in a single frame? Or what if the job is just taking longer than we’d like? Then we can split the work across multiple frames. This is the core idea of time slicing, another optimization technique I picked up at work and one of my longtime favorites.

Preparing your game for deterministic netcode - Deterministic netcode relies on each game client coming to an identical state given the same initial state and inputs per frame. [and the Hacker News discussion]

Introduction to The P3 Optimization Framework - A framework that whispers in your ear what your best next step is at any given point in your Unity optimization journey. A framework that takes you from zero to 72 FPS, from 72 to 90 FPS, from 90 to 120.
The Gamedev Guru

GPU Mesh Voxelizer Part 1 - In this article, we’ll start porting my naive mesh voxelizer to a multithreaded mesh voxelizer that runs on the GPU through Compute Shaders. First, we’ll set up the compute shader to position all the voxel grid points. Then, we’ll draw the grid points directly from the Compute Buffer on the GPU. From there, we’ll discuss how we can use the Separating Axis Theorem (SAT) to test for collisions between voxels and triangles.
Bronson Zgeb

How To Use Every Node in Unity Shader Graph - Shader Graph ships with a lot of nodes. Over 200, as of Shader Graph 10.2! With such a vast array of features at your disposal, it’s easy to get lost when you’re searching for the perfect way to make the shader you have in mind. This tutorial shows you every single node in action, complete with examples, explanations of every input and output, and even best practices for certain nodes!

8 Tips For Animating Active Ragdolls - Got asked for some tips about how I animate my Active Ragdolls so here's a list of some of the techniques that I have learnt over the last few months to help save everyone some time.

Moving platforms in a 2D side scroller Unity game - In a good 2D side-scroller game, moving platforms can pose quite a challenge to the player. They can be more tricky to pass since they do not remain static in one place. Their behavior changes over time and that often requires learning their movement patterns. It is a fun new element that you can add to your game. In this tutorial we are going to look into the implementation of reusable moving platforms. [also read this article by James West]


I Made The Legend of Zelda but it's 3D
I Made The Legend of Zelda but it's 3D - I Made The Legend of Zelda but it's 3D... People seemed to really like what I did last time when I Made Super Mario Bros but it's 3D, so I decided to do the exact same thing again, but this time for the Legend of Zelda. This time I went all out because I recreated the entire overworld, including enemies and items.

How to Create Realtime VFX in Unity - Ever wanted to learn the full process behind creating realtime VFX in unity? In this video, Sandra Ferri breaks down her amazing realtime VFX, and shows you exactly how you can re-create your own!
Stylized Station

Basics of Mipmaps in Unity Part 2! Shaders, Bias, and Texture2DLOD! | Game Dev Tutorial - Mipmaps are scaled down versions of textures Unity generates which look and perform better when the texture shrinks on the screen. In this video, I wrap up this series on mipmaps by investigating how the renderer chooses which mip level to use and how you can influence this with SampleTexture2DLOD and mipmap biases. I also show how to sample textures outside of the fragment shader stage.
Ned Makes Games

Cloud Content Delivery technical workshop | Unity - Rolling out regular content updates is crucial for any live game in order to keep players coming back. Making sure that the right players get the right content at the right time is just as important, and using a combination of efficient content management, cloud storage and a trusted content delivery network can help you achieve that goal.


Mega Bundle Sale! Mega Bundles to chart your course
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This bundle contains everything from the $14.99 and $29.99 bundles, plus Grabbit - Editor Physics TransformsTerraWorld - Automated Level DesignerMesh Deformation Full CollectionAsset Usage FinderMedieval Village EnvironmentImpostors - Runtime OptimizationAdvanced Terrain GrassFullscreen EditorMantis LOD Editor - Professional EditionSci-Fi EffectsTechnie Collider CreatorTileWorldCreatoruContext ProTask Atlas, and DreamOS - Complete OS UI.

Fast Play Mode - Want to enter play mode faster in Unity? Starting with Unity 2019.3, you can disable a few options to enter play mode almost immediately. It is a big time saver during development. There are times when you still want to use the standard Domain Reload and Scene Reload options, so be sure to check out Unity's information below.
Watch the video, read Unity's Blog Post and the docs
DVGen Open Source

Asmdef Helper - Unity assembly definition utilities. This library solves inconveniences of assembly definitions in unity.
naninunenoy Open Source

Persistity - A pipeline based data persistence framework (a bit like ETL) for game developers for use with Unity, Monogame or other .net based engines/frameworks.
Its an async pipeline for handling complex extract/transform/load interactions for your models in any format (xml/json/binary out the box).
grofit Open Source

Unity HFSM - A simple yet powerful hierarchical finite state machine for the Unity game engine. It is scalable and customisable by being class-based, but also supports functions (or lambdas) for fast prototyping. It has a special focus on the temporal aspects of state transitions, making it ideal for timing and synchronisation sensitive problems.
Inspiaaa Open Source

LeoEcsLite - Lightweight C# Entity Component System framework - Performance, zero/small memory allocations/footprint, no dependencies on any game engine - main goals of this project.
Leopotam Open Source

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Clan O’Conall
Clan O’Conall - Clan O’Conall is a 2D art-led action-adventure puzzle-platformer rich with Celtic folklore. Players strategically switch between three siblings, heirs to Chief Ardan’s throne, as they fight through the evil spirits and deadly bosses to stop Caoranach, the Mother of Demons, from killing their father, stealing the power of the Crown of the Stag, and ultimately igniting a new war between the Aos Sí and the mortals. A beautiful foray into Celtic mythology set alongside a rich soundtrack by Moonwalk Audio.

[Get the game on Steam]
Hit Grab

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