Crash Course Unity 5 - Tech Valley Game Space

Crash Course Unity 5
Introduction to how to use Unity 5
Starting a new project
Step 1: Click “New Project”
Starting a new project
Step 2: Type in a project name and the folder it’ll be
created in.
Note: Unity will create a new folder with the project’s name
Starting a new project
Step 4: Click “Asset packages…”,
and check “Character” and
“Prototyping.” Lastly, click
Note: the rest of the packages
can be imported at any time!
Starting a new project
Step 5: Finally, click “Create project”
Importing stuff
1. Go to, and download “Crash
Course Unity 5”
2. Unzip the file.
3. Open your favorite file browser.
4. From the unzipped files, move the 3D model level.fbx,
textures (images) grass.png and rock.jpg, sound
effect hit.wav, and script DragRigidbody.js into the
project’s Assets folder.
5. Switch to Unity.
Asset License
Original files obtained from:
● level.fbx is a modified version of MPFull.blend from
ctdabomb, released under CC-by-sa 3.0
● grass.png is from samuncle, released under CC-by-sa
● rock.jpg is from Marianne Gagnon , release under CCby-sa 3.0
Link to CC-by-sa 3.0 license:
About Unity
What is Unity?
● A What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) 3D & 2D
Game Engine
● Many built-in features
○ Physics, Sound, Scripting, Gamepad support, Plugins, and
● Builds to many platforms
○ PC, Mac, Linux, Webplayer, HTML5, iPhone, iPod, iPad,
Android, Kindle Fire, Barnes & Noble Nook, Windows 8,
Blackberry, Wii U, New 3DS, PS4, PS3, PS VITA, Xbox
One, Xbox 360, Ouya, Samsung TV
Licenses and Fees
● Free license ($0) (what we're using now!)
Build to Windows, Mac, Linux, Webplayer, HTML5, iOS, Android,
Blackberry, Windows App (Metro), and Windows 8 Phone
C# and Javascript(-ish) scripting support
Totally OK to sell your game! There’s no royalty fees.
Unless your company’s gross revenue/budget exceeds $100,000,
in which you need to purchase...
● Pro license ($1,500 or $75/month)
Required if company gross revenue/budget exceeds $100,000
Supports up to 2 computers per license
Access to more platforms (Wii U, PS4, Xbox One, etc.)
Allow customizing splash screen
Making a game
Project Pane
● Displays the contents of the Assets folder.
Automatically syncs with the folder if there’s any changes
● Has a search bar to make it easier to find assets
Add a model to a new scene
1. Select level.fbx in the Project
2. Drag-and-drop level.fbx into
the Scene pane.
3. Press Ctrl+S/Cmd+S to save
the scene (or “File->Save
Quick lexicon review
● Assets
Industry-wide term for any files used in the game
For Unity, that’s anything inside the Assets folder
● Models
Industry-wide term for 3D sculpture files.
Can contain animations.
Usually made in a specialized program, e.g. Maya, Blender, etc.
Scene Pane
● A 3D view of a scene where objects can be positioned,
rotated, and scaled.
Importing 3D models
Unity can natively import:
● FBX (*.fbx)
● COLLADA (*.dae)
● 3D Studio (*.3ds)
● Wavefront (*.obj)
● Draw Interchange Files (*.dxf)
Importing 3D models
If you have the following software installed on the same
computer Unity is, Unity can also import:
● Maya (*.mb, *.ma)
● 3D Studio Max (*.max)
● Blender (*.blend)
● Modo (*.lxo)
● Cinema4D
● Cheetah 3D (*.jas)
● Lightwave
Navigating the scene pane
● 3-button mouse:
Left-click to select objects
Hold right mouse button to rotate camera around camera position
Scroll wheel to zoom in and out
Click and hold on the scroll wheel to pan
● 2-button mouse:
Left-click to select objects
Hold alt and left mouse button to rotate camera around scene origin
Hold ctrl, alt, and left mouse button to pan
Hold ctrl, alt, and right mouse button to zoom
● Hold shift to pan/rotate/zoom faster
Manipulating game objects
● Object controls, from left to right:
Pan View (Q)
Translate (W)
Rotate (E)
Scale (R)
2D Sprite (T)
● Controls to toggle object’s reference point:
● Play Game controls, from left to right:
Play game (or if already playing, stop game)
Pause game (or if already paused, resume game)
Move forward one frame
Hierarchy Pane
● Displays the content of a scene in a tree
● Objects selected in the Hierarchy-pane
are also selected in the Scene-pane, and
vice versa.
● You can change the order of the objects
by dragging them up and down
● Dragging objects into another turns that
object into a child (I’ll go over this later)
Quick lexicon review
● Game Objects
Unity’s term for any individual object
Can be active or inactive
Every entry in the Hierarchy pane is a game object
● Scene
Unity’s term for files storing a collection of game objects
Store references to assets in the Assets folder
Has a *.unity file extension
Adding Texture to Model
1. Select level in the Hierarchy pane
2. In the Inspector pane, drag-anddrop texture rock.jpg into material
HortonRockWall2’s Albedo
field, and grass.png into material
grass_dark’s Albedo field.
Inspector Pane
● Displays the properties and
details on a selected object/file,
both in Project pane and Scene
● One can edit the properties of an
object here.
Importing Images
Unity can natively import:
● Photoshop (*.psd)
● PNGs (*.png)
● JPEGs (*.jpg, *.jpeg)
● Un-animated GIFs (*.gif)
● Paint (*.bmp)
● TGAs (*.tga)
● and more!
Quick lexicon review
● Textures
Industry-wide term for images that represents how a model is
supposed to be painted
Models usually contains coordinates (called UV) that indicate how a
texture is supposed to be mapped on the model
● Components
Unity’s term for containers with specialized information
Game objects retain a list of components (such as Transform)
Can be enabled or disabled
Every entry in the Inspector pane is a Component
Adding Camera
Let’s add a prefab (short for prefabricated object) with first-person controls
1. In the Hierarchy pane, select "Main Camera", and remove it by pressing
2. In the Projects pane, search for
3. Drag-and-drop "FPSController"
into the Scene pane.
4. Position the FPSController
above the ground
Playing the Game
1. Press the play button.
2. Observe your camera...fall through the floor.
3. Press the play button to stop the game.
4. What are we missing?
Adding a Collider
The ground needs a collider
1. In Scene pane, select level.
2. In the Inspector pane, click "Add
3. Select "Physics -> Mesh Collider"
Playing the Game
1. Press the play button.
2. Use the mouse to look around, arrow keys (or WASD)
to move, space to jump, and shift to run.
3. Marvel at your own work.
Quick lexicon review
● Prefab
Unity’s term for prefabricated objects
Files with *.prefab file extension
Allows copying a group of game objects from one scene to another
● Colliders
Industry-wide term for shapes representing the boundaries of an
Used by the physics engine to determine where objects collide
Types of colliders
● Mesh Colliders
Collider that is the shape of a model’s surface
Expensive and inefficient
Best for static, non-interactable levels and objects
● Box Colliders
Rectangle-shaped colliders
● Sphere Colliders
Sphere-shaped colliders (no oval support)
● Capsule Colliders
Capsule-shaped colliders (supports height, no oval suppport)
Adding interactive stuff
1. Select “3D Object -> Cube”
2. In the Scene pane, position the
new cube in front of the camera.
3. While leaving the "Cube" selected,
click "Add Component" under the
Inspector pane.
4. Select "Physics -> Rigidbody"
5. Play the game!
Using a Script
1. In the Project pane, select "DragRigidbody.js"
2. Drag-and-Drop DragRigidbody.js onto the
"FPSController" under the Hierarchy pane (NOT the
Scene pane!).
3. Play the game!
4. Move the cursor to the Cube, and click+hold on it to
pick it up
Making weird shapes
1. Select “3D Object -> Sphere”
2. In the Scene pane, position the new
sphere on an edge of a cube.
3. In the Hierarchy pane, drag & drop
the Sphere into the Cube.
4. The Sphere should now be a child of
5. Play the game, and drag around the
Quick lexicon review
● Rigid Body
Industry-wide term for an interactive physics objects
Contains information such as mass, drag, and center-of-gravity
Turns a group of colliders (including those in the children) into a
single, interactable shape
● Child
Industry-wide term for an object whose position, scale, and rotation
follows that of another object: the parent
In Unity, they appear as nested entries in the Hierarchy’s tree view
Change some physics
1. Right-click the Project pane, and
select “Create -> Physics Material”
2. Name the file, “bouncy”
3. In the Inspector pane, change the
bounciness to 1 (as in, 100%)
Change some physics
1. In the Hierarchy pane, select Cube
2. Drag & drop “bouncy” from the Project pane to Material
field under the Box Collider component in the Inspector
3. Play the game, and throw the Cube end into the ground
Quick lexicon review
● Physics Material
Industry-wide term for how objects are supposed to interact to a
■ Adjusts how slippery and bouncy an object can be
In Unity, materials are files (*.physicMaterial) shared between game
Changing a physics material’s properties will update all game objects
with the same physics material
Adding a Sound
1. Select the Cube in the Scene pane
2. In the Inspector pane, click "Add
3. Select "Audio -> Audio Source"
4. In the Project pane, drag-anddrop hit.wav into the Audio
Source component's "Audio Clip"
5. Play the game!
Adding a Script
Select the Cube in the Scene pane
In the Inspector pane, click "Add Component"
Select "New Script"
Change the script type to CSharp, and the
script name to "PlaySoundOnCollision"
5. Click “Create and Add”
6. Double-click "PlaySoundOnCollision" in the
Inspector pane to open Editor
Copy the Following:
using UnityEngine;
public class PlaySoundOnCollision : MonoBehaviour {
AudioSource audio;
void Start () {
audio = GetComponent<AudioSource>();
void OnCollisionEnter(Collision info) {
Finishing the Sound Effect
Save the script (Ctrl + S)
Switch to Unity
Select the cube in the Scene pane
Under the Inspector, uncheck Audio Source's "Play-On
5. Play the game!
Script Summary
AudioSource audio;
void Start () {
audio = GetComponent<AudioSource>();
1. The Start() function runs when the game starts
2. GetComponent<AudioSource>() gets the Audio
Source component from the Game Object this script is
attached to
3. audio = GetComponent<AudioSource>() stores
the Audio Source Component in a variable, audio
Script Summary
void OnCollisionEnter(Collision info) {
1. The OnCollisionEnter() function runs when the
Rigidbody collides with a collider
2. audio.Stop() makes the sound effect stop, resetting
it back from the beginning
3. audio.Play() makes the sound effect play again
Importing Sound
Unity can natively import:
● WAV (*.wav)
Best for short sound effects
● AIFF (*.aif, *.aiff)
Best for short sound effects
● MP3 (*.mp3)
Best for music, especially in mobile devices
Remember, some mobile devices can only play one MP3 file at once
● OGG (*.ogg)
Best for music, especially PC and consoles
Duplicating the Cube
1. Drag & Drop the object, "Cube" from the Hierarchy
pane to the Project pane. This creates a new
2. Drag & Drop the Cube prefab from the Project pane
to the Scene pane as many times as you like. This
will create many copies of Cube.
Importing Normal Maps
1. In the Project pane, select grass.png,
and press Ctrl+D/Cmd+D to duplicate it.
2. Click on grass 1.png.
3. In the Inspector, change the Texture
Type to “Normal map”.
4. Check “Create from Grayscale”.
5. Adjust the Bumpiness to a
smaller value.
6. Click “Apply”.
7. Do the same thing for rock.jpg.
Adding Normal Maps
1. Select level in the Hierarchy pane
2. In the Inspector pane, drag & drop
rock 1.png into the
HortonRockWall2’s Normal Map.
3. Do the same thing for grass 1.jpg
with grass_dark’s Normal Map.
Adjust materials
● Adjust the Metallic
(reflectiveness) and Smoothness
(shininess) values under the
HortonRockWall2 and
● Experiment with the color (next to
Albedo) by clicking on it, and
selecting a color in the color picker
Quick lexicon review
● Normal Map
Industry-wide term for images that represents the direction light is
supposed to reflect off of a model’s surface
Model’s UV-coordinates indicate how a normal map is supposed to be
mapped on the model
Quick lexicon review
● Material
Industry-wide term for what material the surface of a model is
supposed to look like (e.g. metal, plastic, non-shiny stuff)
In Unity, materials are files (*.mat) shared between game objects
Changing a material’s properties will update all game objects with
the same material
Models retain information on how materials are mapped to its surface
Normally, you have to create materials
by hand
■ Unity conveniently made 2 for us!
The Renderer component holds materials
Adjust lighting
1. Click on "Directional Light" game object
under the Hierarchy pane.
2. Adjust the rotation in the Scene pane.
Quick-tip: hover the mouse on the Scene pane,
then tap F to focus on the selected object
3. Change the color and intensity of the
light in the Inspector pane.
Note: if the lighting doesn't change in the
Scene pane, make sure the lighting button
is pressed
About Lighting
● Create new lights with
“GameObject -> Light”
● Directional Light
A sunlight emitted in one direction
● Point Light
A glow emitting from a single point
● Spotlight
A cone-shaped light used to simulate
flashlights and spotlights
Building an Executable
1. Save the scene with Ctrl+S/Cmd+S.
2. In the file menu, select "File -> Build
Building an Executable
1. Drag & drop your scene in the Project pane into
the Build dialog
2. Change the Target Platform
to your computer's OS
3. Click the "Build" button,
and select a folder that
isn’t in your project
Save project
Select “File -> Save Project”
● Saves project settings, such as Build Settings
● Saves anything import settings in the Project Pane
● Saves any Unity files that isn’t a scene, such as
materials, prefabs, physics materials, etc.
Any questions?