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About the Author
Jate Wittayabundit was born in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1980. One thing that he always remembers about his childhood is that playing games was something very very special to him. He was allowed to play only during school breaks. The game that he played would be kept in a locked chest by his mom; it was Super Mario Bros, the first game he ever played. Something special in his childhood became something he dreamt to be as a boy in a country where nobody was familiar with computers at this time. So, he questioned how humans could create this thing.
Nothing is impossible", he believes!
However, there was no game development course at all in any Thai college or university at the time he chose to pursue his career in that field. Going abroad to study was a huge challenge, which he wasn't ready for. He curtailed his dream, pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Interior Architecture at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi to be able to improve his skills in arts, 3D visualization, and mathematics, which he thought were very important to support what he wanted to be. While he was studying Interior Architecture, he had a chance to use 3D Studio Max, FormZ, AutoCAD, Maya, Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, and lots of 3D tools to create the architecture projects. Ever since, he has loved it and continues working with these tools. In 2003, after graduation, he started working as an interior architect and 3D visualizer for several companies in Thailand.
He also applied for a part-time 3D game course in Thailand and made a couple of friends who, like himself, had a similar passion to create games. They formed a team, making a side-scrolling game using a panda as the main character named PAN PAN. The game was built using Game Maker. As a team member, Jate was responsible for creating the graphics and cover art for the games, because he didn't have any experience in programming at all. At that time, he sensed an upward trend in the game industry. In 2005, he decided to move to Ottawa, Canada, to study a brand new Game Development program. It was really tough for him at first, and he really wanted to quit because of the language barrier and the complexity of programming languages, as he had no basic knowledge at all. However, he had many good professors and friends to help him get through the course. He started to love programming, which he thought he would never understand, and in 2008, he graduated with honors in the Game Development program from Algonquin College.
After graduating from the Game Development program, he started working at Launchfire Interactive Inc. (www.launchfire.com) as a Flash Actionscript Programmer. At Launchfire, he developed many games and interactive content (for clients such as Dell and Alaska Airline) as well as learned how to created Flash 3D in Papervision3D and Away3D.
In 2009, he decided to move to Torontoa big cityto get more experience of working in the game industry. He started working in a new position as a game developer and 3D artist at Splashworks.com Inc. (www.splashworks.com). At Splashworks, he had the chance to work with many different games and clients (such as Shockwave and Swiss Chalet). It also gave him a great chance to learn about Unity3D. He started using it from September 2009 and just loved its fast and friendly UI. He really liked how easily Unity imported 3D objects and animations. Currently, he is working as a senior game developer creating many mobile games for many clients, including Sunkist, Nickelodeon, and American Girl.
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So if You know Unity basics, You can easily continue Your way of developers samurai with the book. In the beginning it shown how to easily manipulate with 2D objects while making 2D platform game, so reader gets important knowledge about interaction of the game elements in the game world. Author tells how to work with sprites, spritesheets, sprite animations, and 2D physics and gives some useful advice by the way. Another important aspect of the book is working with user interface.
I have to admit that chapter about shading was the most interesting to me because it's still missing subject in my skills and still can't make myself to learn it :) So this book told me quick tutorial with shading basics and theory.
The book continues with 3D theory and shows how to create shooter-like game. It tells about general and peculiar for Unity3D game development techniques and their implementation. You can find many code examples and step-by-step tutorials.
In conclusion I would like to say that book highlights sugar of game development in Unity3D and helps beginner developer to study basic aspects in short time. In my mind this book misses chapter about basic optimizations techniques and its implementations, despite this full enough of useful information. Also topics selection might be considered a bit weird and topics are well covered and it keeps the book of becoming too huge. Pretty nice, recommended.
Even after doing the projects from the book yourself, you'll be often on your own to generalize the knowledge from it. The book doesn't offer all the much accompanying explanations which would give a broader picture of the concepts that were used. Each section is followed by a brief description of what has been done and there are a couple of appendices at the end which can be used as reference material. For the rest, the reader will have to follow many links to the official documentation or find a different source. It also bothers me that I've encountered a couple of technical inaccuracies in the book.
Having said all that, I can still recommend it, if you already know your way around Unity and would like to learn a couple of very specific more advanced techniques. I'm pretty sure you'll be able to take advantage of the learned experience in your own projects. On the other hand; if you're expecting to gain some general knowledge about 2D and 3D animation, AI and shaders, as I did, you'll most likely be disappointed in the end.
On the subject of scripting, this book is not for the fain of heart. While there are some things that are done in Unity, most of the projects and chapters dealt with working in MonoDevelop and then using the script produced in Unity. So if you are uncomfortable with scripting, you might want to choose another book. If you enjoy scripting and are looking for some specialized scripts and or projects to practice on, this book should be not only informative but a bit of fun as well.
The projects were interesting and something I could see using often in various game setups. The explanations seemed fairly clear and outside links were provided to further explore various areas more fully.