Concept Design (3)


ISD: February Summary

Purpose: Begin work on a new VR game idea surrounding boats and pirates and stuff.

Projects/Skills:

  1. Virtual Reality concept
  2. Virtual Reality controls
  3. Boat physics coding
  4. Boat/Raft Concept Design
  5. Raft model and UV texturing
  6. Wheel model and UV texturing

Project Progression Summary & Reflection: Making this VR game is a big tackle for me as its only my second VR project, but I think its going magnificent so far. Modeling the raft and wheel has gone great, and they look exactly like my concept. Also, the boat physics combined with VR are super realistic and function exactly like I wanted them to. I also wanted to make it so you can grab the steering wheel and steer the boat, but its still pretty buggy and unfinished due to some coding errors. Overall, I am about 5% done with this game but its already a playable demo of some amazing sea physics and feels super cool when you actually play it IRL.

For modeling the raft and wheel, I used Autodesk Maya 2017, Student Edition. I got my inspiration from a simple online game called http://krew.io. It consists of a somewhat low poly render of two logs and some planks, held by metal. Its literally a raft. Lookee:

To texture the raft, I used Paint.net (http://getpaint.net). Its easier for me as I have much more experience with it than Photoshop, and its overall faster. All I had to do was go in maya to the UV Editor and go to UV -> UV Snapshot, and then export it as PNG, and edit that file. The final texture looks like this:

Its my first time UVing something and it turned out really good! I followed a similar process to make a steering wheel, which was much easier. Just circles and the UV was also pretty much circles. I got my inspiration from a Google image seen in the background 😛

Ironically, I created my own texture for the wood.

Lastly, I used Unity3D Game engine combined with the SteamVR plugin to put it all together. My game so far is pretty simple SteamVR assets for the camera and hands, as well as some coding to make the raft float realistically. The water is a default Unity3D asset. This is what it looks like so far from an outside view. You can just float around and even rotate the raft using the wheel but thats where it gets buggy.

In conclusion, VR is super hard, but super rewarding. I hope to keep working and finishing this game fully as its super cool, and I have just entered the brink of what is possible with VR.




2016 round up

2016 has been a wild year, so I wanted to share what I accomplished so far; in chronological order..

Maya To SVG

  • Export Maya curves to SVG for Laser cutting / etc..

Adminless Fonts

  • Give regular users the ability to install fonts in Windows

A* Pathfinding

  • Simple test for my friend, shows off pathfinding with HTML5 Canvas

TSA 2017 Game Concept / Design

  • Initial work and concept for TSA 2016 Game Design

More to come until new years…




TSA 2016 game idea

I’ve been using the HTC Vive for some time now and I really have been brainstorming some game ideas. I also need to make a game for TSA (Technology Student Association) and actually win. I decided to make a game that works with and without the vive. Meet… Arcade Game!!…

The point of the game is to go and play random arcade clones but in VR, we want to replicate fun games that were challenging and fun to play back in the day. Some of our ideas include Cornell Jumper (a SMB clone but with our teacher in it), and as difficult as Cat Mario, and some others.. I have began by modeling an arcade machine. Check it out:

capture

I modeled it after some concept art I made in a sketchbook..

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The game is currently being made in Unity 3D, version 5 Beta, which also includes a git style collaborating feature that I am using to create the game with my friend. I have experience using RenderTextures in Unity to capture another camera’s view into a 2D plane, so I plan to incorporate this feature in my game. Stay tuned for more updates on this game in the TSA category!