I’m working through some tutorials on how to use the video FX module in Unreal Engine. Here, I’ve outlined a static mesh of my favorite element with glowing embers and added a very rudimentary lens flare.
So I’ve wrapped up my final project of the summer. During the pandemic, I’ve been brushing up on my electronics and learning how to use the Unreal Engine to create video games. I wanted to see if I could tie those two ideas together. Watch the video below to see how it’s possible to create a video game that requires you to know what is going on in the physical world. In this case, the color of an LED connected to a microcontroller informs the gamer which colored sphere to shoot.Continue reading
I’m continuing to wrap up some summer projects before school starts. I’ve been learning how to create games in Unreal Engine over the past few weeks. One tool that I’ve found handy has been the ability to use Blueprints while in the editor to make life easier. This is one such example, where I use Blueprints to place an actor where the in-editor camera is located.
Summer is almost over, and I am cranking through a bunch of projects I had wanted to complete. One of them was to spend as much time as possible learning how to make video games.
I don’t have any delusions of grandeur; however, I do have a fantasy of being able to combine game making with electronics and making in order to design a game that interacts with the physical world. In order to do that, I need a way for the game to communicate with the physical world.
In a previous post, I highlighted some of the things I learned during my first 100 hours with the Unreal Engine. That was enough time (with the right tutorials) to build a simple game called Chicken in the Lab where your a Chicken, in a lab, collecting elements. The trick is that you have to collect them in order of atomic number, so it can be a bit of a challenge.
With some general knowledge on game design using the Unreal Engine, I wanted to learn how a game could interact with the world outside of the game. There’s a plugin called VaREST which allows the game to communicate via REST API calls; however, the documentation on the plugin is virtually nonexistent. I decided to demonstrate how I got it working primarily to have all of this information in one place when I need it again, but perhaps it will be of use to someone.Continue reading
One item on my bucket list has been to learn how to make a video game. I figured forced isolation due to the pandemic gave me the time I needed to dive into this project. After 100 hours, I was able to produce Chicken in the lab! where you – the chicken – need to pick up the elements (in order of atomic number) that have been scattered across the lab by an evil Biology Professor.
I’ll have a link to the game once I get it all packaged up for distribution for the 1 or 2 of you daring enough to try it out. Meanwhile, check out this video commentary about my experience with the Unreal Engine 4. You can just jump to 5:55 and see gameplay if you’d like.