Posts Tagged ‘UT3’

Moving to UDK

The Unreal Development Kit is a vastly updated version of the UT3 Editor.  Initially I had concerns that it didn't come with enough stock content to lend itself to modding or ambitious single map releases.  But it does, and this is a beautiful suite of tools.  And yes, this is old news for those who have been keeping up with Unreal for years.

There is a great assortment of Video Tutorials by 3D Buzz here.  This is where I am starting at least, and I'm already starting to visualize my first UDK map.  🙂

A Hard Lesson – Modding 101

Here it is:  My MOD (Project Phi) has been on hold for nearly a year.  We were simply sinking beneath the weight of an endless task list without enough bodies to finish anything significant.  And after 2 years of development this was an especially hard lesson to learn, but invaluable nonetheless.

Biting off more than you can chew is arguably the #1 reason most MOD teams do fail.  As a start-up group of developers, its an easy circumstance to find yourself in.  Why think small, right?  I'll tell you why:  You Will Fail.  Like so many others before me have advised, please take these lessons to heart (you have been warned):

  • Keep it simple, stupid.
  • Focus on making your game fun, first.
  • Refine your early game-play key elements, and often at that.
  • Get the bulk of your programming finished ASAP.
  • Gradually increase custom content as you move through beta tests, but remember, always start with stock content and focus your energy on what makes your game fun (and hopefully unique).
  • Aesthetics and polish should always be at the end of your list. Creating a unique game should never rest on the visuals your world offers.  What good is a nice looking game that is a bore to play?
  • Accept as much feedback, both internally and externally, as possible.  While most ideas might not be used, without this overflow of creativity, you will likely end up with something bland and tasteless.
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