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mdharman
01-11-2006, 06:14 PM
I am fortunate enough to teach high school juniors and seniors Lightwave. Our class meets three hours a day for five months. I have an advanced class where we work on group animation projects most of the time. I have several gamers this year. I do not have a gaming background but would like to expose them to some game concepts. I also teach a Flash class in the fall where we spend three weeks creating 2D games with actionscript - pong, breakaway, pacman, space invaders, tetris, asteroids, etc.

Here is what I am thinking right now-
- Use the engine at www.candointeractive.com and build the car/driving game. I read in the forum about the tutorial posted on the Chicago LWUG site.
- Purchase the gaming tutorials from Lost Pencil.
- Use the Mastering Unreal book and try to figure out how to make Unreal environments and actors. I have just started reading the book but it looks pretty good.

Any other suggestions out there. I hate to get into any difficult programming but would like to be able to tweak the games. I am just not sure if I am headed the right direction.

Lamont
01-12-2006, 03:30 PM
The book will not go over anything new. Buy the DVD version of Unreal 2k4, it has about 15+ hours of video teaching everything you need to know to get a mod created. You should not have to buy anythig but a game or two. Everything you'd need is on the net, ready ot be printed and handed out.

mdharman
01-12-2006, 04:36 PM
Thanks Lamont. As you can tell, I don't know too much about games. I see they have it at Amazon. Would I find it at any of the chain stores - Best Buy, Game Stop, Barnes and Noble? Certainly someone in Dallas has the DVD for sale.

jeremyhardin
01-12-2006, 05:14 PM
3d buzz has a good lot of free video tutorials for Unreal content creation. free registration required...
http://3dbuzz.com/vbforum/sv_dl_list.php?c=13

Scott_Blinn
01-12-2006, 05:15 PM
Thanks Lamont. As you can tell, I don't know too much about games. I see they have it at Amazon. Would I find it at any of the chain stores - Best Buy, Game Stop, Barnes and Noble? Certainly someone in Dallas has the DVD for sale.

You should be able to find it anywhere, it's a very popular game.

btw- I agree using the Unreal engine would be the way to go if you want to teach game development. Small out of pocket cost and tons of info online.

Check out: http://udn.epicgames.com/Two/WebHome

Once the new version comes out you will be able to switch to that version of the engine (amazing):

http://www.unrealtechnology.com/html/technology/ue30.shtml

You may also want to look into the Serious Sam engine as it may be a good fit for LW (They use it to make there games). Have not used it myself though.

http://www.croteam.com/engine_overview.shtml

Lamont
01-13-2006, 12:13 AM
Here is a link to the item at EBGames.com ::CLICKY!!:: (http://www.ebgames.com/ebx/product/245074.asp).

UT2k4 loads LWO models native. But use it to make complex objects only, not entire levels. UT2k4's level editor is great, and should be learned.

For characters, download and install this bad-boy: http://www.troggpond.com/lwtools/index.html

The Serious Sam engine... hmm, I know it uses LW, but I haven't gotten a chance to buy the thing and test out how easy it is to get stuff in there.

mdharman
01-14-2006, 06:19 PM
Thanks to all for your advise. I did try to buy the UT 2004 DVD version and have been unable to buy it in stores. Game Stop and Best Buy have quit carrying it. It is a little old. I guess I will order it online from Amazon. I'm excited to give these suggestions a try this semester. I really appreciate the help available from the members of this forum.