Last month I mentioned a shading trick I was going to try on my old Phantom Organ Player model, and in this post I explain how that worked out. In addition, there are two obscure but cool tips I’ve learned in Unity, one of which may prompt me to return to a past game idea.
I’m not entirely sure what prompted this (possibly restlessness from being under lockdown) but this month I’ve been digging up old 3D models and animations of mine. I’ve been sprucing up old models and putting them on Sketchfab, and am planning to eventually put some (especially animated characters) on Unity’s Asset Store.
While I’ve been primarily a game programmer for a long time now (as is best exemplified by my book about programming in Unity) I actually started in game development as a 3D artist. As a result, I am still fairly skilled in that area, and also have 3D work in very old backups. I mean really really old files, so old that it’s been a non-trivial task converting them into usable forms.
I’ve registered this new blog because I’m going to start a new project shortly, and I wanted a place to post updates about what I’m working on. I wrote a couple entries at a shared developer blog and decided I wanted a place of my own.
To kick things off, I’ll just point out some Python scripts I wrote recently, for both Blender and Maya, that export data (JSON or XML format) about all the objects in the scene. This is good for quickie level editing, since the data includes their names and positions: