Updated: Nov 17, 2020
The First Step In Game Development.
If you plan to become a game developer, or even just a hobbyist, the first step is to install Unity.
Unity is a game engine with incredible 2D and 3D capabilities. It can export to basically any software including Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PS4, Apple, Android, Pc, Linux, and even web browsers.
Many often compare Unity to Godot, but I’d say Unity is the right choice.
How to Install Unity:
Their are two methods to installing Unity. Since you’re here, I’m going to assume that you are a beginner so I would recommend the “First Time User” Download.
After agreeing to a popup, “UnityHubSetup.exe” will start downloading. When it’s done, open it, and then install it.
After that, a setup wizard will run.
From here, simply just click install. It will then ask you to make a Unity ID, so go ahead and do that then come back.
From their you can select a microgame to get familiar with, and play around with Unity. Once you get to know the engine a bit more, you can go ahead and check this page out to get started in game development.
What Else Should I Install?
To use Unity as a game engine, you need more than just the Unity game software. You also need a scripting software.
The best choice in my opinion, is Visual Studio. It works with both Mac and PC, and is very easy to use and get used to.
Their is also Visual Studio Code, which is Visual Studios lightweight and slightly worse cousin. Between the two, I would recommend you take just plain Visual Studio.
To download Visual Studio, go to the downloads page, and click on free download. This will bring you to the installer, which you can just accept and install visual studio.
Install Unity: Wrap Up
Now you should have Unity, Unity Hub, and Visual Studio Installed, along with a microgame in Unity.
From here you have access to a ton of opportunities, including online tutorials on making games, just messing around yourself, and of course you can always use my website as a resource.
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