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Martin

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Hey all. Here's the original Ping Pong game tutorial I did on youtube about 2 years ago now.

Wow, time has gone so fast and it's so great to hear that people have used this tutorial to get their game development career going.

I'm posting all the video parts here so that everyone can ask and answer questions together in one thread. I'll also try to answer questions on this one too. 

It's aimed at beginners of game development who are using Unity 3D.

Here's some screenshots and links to the game on iphone and android so you can quickly see what this tutorial creates:

Google Play:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.classic.arcade.pinball.x.pro

iPhone / iPad:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ping-pong-pinball-old-arcade/id520775719?mt=8

Kindle / Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Classic-Arcade-Pinball-X-Pro/dp/B00KIB5QOQ

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Please share this tutorial series on your facebook or twitter, this just helps support the forum and I hope it helps any of your friends who might also be interested in game development. The link to share is at the bottom of this post. Here's the button screenshot:
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zaki denaro

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Hi am zak, am soory if i cant write this here but this is something i needed to say.

I just wanted to say thanks a lot, u have inspired me to actually make a game and am not even a coder, this is something i always thought of doing but never did untill i seen one one your youtube video and the rest was history i now started my app business and launched my first app so i just wanted to say THANKS MATE!!

I hope u keep inspiring people like myself because i think your a top guy keep doing what you do man
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Martin

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Hey Zaki, thanks for the message. 
That's awesome [smile] It's great to know that the videos have helped and inspired people to start making games. So nice to hear.

I hope I can bring out more tutorials soon that will cover more in-depth features.

It'll be great to see your games. Please post some details in the 'developer diary' section if you have time. 

Chat soon [smile]
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Drael

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Hi Martin,

I found this site through the above tutorial on Youtube. I spent last night reading these forums until 2am! I have just installed Unity3D and will give this a go this afternoon.

 

Currently, I am unemployed (live in Birmingham UK), and my 'profession' is as a 3D Modeler and environment artist (worked on a few 'big' games). It seems harder and harder these days to find work in my field that doesn't involve either moving location here, or even another country, and this just doesn't suite the fact I have a family. The past few months has seen me racking my brain to think of a way to earn money, by working for myself. Freelance 3D art is possible, but the pay is low, and there are cheaper, and dare I say better options for recruiting from China or Eastern Europe. I also can produce high quality renders for the architectural and product visualisation market, but again, the same problems as the previous example.

The indie scene is something I honesty never considered. Why? - I know 'zip' all about coding. However, after some tutorial watching, I do think I could pick up the basics, and I do read about the availability of code and 're-skinning' games. (Though I'm more a 3D artist than 'creative' 2D art).

Initially, if I could do stuff like what you guys are doing, I'd be really happy, and happy to just earn around £600 - £800 a month doing it. (we'd all like more I know, but that figure is a good one for my situation). If I got good and 'fast', to make more games, more money...then great.

And, if I could get my head around coding, I would certainly like to use my artistic skills and experience to create something very special, but more as personal, ongoing backburner type of project.

In the meantime, I need to earn money, have a strong desire to work for myself (and have all the time in the world these days!), and yet I'm uncertain if this will even get me anywhere. I guess you don't know unless you try eh?

 

Where should someone like myself start? is it worth the time investment for 'just an artist'? Not only the coding, but reading an here about how you get revenue...from ads? banners etc? I just know absolutely nothing about all this and don't know where to start [frown]

Thanks very much for your time, and this informative site,

David

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Just wanted to add, I have been doing this Pong tutorial (not finished yet), for a few hours. And I really have to say, thank you! I've never coded before, and, following your scripts, so far, is easy, but more importantly, you are explaining things in 'layman's terms' and I really can get what you are on about, and already feel like i'm understanding things a lot more than I expected. Maybe it's my experience in the game industry myself, and with complex 3D software that makes my understanding of many terms (and using Unity), easier...maybe so. But you have a natural style for making tutorials, so please, don't stop doing them! [smile]

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javaexp

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if you are starting out, go with a basic game/app as it would involve less things to care about. To save budget, you can buy code from 320+ Android App Source Code - Android App Templates | CodeCanyon or other such websites and reskin and modify it.

Writing own code from scratch will require quite good amount of effort. Most of the seasonal dev. have the basic infrastructure ready with them so creating new games is not that hard once you have seen 3-4 cycles of how to develop, publish and market games/apps.

Best of luck.

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Hi,
Thanks for the reply and the links.

Yeah, I will start out basic. It's most important, IMHO, to enjoy what you are doing. And, doing the 'Pong' tutorial, so far i really am.

What I'm excited to do, as I'm a 3D artist, is to make some assets and prefab elements to import. Basically, I'm going to do this tutorial again once I've finished, but with custom art. I'll post it here when I'm done [smile]

Thanks again,

David 
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Hey Martin,

I wanted to thank You for this tutorial and all your videos. They are awesome. It was these videos that made us want to try our strength in android apps developement. We got few games out already, but they are growing in popularity pretty slow to be honest. We are getting 1-15 install a day depends on a game.

Anyway, Your Pong videos inspired us to make our version of a Breakout-like game. You can check this one and our other games here:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=CreativeIT

Thanks again and don't stop making tutorials and other informative videos!

Creative IT
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Hi Martin and everyone,

First, I would really like to give a big thanks to Martin for his efforts in making these nice tutorials. For a beginner like myself, these really gave me a good start!

I am now at the sound and music part of the pong game, and would like to ask some "how-to"s to tweak the game into something slightly different. If anyone here know how it can be done, please share the answers/methods here so that others can benefit from it too. So here goes:

1. Are there any ways to cap the ball velocity/speed? Because Martin's tutorial taught us how to make the ball to increase the velocity slowly during the game play, but eventually the ball will be too fast for the player to react, I think.

2. Are there any tutorials or links that teaches us how to implement the ranking board from iOS GameCenter or GooglePlay?

3. How do I implement in-game advertisements? Or are there any links/tutorials/introductions information for beginners? I tried to look for some information but I was overwhelmed by all the various type of platforms/channels/plug-ins etc. It will be nice if there is something that can give an overview of in-game advertisement as introduction.

Thank you!
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TürkGame

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Hi, first thanks for the lesson
 
Your contact information to reach you I have a few questions I need to ask if you can share with me.
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