The musical complexity factor theory is a personal way to scale every type of music and determine its complexity. While most of the data is empirical, it gives a good idea about how I create the music and my choices of music for the game. 100% is what an average brain can handle. While everyone is different this is an average. If the music is lower and has a ration inferior to 100%, then the brain has no issue digesting […]

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Conversion to UE4

I have made this video to show the workflow I am using to convert Unity’s asset to Unreal. This includes using Bitmap 2 Material, generating collision and changing the LOD. The link to the master material I use that is compatible Unity PBR is in the Video description: https://youtu.be/xvJ1zdCU-DM  

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You have probably noticed that the video I make can be quite slow. It is because with Unity trees, I get 10 FPS on my I7 / Nvidia 950M laptop. I have a very good procedural Jungle, but Unity show its limits. Who is going to play a game that is running at 5 FPS? Another problem is the low quality of the billboard from the Unity trees system, reminiscent to the 8 bit times it seems. They are using […]

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Glass will an important material for the buildings, specially the ones from the “elite” – normal buildings will be shacks. So I was shopping for a great glass shader and I found Crystal Glass from qq.d.y. This set of shaders is great and easy to use, except for two major problems They do not react to Global Illumination which is a big issue in a environment with day/night cycles. They do not support an opacity map to simulate dirt. In one word, […]

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I love Playway Water System… but the ones who really knows me, are aware that I have some experience with water shaders! 90% of the work made by Playway is a complex and powerful framework, that can save presets, and manage the different shaders. 10% is made in the shaders themselves. This shader seems to be done by a good mathematician. FFT/Gerstner waves are the best and in general, the water is moving great. But here is a list of things that […]

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I though that clouds would be easy, I would eventually buy some assets and go, but that was not the case. 3 days fighting with clouds and here is the result. Everybody knows that tropical storms can be dramatic and I want to have those in my game.  I tested several solutions: Toz Clouds: this thing is looking good in the demos, but in practice it was really awful in game. Trashed. Volumetric Clouds: ok but the shape is more […]

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Looking for the best / fastest water There are so many water assets at the asset store and outside, that it is difficult to find the right one without testing them. That is what I have done and here is the result of my tests. Unity Water 4 Unity water comes included with Unity and has a decent look, is handling the shore automatically. The only problem is that I found it very slow, actually slower than Playway which is by […]

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Introduction I have spent the last 4 days trying my best to use MegaSplat in my project and I have given up when I realized the huge trade off this technology is asking. What is making me upset is that the author is carefully hiding these problems trying to sell his product has a miracle terrain shader that can handle 256 textures faster than Unity. Plus he is adding like a carpet seller a lot of bonuses, like puddles, tessellation, […]

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What about the name?

My first idea was Liberty City, because it is exactly what the name means. Helas, too many people have done things with this name and it would not be possible to find it on the web because too generic. Then I though, “since it will be heavily inspired by the city of Pattaya, I should call it something like Yattapa”. My first research for a logo convinced me that it was a bad idea. Then slowly I though “I waited so […]

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Introduction If you want to make a great environment you have to carefully choose the tool that you are going to use, because there is no turn back. So my choices when I start working on that project in 2016 was Terrain Composer, Map Magic, Gaia and World Creator. I played with all of them and after many tests I finally choose World Creator. The evaluations   Terrain Composer: not intuitive enough for my taste, good for very large terrains […]

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