Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles [MUSIC PLAYING] COLTON OGDEN: All right. Welcome to GD50. This is lecture 10. Today we'll be talking about "Portal." So "Portal" is a very iconic game, I think most of us have probably seen it before. The gist is you have a portal gun, a gun that shoots these elliptical portals. If you look through one, you can effectively see what is coming out the other one, which is pretty cool, and vise versa. And then, if you walk in between the portals, you'll actually be teleported to the other side. And so, they achieve a lot of really interesting effects with some pretty cool tricks and stuff. And actually Valve themselves will be coming to give a talk on a lot of the technology that they used on the second. So we can get a glimpse into their version of "Portal." My version of "Portal" is a bit simpler, but we'll look at a lot of the same sort of principles and see how I accomplished a lot of the same things. So this is also the last lecture of the semester, and we've covered a lot of ground. I have a few screenshots here to show some of the games that we've talked about. The very first game was "Pong," and we've come sort of a long way. We have gone through very simple arcadey Atari-like games like this, and have gone and created worlds effectively. And now we're in 3D, we're doing all kinds of awesome stuff. But this was where we started the course. And it's kind of fun to look back and see where we've come. So here, we talked about scoring and just effectively drawing shapes onto the screen, then we transition to "Flappy Bird" or "50 Bird," and we had sprites and characters. And we talked about scrolling and infinite level procedural generation type algorithms, and that was fun. We took things a step higher than that with "Breakout" where we had the same sort of procedural ideas in the context of a very famous arcade game. We talked about particle systems and some arcade style physics and high scores. Then we went into puzzle games. We talked about Match Three" and how to actually calculate what goes on to determine whether we have gotten a match and how to clear blocks and how to tween things, do operations over time, sort of this A synchronicity. Then we went into probably what is my favorite lecture, which was "Super Mario Brothers," and we talked about how to create procedural worlds that all look very different with some very simple algorithms. And then we had triggers and events sort of happening. Then "Legend of Zelda" came, and we had this infinite dungeon algorithm. And we had enemies walking around that we could use a sword on, so it felt more like an actual action game, action RPG. Then took a brief look at physics in the context of Box 2D with "Angry Birds," and I still remember the ball pit example was probably my favorite part of that. And then probably the most complicated example of the semester was "Pokemon," where we actually had a semi full turn based parallel system, and random encounters, and like a little world where there's actually two main stages to our world where there was the field and the battle scene, which is a very common thing to have in RPGs. Following "Pokemon," which was the most complicated codebase, we went into Unity, which was our first foray into 3D. And even though we were just exploring 2.5D, we still got a chance to look at how does the Unity engine work and how do we get actual 3D models onto the screen? And we put together a very simple "Flappy Bird" esque game so that we could sort of recycle prior ideas. Last week, we looked at "Dread 50," which was sort of a Dreadhall's horror inspired game where we got to look at lighting and how to actually transition between scenes and use some basic UI in Unity. And today, we'll be talking about how to create a game similar to this, although much simpler. Today is mostly just a tech demo more than anything else. But this is a screenshot of the actual game "Portal." And as you can see, they do a lot of really cool fancy things. They have a portal on sort of a slope, they have another portal coming out of the front wall over back there. There are different colors so you can differentiate between left and right, orange and blue. They have sort of this object here on the side, and I believe that's to shoot cubes out, which this here is a cube which you can then grab with your gun and then shoot it through portals and see it come in and out of portals, which is pretty cool. And we'll talk today about how to create a simple version of this, primarily just the aspect of how do I create a portal that looks out of another scene and see it updating in real time? And how do I teleport and get back and forth between the portals and carry a weapon and then shoot a ray that will actually place a portal where I want to in the game world? So today, some of the topics we'll talk about. So one, holding a weapon. So we've used a first person controller, and this is a very easy and simple thing to do. But it helps illustrate what parenting is. And so we'll talk about that. Ray casting is the actual shooting out of a ray from your object to Z direction forward. So you have an X and a Y, which are sort of the angle at which you're moving around. But then you have Z, which if you're using the forward vector from your character, it's going to be forward in the z-axis wherever you're looking effectively. And so that allows us to cast a ray, in that sense, which just means shoot a straight line, an invisible straight line from that point, and wherever that point intersects with an object, we can get some information about that and then do whatever work we need to do. In this case, take a portal prefab and just affix it to the wall, basically. Rotate it from its default position, and then just put it flat up against the wall. Texture masking is how we're going to achieve this portal effect, right? Because when we create what's called a render texture in Unity, which here's the third bullet, a render texture just means a texture that we're rendering to with a camera. So rather than have a texture be an asset in your game, in your hierarchy with something that you made in Photoshop, you can actually dynamically create it at runtime with what the camera is seeing. And Unity gives this to you for free very easily with what's called a render texture, which is just another asset type. And then texture masking is effectively the same thing as stenciling where we can choose certain pixels of an object to delete. In this case, we create a texture that's white in the center and then black around the edges in an elliptical shape. And what that allows us to do is tell it with a simple shader, don't render these pixels when you actually render the render texture, just render the ones in the middle. And so, that's how we achieve an ellipse, just by effectively discarding the pixels in the outer rim. Decals is an idea in 3D games where a decal is just something that you affix a texture or some object that you affixed to a surface. In this case, we'll be using decals to act as our portal. So our portals are actually just going to be decals. They're just meshes with a render texture affixed to them. And then all we need to do is just slap them onto a wall whenever we shoot it, and we get a ray that intersects with the wall. And that will have the effect of actually making it look like we're putting a portal on a wall, when in reality, we're just taking a mesh and we're kind of just like slapping it onto a wall. Some other examples of decals that you've probably seen in other games are, for example, bullet holes, which use the same principle. Teleporting is very easy, although the FPS controller sort of complicates things a little bit. So we'll talk about how and about sort of solving the problem of teleporting in a way that makes sense. It's usually just as simple as setting something's transforms position to another transforms position, setting the rotation to the transforms rotation. But the FPS controller cashes its rotation data, so in order to that teleport cleanly you sort of have to override some default behavior. And lastly, we'll take a look at some new tools that Unity has introduced with 2018 0.1 Pro Builder and Pro Grids, which allow you to actually model geometry in the scene. And this is what the assignment is going to be focused on. Because going forward, I foresee it being a major part of modern unity development and or prototyping. The ability to model your scene in Unity without needing a third party program heavily optimizes the actual creation process and allows you to do easy, what's called, "gray boxing," meaning create a level in your game engine and then prototype it, test it, make sure that it's actually game playable right off the bat. That's called "gray boxing." But first, let's get a demo. So does anybody want to come up here and play my implementation of "Portal?" So James is landlocked.