ATLR II Experiment 1: The Suede Game

Mahnoor Shahid – 3162358

Andrew Ng-Lun – 3164714

Denzel Arthur – 3157183

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The SuedeGame is a 3 player puzzle game. The players are storekeepers who have to find separated parts of their leather items. The separated items are a watch, a duffle bag, and a journal. They have to assemble the found objects corrected according to the item they belong to before the store opens.

When they come close to a  part, a video starts on the monitor showing information related to leather products or sewing.

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PROJECT CONTEXT

We based our game concept on Leather in Three Dimensions by Rex Lingwood. It is a craft book that demonstrates interesting leather crafting techniques for the beginner and the expert. The book includes instructions and diagrams of how to shape, fold and cut the leather. Based on this, we thought of a basic matching game where the player would have to collect and assemble the corrects parts of a leather object and assemble them correctly. The three products are a leather watch, leather duffle bag, and a leather journal book. In our initial concept, the players would have had to select the correct parts from a table. Later we changed the environment to a leather store where the players have to find hidden parts of the products and assemble all three of them before the store opens.

Data synchronization in unity and pubnub:

https://www.pubnub.com/blog/realtime-data-synchronization-image-switcher-with-unity-pubnub/

We used the Pubnub Unity SDK to synchronized our game across three laptops in real time. This tutorial shows a Unity Build in WebGL hence we chose to use laptops instead of other devices for a better game view.

RATIONAL FOR SELECTED ENVIRONMENT

To develop our suede game, we used Unity to build the leather store game system. Unity excels at creating 3D environments and has easy compatibility with other 3D models. This gives us the opportunity to create our own content from other applications and merge them together in Unity such as using Blender to create 3D models and input them into the game environment. Unity is not only compatible with model applications but can also talk to online networking platforms like pubnub. By using pubnub, we can connect several users together to play the game on several screens with live updates. Furthermore, the beauty of unity, it allows us to fully customize the game components, whether they are the UI menu, interactive buttons, lightings/camera direction, and other features, but also when developing the game, it gives us an interface to work with which makes editing much easier.

3D MODELS

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PROCESS

Although the initial real-time synchronization involving Unity SDK and pubnub on WebGL was a success, we had difficulty connecting the finished game to Pubnub. Eventually, the game was connected to pubnub but we were unable to test it with multiple players.

Process Video links:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/11_SH5KMMDsDYE7ZhNzaCtiurWqvKd4gX?usp=sharing

BACK UP SKETCH

We created a back-up sketch in p5.js related to modifying shapes. The idea of the sketch was to drag small circles on the outline of the circular shape and match it to the static shape. It was meant to be a multiplayer, interactive game. So far, the players can drag their mouse along the x-axis to change the radius of the circle. Their interactions can be seen on other devices in real time through the help of Pubnub. We are still working on the dragging to manually modifying the shape.

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CODE LINKS

P5 sketch:

https://github.com/mahnoorshahid/gameTestLeather

Unity scripts:

https://github.com/WUNISTUDIOS/Suedegame

Unity build:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1GI70aqiFZAJCGr0wbisNIMfpn5M_34X1?usp=sharing

 

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