We will complete our Hangman games and learn how to build them for Android Devices.

Monday:  Grade Hangman Games

Tuesday: Setting up Unity to Build for Android

Wednesday: Building for Android

Thursday:  Intro Infinite Runner

Friday:  Infinite Runner level creation.

Don’t forget Professional Dress Wednesday.

We will continue to model a sword in Maya LT

Monday:  Workday – Sword – High poly done – Summative Grade

Tuesday: Making the Low Poly Sword wrapper

Wednesday:  Unwrapping the UVs

Thursday: Baking the Textures

Friday:  Working with materials

Don’t forget Professional Dress Wednesday.

Need Maya LT at home?  Get it for free here:  Autodesk Student Software

Go to see all products and find Maya LT 2017 in the list.  Follow the instructions to setup a student account and download the software.

This week we will wrap up our Video Game History unit and start learning about Careers in Game Design.

Monday:  Workday – Timeline Project

Tuesday: Careers – Designer / Timeline Project due – Turn in to Schoology

Wednesday: Careers – Programmer

Thursday:  Careers – Artist/Animator

Friday:  Careers – Producer

Don’t forget Professional Dress Wednesday.

Students – you will be completing the Hangman Game today during class.  I will be grading it during class on Monday.  Please see the following rubric to make sure you have fully completed the game.

Rubric – Summative (100 points)

Requirements (70 points)
  • Word bank with at least 10 words
  • Buttons for each letter deactivate when pressed to show what letters have been used
  • Hangman picture changes each time an incorrect guess is made
  • Word blanks fill in with the letter when a correct guess is made
  • Game ends when the hangman picture is completed – Lost
  • Game ends when the word is completely filled in – Win
  • Menus for starting the game and when the game is over
  • Instructions for playing the game
  • Ability to replay or quit the game
  • Sounds for button clicks, wrong guess, and right guess.
  • A hint button which will give the player a hint to help them guess the word (one hint per word)
UI Layout (30 points)
  • UI will scale when screen size is changed (anchor points set)
  • Set your project to 3:4 or 4:3 aspect ratio to fit most mobile screens
  • Easy to read and use
  • Neat and attractive layout
  • Good use of color

You will create a timeline of video game history that will be broken down into the 8 generations of game consoles.

For each generation you must include:

  • All the main consoles highlighting hardware advances
  • The leading companies
  • At least one event that occurred which effected the video game industry.
  • At least 2 Innovative games that introduced a new way to play – describe why it was innovative.

Instructions for completing the project:

  • You may create your timeline on paper or in PowerPoint or Word.
  • You will have three class periods (Thursday, Sept. 20, Friday Sept. 21, and Monday, Sept. 24) to work on the project – save it in Onedrive to work on it at home if needed.
  • Project is due by the end of your class period on Tuesday, September 25th.

Rubric Timeline – 100 points total (Summative)

  • Each Generation 11 points (8 Generations = 88 Points)

–Consoles listed 3 Points

–Leading Companies 2 Points

–Event 2 points

–2 Innovative Games 4 Points

  • Timeline neat and clear / easy to understand (12 Points)


Generation 8 started in 2012 and is still going today.

The XBox One, Playstation 4, and Wii U were the initial consoles.  In 2017 Nintendo discontinued the Wii U and launched the Nintendo Switch.

The Nintendo 3DS and Playstation Vita are the handheld consoles of generation 8.

Sony continues to hold on the the lead, as far as number of units sold, with XBox, and then Nintendo following behind.

The advances in phones and tablets have impacted the handheld market.  More games and units for Apple phones and tablets have been sold then Nintendo.  Android game sales surpassed handhelds in 2013.  It will be interesting to see if the handheld consoles continue to be made or if Nintendo and Sony jump into the phone/tablet market.

All three companies have announced the development and planned release of consoles in the near future.  Will this be the beginning of generation 9  or an upgrade to their generation 8 consoles.  Definitely something to keep an eye on.

We are also seeing the introduction of VR(Virtual Reality) and AR(Augmented Reality) to the market.  It is predicted that AR will far surpass VR in the next 10 years.

Generation 7 (2005 – 2011) saw several breakthroughs in technology and video game design.

The consoles of generation seven were: Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, and the Sony Playstation 3.

Handheld consoles were: Nintendo DS and Sony PSP.

Nintendo held the top spot as far as sales were concerned follow by the Xbox and then Playstation 3.

The DS also far outsold the PSP.

Guitar Hero launched a new genre of games where the controller was a musical instrument.

Watch the top 10 games of the seventh generation.

Generation 6 is known as the 128 bit generation, because the consoles were 128 bit.

Consoles released during this generation were the: Sega Dreamcast, Sony PlayStation, XBox, and Nintendo Game Cube.

Sony continues to dominate the console market and Nintendo the handheld market with the Game Boy Advance.

Online play starts to become very popular with MMORPG and FPS games like Halo, and World of Warcraft.

The Sims introduced a whole new genre of gaming where you simulate real life.

How many Bits the processor had no longer was a factor for consoles as video, memory, and storage became the features which limited performance.

We also see the rise of Retro gaming – old games being redone so people could play them on the new consoles.

To see some of the best games of this generation watch The Top 10 Games of the 6th Generation

This week we will complete our Hangman game

Monday:  Complete Input/Output

Tuesday: Updating the picture

Wednesday: Updating the picture

Thursday:  Winning and loosing

Friday:  Menus and options – complete the game

Don’t forget Professional Dress Wednesday.