Installing Unity and Taking the Game Dev Leap

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So you’ve decided to begin creating the very thing you love…games! Let’s do this! So…uh what do we do now? There are a number of different tools you could use to create a game, but there is a tool that’s been whispered throughout this game realm that will help us along our fellowship and she is called Unity.

The first thing we want to do is to download this magical bit of (absolutely free) software here just follow the prompts and download Unity Hub.

Run and install the file you’ve just downloaded.

Let’s take a look at what we’ve got. Unity Hub is quite straight forward, you have some items on the left side, a few buttons at the top right “ADD” and “NEW” and a list of projects right in the middle. Let’s start from the left.

Projects: This shows you a list of all the Unity projects you currently have. To launch an existing project simply click on it. All projects you’ve opened or downloaded will be shown here, giving you some details like what version of Unity that project was created with, the platform it’s created for, and when it was last modified. You’ll also see three dots to the right which leads you to some more advanced features like removing the project from the project list and showing its location on your local machine.

Learn: This takes you into the world of how to use Unity like mini games/projects, and tutorials. There are many different levels of projects from beginner to advanced, so your game dev journey will never be dull.

Community: Is your chance to communicate with the outside world - ahem *cough* I mean collaborate, get help, and just have fun with the rest of the Unity community. You’ll find everything from blogs, programs from conferences, forums, and even a real person offering live help for all your Unity troubles.

Installs: This is exactly what it sounds like. It will show you what versions of Unity you have installed.

We’ll take a look at some of the other features in the Unity Hub in the next article.

Unity Developer | Community Manager with a passion for tech and entertainment