On June, I experimented with generating different types of buildings. The new building type is a South East Asian shophouse that is commonly seen in Malaysia and Singapore; the row of shops chained in a single long building that has 2-5 floors on top with a shaded 5-footway or “kaki lima” on the ground floor front.
The next version on January 19th, 2018 added rules to window generation, and applied the edge algorithm around the windows. With materials assigned to the generated Gameobjects, the generated buildings became more attractive to the eye.
On January 12th, 2018 I added the ability to generate finer detail on the rooftop and grid-like facades on the building walls. The added edges on top of the building created a more believable look, and I was able to adapt the code to create randomized grid patterns on the walls.
The code still isn’t perfect; top building on the left has a definite overhang. Part of the work was figuring out where the rules failed in generating believable content and correcting as I go along.
The next version on January 8th 2018 refined the arrangement of blocks to make the layout more realistic (e.g. adding believable corners so that the windows seem feasible), and added a ground section to the buildings. The ground section allowed me to define the area the building would occupy, and randomize the scale of the upper section of the buildings. The windows are now thin slices instead of blocks, thus they can be arranged within a defined wall region.
It happens: sometimes you get a student team that doesn’t have a major skillset usually needed to make a game. Not that it’s impossible, but it means the team mentor has to consider what to do to make sure they are able to get a game out.
Now that’s actually not impossible: there are one-person games out there, and my previousresearch did focus on ensuring designers could survive a worst-case scenario of having no one to work with. With regard to student projects though, there’s a specific goal: the game has to showcase the students ability to conceive, plan, develop and finish a project.
Here are two student teams that had this problem that asked me for mentoring. Continue reading →
Was trying various projects with Unity to understand the engine back in 2016, so the procedural generation project was put on hold until late 2017. The version on December 4th, 2017 shown below was composed of stacked generated cubes of various materials, with a random placed object from a set of Gameobjects placed on top.
This was obviously non-performant, but my goal back then was to identify the rules I needed to establish to make a generated city believable. This version was to test if I could generate various window patterns on the wall surfaces and have the code randomly place objects as needed. There were observable issues – e.g. middle bottom building has windows that occur in one corner and not the other – but seeing issues like that meant I can figure out new rules to fix them.