Monday, January 30, 2012

Google SketchUp for Game Design

Google SketchUp for Game Design:

cover.jpgWe talk about Google SketchUp quite often on here, and for good reason. It's an amazing piece of free software that allows you to create 3D models for use in Google Earth and other places.

We've shown you a few SketchUp-related books in the past (such as "SketchUp for Dummies"), but Robin de Jongh of has written a book that might be of great interest to some of you: "Google SketchUp for Game Design".

The book covers some SketchUp basics, such as texture creation and modeling, but then gets into some cool game-specific sections such as:

• Sketching out the level.

• Importing to a professional game application (Unity 3D).

• Setting up your character controller.

• "Fencing" areas of your creation.

• Creating a realistic car with SketchUp.

• Exporting your game for others to play.

The book is full of screenshots and step-by-step tutorials to help make things as clear as possible. If you've ever had an interest in developing 3D games, this book would be a great way to get started.

You can pick up a copy of "Google SketchUp for Game Design" from Packt Publishing or on Amazon (including a version for Kindle).

Also, as always, if you build a noteworthy 3D model in Google Earth using SketchUp, please let us know about it so we can check it out for ourselves and perhaps feature it on the blog.