I will introduce the basic functions and how to use ‘PlayMaker’, and explain how to create an easy game with Unity in this article series.
In this article, I will introduce the basics of PlayMaker, and how to install it.
You cannot use scripts with STYLY, but you can use PlayMaker to create a similar function.
One strength of PlayMaker is that the user does not need programming experience with C# in order to create Unity VR content.
Also, by combining PlayMaker with STYLY, users can create whatever they want with VR.
After you read my article, I hope you try and create your very own VR content.
- State transition base flows
- No need for coding to create logics
- Visualized program states, which help debugging
- Easy combining with existing code and other assets
- Users can create original ‘actions’
- Only PlayMaker is needed
- You can combine PlayMaker with C# scripts, and choose which parts you want PlayMaker to be applied
What you can obtain with PlayMaker
- Mock production/Rapid prototyping
- UI/State transition management system
- Tween animation control
- AI thinking routine
- Unity Engine API knowledge
Cautions for team development
- No code means no merging (But you can use the Template Export function for some use)
- Strict capsuling is hard to achieve
- PlayMaker has lots of flexibility, and users can freely create any kind of logic, so it may be hard to create a sense of unity
- Limiting use to specific scenes
- Using only with existing code and for specific scenes
- Use all codes as PlayMaker actions
- Limit use to managing state transition status
- Limit use to managing iTween
What is a FSM
PlayMaker uses UMLs called FSM(Finite State Machine) to describe state transition status.
- State：Status of Object
- Event：Trigger for a state transtion
- Action：Action that occurs at a specific status
- Variable：Object values used by FSMs are stored
- State：’Standing’, ‘Walking’, ‘Running’, ‘Jumping’, etc…
- Event：State transition from ‘Standing’ to ‘Walking’, ‘Walking’ to ‘Running’, etc…
- Action：What the character does when ‘Standing’, ‘Walking’, etc…
- Variable：The moving direction of the Player (Vector3), the speed (float), etc…
Click [Window] > [Asset Store]
Search for ‘playmaker’.
Click PlayMaker from the results.
PlayMaker costs $52 (May change over time). Click [Put in cart].
Click [Proceed to checkout].
Type in your information, and click [Purchase].
After purchase, download Playmaker to Unity.
A Welcome To PlayMaker screen will popup, so click the [Install Playmaker] button.
Click the [Install PlayMaker 1.9.0] button.
A popup message as below will showup, so click the [I Made a Backup.Go Ahead!] button.
The import process will proceed, and the Import Unity Package window will popup, so click the [import] button.
Once the [PlayMaker] menu is displayed, the import is complete. Close the Welcome To PlayMaker window with the [x] button.
PlayMaker basic settings
Changing displayed language
Click [PlayMaker] > [PlayMaker Editor].
Click the [Preferences] button on the bottom right. Choose General at the upper right, and change Language from [English] to [Language you prefer].
That will be all for the basics of PlayMaker, and how to install it.
In my next article, I will introduce the basic functions of PlayMaker.
This article was created using the slide by Unity Technologies Japan【Unity道場 2017】PlayMakerによる初めてのUnityプログラミング.