The Beginners Guide to 3D Web Game Development with ThreeJS
What you'll learn
- Learn how to use the in-demand WebGL Open Source library ThreeJS
- Add vital skills to your CV
- Learn key coding techniques by creating fun games.
- Learn to adapt freely available 3D assets so they are game ready.
The course builds on the skills you learn. The next game is a shooter and you learn how to animate a player avatar, how to control NPC characters so they patrol on a random path using navigation meshes and path-finding. You'll learn how to control the avatar with a keyboard or gamepad and on a mobile using an on-screen controller. You'll learn how to fire bullets at the enemy and add AI to the NPCs so they fire back. All the key ingredients of a shooter game.
The last game uses the physics engine CannonJS to control the motion of balls in an Eight-ball Pool game.
Along the way you'll learn to use the 3D application program Blender to prepare your 3D assets for the games you develop.
What students say about the course.
"Best web gaming course for ThreeJS!"
"... a go-to for 3D graphic designers, web designers ..."
Who this course is for:
- Beginners and intermediate developers wanting to learn to use the Open Source WebGL library ThreeJS
After getting a degree in Graphic Design, I started work in 1980 as a cartoon animator. Buying a Sinclair ZX81 back in 1982 was the start of a migration to a full time programmer. The ZX81 was quickly swapped for the Sinclair Spectrum, a Z80 processor and a massive 48K of ram made this a much better computer to develop games. I developed a few games using Sinclair Basic and then Assembler. The Spectrum was swapped for a Commodore Amiga and I developed more games in the shareware market, moving to using C. At this stage it was essentially a hobby. Paid work was still animated commercials.
I finally bought a PC in the early nineties and completed an Open University degree in Maths and Computing. I created a sprite library ActiveX control and authored my first book, aimed at getting designers into programming. In the mid nineties along came Flash and the company I was now running, Catalyst Pictures, became known for creating games.
Since then the majority of my working life has been creating games, first in Flash and Director, as Director published the first widely available 3D library that would run in a browser using a plugin.
I've worked for the BBC. Johnson and Johnson. Deloitte, Mars Corporation and many other blue chip clients. The company I've run for over 30 years has won a number of awards and been nominated for a BAFTA twice, the UK equivalent to the Oscar.
Over the last 20 years I have been struck by just how difficult it has been to get good developers and have decided to do something about this rather than just complain. I run a CodeClub for kids 9-13 years old and I'm developing a number of courses for Udemy hoping to inspire and educate new developers. Most of my courses involve real-time 3d either using the popular Open Source library Three.JS or Unity. I'm currently having a lot of fun developing WebXR games and playing with my Oculus Quest.