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#ActualTudor Nita

Posted 20 August 2012 - 05:21 AM

As a long-time user of Unity:

downsides:
  • Although it's amongst the best in asset management, the module does have its quirks and can ruin your day if you're not careful.
  • Hard to "patch" asset/ scene files since they are binary (see 500mb comment above ). [They are switching to a text-based scene format so this will change very soon ]
  • Some web-game developers complain about users leaving the game page once they see the Unity logo [ which in the free version has to be there ]. This is a side-effect of so many people having access to the free version and so much shovelware being developed. I have my doubts about it.
  • Jack of all trades dilemma. It does everything but doesn't really shine in any particular category. It's not exactly a downside but surely not an upside either.
  • Really bad GUI implementation. The inbuilt GUI system is a performance drain at best. [ This is bound to change with ver. 4.x ]
  • Binary SDK. As a c++ enthusiast, source code access would make my day.
upsides:
  • Extremely easy-to-use. I love UDK, Corona, Cocos2D and even ShiVa but they just aren't in the same ballpark when it comes to ease-of-use.
  • Awesome cross-platform support. [ with 4.0 ] Linux, Web ( plugin and flash), Windows, Mac, iOS and android. And all of them free [ basic versions anyway ].
  • Well documented scripting. Some of the best documentation this side of a complex engine.
  • Decent to great performance on mobile devices. Couple of tricks to make it run great but it eventually gives.
  • Great community. They've got their trolls and whiners but overall the community is great.
  • Asset management. Both a blessing and a curse.
corrections:
[ Daaark ] Getting the correct orientation is not a bug nor an inconvenience. It's just the coord. system they use ( common y-up system ). The problem lies rather with the authoring tools [ z-up for 3ds max for example :| ]. Nothing some decent planning won't take care of.

#2Tudor Nita

Posted 20 August 2012 - 05:21 AM

As a long-time user of Unity:

downsides:
  • Although it's amongst the best in asset management, the module does have its quirks and can ruin your day if you're not careful.
  • Hard to "patch" asset/ scene files since they are binary (see 500mb comment above ). [They are switching to a text-based asset format so this will change very soon ]
  • Some web-game developers complain about users leaving the game page once they see the Unity logo [ which in the free version has to be there ]. This is a side-effect of so many people having access to the free version and so much shovelware being developed. I have my doubts about it.
  • Jack of all trades dilemma. It does everything but doesn't really shine in any particular category. It's not exactly a downside but surely not an upside either.
  • Really bad GUI implementation. The inbuilt GUI system is a performance drain at best. [ This is bound to change with ver. 4.x ]
  • Binary SDK. As a c++ enthusiast, source code access would make my day.
upsides:
  • Extremely easy-to-use. I love UDK, Corona, Cocos2D and even ShiVa but they just aren't in the same ballpark when it comes to ease-of-use.
  • Awesome cross-platform support. [ with 4.0 ] Linux, Web ( plugin and flash), Windows, Mac, iOS and android. And all of them free [ basic versions anyway ].
  • Well documented scripting. Some of the best documentation this side of a complex engine.
  • Decent to great performance on mobile devices. Couple of tricks to make it run great but it eventually gives.
  • Great community. They've got their trolls and whiners but overall the community is great.
  • Asset management. Both a blessing and a curse.
corrections:
[ Daaark ] Getting the correct orientation is not a bug nor an inconvenience. It's just the coord. system they use ( common y-up system ). The problem lies rather with the authoring tools [ z-up for 3ds max for example :| ]. Nothing some decent planning won't take care of.

#1Tudor Nita

Posted 20 August 2012 - 05:16 AM

As a long-time user of Unity:

downsides:
  • Although it's amongst the best in asset management, the module does have it quirks and can ruin your day if you're not careful.
  • Hard to "patch" asset/ scene files since they are binary (see 500mb comment above ). [They are switching to a text-based asset format so this will change very soon ]
  • Some web-game developers complain about users leaving the game page once they see the Unity logo [ which in the free version has to be there ]. This is a side-effect of so many people having access to the free version and so much shovelware being developed. I have my doubts about it.
  • Jack of all trades dilemma. It does everything but doesn't really shine in any particular category. It's not exactly a downside but surely not an upside either.
  • Really bad GUI implementation. The inbuilt GUI system is a performance drain at best. [ This is bound to change with ver. 4.x ]
  • Binary SDK. As a c++ enthusiast, source code access would make my day.

upsides:
  • Extremely easy-to-use. I love UDK, Corona, Cocos2D and even ShiVa but they just aren't in the same ballpark when it comes to ease-of-use.
  • Awesome cross-platform support. [ with 4.0 ] Linux, Web ( plugin and flash), Windows, Mac, iOS and android. And all of them free [ basic versions anyway ].
  • Well documented scripting. Some of the best documentation this side of a complex engine.
  • Decent to great performance on mobile devices. Couple of tricks to make it run great but it eventually gives.
  • Great community. They've got their trolls and whiners but overall the community is great.
  • Asset management. Both a blessing and a curse.

corrections:
[ Daaark ] Getting the correct orientation is not a bug nor an inconvenience. It's just the coord. system they use ( common y-up system ). The problem lies rather with the authoring tools [ z-up for 3ds max for example :| ]. Nothing some decent planning won't take care of.

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