A couple of weeks ago I ran across a post requesting a review of a new book coming out ‘Getting Started with UDK’ by John P. Doran from Packt Publishing. In the post it was stated that this book was geared to those that have never touched the Unreal Development Kit (UDK) before or even had experience using the Unreal Editor. This is right up my alley, for I am (still) interested in creating my own games and do have some experience in creating levels for Unreal Tournament.
This 140 page book can be either downloaded (PDF, Kindle, among other formats) or as a printed copy and shipped to your door. Within those 140 pages you are treated to the wisdom of the authors knowledge of the unreal engine.
The book then outlines creating a Tower Defense style of game from the humble beginnings of how to construct new geometry to how to use Kismet to visually design action sequences. Each section of the book builds upon the last, adding more content and information and reads like a cook book with simple, easy to follow, instructions.
If you are looking for an intro into designing First/3rd person style of games, this would be a great addition to your library, and at ~$13 bucks you can’t go wrong!
Blizzard has wanted to make a Warcraft movie possible for a very long time, and there have been quite a few bumps along the way. The biggest bump was the possibility of Sam Raimi directing the movie back a few years ago, but he eventually dropped or was dropped from the project, leaving Blizzard and Legendary Pictures to find a new director.
They eventually found Duncan Jones, the director of well-recieved scifi hits like "Source Code" and "Moon". He seems to be passionate about the project, and has said on his twitter that if you’re going to make a video game movie, you need to make it about the video game, and not change it – so promising words from the director. It’s also important to note that it is not a World of Warcraft movie- it is a Warcraft movie, so we probably won’t see Leeroy Jenkins, /dancing Gnomes, or random people in a town shouting "LOOKING FOR GROUP!"
The movie is set to begin filming Early 2014 and possibly release in 2015.