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How to Program Voxel Worlds Like Minecraft with C# in Unity

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What you’ll learn

  • Build a cube-based geometric world like that generated in Minecraft.
  • Navigate and manipulate discrete values in 3d space.
  • Build and skin meshes from scratch using C#.
  • Save and Retrieve Serialised Data.
  • Build and manage a voxel data structure.

Did you know that there is not one single cube used in Minecraft? Have you ever looked at Minecraft and wondered, “How did they build it?” – a great thing to ponder, it is.  If you haven’t and think that programming a whole bunch of cubes is child’s play, then think again. On the surface Minecraft looks as though it would be a simple world to recreate in Unity. Start placing cubes around a scene and see how far you get before the frame-rate grinds to a mind-numbing halt.  So wonder and fret no longer, as this course reveals the secrets of programming and rendering procedurally-generated voxel worlds, like Minecraft, with C# in Unity.

In this course, Penny teaches all the invaluable skills you will require to build a blocky world from scratch using her internationally acclaimed teaching style and knowledge from over 25 years working with games and graphics.  But hold on tight as you’ll be taken on a journey across the computer graphics realm as it is taught to post-graduate university students. Through detailed descriptions and hands-on workshops examining all you need to know about 3d data structures, building meshes from scratch, using noise algorithms to generate terrain features and caves, and texturing blocks you will be programming your own world in no time.

Learn how to program and work with:

  • voxels

  • custom built polygons and meshes

  • vertices and normals

  • UV mapping

  • texture atlases

  • Perlin noise

  • infinite terrain generation

  • loading and saving data

Contents and Overview

After getting a little experience in why it’s such a bad idea to build a Minecraft type world using cubes, you’ll start following along with Penny, exercise after exercise, toward the end of building your very own and unique blocky terrain.

You’ll begin by dissecting a cube and examining its fundamental parts from vertices, to normals, to texture mapping.  Armed with this knowledge, you will then begin writing code that redefines the cube and makes it far more efficient to draw as a terrain component.  You’ll then bring these pseudo-cubes together to form chunks, to optimise rendering performance. Once you’ve worked on creating a solid world of chunks you will then learn about smooth noise and a little fractal geometry will be introduced to assist you in carving out realistic landscape features including caves.

With terra-firma to stand on, you’ll next add a player character and start exploring the new world.  To prevent you falling off, you will also start working on the logic to build the world around you in real-time, out to infinite boundaries.

When you are done with exploring, it will be time to start digging and building.  It’s in this part that you will learn how to add and remove blocks at the click of a button to further mould the terrain to your liking. 

Finally, you’ll cover the dynamics of adding flowing water, falling sand and start working on the logic for creating your very own biomes.

What students are saying about this course:

  • Hi! I wanted to thank you and compliment you for the Minecraft Unity course. I’ve been a (web) programmer for 20 years. After so long creating somewhat boring work I’m excited to make games. My interest is in creating procedurally generated, complex worlds. Learning about Minecraft, therefore, seemed like a good idea.

  • Love the amount of detail Penny goes into! Not too little, not too much, she manages to hit the sweet spot that gets you a deep understanding of what’s going on, coupled with the ability to jump in with confidence and start doing things yourself. VERY pleased with my course purchase, and look forward to more by her!

  • Clear, concise, introduction and extension of concepts required to efficiently generate Minecraft style worlds, including Perlin noise and fractal Brownian motion.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone interested in how to put together a blocky voxel world like Minecraft.
  • Anyone interested in building and skinning geometry in a virtual world through code.
  • Anyone who loves Minecraft and is interested in the complexities that go on behind the scenes.
  • Anyone interested in expanding their Unity technical skills with respect to manipulating geometry with code.
  • Anyone interested in optimising the rendering process for large scale data and multiple textures.

Course content

  • Introduction
  • Anatomy of a Cube
  • Noise
  • To Infinity and Beyond
  • Interactivity
  • Dynamics
  • Extras
  • Final Words

12 reviews for How to Program Voxel Worlds Like Minecraft with C# in Unity

  1. Luis Brito

    I can definitely see this course helping breaking through that initial barrier when it comes to learning a programming language. I’m positive I’ll finish it and hopefully master python by then.

  2. Abdallah Galal Abouhussein

    I would like to share my personnel experience, i`m very pleased and happy for taking this impressive course because Dr. Angela always makes it simple and easy to understand and always makes a precaution section before or after any bug that may appear to some students and also write or record the solution for us, and each word she said is very real and easy to understand.
    Thanks Dr. Angela
    Abdallah Galal

  3. Jiaqing Fan

    Very good course. Dr Angela explains things very clearly. The exercises are interactive and helpful.

    Angela’s voice is like ASMR in most lessons. So you won’t lose focus?

  4. Jaime Sánchez Blanco

    Every concept is very well explained so you can assimilate it, and the teacher insists in practicing daily to get the habit of programming. It really motivates to keep studying and practicing every day.

  5. Bradley Carouthers

    3 days in and I’ve already learned more than other training programs where I’ve put months in. Her teaching style is both efficient and effective.

    Edit: Now on day 29 and the course has held up my expectations and hopes. The rise in complexity is not too sharp, and every day feels like an accomplishment. Angela takes her time to explain things without rushing, yet is able to pack tons of information in nuggets of time.

    Still recommend supplemental exposure for a more wholesome grasp. Though, this should be quite enough

  6. Tommy Prévost

    Very good course.

    PROs: lots of coding exercises, clear explanations, great examples, adapted to 2021’s reality.

    CONs: past the first 30 lessons, many similar coding hands-on.

  7. Quang Tu

    I love all the lectures and challenges of this course. I finally find myself in love with coding. This is definitely a fun course. Thank you Angela for this great course.

  8. Fortunate Eze

    This course is nothing short of AMAZING. The level of love and sincere desire to see students succeed present in this course is a rare sight. This course is fun, it’s challenging, it’s suspense-filled, it makes you feel good about yourself solving those challenges. You don’t take this course and memorise codes, you take it and you know what you’re doing because you literally do it yourself.

    It couldn’t possibly be any more obvious that Angela brought out her whole heart, time, energy and resources to give us a course that if priced based on it’s value, many of us certainly can’t afford. I mean, she kept advising and encouraging us to keep going, because she knows the road could get bumpy, she made a few jokes and used funny animations so we smile along the way keeping it fun. Why some people can’t see this and would rather subscribe to trying to bend courses to fit their own personal preferences is beyond me, but I guess people will always be people.

    Dear Angela, I cannot speak for everyone but I certainly can speak for myself and I’m saying thank you. The efforts you put into making this course outstanding didn’t go unnoticed.

    Let as many of us as appreciate your efforts make you happy and energize you to create more life changing courses for us.

    Cheers.

  9. Chendaniel

    Just the course fits me. Learn by doing, it is easy to start and just follow the flow and at day 15 you realized how to program in Python. Then the magic happen. I am on day 27 and I am looking forward to start a new section everyday.

  10. Caspar Cheng

    Angela is my favourite teacher on Udemy, her courses always come with clear and concise demonstration, make it really easy to understand the content. Meanwhile, she also provide a lot of tips to encourage us moving further on the way of coding. I’m definitely a super fan of her. I had finished her web development boot camp and now I’m learning Python 100 days of code. This course is amazing as she provided one particular project for each day’s learning, which is, really useful and handy. Also, those projects are really interesting and won’t let me feel disappointed about myself. Although some of them are a little bit difficult, they’re still resolvable after some struggling and searching online. I’ll recommend this course for those who really want to learn Python well and write real python projects from scratch!

  11. Jonas Weber

    The course was awesome in the first half! Really helped me to get back to programming and learning new techniques. Also the course got way to much focused on web development in the second half, which I’m not really interested in and is redundand to your dedicated web development course. The lack of videos in the last quarter was rather sad. I really would’ve liked some video explanations for pandas and matplotlib. The challenges and capstone projects were great and challenging!
    All in all I can really recommend this course for beginners and those who want to learn python and/or get back to programming!

  12. Rohit Prasad

    Angela is the best teacher I have ever experienced. The way she explains all the topics and makes use of it in the projects is commendable. Thank you so much Angela for this course.

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