From AI to code style: The best of Unity on YouTube in 2023
Jan 12, 2024|5 Min
From AI to code style: The best of Unity on YouTube in 2023

The year 2023 was chock-full of new patterns, products, and Unity creators. To commemorate the year that was, we’ve decided to round up some of our most exciting YouTube content and resources that you may have missed.

Keep reading for the best of tutorials, livestreams, and session recordings of 2023.

Tutorial | Command pattern

This video covers how to use the command design pattern in a Unity project. Discover ways to delay logic so that you can execute, manage, or plan a series of actions, undo and redo a set of actions, and evaluate a sequence of actions. We’ll even break down the components of the command pattern.

For more on programming design patterns, download the Level up your programming with game programming patterns e-book.

Session | An overview of the HDRP Water System

Recorded at GDC 2023, this session gives you a glimpse of the Water System, which is fully integrated into the High Definition Render Pipeline (HDRP). Unity engineers Rémi Chapelain and Adrien de Tocqueville show you how the system works and explain what you can achieve in terms of art direction, gameplay, and performance.

Read this blog from the team to learn even more about features for Unity 2022 LTS and the 2023.1 Tech Stream.

Livestream | Get started with animation

For this Let’s Dev stream, Unity’s own Nathan Thomas helps viewers get familiar with animations in Unity by building a basic example of “looting a chest.” The example runs through Unity’s animation system, timeline, and Cinemachine. By the end, you should be able to build your own chest unlocking animations.

Subscribe to our Twitch channel to get notified about future streams.

Tutorial | Volumetrics: Introduction to ray marching

Get your head in the clouds during this tutorial, where you’ll learn how to construct a cloud in Unity in three stages. In addition to cloud construction, we dive into how to create simple spheres within a cube mesh, use 3D textures to define shapes, and add lighting for shadows and highlights. To follow along, download the project from GitHub.

This tutorial comes from a recipe featured in the Recipes for popular visual effects using the Universal Render Pipeline e-book.

Session | Prototype a 2D game level in 20 minutes

With just a few natural-language prompts, Unity Muse delivers the power of generative AI, so you can save significant development time in the ideation and iteration phases of your game. Watch this Unite 2023 session to see how it can transform the way you work in the Unity Editor. Regardless of skill level, you’ll learn ways you can use this powerful technology to build an entire game level in just 20 minutes.

Read this blog post to learn more about the AI models behind Unity Muse’s asset generation, responsible AI practices, and how we can extend output quality with only owned data.

Livestream | Making shapes in Unity with Freya

Currently available in the Unity Asset Store, this stream showcases Shapes by Freya Holmér. Watch as Freya walks you through her gamedev journey from making tools to games, as well as being a math influencer.

Tutorial | Tips for creating your own C# code style guide

This tutorial provides you with useful tips and tricks for developing and maintaining a clear, helpful code style guide that can help your team work more efficiently. The recommendations featured are based on general industry standards for C# and are meant to be inspirational rather than rules set in stone. They also include insights on naming, formatting, classes, and methods.

If you like what you see, take things even further with the Create a C# style guide: Write cleaner code that scales e-book.

Subscribe to Unity’s YouTube channel to keep up with the latest sessions, tutorials and livestreams, or head over to our best practices hub for more in-depth technical resources. If you’re ready to dive into the Editor but don’t yet have a subscription, check out available plans and pricing.