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ECS Starter Tutorials

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by jacobegoodson, Jun 11, 2018.

  1. jacobegoodson

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    When will the official tutorials be updated to the new ECS system?

    Another question tangential to the first... does anyone know of a good pure ECS tutorial that teaches how to make a game from start to finish?
     
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  2. Ryiah

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    No, and frankly I don't see one becoming available any time soon if at all because it stands to reason that if you're able to understand ECS then you're most likely beyond the point where a tutorial series will have any practical value. If for some reason you haven't reached that point then I'm doubtful you're ready for ECS.
     
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  3. tswalk

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    so pessimistic obi-wan....
     
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  4. jacobegoodson

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    That seems a little exaggerated. You do not believe that they will ever release a tutorial for their new system? Really? I am quite certain that they will. I would prefer a tutorial over digging through the documentation and piecing things together so that I can save time. Time is a precious commodity for some people, it may not be for you, but it is for me.

    Why are you being condescending? This was completely uncalled for.
     
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  5. JasonBricco

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    Given how miserable a significant amount of Unity documentation is, especially for new features... tutorials may be a useful thing. I'd sure like some, myself.
     
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  6. Ryiah

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    You were asking if there are or will be any tutorials showing how to create a game from start to finish. Once again I don't see one becoming available because I believe anyone who is in need of a complete tutorial series is not at the point where they are ready to learn a complex topic. Likewise anyone ready for a complex topic won't need a complete tutorial series.

    That's completely different from believing a tutorial series will be made. I just don't believe it will be an exhaustive series.

    I'm not trying to be condescending. I'm simply working off of past experiences with people who have come here for the very first time asking for a comprehensive tutorial series. My statement didn't occlude the possibility that you're ready. I just said I'm doubtful. You'd be the first person out of hundreds (if not thousands). I'd be glad to be proven wrong.
     
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  7. dadude123

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    Sorry to say but I really have to agree with @Ryiah

    I don't see how it is condescending at all.
    Telling someone to take the right path to knowledge, starting with the foundation first before going straight to the advanced topics is really good advice (just not what you want to hear).

    Sure there will probably be some basic tutorials for the ECS, like what classes there are, what they do and how they can be used. And they're already here, there's one guy here on the forums posting links to his series, there's Brackys on youtube, and surely there are some more by now!

    Ok, but if you don't know where to go from there, then maybe it is time to first start with something easier. Learning about general software architecture, or simply getting your game done using GameObjects + MonoBehaviours.
    After that you can analyze what the top bottlenecks of your game are, and then converting those things into Entity Component Systems.

    A tutorial won't really help you to get there.

    A tutorial can explain how to use the profiler, how to use the ECS classes and conventions, but actually applying this to a full game simply takes experience ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
  8. Ryiah

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    Additionally if you look at any of the existing samples you will find that they're not exclusively ECS. My understanding is they want to eventually allow you to use it exclusively (if I recall correctly, it's been a good month or more since I last watched the presentation) but that right now you can't use it exclusively. You will have to learn the existing approach.

    https://github.com/Unity-Technologies/EntityComponentSystemSamples

    Basically any complete tutorial series will just end up being a normal complete series with some steps added for ECS.
     
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  9. Tset_Tsyung

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    @jacobegoodson Please don't feel discouraged by the above comments. They are, no doubt, said with the best intentions.

    Looking at your profile it says that you only have 2 posts which, along with your request for a full-game-in-ECS-turorial leads the previous posters (and myself) to assume that you're a relatively inexperienced coder. Now admittedly you could be a seasoned coder and game developer who has made an unknown amount of completed games up until this point... but that won't be clear from what has been seen of you.

    So, if you are in fact a new addition to the ranks of game developers, please take the advice on board. So many come here (myself included) wanting to make the next overnight hit only to get discouraged and give up. No one wants that, instead we want you to learn the basics, understand the Unity editor, get to grips with good coding practices and simple design patterns, release a couple of small clones and keep your enthusiasm. Speaking from experience it's all too easy to get lost in more advanced ideas and lose you love for game development - nobody wants that for you!

    If you are new to game dev, hold out on the ECS just yet. You probably won't even need it for the moment.

    However... if you aren't a total noob and want to give it a bash, there's a new series by Infallible code which I've started watching (more out of curiosity atmo), here's a link to the first episode.

    Either way, all the best. And don't mind those of use on here who speak with blunt words - we mean the best, but have to repeat ourselves... a lot... lol

    All the best, and welcome to the forums.
     
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  10. hippocoder

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    ECS does confuse seasoned programmers, programmers with decades of experience at first, not because it's hard, but because it does demand that you throw away OOP and solve the code differently.

    It's not hard, it's very different to what people are used to. This means "making a whole game tut" is likely to be very specific to that game, because ECS is not hard or big, but small and specific.

    Try to view it as being a bunch of little machines operating on really tightly packed data, in no specific order (assuming jobs).

    In addition to this work is very much ongoing. Unity plan on making it even easier with less boilerplate plus more component-like exposure.

    (tangent) It's weird but before Unity I used to code in an ECS style without realising it was called that. I wasn't big on how linear OOP felt so I went my own little building brick way over the years.

    It's only when I started with Unity I really got into OOP because avoiding it would create more friction. So eventually, all my stuff will be ECS. I just need to let it mature and find some time.
     
  11. jacobegoodson

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    I am a seasoned dev with the Unreal engine. I was curious about ECS for Unity after seeing some of the tech demos(very impressive). I have programmed in functional, imperative, oop, and logic paradigms. My favorite language is lisp. I just wanted to save time, that is all. I guess it is fair to assume that someone with few posts in a thread, that is for beginners, is a newbie wanting to create some overly ambitious game. I did not really want to spout off my accomplishments, I simply wanted some information pertaining to questions I originally asked. I never mentioned a desire to create some triple a title, I only wanted to know if I could learn about ECS without doing the normal alpha methods(few docs, esoteric examples, etc) of learning a subject. I suppose that there is no royal road to ECS at the moment, garnering from the posts in this thread.
     
  12. hippocoder

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    It's wip but very easy to get started. Simply download the latest Unity beta, use the package manager to include it and then check out the samples on github. Use builds to determine perf as Jobs will do a lot of extra checks in the editor to combat common threading problems like race conditions.

    Since blizzard and and a ton of other devs are doing ECS, it's a good idea to keep it on your radar.
     
  13. dadude123

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    I feel like that really has to be pointed out in big bold letters somewhere :p
    Personally I knew that builds are quite a bit faster, but I did not expect such a huge difference when I tried out ECS.
    Those nice safety checks and all are making it so you can't even compare an editor-test with a finished build/standalone executable at all!

    My spell missiles system got an order of magnitude(!!) faster when I tested it in a built game!
     
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    It will be big-lettered when it is officially out. Right now it's for the adventurers :)
     
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  15. shinyhalo

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    My interpretation of this question was that he (and me too) would love to see a very simple game from start to finish, like Brackey's hybrid ECS game of moving a cube, but in pure ECS. Surely that is doable at this stage? The samples on github are even too complicated for beginner. If I'm learning from the start, then I'd rather learn the most performative method and skip the OOP and Hybrid ECS altogether.
     
  16. Ryiah

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    I understand the reasoning behind wanting to learn the most efficient method, but at the same time if you're a beginner it's tantamount to trying to run a marathon before you've even stood up and taken your first steps. It's a completely different story if you're already an experienced programmer but then if that's the case the resources available should be just fine.

    That said I do check for tutorials from time to time and this one keeps coming up. I have no idea what the quality is of it though as I haven't done more than skim through one or two of the videos. It's being updated at a very slow pace though which may mean it won't be finished for years.

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKERDLXpXl_gABNen5aIlTVQ4AP26_J_-
     
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  17. Antypodish

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    I assume you have seen two stick example, gravity, and few other?
    First one I checked few months back, had 3 examples. classic OOP, Hybrid and Pure.
    The very basics game examples. Hard for anything simpler and complete.

    If that is too much, I suggest go back few steps and follow advice of our colleges, to learn principles first.
    You may not be ready for it yet.
     
  18. Lurking-Ninja

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    Well, you shouldn't skip the OOP and Hybrid. A lot of things, like physics, colliders, and many more are currently tight to the OOP method, if you are or were a beginner, you need them. So anybody beginner I encourage you to start with MonoBehaviour for now. Learn the basic concepts of Unity. Most of them won't be waste of time, don't worry.

    Learning programming, especially game programming requires patience. A lot of it. So go for it!
     
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  19. shinyhalo

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    I have not seen the two stick example or gravity. I am mostly watching Youtube tutorials. Is the two-stick on Youtube?

    So far, my favorite Youtube tutorial is by "Samuli Natri" who did a pure ECS cube move. The only problem is that he did it in an older version of Unity that still used "TransformMatrix" but my newer Unity says it can't be found. But things are sinking in and all forward progress. It's just a matter of repetition.

    I also watched some of "Brackeys" and "Infallible Code" who are great at explaining basics, but who both chose hybrid ECS for their tutorials.

    I'm super new to this, but it's doable.
     
  20. Antypodish

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    Probabbly not.
    But is github project source. See pinned samples thread for more examples.