Author: natalia

Crawling Your Way through the Web, One Hiss at A Time.

If you’re building a bot or trying to collect data from a website, web scraping is the way to go. Web scraping pulls text from website and lets you format and save the data in an easy format like json. The easiest way to make your own web scraper is with python and the library…
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How to Make Your Own DIY Ambilight

An Ambilight is lights that you put behind your monitor or TV that match the colours on screen to add extra immersion. Ambilights are expensive to buy, so we’ll make our own with Arduinos and addressable leds. This tutorial HERE goes through how to make your own DIY Ambilight.

Show and Tell Nov. 26!

For this week’s show and tell, we’ll look at some shaders in Unity and how they’re made. The meeting starts at 2:30 and goes on for about an hour. Meeting ID: 842 8527 0829Password: 673505

Throwing Shade[rs] at Unity

When flat colors and textures aren’t enough to make your game look good, that’s where shaders come in. Shaders are responsible for water, glowing, and swaying grass in video games. Shaders can change the entire look and style of a game, and Unity has now made an easier way to create shaders in a GUI…
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PBR Materials for Photorealism

Physically-Based Rendered materials or PBR materials are materials for 3D models that are based on scans from real life objects. They combine different types of materials, such as albedo for colour and metallic and normal maps to make an object look shiny, and textured. THIS site is a great resource for many free, high-quality PBR…
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PICO-8: A Dream Console

If you’re feeling nostalgic of playing gameboys, SNES, or other retro consoles, then PICO-8 is for you! PICO-8 is an application made by Lexaloffle, HERE, that looks and plays like a retro console. PICO-8 lets you play games and even make your own. PICO-8 does cost money, but you can play some games on the…
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How to Change File Icons on Your Computer

Everyone has been spending a lot more time on their computers lately, whether it be online classes or work from home, so you might be a bit tired of staring at the same screen every day. Those blue or yellow folder icons are getting a bit boring, so let’s change them to make them more…
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Show and Tell Oct. 29

For this week’s show and tell, we’ll be celebrating Halloween by doing some virtual pumpkin carving! 3D models of pumpkins and faces will be provided and we’ll use Tinkercad to cut them out and make some virtual jack o lanterns. The link to the Tinkercad project is HERE. You will need to have a Tinkercad…
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Tilesetter for Quicker Pixel Art

Making tile sets for games can be very time consuming and takes a lot of work to get the tiles to look well together. Tilesetter is tool that takes all the time and difficulty out of tile set making. Tilesetter can be downloaded from HERE. Tilesetter can quickly and easily create tile sets by attaching…
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A-Frame: VR in the Browser

A-Frame is a web framework for making VR games and environments in the browser. The last language you would expect to code VR in would be HTML, but A-Frame challenges your feeble expectations and has you code a game slap in the middle of an HTML file. A-Frame, being a web framework, loves hand-holding and…
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