Annual PacktLib subscription sale

Until 4th November, customers can sign up to ‘PacktLib Plus’ and get 5 free downloads in their first month of subscription. The standard annual PacktLib offering is 1 free download per month (which PacktLib Plus customers will still receive for the rest of their subscription).


Added fun, they also seem to be having a Halloween treat sale for you to check out as well.

Book Review: Unity 4 Game Development HOTSHOT by Jate Wittayabundit

book coverAt least a basic knowledge of Unity is desired before diving into this book, as the author doesn’t get into great detail or explanations about basic things like the Unity interface or menus. A general knowledge of scripting (C# and JavaScript) is helpful as well, although if you are scripting challenged like me, you can always just type what is said, like I did. I pretty much took it on faith that the code was correct.

On the subject of scripting, this book is not for the faint of heart. While there are some things that are done in Unity, most of the projects and chapters dealt with working in MonoDevelop and then using the script produced in Unity. So if you are uncomfortable with scripting, you might want to choose another book. If you enjoy scripting and are looking for some specialized scripts and or projects to practice on, this book should be not only informative but a bit of fun as well.

The projects were interesting and something I could see using often in various game setups. The explanations seemed fairly clear and outside links were provided to further explore various areas more fully.

  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (July 25, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M6N1A3U

It can be found at the following links:

Unity 4 Game Development Hotshot‘.


Blenderart Mag Issue #45 now available

issue 45 coverWelcome to Issue #45, “Cycles Circus”

Come jump on the Cycles Circus merry-go-round with us as we not only explore some fun features of cycles, but play on a comet and meet the geniuses of Ray and Clovis

So grab your copy today. Also be sure to check out our gallery of wonderful images submitted by very talented members of our community.

Table of Contents: 

  • Quick Comet Animation
  • Book Review: Cycles Materials and Textures
  • Baby Elephant
  • Ray and Clovis

And Lot More…

Blenderart Magazine Mirrors, Torrents and Online links can be found at:

Level Up Campaign- Packt Publishing

On September 25th, Packt is launching a special offer to encourage IT professionals to join them and Level Up their skills – for the next 7 days ALL eBooks and Videos are just $10 each or less. The more EXP customers want to gain, the more they save:

  • Any 1 or 2 eBooks/Videos – $10 each
  • Any 3 to 5 eBooks/Videos – $8 each
  • Any 6 or more eBooks/Videos – $6 each

The offer ends October 2nd and covers Packt’s entire range of eBooks and Videos, making this the perfect opportunity to learn something new, keep up to date, and ultimately become the expert.

CGTrader’s New Contest: Human Challenge

Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, CGTrader has launched a new contest: Human Challenge.

They are looking for high-quality, detailed visualizations of male and female bodies that could become a great learning tool used to explore the systems of human body as well as realistic human 3D models that would easily pass the strict scrutiny of video game developers. Human character challenge is dedicated to human anatomy, the shapes and proportions of human body, the intricate details of anatomical structures, systems, muscles and organs. Can you model a realistic face, hands, skeleton or human body? They want to see it.

Your entry could win you a number of very nice prizes.

For all the rules and further information go to:


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