The main focus of this post – SketchUp – is probably more fitting as a weekend project than anything else, but if you’re looking for a quick Friday afternoon game, I’ve mentioned one of those too at the end of the post…
SketchUp is a 3D design tool that can be used to create 3D models of buildings (as well as other objects). SketchUp models can be displayed in Google Earth and used in other 3D web applications and virtual worlds.
SketchUp works on Mac and Windows computers and can be downloaded from http://sketchup.google.com/.
It is also possible to model – and view – objects inside building that you have created, as well as creating the buildings themselves.
In true collaborative style, you can share and edit the designs that other people have created by checking them out of the 3D Warehouse.
One very powerful feature of SketchUp is the ability to use a photograph as the basis for a model, as the following movie illustrates:
Download Google SketchUp and have a go at creating your own 3D model. There are lots of video tutorials to help get you started on both the Google SketchUp website and on YouTube. When you have completed your model, why not upload it to the 3D Warehouse, or post a movie of a walkthrough of your model to a video sharing site, with a link back here? :-)
To what extent do you think SketchUp might be useful as part of a game design or development process? (Hint: you may find SketchUp for Gaming a useful starting point, although bear in mind that is is a piece of marketing material!)
If you’re looking for something a little more casual to play with to while away a Friday afternoon, then check out this casual serious game – Free Rice. For every answer you get correct in this simple word game, 20 grains of rice will be donated to the United Nations World Food Program.
If you are tempted to search for an answer, then why not use a use a charity fundraising search engine such as Everyclick for your search?
[The videos contained within this post can also be viewed in the compilation “3D Modeling in SketchUp” show on the Digital Worlds Splashcast video channel]