Idea for a New Forum Front End Using Unity and SciFi Assets


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Idea for a New Forum Front End Using Unity and SciFi Assets

Tonight I was looking into maybe creating a new front end using something like this (see video below) where the database stays the same but the user interaction happens in a virtual scifi world, such as 3D Scifi Base Vol 1 which is a 3D Models/Environments in Sci-Fi for Unity.




In this model, the database and all existing website (forum style) would stay basically the same for now (and could still be used); but we would build a virtual world where each scifi room is a "forum" and there would be some kind of user interaction; combining forum Q&A with a new type of virtual environ.

I think I can program this in Unity, since I have been programming in Unity for about a year now on another project; but it would be a lot of work.

Porting to another forum is really a "non starter" because we have way too many custom plugins that are not supported and would all have to be rewritten (by Scott and I).

If I am going to write code, I prefer to write in Unity 3D and build out a virtual world that accesses the database and permits users to interact, search and display in the virtual environment, similar to what we do in the forums now. Of course, we could leave the existing forums "as is" (maybe make the HTML more responsive for mobile); but the bulk of the new work would be in Unity.

That's one thought I had today.

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Haha. That would drive me bonkers after about 5 minutes, TBH Smilie
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Haha. That would drive me bonkers after about 5 minutes, TBH Smilie
Yeah, me too... but it is more fun (for me) to code than HTML, haha

i am at that stage of life where HTML / PHP coding is too boring and I prefer game programming, complex graphics, etc.

But I realize that is only me and I am almost sure I am the only Unity / C# programmer in the UG these days!
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Kudos to you, sir! If you have time on your hands, I'd be interested to see how that might play out.

It could have appeal. I mean, seeing a spammer lurking, then switching to 3D Game Mode to run into the room (forum) to zap him with the Spam Blaster 3000 FragomaticTM would turn an otherwise mundane task into a fun one.
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Thanks. Not sure if I will program it or not. It is a lot of work and not sure if the results would be worth the effort, since so much of the forums are text based (code, solutions, discussions).

My other thought is to simply create a new mobile skin.

I was looking at the current mobile skin (I use it every day) and it is not that bad (it works find for normal tasks like reading and posting simple text); it just needs to be polished up a bit.
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Thanks. Not sure if I will program it or not. It is a lot of work and not sure if the results would be worth the effort, since so much of the forums are text based (code, solutions, discussions).
My other thought is to simply create a new mobile skin.
I was looking at the current mobile skin (I use it every day) and it is not that bad (it works find for normal tasks like reading and posting simple text); it just needs to be polished up a bit.
Hello Neo,

Just wanted to request here, if possible/feasible and we are starting to code here or kind of a new project. I would like to volunteer myself(though I am not a great programmer like you guys and other GURUs are here, I could give my 200% to learn and complete tasks), I believe many others will also be interested too. Kindly do let me know on same, will be grateful to you if we could also contribute.

Thanks,
R. Singh
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Hello Neo,

Kindly do let me know on same, will be grateful to you if we could also contribute.

Thanks,
R. Singh
Hi!

Thanks for the offer!

May we ask publicly about your coding experience? PHP? HTML? C# ? Other? Or do you prefer to discuss privately?

If we go with the "new template to make the forums more responsive for mobile" we need HTML experience, mostly.

If we go with a future "build some cool virtual world to interact with the forum database", we need both C# and PHP programmers (mostly C#) to code in Unity 3D.

PS: My personal favor collaboration is using Unity 3D to create a virtual world which interacts with the forums database.

Here is an older example of a Unity SciFi asset which is kinda cool to use:



However, you need to learn the Unity 3D IDE (it's free) and also C#. The learning curve is quite steep, but it is really fun and worth it! The good news is that Unity 3D also has free collaboration tools for version control etc. The other good news is that creating something like this is based on our imagination, not on following some set of standards "from the past" because this project would not change the web based view of the forums; it simply creates a new virtual environment to operate in.
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