Unity Tutorial website update

Just a quick update on the Unity Tutorial site’s progress. In the past week, I found that a lot of people who view sites, such as I am making, do so from a mobile or tablet, not just from a desktop. As the first draft version of the site wasn’t optimised for mobile at all, this could put a lot of people off – not to mention that while I was playing around with the layout, it looked terrible! So, I was put on to the idea of making the site a responsive website, by Tom Willoughby (@CGFIndies). After some research, I opted for Bootstrap. Bootstrap is a framework that allows you to keep building your website in HTML/CSS but gives you a pre-existing environment that is reactive to the size of the device being used to view the site. This has meant that not only am I not having to work on a separate mobile site, but because of it’s structure, laying out the site is much simpler too. The result: a much cleaner and more professional looking site! This is a great thing as I don’t want to be spending too much time on the site itself, I’d much rather get cracking with the content. Here is a side-by-side of the old and new sites:

Old Site...

Old Site…

New Site!

New Site!

Other than this (which is quite a lot of work!), I’ve added the 3rd tutorial on Creating Your First Project in Unity – in which I break down the New Project Wizard. The next tutorial is an overview of the Unity Editor itself, which is quite an undertaking, so there’s a good chance it’ll be broken in to multiple sub-sections. That said, I don’t want to dwell on this, or overload/bore people with a lot of waffle, so it may turn out to be more brief than I’m imagining. We’ll soon see! :)


One last thing, I’m still looking to change the logo I use for all things “Lamargo”, so if you have any suggestions, I’m all ears! @ me on twitter, email me at: or msg the Facebook page:




Unity C# Tutorial site has begun

I know I said previously that I wasn’t going to keep this site or a blog, but I’ve changed my mind. Rather than killing off the blog to replace it with tutorials, I’ve put the tutorials on a sub-domain,

so it will run as a semi-separate site. There’s many reasons for doing this. One is that this blog, as unused as it is, was set up to tick SEO boxes. This makes it easy for any new content to get listed and seen vs. manual HTML site build (which is what the tutorial site is – html5/css). So the thinking is that I can use this blog to push the new content from the tutorial site!

I still don’t like the logo… if anyone has any suggestions on what I can do as an alternative, I’m all ears! :)

The Unity C# tutorial site itself has started to come together quite nicely, I think – I may be a little bias… Well, you can make your own mind up ( as I like to do live edits (listens for the screams of a million web-devs) and will continue to do that for some time. I’m still playing with the layout and feel of the site, but I’ve got a few things complete already:

  • 2 Tutorials up for Unity Basics
  • Disqus comments added for each page – please make use of this! :)
  • Added a tutorial summary box and a page info box, so info like edit dates can be seen – Thinking of making this a full-length column so I can add more info in future.
  • Reworked the nav-bar around 12 billion times, as I couldn’t get the CSS to play nice, and was originally using a copy of the nav-bar on each page. I’d then find 1 tiny mistake and have to edit ~15 pages. I now use an include via PHP so I have one static .php file that is the nav-bar. Efficient! :)
  • There is also a reference section up there too, which I plan to put more bullet-sized info / quick reference to certain key terms in C# and Unity.

Much like many things I do, I’d appreciate any feedback or suggestions. As much as my doing this helps me track what I know, I also want to make sure it is of use to others. So please, get in touch some way (there are loads) and let me know what you’d like to see added or changed; things that need removed or clarified.








I’m going to be making a whole lot of changes to, well, everything! I had written a long, boring paragraph to explain my thoughts on why I am going to make these changes, but it was long and boring, so I made it take a long walk off a short blog-shaped pier. You can thank me later.

So what’s changing? Everything. It will be quite an overhaul, but I won’t do it all at once and I still need to figure out some parts.

Changes I do know:

  • Twitter: @LamargoL (wish I could get rid of that 2nd “L”, *sigh*) will be all about gamedev/unity – going to change my follow-back policy to help focus followers. I’ll start up new twitter accounts for day job / freelance community manager, which will just be “me”. I’ll probably throw up another account for writing, or just confine it to my other blog.
  • Brand: Good chance I’ll drop the “” bit and just settle for “Lamargo”. Want to change the logo and colours as it feels too corporate-y, and no fun. It will be in reference to Gamedev/unity focus, so it shouldn’t be such a stick-up-the-arse!
  • “Lamargo” will no longer be linked with the day-job of community manager, it doesn’t work along with everything else. This will just be “me”, as such.
  • Facebook page: That is already starting to focus on Gamedev/unity, so will tie in with the twitter account focus. Might create a group off the back of it for discussions, will see.
  • Website: will be shut down, wiped (again) and made much simpler and not blog-focused. I’ll be doing written tutorials here, with a view to adding video when needed. I could go with another blog-style site, but I want full control over navigation and arrangement. Besides, the idea of “blogging” makes me anxious, which puts me off writing and adding content.

So, quite a lot to change! Probably the biggest significant change will be the website, as everything else will be based from what goes up there.

With that all said, this is probably the last blog post, not that there was much before now anyway! 😛



Unity Tutorials 2014

I’m not sure you’d call this an atypical blog post, but it seems the best medium to present this. Recently I asked a question on twitter: 2014-06-14 tweet_unityquery   I got a good response to this, and quite quickly too! Never underestimate how great Twitter can be for queries like this! I was fully expecting “google it, lol” responses, so was pleasantly surprised when I got actual tutorial advice and links! One reason I like to ask twitter/facebook or “people” questions like this is so as to get that human, tried-and-tested, response that you can only really get from people who have already been there and done that – google doesn’t give you that! :) Thanks to @MajorThrill, @GeorgeCoope and @OnibiSoft for sending on the links below. I’m going to run through these tutorials and see how I get on with them. I plan to come back and edit this post with info/comments on the ones I get through, so hopefully others may find this a useful resource.



That’s all I have so far. If you have any suggestions or recommendations, just leave a note in the comments, or Tweet @ me! :)

Twitter lists and why you should use them

Twitter Lists and why you should use them

Twitter Lists and why you should use them

Twitter Lists is a topic I’ve been trying to write a post about for some time now, although not actually in the current form (was originally titled “6 Shocking Reasons to use Twitter Lists, but you’ll never guess what happened next…”). The reason it has taken so long for me to complete is not so much a lack of understanding of the topic itself, but rather that I am stuck debating with myself as to the amount of detail to provide. I can either explain every little thing in this post or a series of posts, or make an assumption that you, the person reading this (hopefully…), has used Twitter already, and therefore feels comfortable using and navigating in it. So, this post won’t be useful to everyone, but I will hopefully be able to revisit this topic again in the future once I have more posts out there. I will keep this as broad as I can to just get the below points across, the “how” parts may be something that you have to work out for yourself in greater detail, as what I have seen work, may not work for others campaigns and projects.

Very briefly: Twitter lists are a way of categorising Twitter users through use of custom list names. These can be private or public. Other Twitter users can subscribe to your (public) lists, and when the lists are viewed, only tweets from the users in that list are shown. People can view the members of the list, also.


Get more followers!

Everyone wants more followers, right? It’s the main point of Twitter, especially those who are looking to promote something, such as an upcoming game, portfolio etc. Twitter lists can really help you with gaining followers, but also helps with finding like-minded people to follow and interact with – something which is key to retaining followers.


Using Twitter Lists will get you noticed

Whenever you add someone to a list, they are generally sent a notification to let them know that they were added to a list by you, and shown the name of the list. This can either be an email notification, or an in-feed notification if using a 3rd party tool like Tweetdeck, for example. This is another way to get someone to notice you’re alive after following them, and @ing them. People tend to like being listed, as it shows on their profile how many times they are listed in total – another highscore to keep on top of – and also gives them a good chance of gaining more followers! Chances are that if you list someone, they will check out who else is on the list, as they likely have similar interests. The extra bonus from this comes from other list makers. If you can catch the eye of another user that also keeps good lists, chances are they will list you too, putting you in front of even more similar people!

Now I am not about to lay claims that doing this will get you thousands of new followers per day, or any nonsense like that, but it will give you an increase on your monthly growth, as well as being an interesting topic to include when interacting with your followers – you do that, right? It’s the social bit of all this! 😉


Find others of similar interests

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What are your interests?

If you aren’t already listed with anyone else, go find someone you admire or that you look up to within your field; they will most likely be listed in a few places, and you can see which lists they belong to. From here there are many avenues you can take:

  • Follow the list makers – Follow them, favourite some of their tweets, say hello and talk to them; get in the lists!
  • Follow the list members – Find a decently populated list (which would be of interest to you, or would be interested in your account/brand) and follow the accounts listed; follow-backs will come if those people can make the connection between them and your account; make sure your bio is filled out and contains key words which are related to your field!
  • Follow the list subscribers – As with the above, find a decently populated list, but this time check out those subscribing to the list – those people are interested in the people listed, and probably want to know of similar people. Follow for follow-backs!

Lamargo-tip: Although follow-back is actually a thing in the Twitterverse, it’s advisable to not actually use the word/hashtag: “followback” in posts – you will appear desperate and insincere, and would likely attract a crowd that don’t actually take an interest in what you have to share with the world/Twitter, as they tend to be just chasing the Twitter highscores, without thinking or caring about audience quality.


Is it getting a little crowded in here?

A Little Crowded

A Little Crowded

Once you’ve been on Twitter a while, you start to notice that you are following a lot of people, and your main Twitter feed scrolls like a fruit-machine! In fact, if you are actively adding new followers all the time, you will generally always see a positive gain in follow count. The hip reaction is to trim back who you are following so that it is manageable again, however this won’t help you gain followers, as people tend to not like it when you stop following them, and they will then unfollow you (if/when they notice).  So how do you follow 1000’s of people and still get a chance to read tweets as they wizz past? Lists, of course! This is a post about lists after all! :)

As I mentioned above, when you view a list, it will show you only the tweets from accounts in that list. That will cut down the amount of tweets your scanning through. Here are some examples of how you could use this:

You are following 1000 accounts. For day-to-day, you want to make sure you keep an eye on your close friends tweets, so you create a private list called “Close Friends”, and add your closest buddies. You also have co-workers on Twitter, so you add them to a public list named “Work”. You are also interested in cats (why not?), so you’ve been following the people who post cat pictures (a lot of people…), so you create a list named “Cat stuff”. Now, whenever you want to check on your friends, workmates or cat-obsessed-internet-types, you can quickly filter them out of the mass-influx, without having to unfollow anyone!

There are various tools out there which make keeping an eye on multiple lists a lot easier than the Twitter apps or, such as Tweetdeck and Hootsuite – two apps I use loads, although there are plenty more to be adding to your toolbag!

This is just a few of the main reasons for using Twitter Lists, but it should give you a starting point if you’re looking for some encouragement on making a start with curating your own lists. Do you already use lists? What do you use them for? Let me know in the comments.