Will you be my Valentine?
Valentine’s Day is coming up, and the Unity Engine is so excited! Last year it compiled a love letter to the Unity users, and it got a whole lot of love in return. It kept it all deep in the heart of its codebase, and sure enough, this year we once more found some output in the editor.log:
You amaze me every day. Ours is a longterm relationship, but I love how we both renew ourselves constantly and don’t take each other for granted. You’re the extrovert; you express your feelings on the forums, and you present great new games. I like to operate behind the scenes, enabling your success. You make me so proud — I think we’re the perfect match!
We have so much fun together when trying out new stuff and just forgetting time! Our journey is taking us to new and unexplored worlds, VR worlds, where we need to craft the landscapes together and set new standards. I will boldly go where no Engine has gone before, and together we will fight motion sickness.
Last year you expressed your affection in so many ways.
You wrote a volumetric raymarching shader in the shape of a pulsating heart.
Shader Heart video by Boris Novikov @l0rendroll
You also wrote a rap song:
A few years ago, I couldn’t build a game,
but the desire was inside me like a glowing flame.
I was helpless, had the mind, the potential, the drive;
but the barriers would not simply let me survive.
Knocked out, felt dizzy and dead,
the telephone from my friend said — lazy head!?
You must get outta the bed,
Why not pursue your love and even earn some bread.
I looked at the computer, expecting a chocolate or heart
Instead, a box made outta three arrows promised me a brand new start
BOOM!, a brand new start, the passion stirred the heart,
it felt — I was no longer a directionless dart.
It is not about the game alone;
We appreciate the opportunity
And some financial immunity
Oh yeah we love Unity, we love Unity
Holler again «we love Unity, we love Unity».
And you wrote so many sweet things in your letters to me:
“I also know we don’t get to spend a lot of time together lately because of my new job, but don’t worry because that will change soon. You’ve inspired me in many more ways that you can imagine. Thank God I found you. Life without you would have been nasty, brutish and short :-P.”
“I hope the relationship we share will last a lifetime. Sure there are other game engines out there but why would i compile with an engine that doesn’t get indies like you do? You and I will jam together until my license on life expires. XOXOXOXOXO”
“Thanks for your wonder letter. I love you too. There isn’t any other 3D engine that makes me feel like you do and I look forward to many years together. I do hope you understand about my temporary fling with that other engine. If we’re being honest, I owed to myself and you to see if it was a better match. It wasn’t.”
“Unity, my dear,
I remember long ago when I used to just glance at you from across the web, but now, you are my everything. We’ve both said things we never meant, but somehow your error messages always seem to be right in the end.”
You are an endless inspiration. Dear User, will you be my Valentine?
Love you always,
How do you feel about Unity? Which parts do you love and which parts would you really like Unity to change? Are you planning to stay in the relationship or will you break up? You can send your Love Letter or Break Up Letter to the Unity UX Team at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will make sure that the Unity Engine receives it. Unity would also love to have a song or a poem or even a piece of art from you.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
The Unity User Experience Team
P.S. We are always looking for users who will participate in user research. We need all kinds of users from beginners to veterans, programmers, artists, students and managers, of all nationalities, gender and ages. Interested? Sign up at http://unity3d.com/user-research.