There need to be more non-video tutorials

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I hate to say it, but I hate video tutorials. I hate 'em, I hate 'em, I hate 'em! I can’t follow them at my own pace, my mind tends to wander while watching them, and they make poor reference because they can’t be easily skimmed. Often I’m sitting there for many minutes while the guy in the video drones on and on about something I find obvious. But if I don’t listen to all that stuff, I might miss something. With well-written HTML-based tutorials, I can usually quickly pinpoint the stuff I need to know.

I’m sure there are plenty of people with the opposite opinion who find video tutorials much more accessible, and there are certainly cases where an idea is more easily communicated by seeing it in action. So I’m not saying that video tutorials are bad. I’m just saying that they shouldn’t be the only choice. I bought UE4 on the 11th or 12th and I’ve still yet to learn to use it, and I realized the big reason I’m dragging my feet is probably all those video tutorials. I can’t find the info I need without them, and I can’t bring myself to watch them. And yes, I have tried watching them before. They’re just like any other video tutorial I’ve seen.

I haven’t been diagnosed, but I think I suffer from ADD or ADHD – the symptoms describe me pretty well. For instance, I can’t read novels anymore because I don’t have the attention span for them. So that may explain why I have a rougher time with video tutorials than most people.

I suppose for now I’m going to have to just deal with it, but I think UE4 would have a much shallower learning curve for some people if there were good beginner tutorials in HTML.

I agree 100%. Text is searchable, FTW.

We’d definitely love to create tutorials that work for people who learn best from reading along, as well as for people who like to watch or listen to videos. :slight_smile: We also have some written quick start guides (and plan to add more in the future), which are just designed to help you get your feet wet with UE4! What areas are you looking for tutorials in?

Unfortunately it’s true that there are few written tutorials. But here you can find some:

Unreal Engine 4 Documentation | Unreal Engine Documentation (just search for something and probably in one of the answerhub posts somebody posted a step by step written tutorial to that topic)

Amen! Any tutorial where “ctrl-F” doesn’t let me find the bit you’re interested in, is a waste of (my) time.

Professional quality C++ tutorials covering the following areas:

Networking: similar to the video blueprint series but more detailed.

Saving and restoring game state

Writing plugins

Dynamic generation of meshes, materials and other game state.

Lighting, both static and dynamic.

You’ll have those done by tomorrow, right :wink:

Hey guys,

I manage the wiki and I can say that we have gotten quite a few nice tutorials from the community even only a few months after launch:

Additionally, we have begun transcribing some of the videos into text and I am considering adding that text to the wiki for referencing. If there are specific tutorials you would like to see in text, please let me know and I’ll see what can be done.