Build Your Game Making Skills
Start making games instead of just playing them! Learning to code is a creative process. The tools used in this class allow anyone from beginner coders to create cross-platform games. Create multiple game projects spanning different genres and expand them with your imagination. Practicing game design and coding helps students prepare for a wide variety of fields that require a mix of creative and technical skills.
Class projects cover the fundamentals of game programming, but will also offer many opportunities for students to expand their games inside and outside the classroom. Students gain real game development experience and the knowledge to keep advancing their skills. The games created in class could be the first steps to getting something published on an online marketplace or even to starting a career as a games developer. Start building your portfolio now. Students can repeat this class and do more advanced projects the second time through while adding their own ideas with the instructors coaching. The class is taught by an independent developer with experience in the game industry and with summer camp instruction.
GameMaker Studio 2
GameMaker Studio 2 is software used for professional-level game and app development. It is beginner-friendly and runs on both Windows and Mac OS. It offers a rapid development process perfect for developing prototypes and workflow--and of course learning to code. From drag-and-drop code actions to an extensible scripting language, GameMaker ensures that students are creating content to their full ability while still being challenged. It includes a graphics editor allowing students to draw their own sprites and game characters, or they can import graphics they find online. Then bring in fonts, sounds, music, and other resources for creating games. Define game entities, known as 'objects', and set their behavior in an intuitive event-driven way. Students only need to create a game once with GameMaker Studio 2 to export it to multiple platforms. Some professional games made with GameMaker include Undertale, Crashlands, Spelunky, Downwell, Nidhogg, and Risk of Rain. These games span both the Steam and mobile platforms.
About the instructor
Jack is an independent games developer with industry experience. He has worked in an Atlanta-based game studio helping to design and create Facebook and mobile games. Jack also leads Start Code Game Design summer camps and likes all types of games: video and board, simple and intricate. There are always new experiences to take away from a new game.