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Old 02-28-2012, 05:34 PM
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I was wondering if anyone knows a good place to get started making games. I understand that it's not an easy task, but I need a place to start. I was looking in to making a 2D game with a turn based battle system. What's the best engine & how do I learn to use it.


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Old 02-28-2012, 07:04 PM
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Hey,

I was wondering if anyone knows a good place to get started making games. I understand that it's not an easy task, but I need a place to start. I was looking in to making a 2D game with a turn based battle system. What's the best engine & how do I learn to use it.
There's probably better choices for 2D, but at least for 3D, Unity is pretty nice. You can just download it and start playing around with it, and it has video tutorials and a large user base to learn from.

Other than that, if you have the time and really want to learn how to build games from the ground up, you should start by learning a programming language. So, start with a book on your chosen language. Then once you're achieved a certain level of mastery, then you can try your hand at making a small game. Depending on what graphics you want for the game, you might then also want to learn something like OpenGL or DirectX.
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Old 02-29-2012, 01:52 AM
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I was wondering if anyone knows a good place to get started making games. I understand that it's not an easy task, but I need a place to start. I was looking in to making a 2D game with a turn based battle system. What's the best engine & how do I learn to use it.
Also, if you want better advice then you should give more detailed information on your current knowledge and level of experience in things like programming, art, design, etc. Likewise, you should specify whether you want to do little programming, or if you really want to learn a lot and maybe eventually work at a professional dev studio. Otherwise all we can give you is a generic answer like... "learn c++, then program a game".
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Old 02-29-2012, 06:10 PM
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Lol yeh sorry. I'll try to brak it down better. I have no programming knolage I'm willing to learn but the less the better, I just need a place to start. I'm working with someone who wants to do the art. They also dont have any programming skills. As far as design that where I have the most experience I've made a few board games and card games, so I know a bit about conceptualizing something.

What I want to know is where does someone like me fresh of the boat, start learning and what's the quickest path.

Thanks for the help. Sorry ima toal noob... I just downloaded unity it's cool there is a lot to it I'm gonna start looking in to tutorials.
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Old 02-29-2012, 06:56 PM
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I'm a big fan of unity 3d and while 2d games can be done with it (battlehearts being the postrchild), you can also look at other simpler game engines like gamesalad and papaya social depending on the game you want to make
[url]http://gamesalad.com/[/url]
[url]http://papayamobile.com/developer/engine[/url]

in the unity asset store there are also many skeleton games that you can buy and re-skin to give you a jump start as well.
[url]http://unity3d.com/unity/asset-store/[/url]

best of luck to you,
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[url]www.gameface.me[/url]
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Old 02-29-2012, 06:58 PM
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I have to agree with tipatat Unity is a great engine but you have to realize that it is not easy. you are after all making a 3d game so just consider that.
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:08 PM
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Im not looking for an easy way out. I'll play around more with unity, but it looks like the 2d is harder to do in it. Do you know if it's possable to make lest just say like an old school jrpg with unity?
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Old 02-29-2012, 11:32 PM
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Lol yeh sorry. I'll try to brak it down better. I have no programming knolage I'm willing to learn but the less the better, I just need a place to start. I'm working with someone who wants to do the art. They also dont have any programming skills. As far as design that where I have the most experience I've made a few board games and card games, so I know a bit about conceptualizing something.

What I want to know is where does someone like me fresh of the boat, start learning and what's the quickest path.

Thanks for the help. Sorry ima toal noob... I just downloaded unity it's cool there is a lot to it I'm gonna start looking in to tutorials.
Just my two cents? That's a bad way to think when tackling programming. I suggest you actually look into simple iOS apps and Objective-C before you even attempt to make a game. As my professor had always says, games should be the last thing you attempt to base programming knowledge on. Learn the basics first, then look at some books about 2D engines like CoCos2d. if you understand, go right ahead. Otherwise, learn more Cocoa Touch.
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:11 AM
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I would suggest trying out Corona, which is a lua language-based platform. Compared to other platforms or languages, it's the easiest to get started with. They have great tutorials and a vibrant community.

It's what we built our game, Cannon Cat, on and I've met a lot of non-programmers that have built games for the first time on this platform.
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:15 AM
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I've built apps entirely in XCode with Objective-C and done a bit of Cocos2D, but for games my favourite SDK to use is Multimedia Fusion 2, simply because I've been using its different incarnations since 1997 and recently an iOS module was added to it. It's a more visual style of coding, more about checkboxes and drag & drop than constant typing. It's a good place to start but I definitely recommend knowing some code, particularly Objective-C, because you'll want to have full control of your project once it's in XCode, but if you want to minimise the amount of coding required, check this software out. It's a pretty hefty investment - you need a Windows PC alongside your Mac (or a dual-boot or parallels) to run MMF2, you need the Developer version to release the game without the MMF2 logo, and you need the iOS exporter which also costs money, but if you design a good game you'll make your investment back.
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