1-Sheet Pitch Examples
Game: Turning Tides - Comic: Jen - Comic: Big City Birds

The Games Factory 2.0 Game


"Get ready to amaze your friends and family! Be ready to hear, "How did you do that?" Nothing beats the feeling you get when you complete your first game and other people play it.
Nothing is more inspiring than having people anticipate your next creation. Make your computer into a games factory today!
"

The Games Factory 2.0
is the recommended tool for this class in terms of ease of use and teacher support. For full credit you should use original graphics, include sound effects, have intro and player help, etc. Original gameplay trumps remakes.

Want the Games Factory for home use? FREE Limited HERE
Sprite Generator
CRASH COURSE!


Programming


HTML5/Javascript - The Future!

While most casual gaming sites and Youttube use FLASH,
HTML5 is positioning itself to be the future of casual games.
Whether the platform is PC, Mac, iphone, ipad, Chrome, Firefox, etc.,
HTML5 is the up and coming contender for interactive apps.
Even though HTML5 scripting is fairly simple compared to most
languages, there are a couple IDE's currently available that
require no coding experience, are free, and available for use on a PC
or a Mac. Be a pioneer, earn bonus, gain the respect worthy of your efforts with either of these two game development apps.

PYTHON [HERE]
Python is a programming language that lets you work more quickly and integrate your systems more effectively. You can learn to use Python and see almost immediate gains in productivity and lower maintenance costs. Required if you want to work at Google!
RUBY
BIG BUCK$$$ on the fast track. Seriously.
Learning Ruby is mandatory if you plan on making apps for the Apple folks
or plan on attending App Academy or Dev Bootcamp!
>>> Advanced Ruby On Rails


Blitz & Anim8or
Learning how to program is the highest calling in the game industry and definitely the most challenging. If you are up to the challenge it can also be the most rewarding of endeavors. Using Blitz is the easiest way to learn programming and is a good indicator if you are truly up to the task.

2 tutorials are available. One that focuses more on using animated 2D sprites (2.5 D) and another that expects you to use 3D meshes.

You may choose to work with a partner who is willing to create your sprite and 3D mesh resources if you want to make a truly original game. Making 3D animated meshes is probably the 2nd highest calling in the game industry. Most people can learn how to make static meshes (e.g. houses, appliances, vehicles) fairly quickly, but making animated meshes takes a commitment commensurate to programming. Most 3D game projects have failed due to overworked programmers and modelers. So, for this type of project you may have to settle for a game style that uses 2D sprites and/or 3D static meshes. Choices for 3D modeling tools include Anim8or or Blender but you will have to commit to being self-taught. Crash course Anim8or Tutorial HERE.

Tutorials: 9 step 2D , 2.5D OR 3D

Android APPs!!!
For this exciting option you will need to bring your own laptop and android device. MIT App Inventor is a blocks-based programming tool that allows everyone, even novices, to start programming and build fully functional apps for Android devices. Newcomers to App Inventor can have their first app up and running in an hour or less, and can program more complex apps in significantly less time than with more traditional, text-based languages.

START >>> HERE


Specialty Options
These options are available to those with the determination to be self-taught!
They are NOT installed on all computers so you may have to move!
Unity
Installed on the front row.
One of the most popular tools currently for making 3D and 2D games exportable to the widest variety of platforms.
UT2004
installed on the back row.
Must complete the video tutorial series (on server) and build the demo level during first 3 weeks! The UDK is one of the most popular engines used in professional games like Bioshock Infinite.


RPG Options
001
BEST all around RPG style creation tool
RPG Make VX
Advanced scripting expected
Tutorials: [HERE] [HERE]


Board / Card Game

Making a board or card game is definitely an option in this class but does require a lot of planning and art work. After finishing and testing the rough prototype you will be expected to make a professional looking edition and upload it for possible POD publishing to TheGameCrafter.com !
Instructor's example card game HERE.
FREE Clipart : Openclipart | Imagebot Editor | DrawIO

EXAMPLES:
CARD >>> Periodimon | MMStorm | Legends of the Warriors
BOARD >>> HoBoGo | Massive Time War | Bank Heist



Construct 2 is a brand-new, general purpose HTML5 game and app maker. It uses an event based system for defining functionality in a visual, human-readable way. Construct 2 is the only tool which allows you to do real, productive work in a non-programming system. It does not patronise you with colorful blocks or over-complicated gadgetry. It's great for beginners, and powerful enough to let experts work even quicker than by coding.
Now with network MULTI-PLAYER capability!



Stencyl Game


"Welcome to StencylWorks, 2D game creation done right. StencylWorks isn't your average game creation software; it's a gorgeous, intuitive toolset that integrates seamlessly with the Stencyl ecosystem. Exclusive collaboration and sharing features will have you making Flash games in a flash. For free"


The Game Maker 8.1



"Do you want to develop computer games without spending countless hours learning how to become a programmer? Then you've come to the right place. Game Maker allows you to make exciting computer games, without the need to write a single line of code. Making games with Game Maker is a lot of fun.

Using easy to learn drag-and-drop actions, you can create professional looking games within very little time. You can make games with backgrounds, animated graphics, music and sound effects, and even 3D games! And when you've become more experienced, there is a built-in programming language, which gives you the full flexibility of creating games with Game Maker. What is best, is the fact that Game Maker can be used free of charge.

You can do anything you want with the games you produce, you can even sell them! Also, if you register your copy of Game Maker, you can unlock extra functions, which extend the capabilities of the program. Game Maker comes preloaded with a collection of freeware images and sounds to get you started."

The Game Maker 8.1 has been around a while and is the best choice for those students interested in exploring coding/scripting. It is a great introduction for those interested in being exposed to scripting/coding.


Comic / Visual Novel

A game that comes with a companion comic book is a classy option that can be used to cross promote. Even if you feel you are not artistic there are tricks for non-artists.
Suggestions for this project type include these 3 themed anthologies:
School Life , Miscellaneous, Evil Orb or Visual Novel.
You will be encouraged to produce a quality inked and scanned product suitable for scanning/uploading to the Print On Demand site Ka-Blam.

UPLOAD to Tapastic or Comicfury or TheDuck or Smackjeeves !!!

The comic book dimensions are 6 inches by 9 inches
(1200 x 1800 pixels scanned in at 200 dpi)


School Life Miscellaneous Evil Orb

page 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Shadow
page 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Visual Novel
an interactive graphic novel with multiple endings

IINSPIRATION