Game Development for Homeschoolers

It doesn’t matter whether a kid is in public school or whether he or she is homeschooled — almost every kid loves computer games. And there’s a certain percentage of those who not only want to play video games, but they want to make them, too.

With the game engines available today that’s completely possible to do at home — and for much less money than most people think. As a homeschooler you don’t have an unlimited budget for curriculum, so I’m going to cover one of the better low-cost options. (And what’s really cool is that option may be lower cost, but it’s the same option professional studios use to create games you see for sale today.)

Creating Your Home Game Studio

While a separate room might be the nicest option, just about everything you require is digital and lives on a hard drive, so even a laptop you carry around here or there will work for your studio. A specific place is nice because having a whiteboard for brainstorming is a great help as well as having wall space for posters that spark your creativity.

While an internet connection is a complete requirement, it comes close. It helps your productivity to be able to look up information in online documentation, or see a sample video, or ask questions of experts online. joker123

Assets: What Your Game Is Made Of

While the source code you’ll write may seem to be the heart of the game, there are two other assets you’re going to need: artwork and audio. It’s fairly easy to make your own simple sound effects, and if you’re talented in drawing or painting you may be able to do the artwork, too. But in many cases the game developer write the code and then plugs in art and sound created by someone else.

That’s one way a group of friends can work together in making a game. If you’re talented in art, maybe you’re the artist for the game while your musician friend creates sound effects and background music. But if you’re a “lone wolf” there are still options.

Hiring someone to create a set of art or game sounds can be done cheaply, but you’re probably going to end up paying at least a few hundred dollars (or a few thousand) for something that’s good quality. If you have the funds for that, it’s a great option because you’ll get exactly what you need.

Limited funds? No problem, there are artists and musicians out there who create game assets that can be used for free. No purchase up front, no royalties later. All you have to do is give them credit in your game, such as in the About box. Just make sure you check their license agreement before using the assets — you don’t want to be surprised later because use wasn’t permitted.

The Game Engine: 2D or 3D

While 3D games such as first-person shooters are very popular, I don’t recommend 3D for beginning game developers for the simple reason that they are very complicated to put together. Not only do you need to write the code, add artwork and sounds, but your artwork relies on 3D models that have to be created. Modeling is a skill that requires at least as much time as programming itself.

Plus, by creating a 2D game first (or always – some people prefer 2D games) you’re learning principles of design and development that will help you no matter what type of game development you do in the future.

Programming: Cranking Out The Code

While there are game development tools that require no coding at all, they’re typically much less powerful than those that require some actual programming. Even someone starting from scratch can quickly learn the necessary commands if the right game engine is chosen.

While some engines use C++, Objective-C, or even JavaScript, probably the fastest language to pick up is called Lua. It’s been used for game development for years and now there are several 2D game engines available that use Lua as the language.

The best game engines make it quick and easy to get pictures on the screen and animating. The engine I’ve used for the last half dozen mobile games can draw the picture with one line of code, and animate it across the screen with a second. It’s a great balance of ease-of-use and power.

What Is a Strategy MMO Game?

If you have heard the term strategy MMO game and are not certain what this is then you need to know that MMO stands for massive multiplayer online. This means that the strategy MMO game is an online PC game that has many people playing it at one time. You can actually interact with other players during the course of the game.

Maybe you remember back when Dungeons and Dragons was so popular. Dungeons and Dragons was a strategy game that had thousands of people participating in it, but the real fun was had when you could actually play with the other players in real time. A strategy MMO game works like the old Dungeons and Dragons in the fact that it has thousands of participants at once, but the difference is that online you have the ability to actually connect and interact with all of these players. pgslot

During the play of a strategy MMO game many people often develop friendships with some of the other players. The other people playing have something in common and they often try to be online at the same time as their friend so they can take part in the game together.

Not everyone that you meet during the game will be someone you like. Remember that you are playing a game and you play according to how you personally want your experience to be. Some people play very fair and honorable games while there are others that play backstabbing games where they try and manipulate and trick others that are online. Do not take these manipulations personally because they are not meant personally. The other person does not even know who you are in real life and they have no personal vendettas. They are simply playing a game and their style is vicious.

Most people that play these types of online games frequently like to buy special computer components to make their computer more capable of interpreting the data and downloading all of the scenes faster. These games are very detailed and intricate and you will need a fast computer and a really fast internet connection if you want to play. You cannot even attempt one of these types of gaming websites if you have the old dial up version of internet connections.

Game Ideas For Your Next House Party

The next New Year’s Eve is to be celebrated at your place, and you want to throw one remarkable party, a night to remember forever! If you are new to throwing house parties and cannot think of the best party games your guests will cherish, here are some tips that could help you get on with the house party planning, and the games (including drinking games) to select.

The Planning

You are the host, so it is up to you to choose what games would be played by your guests. The sooner you finalize, the longer you have to plan and shop. Firstly, know your guests. If your house party is for a group of close friends that prefer to stay up till dawn holding glasses to their lips, drinking games are the way to go. Otherwise, if they are teetotalers, some fun board games such as “Taboo” or “Pictionary”, or conversational games such as “Dumb Charades” or “Truth or Dare” are best chosen. Either way, decide ahead of time, and shop ahead for what you need. pgslot

Finalizing the Game(s)

The main purpose of playing games at a party is to have a common source of fun, rather than people breaking into smaller groups for private conversation. It is also a game-changer, pun intentional, for guests with diverse backgrounds, or those who do not know each other very well. Whatever be your reason, some fun drinking games and non-drinking games are listed here to help you zero in. Of course, you can choose more than one.

Drinking Games

A handy tip for selecting drinking games is to choose on the kind of liquor. For example, “Beer Pong” would go down well with your guests only if they are beer lovers. If your guests are not particular about what they drink, go with other games such as “Never Have I Ever” or “Flip Cup”. Word of caution – do not choose drinking games that require shots if there are only scotch lovers around.

Non-drinking Games

For a more formal house party, or one with children, board or conversational games are your best choice. Choose from the more popular games such as “Dumb Charades” or “Pictionary”. You might also explore lesser known options such as “The Book” or “Dictionary Game”.