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    Hello. i am trying to make a game, i have all the sprites ready and animated, but what software/program/application/animator/computer do i have to use? ive kept failing and failing. i thought some1 on here could help.


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    All depends upon the game you're making. You can make games with anything from Flash to licensed rendering engines.


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    As I said in the chatbox. try blender. I got gimp and blender for my son at the advice of techs at WETA workshop.

    YOu can get Blender here

    and gimp here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
    As I said in the chatbox. try blender. I got gimp and blender for my son at the advice of techs at WETA workshop.

    YOu can get Blender here

    and gimp here.
    one question... are they free? my mom wont actually let me BUY software.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xDARTHWOLFx View Post
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    As I said in the chatbox. try blender. I got gimp and blender for my son at the advice of techs at WETA workshop.

    YOu can get Blender here

    and gimp here.
    one question... are they free? my mom wont actually let me BUY software.
    Yes they are absolutely free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xDARTHWOLFx View Post
    one question... are they free? my mom wont actually let me BUY software.
    Five dollars is all my mom will allow me to spend...
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    DW, what programming languages do you know?

    If you don't know any programming languages just yet this is a good place to start. It's called Alice. Before I decided to get into programming myself a programming instructor at the college I was attending advised me to direct my son here for learning the basics of programming.

    Once you have that you can learn programming languages that are more gaming related. Now I am not real sure on this but I think Python is a language used a lot in gaming. Maybe someone else can verify that. But languages tend to be relatively easy to learn for free online. More often than not you can find websites dedicated to hosting tutorials on how to use various languages and they are usually free. My son learned how to use blender and gimp strictly from youtube tutorials. He did use Alice for a little while too but he tends to learn from trial and error better than structured lesson plans. I had bought an alice 2.0 book for him to use with the software on the site. Oh, one more thing Alice is free too. And it is used in educational settings.
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    I don't know programming languages... And Alice said it is for "3D programming", but my game is gonna be a 2D game...
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    Quote Originally Posted by xDARTHWOLFx View Post
    I don't know programming languages... And Alice said it is for "3D programming", but my game is gonna be a 2D game...
    Java should be good for that but alice will give you basic fundamentals of how to program. You have to teach yourself to think like a computer does. Everything is done in sequence. You can't tell the computer to have billy bob leave the room. The computer wont know what you mean. YOu have to tell the computer how to process each movement necessary to complete the task. meaning take x steps right, x steps forward and stuff like that. basically alice will teach you how to think like a computer first. It is very useful. And what youlearn would apply to 2d as well as 3d. they are probalby promoting 3d because it is pretty popular.

    in any case check out this site...Java 2D games tutorial
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    Top gaming development kits, I personally like the Cryengine 3 SDK, I have been using cryengine for two years, I am apart of a studio making a video game. I never tried other engines besides Unreal engine, If I gave UDK a chance im somewhat sure I would have done more then I currently have with the CE3 SDK.
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    You can make games with anything, but if you're intrerested in something built for simple folk who want games, I recommend you try dev kits rather then coding a entire engine.
    The game I am working on, from Cryengine 3 You can do all that pretty easy. Cryengine uses LUA and xml.
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    use adobe flash professional for it if you know flash animating and action script
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    Darthwolf is on a budget, he needs free/opensource software that he can use. As a teen he is not yet able to convince his parents to indulge what could possibly be the interest he needs to lead him to a very lucrative career field.
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    A lot of this is going to be dependent upon the kind of game you're making as well.

    I do agree with Seagypsy, though. If you can only use something that is free, you're pretty limited.
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    I've made two free suggestions.


    Try MIT App Inventor if you want to make a game for Android. This is free and used to be hosted on Google, but MIT took it over a year or two ago. The best part about the MIT App Inventor is that it is easy and uses a simple drag and drop menu. You don't need to use code (but you can as you get used to the software). If you've got the sprites and graphics then you are half way there, and once your game is finished it can be downloaded onto Google Store.


    The other free suggestion is Blender. For Blender you have to learn the code, and it's a lot steeper learning curve. The free version only allows you to create a game for PC. To make a game for a games consul or for Android you have to pay.
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    blender should be good for pc
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    Quote Originally Posted by Japith View Post
    Top gaming development kits, I personally like the Cryengine 3 SDK, I have been using cryengine for two years, I am apart of a studio making a video game. I never tried other engines besides Unreal engine, If I gave UDK a chance im somewhat sure I would have done more then I currently have with the CE3 SDK.
    Gamers, Start Your Engines! 6 Top Gaming Engines Face Off - Page 2 | Maximum PC
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    You can make games with anything, but if you're intrerested in something built for simple folk who want games, I recommend you try dev kits rather then coding a entire engine.
    The game I am working on, from Cryengine 3 You can do all that pretty easy. Cryengine uses LUA and xml.
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    UDK & Cryengine are both free and have very helpful communities
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    I coded a 2D puzzle game not long ago using PlayBasic, so I recommend that; it's simple and direct and "gibberish free". For 3D games, there's the similar DarkBasic.
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    just off the top of my head i can think of a few. The elder scrolls construction kit,final alert(a strategy game editor),EA games makes a few easy to use editors. Unreal tournament had a character editor, neverwinter nights had a dungeon construction kit, serif photo plus, photoshop are pretty good. You have alot of open source development engines also available on sourceforge, blizzard had a editor or two one for diablo one and two anyways. You also have one from the makers of portal and half life oh and http://www.panda3d.org/ by disney etc
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