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Unity iOS and Android Now Free for Small and Independent Game Developers

May 21, 2013 Leave a comment

I’ve got some amazing news for you if you’re a small or independent game developer! Unity has now dropped the price of their basic iOS and Android licenses to FREE as of today! These licenses used to cost almost $400 a piece!

This is a huge deal for small and independent game developers around the world looking to get their games onto over 1 billion mobile devices.

To get access to be able to publish to iOS, Android, just download and install the latest version of Unity.  Unity also states that Blackberry 10 and Windows Phone 8 deployment available in the coming months so stay tuned!

If you’re new to Unity and looking to get up to speed quickly, I’d recommend you check out Anyone Can Learn to make a Game on Udemy.com. In less then 5 hours you’ll have all the basics you need to start making games with Unity. With over 2000 students enrolled and over 60 reviews, you can’t go wrong.

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Top 10 Game Development Courses on Udemy

April 21, 2013 Leave a comment

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Are you interested in learning to make games? Why not check out Udemy. Here is a list of the current top 10 game development courses on Udemy.

1. Learn C++ Game Development

C++ game development course for beginners.

2. Make iPhone and iPad games in 1 hour without programming
Make iPhone and iPad games in 1 hour without programming

3. Anyone Can Learn to Make a Game
Learn how you can create your own video game with Unity 3D!

4. Game Programming Primer
Learn to program video games with this course covering DarkBASIC Pro. This is a course for beginners.

5. Creating iOS games for beginners
Marin Todorov teaches you how to create an iPhone game easily and simply using Cocos2d

6. Game Development Crash Course with Corona SDK
Discover how easy it can be to create your own mobile game for Android on this Game Development Course for Beginners!

7. Game Development Fundamentals with Python
Learn game programming skills with this free course using the Python programming language.

8. HTML5 Mobile Game Development for Beginners
Windows 8, iOS, and Android game development tutorial course that will get you started with HTML5 game development.

9. Learn make HTML 5, Facebook, Chrome Store games and more!

10. Create a HTML5 Game from Scratch
Learn how to make html5 games with this HTML5 game development tutorial.

You may also be interserested in my other article Udemy Affiliate Marketing Program – Promote Great Courses – Make Real Money!

Learn C# for Unity 3D

April 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Unity GDC 2013 Trailer

April 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Wondering what you can make with Unity 3D? Check out the GDC 2013 demo real!

And if you’re looking to learn Unity 3D fast, check out my new Unity course. It’s one sale for the next two weeks, so act fast.

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My new  Anyone Can Learn to Make a Game is being featured on Udemy’s Try something new page!

https://www.udemy.com/collection/try-something-new

The new Unity training series includes over  5hours of content, 50 High definition video tutorials and complete source code you can download and try out.

Save $40 dollars off the regular price for  a limited time. Click on the link or enter code trysomethingnew when you sign up today!

In this unique Unity 3D training course you’ll learn things like:

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-Downloading and installing the amazing Unity 3D

-How to use the powerful MonoDevelop code editor

-How to create and use Prefabs to save time and effort

-How to add basic physics to your game like gravity

-How to add basic mouse interaction to your game

-Adding collision detection to your game objects

-Adding audio into your games

Creating and loading new game levels

Publishing your game to Mac, PC and the Web

Storing and recalling game data

I’ll also walk you through the creation of a simple game called Angry Blocks, step by step, so you can see how everything ties together.

-Learn the basics of the powerful C# programming language

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Bonus Sections

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In the bonus sections you will:

-See how to set up a 3D character controller

-Create and use basic particle systems

-Build amazing terrains it less time than you every thought possible

-Learn about the Unity Asset Store as a way to acquire content or make money

-Learn about how to Auto rig character meshes with Mixamo

-Start to create better User Interfaces with NGUI

-Create and import Unity packages

-And learn more about the craft of creating good games.

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Why not check out the over 40 course reviews my students

have written so far!

“This course was great to get into Unity and learn the basics and get a foundation to start making games with Unity. Everything is explained clearly, and the tools and information are given to you to keep learning yourself and expand after the course is over. I would recommend to anyone that is starting off in Unity!”

“I was impressed with just the first few classes, and Richard Hart keeps adding more material to keep push the limits. Amazing effort and great value.”

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So what are you waiting for. Sign up and start learning to make games todayAnyone Can Learn to Make a Game

Unity Training Course

April 12, 2013 Leave a comment

The new Unity training series includes over  5hours of content, 70 High definition video tutorials and complete source code you can download and try out.

In my unique Unity 3D training course you’ll learn things like:

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-Downloading and installing the amazing Unity 3D

-How to use the powerful MonoDevelop code editor

-How to create and use Prefabs to save time and effort

-How to add basic physics to your game like gravity

-How to add basic mouse interaction to your game

-Adding collision detection to your game objects

-Adding audio into your games

Creating and loading new game levels

Publishing your game to Mac, PC and the Web

Storing and recalling game data

I’ll also walk you through the creation of a simple game called Angry Blocks, step by step, so you can see how everything ties together.

-Learn the basics of the powerful C# programming language

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Bonus Sections

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In the bonus sections you will:

-See how to set up a 3D character controller

-Create and use basic particle systems

-Build amazing terrains it less time than you every thought possible

-Learn about the Unity Asset Store as a way to acquire content or make money

-Learn about how to Auto rig character meshes with Mixamo

-Start to create better User Interfaces with NGUI

-Create and import Unity packages

-And learn more about the craft of creating good games.

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Why not check out the over 40 course reviews my students

have written so far!

“This course was great to get into Unity and learn the basics and get a foundation to start making games with Unity. Everything is explained clearly, and the tools and information are given to you to keep learning yourself and expand after the course is over. I would recommend to anyone that is starting off in Unity!”

“I was impressed with just the first few classes, and Richard Hart keeps adding more material to keep push the limits. Amazing effort and great value.”

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So what are you waiting for. Sign up and start learning to make games todayAnyone Can Learn to Make a Game

Unity 3D Training – Anyone Can Learn to Make a Game

April 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Have you ever been curious about how video games are made or wanted to learn how to make games yourself?

Maybe you’ve always dreamed of making a game, but thought it was just too hard.

We’ll guess what, it’s not. In fact I’m here to tell you that you can learn to make a game!

Using the amazing power of Unity3D I’ll take you step by step through the process of creating a simple 3D video game in just a few hours!

You’ll get instant access to over 50 high definition video tutorials, not to mention full source code examples you can download and try out.

Yes, you can learn to make a video game, let me show you how.

For a limited time, enter code trysomethingnew and save $40 dollars off the regular price! Check out my new course and get started today!

You can check out my Unity 3D training video on Youtube here.

Teaching Kids to Make Video Games

February 5, 2013 Leave a comment
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While the never ending debate on the impact of playing video games continues to capture the interest of the mainstream media, I choose to examine a different and perhaps more constructive question. What if we teach kids to make video games.

Why teach kids to make video games you ask?

We’ll there are many reasons but let’s start with some of the most important ones.

If you’ve been following global trends, pretty much every country on earth has realized that the future prosperity of their country will depend on their ability to harness and innovate with science and technology. Despite a stream of media stories about companies like Facebook, Twitter and countless other high tech success stories, the enrolment in programs related to science and technology, especially information technologies has actually been stalling out and in some countries it’s actually declining including the US. So with our future prosperity so heavily dependent on people with skills in science and technology, we have an increasing number of people turning away from this type of training and these types of careers. In order to cope, many countries have resorted to importing skilled workers from other counties, not because they want to, but because they have no other choice.

So why aren’t more young people pursuing careers in science and technology? We’ll once again, there are many reasons, but perhaps one the most relevant is that they don’t see the relevance of these topics to their life and the real world. Many students go through school learning to hate science, math and computers and so by the time they hit college, if they even get the far, the last thing that want to do is pursue studies in these areas. We don’t like to do things we aren’t good at, or that we constantly seem to fail at, so eventually we just give up.

While there is not silver bullet that will fix this problem, I am willing to offer up some things I think are worth considering and worth trying.

We need to find ways to heavily engage and captivate students with just how cool and relevant science, technology and math can really be. I think the biggest thing that gets missed in traditional education is real world context. Without pinning information and ideas to real world examples and making it relevant to our students real lives, it just doesn’t stick.

Also, todays students don’t want to be a passive participants, they want to actively participate and  have more control over their learning.

So, now let’s take these ideas and run with them. Why teach kids to make video games?

First off, show me something other that video games that has the power to capture and hold the attention of young people. No coercion needed, they are drawn to games like a moth to a flame. Remember, we are not arguing this is good or bad, just that a very strong pull naturally exists around games.

Playing games can focus and hold attention, but guess what, so can making them.  And remember, kids want to participate.

So enabling them to participate in the design and creation of  their own video games could be the beginning of a perfect storm.

But what else can students get out of creating a video game? How about this…

-Music design and appreciation

-Graphics design and layout abilities

-3D modelling knowledge and skills

-Programming knowledge and skills

-Exposure to topics in psychology

-Team work

-Written and aural communication skills

-Business and marketing concepts

-Exposure to concepts in physics and mathematics

-Critical thinking

-Innovation and entrepreneurship skills

-Exposure to social media and networking sites

-Research skills

And I’m not even warmed up yet!

Sounds to me like this could be a great thing to expose a  new generation to,  that has been disenfranchised to science and technology.

But what about the costs?

We’ll there are a ton of free or very low cost resources available now online.

Real industry calibre game development software like Unity 3D  and the Unreal Development kit can be downloaded and used for free in the classroom. What’s even better is that tools like these are not dumbed down, yet remain highly approachable and easy to learn by educators willing to put in a little time and effort (with policy makers giving them the support, time and permission to do it). Students can take these skills immediately into the real world and start creating real video games for fun, profit or even make it into a career! What’s even better is that the skills and approaches the students have learned in the process of creating games can carry over into all the other realms of science, technology and mathematics making these areas much more interesting and relevant to them.

Conclusion

I’m am both a parent and an  educator and while my children are still quite young, I can not accept a future for them in which science and technology have been written off.

While the debate on the effect of playing games remains unresolved, I hope this post has given you something to think about and that more educators and people in charge of educational policy will see video games for what they really are, a tool and and opportunity to assist in the creation of a bright and prosperous future.