What goes in to video game development?

What goes in to video game development?
There are many people who turn to video games in order to escape reality. But how many of them know how much hard work and effort goes into creating video games? The video game development process is a complex one and in order for a video game to be considered good, it needs to have a good concept, story and character development. Game development isn't as simple as it looks. Let's try and explain how it works by breaking

GameSalad Course Not to Run

GameSalad Course Not to Run
At the moment, it doesn't look like my "in the flesh" GameSalad course is going to run this semester.  The college has been struggling with attendance and it looks like not enough students signed up this semester for the course to run. Interestingly, it looks like my Corona SDK course WILL be running.  It's interesting that the Corona SDK course (which requires programming knowledge) will be running, while the GameSalad course (for beginners) didn't garner enough students. This is

Becoming a Game Developer in Your Spare Time

Becoming a Game Developer in Your Spare Time
I've published games and apps in both the iTunes and Android stores, but in some ways, I really don't consider myself a game developer.  Maybe that's because I wear many hats and have many different jobs that I do full or part time to pay the bills.  Or perhaps it's because I still have a few "big" projects in my head that I want to complete before I will consider myself a real game developer.  Maybe because of this,

Creating New Worlds – with Minecraft

Creating New Worlds – with Minecraft
As I mentioned in a previous post, one of my nephews is really into Minecraft and creating Minecraft mods.  In fact, his mom just called me last night and asked about the best gaming laptop I could recommend for him since the one he has now isn't really cutting it.  The one he has now is actually a laptop I had gotten him last Christmas - or was it the Christmas before last - that I thought was only

Kenney Updates His Assets

Kenney Updates His Assets
Kenney has updated his awesome, free game graphics asset pack with all new graphics and other assets.  For those of you who don't know, Kenney Game Assets is a complete package of over 18,000 game assets. The pack includes images, audio files, fonts, 3D models and game sources (Construct 2). All assets fit together really well and come in various categories. The best part is, he makes them all available on his website for anyone to use, as he

GameSalad Now Includes TRUE HTML5 Publishing

GameSalad Now Includes TRUE HTML5 Publishing
Those of you who are familiar with GameSalad have known that even though there was a publishing option for HTML5, it actually published to the GameSalad Arcade and while it seemed to be some sort of HTML5 format, there was never any way to host your HTML5 game anywhere but the Arcade.  This made publishing to things like Facebook impossible, since you could haven't the game hosted anywhere but on the GameSalad Arcade servers. HTML5 Unleashed GameSalad recently announced

GameSalad Extends 15 Trial

GameSalad Extends 15 Trial
Good news for those of you, like me, who thought the 15 trial was WAY too short.  GameSalad has changed the 15 day trial to no longer be 15 consecutive days but instead 15 days of actual use.  This is a good move as it gives potential buyers more time to play around with and learn the software. Why Is This Important As you may remember, I complained about this being a bad move when they changed from the

GameMaker Studio in This Week’s Humble Bundle

GameMaker Studio in This Week’s Humble Bundle
As you know, there is more than one way to skin a cat.  Actually, I'm not certain why people would want to skin a cat, let alone learn multiple ways of doing so.  But basically, that means there's more than one way to do the same thing.  In this case, there is more than one way to build a mobile game - or games in general - and more than one development tool out there. One such tool is

Game Asset of the Day: Down The Mountain Style Game Assets

Game Asset of the Day: Down The Mountain Style Game Assets
I've actually never heard of a game called Down the Mountain, but the graphics themselves looking interesting... something akin to Crossy Road.  I have to admit, I don't prefer the blocky graphics - perhaps that's because I grew up when blocky graphics were all we had. Today's Game Asset of the Day is the Down The Mountain Style Game Assets by DeLaGranSiete over at Graphicriver.  It's a Crossy Road style blocky graphics for a similar game. Down The Mountain Style Game

Game Asset of the Day: Trivia Crack Game Graphic Assets

Game Asset of the Day: Trivia Crack Game Graphic Assets
I keep my eyes open for graphics that would go well with games that I'm planning or thinking about, but occasionally I see something that could be paired with a GameSalad template and it catches my eye. Today's Game Asset of the Day is the Trivia Crack Game Graphic Assets by DeLaGranSiete over a Graphicriver.  It's a nice complete set of game graphics for a trivia game. This set is a Trivia Crack inspired Game Gui Assets which includes: graphics, buttons,