Title: Game Dev 101 – Level 2
Description: Game Dev 101 is a two day introduction to games development for those who can already code. If you’ve always fancied trying your hand at game development and know how to code to a basic-intermediate level this is the course for you.
Dates: 15 – 16-11-2014 (Saturday and Sunday)
From 10:00 to 17:00
Do you love video games? Have you done a bit of programming? Would you like to have a go at game development?
If you’ve already got some coding under your belt, and are keen to find out how video games are made, this is the course for you. Game Dev 101 – Level 2 is a two-day course that will take you through the fundamentals of creating videogames completely from scratch.
Over the weekend, Dan will introduce you to the world of video games through both the creative elements and the technical. Dan has a hands-on approach to teaching, encouraging participants to get stuck in from the word go. The course is packed full of popular video game examples, explaining why games are enjoyable as well as technically sound – why does Sonic jump the way he does? Why is it fun to play? How can we replicate this? Dan covers both simple and complex examples to help you gain an in-depth understanding of the game development process.
The course centres around participant discussion and Dan regularly makes comparisons to videogames that are known and loved by all. You’ll learn why the simplest games can be a joy to play (and how easy they are to make).
Attendees will come out of the course with real, practical, hands-on knowledge of how to start coding their own videogames from scratch for desktop, web, mobile and beyond. You will not only gain a practical understanding of how games are made but also an insight into what to do with that knowledge; how to make games feel nice to play and what makes games really tick. In addition to this, you’ll get a host of royalty-free assets and further reading to allow you to take your games development to the next level.
Who is this course for?
Adults who can write code to a beginner-intermediate standard or programmers who don’t currently make games and wish to branch out. If you’re interested in game development but dont know where to start then this is the course for you.
Under 18s who have completed Game Dev 101 – Level 1 or who have strong maths/coding skills are also welcome on this course – please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
Do I need any prior skills?
Yes, you need to know how to write code to a beginner-intermediate level. If you don’t have any coding knowledge but are keen to learn game development, a course on Codeacademy or similar would get you up to scratch. You’ll also need some very basic maths knowledge, for example a grasp of co-ordinates. If you’d like to chat to us in more depth about the requirements of the course, email us at email@example.com
What do I need to bring?
You’ll need to bring your own PC/laptop (Windows, OSX and Linux are all fine) that can connect to the internet. (If you do not have a PC/laptop please let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org or 0161 839 6324 so we can arrange one for the day.)
All software is free and cross-platform. We will provide you with this in advance.
Lesson content will be provided on the day, and includes a huge collection of license-free videogame assets from kenny.nl (site is in Dutch) that attendees can use in their own future work.
How much does it cost?
£150 for the course. Prices are inclusive of VAT.
About the tutor
Dan became a lifelong videogame nerd the second he first picked up his controller. He’s now a games developer, creative programmer and gamedev educator. He works as Senior Developer for BBC Children’s and is the curator and organiser of the Manchester Game Jam and the Manchester Unity user group. A firm believer in the idea that programming is for everyone, Dan has spent the last few years teaching game development to beginners of all ages showing people creating video games is surprisingly easy when you know how!
At MadLab, we completely understand that stuff can crop up that’s beyond your control. So, if you cancel up to two weeks before one of our courses, we will give you a full refund (minus Eventbrite charges).
Under a fortnight: we will do our best to resell your ticket in order to give you a full refund. If we are unable to do so, we will only able to offer a refund of 50% of the ticket price.