Below you will find a number of terrific resources that will assist you in your growth as a game designer/developer. To the right you will notice a list of game design articles from the Gamasutra site. New articles will be posted here as they are posted. Even if we don't discuss them in class, these articles will provide you with invaluable information from practicing professionals. If you think a career in games is for you, I highly recommend that you read as many as you can to get the most variety in perspective. -&-
- ICT MindTools Game Maker Tutorials - Good explanations of coordinate systems and other Game Maker tools
- Vicki Gold's Game Maker Central - More good stuff
- Black Rat Studios Game Maker Tutorials - Some very interesting tricks to add to your game design portfolio
- Game Maker Complete wiki - Nicely organized descriptions of Game Maker Events and Actions
- Game Design wiki - Another nice collaborative project discussing the art of design
- Game Maker - The software we are using in class is free for the Lite version and $25 for the Pro version.
- GIMP - A free graphics editor. Similar to Photoshop and takes a little bit to learn but it's free!
- Graphics Gale - ~$25 for editing icons and sprites
Music & Audio Editors
- Audacity - Free audio editing software supporting multiple tracks and audio file format conversion.
- Anvil Studio - Record, compose and edit MIDI audio tracks.
- MIDI Database - Free MIDI tracks of current songs including several video game sound files.
- Princeton Review and GamePro compiled a list of the Top 50 Best Undergraduate Video Game Design Programs
- The International Game Design Association (IGDA) has a great article on Breaking In (to the video game industry)
- More info is available on the Digital Dreamer site
- Vancounver Film School and Game Design Expo published this great assessment on the state of the video game industry