PC, consoles, handhelds and mobile. With the right core of coding skills, game design on any and all of these platforms is available to you. A career as a game designer has potential trajectories you may not have even thought of, however.
One is the emerging use of "gamification" to enhance productivity and end-user satisfaction in everything from employment to exercise. The core elements employed in gamification, such as earning badges for achievements and gaining "experience points" to progress through various levels, have long been key elements of video and computer games. And the basic principles used to make games fun and engaging are applicable in getting people engaged in gamification programs as well.
Another really fascinating emerging field is VR gaming. The technology is a little different than what we are used to in a standard game, but the principles of design are fundamentally the same. VR raises the opportunity not just for games, but for entire immersive worlds used for everything from training to a virtual vacation.
So, when you sign up for the 15-week coding bootcamp at DaVinci Coders, what kind of a core gaming foundation are you getting? The program mixes industry cornerstones C# and Java with the popular game engine Unity, which allows you to flexibly expand your range to just about every major platform in play in the industry.
C# And Game Development
C# has been selected for this course because of its integration with the Unity platform, which is one of the most widely used platforms in the world and is by far the most popular among independent developers. It's also an excellent language for beginners as the core functions are already present in libraries for the most part. You don't have to code completely from the ground up as you would with a language such as C++; you can get straight to learning how to develop a game. While C# is a distinct language, it does share syntax with C++, so learning to code with it also provides you with a solid foundation for branching out in that direction in the future if you choose to.
Java And Game Development
Java is widely used in game development. It's sometimes used as a supplementary language along with others in bigger projects, but in the mobile arena it's very frequently used to develop entire games, and it's also popular among independent developers who are digitally distributing their games on the PC. Some of the most popular games that were developed in Java include Minecraft, Angry Birds, Runescape, the Guitar Hero Mobile games, and God Of War: Betrayal.
Java is especially well-oriented to the Android platform, but it is also highly portable and can adapt well to PCs. While Java long had a reputation as a "slow" language, benchmark tests now show that it is actually nearly as fast as C++; it's all in your coding skill and knowledge, which is what coding classes like this are for!
Unity And Game Development
Unity is the world's most commonly used game development platform. It's particularly dominant in the mobile market, with an estimated one out of every three of these games made with Unity. The amount of registered developers has been climbing by one to two million every year for the past few years, and it is estimated that over 700 million people have played a game made with Unity at this point. Some of the most popular games made with Unity include Hearthstone, Kerbal Space Program, the Temple Run games and Wasteland 2.
Perhaps the biggest advantage of designing in Unity is that it is easy to make a game available on multiple popular platforms. It is also highly visual and makes use of graphical previews, which makes it ideal for those who are new to coding or game design. It is also very flexible about importing resources from third-party animation and audio creation software.
Whether you're intereted in coding the next multi-million dollar first person shooter or simply want to develop iPhone apps, our programming school is there to help. Interested in learning more about our program? Contact us with any questions you might have!