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5 Steps to Learn Game Development for Beginners

Updated: Jun 30, 2023

Hey there, fellow game enthusiasts! You’re reading this because, like me, you’ve been bitten by the game design bug and you’re itching to dive in. Perhaps you've dreamt of creating your own Zelda-like adventure or a gripping narrative like in 'The Last Of Us'. Or maybe, you're just curious about the magic behind your favorite games. Either way, I've got your back.

Without a doubt, this is a tough road. The most challenging part of creating games is usually considered to be the development phase. However, this is a process that requires multiple disciplines and skills. You need to explore various art disciplines and understand the different production phases. Learning the basics of user experience and understanding how players behave are essential. Moreover, you certainly need to understand how lines of code come together magically to create a program that actually works smoothly.

When I started my own journey into the world of game design and development, the vast ocean of tutorials, online courses, and guides felt overwhelming. I remember questioning where to even start! Well, I've been there, done that, and survived to tell the tale. Today, I'm here to share my top beginner-friendly resources that'll kickstart your journey into game design, so buckle up and let's dive right in.

1. unity learn

If you're at step zero in your journey, I'd suggest starting with Unity Learn. This is where I actually got started. This platform is a goldmine of interactive lessons and tutorials tailored for all levels. The 'Create with Code' and 'Unity Essentials' pathways are excellent starting points. They'll get you familiar with the engine, help you understand game mechanics, and even teach you some coding. I remember my first project was a Unity Learn project. It was a roll-a-ball game where you control the ball with your keyboard and try to collect things. After I finished with that, I felt dizzy with excitement, considering the feelings that could be crafted and felt.

Start learning from here

2. chatgpt

ChatGPT can be an excellent companion for you, on beginning your journey into game development. Its versatile language understanding and generation capabilities can assist you in nearly every field. When I started learning development with no legit education in any kind of engineering at all, the most challenging part for me was trying to figure out what was wrong with my code. This usually leads to hours of internet searching and hoping to find someone who also encountered the same problem as me. But with ChatGPT by my side, I was able to cut down on that search time dramatically. It was like having a seasoned developer on call, ready to help decipher complex code issues and offer potential solutions. Instead of spending hours scouring the internet, I could now use that time to actually write and improve my code, accelerating my learning and progress in game development. So use it whenever you can, it is not cheating or fraud.

3. Brackeys Tutorials

Now, this was my personal favorite. Brackeys has an incredible way of making complex concepts super digestible. His channel is loaded with tutorials, all organized into neat playlists. Whether you're looking to design a 2D platformer or a mobile game, there’s a Brackeys playlist waiting for you.

Unfortunately, they haven't produced any more videos for the past two years, and some videos might be outdated. However, this channel contributed so much to me that it was impossible not to mention it. There is still so much to watch and learn.

Here is the link to his channel

4. Unreal Engine's Online Learning Platform:

If you're ambitious and want to create visually stunning games, then Unreal Engine is a great choice. Their Online Learning Platform covers everything from the basics of game design to advanced topics like creating AI. Plus, they have a section dedicated to absolute beginners, so no worries there

Start searching lessons from here

5. Coursera's "Introduction to Game Design":

For those craving a more structured learning experience, Coursera's "Introduction to Game Design" course is fantastic. It's taught by industry professionals and covers a wide array of topics, from ideation to player psychology.

You can check it out from here

Remember, these are just starting points. The field of game design is vast and continually evolving, so never stop exploring and learning. Keep pushing those pixels, tweak those algorithms, and weave those narratives, because every step brings you closer to creating that game of your dreams.

I hope this post helps you on your journey. Feel free to share your experiences and drop any questions in the comments section below. Let’s help each other become the best game designers we can be. After all, we’re in this exciting game together.

Keep gaming, keep creating!

Catch you in the next post.

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