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Can you really learn game design?

EDGE - We live in a time when games have become a hot area in skills education. In the UK, a considerable charge led by figures such as Ian Livingstone drives for better education at school and university level to turn out graduates in game production and animation. In the US, there are several fully fledged colleges, such.

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The_KELRaTH855d ago

It's surprising just how many ppl started learning to program at various levels just because it was easily accessible.

I'm referring to a time past when the gamer had a home computer, Sinclair ZX81/Spectrum, Atari 800/Xe/ST, Commodore Vic20/64/Amiga (and many more).
The hardware architecture was open, there's were books readily available and best of all, magazines with game and app code listings that were typed in - and could be modified/experimented on.
The result was a huge array of clever inventive games, tools, apps mostly coming from the hobbyist.

One_Eyed_Wizard854d ago

It's still easily accessible. Actually probably even more accessible. There are many free tools for programming (such as Eclipse) and I'm pretty sure there's a free (very stripped-down) version of Visual Studio. Plus, you have a ton of tutorials online that you didn't have back then. Today's software will also tell you where you made mistakes in your code.

Yep. It's probably never been so accessible as right now.

SilentNegotiator854d ago

There are plenty of books and websites dedicated to helping people learn game development from the technical level to design. I'm reading a book that teaches the basics of programming in Javascript on Unity.