Game Design Journey

Best Place to Learn How to Build HTML5 Games

I decided to take some online courses at udemy in order to see about the quality and consider material for this website.

If you want to learn how to build you own Pong Game using HTML5 Canvas (and of course JavaScript) check out the free online course they have - Code Your First Game: Arcade Classic in JavaScript on Canvas. You should be able to complete the course in one sitting. The presenter speaks clearly and presents the material in a logical manner. All details of the code is explained. It would be best if you had some knowledge of JavaScript and HTML before starting the course.

Another course presented by the same trainer, Chris DeLeon is "How to Program Games: Tile Classics in JS for HTML5...". I use NetBeans as my development environment since I like the fact that as soon as I save my work I can view the latest version running in my Chrome browser. The trainer uses the free text editor Sublime for his development. You should be able to sign up for the course for $15 dollars or so. The course consists for 149 lectures. All the lectures are short (so don't panic!). The first project you build is "Breakout!" the classic Atari pong-like game where you hit bricks. It then evolves into car racing game and then an Adventure Game. The idea is to build a solid foundation to learn how to create tile-based games in HTML5 Canvas.

There are many Game Development courses at UDEMY and many are free!

  • ** Game Development Crash Course w/Corona SDK: You Can Do It!
  • ** Make a Unity 2D Physics Game - For Beginners
  • ** Unity3d Concepts
  • ** Learn to Code By Making a 2D Platformer in Unity
  • ** Into to HTML5 Game Development
  • ** Creating a 2D Game in Unity 4.5

Many of the courses are free and are given by very good lectures! The last one is free and presented by the 3DBuzz guys. These guys have been creating online courses for years and have a wonderful website where you can learn JavaScript, Unity, C#, 2D Design and 3D Design topics.

I will post soon my HTML5 creations. I have several (pong, a version of frogger, etc) and as mentioned most of the material is free - just your time in viewing and learning.


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