“I want to make games when I grow up.”

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BBC News recently ran a very interesting article about children aspiring to become game developers and programmers in the future.

Learning to write code early and getting to grips with the game-making process can be a greatly rewarding experience.

The article also makes a very valid point – playing games is very different to creating games! Starting to learn coding at an early age certainly is fantastic, but it’s never too late to learn a new skill.

 

Developing for big consoles like Xbox or Playstation is still relatively difficult for small game developers, however developing games for mobile devices is a different story.

…seeing a game through to completion is quite an achievement for anyone at any age.

We will be launching a competitively priced app development bootcamp course in early 2016 which will focus on creating a simple game for iPhone, so stay tuned!

Read the full article on BBC News

Super Football Kids – 3D Modelling with Blender

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I have been using a new piece of software called Blender to create a 3D model of a football for my next game.

It’s taken a while to get it right! Although Super Football Kids will be a 2D game, having a 3D model football will mean that I will be able to have the ball spinning in 2D which should make it look more realistic. It will also mean a 3D cut scene is possible! Blender is a powerful bit of kit but it does take some time getting used to before you start to find your way around!

Wireframe

Football Wireframe

Surface

Football Surface

Render

Football Rendered

About Blender

Blender is a free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.

Check out Blender’s awesome demoreel below which uses the new Cycles render engine! I think I will be using this software quite a lot going forward…