HTML5 Mobile Game Development for Beginners

HTML5 Mobile Game Development for Beginners

This course will guide you through the creation of games that run on iPhone, iPad, Android and Desktop using the open source LimeJS HTML5 game development framework.

The course is a 100% video based tutorial so that you can see in real time how games are created from scratch. Several game demos of different game genres are included in this course.

You’ve always wanted to make your own games. Don’t keep on postponing it. Start TODAY with HTML5 game development for iOS, Android, BlackBerry 10 and Windows 8.

Some of the things you’ll be learning here are:

  • Creating a game that works on iPhone, iPad, Android and Desktop
  • Using the touchscreen in your games.
  • Creating cool animations and transitions.
  • Adding sound to your games.
  • Creating your first spaceship game.
  • Using 2D physics in your games.
  • Creating a virtual pet game from scratch.
  • Creating a farming game from scratch.
  • BONUS TRACK: transform your game to a native app using Appcelerator and sell your game in the App Stores.

More great stuff:

  • We’ll be using 100% free tools and frameworks.
  • Good support.
  • Code snippets at the end of each lesson that you can use as starters for your own games.

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create a html5 game from scratch

Create a HTML5 Game from Scratch (83% OFF)

Making games is a lot easier than you think. Imagine you could learn how to make HTML5 games that run in all browsers and Windows 8 with our HTML5 game development tutorial in only 2.5 hours! Well, that is exactly what this course does.

We know you’ve always wanted to make your own games. Don’t keep postponing it. Start TODAY

Learn how to create a Zelda-like action game demo from scratch using only Javascript and HTML. No experience or previous knowledge is required! Although knowing the basics of HTML and Javascript is recommended.

This HTML5 game development tutorial is aimed for both beginners and more advanced users who may have HTML5 experience but haven’t got into games yet.

Some of the topics you’ll learn by building this game from total scratch:

●  Creating a basic game that can be embed in any website and can be played with just a web browser.

●  Displaying a map and characters on the screen.

●  Moving a player on this map.

●  Using collision detection to simulate the shooting of bad guys.

●  Adding enemies to your games.

●  Adding sound to your games.

●  Putting it all together to create a fun playable demo.

●  All game files, including images and sound are available at the end of each chapter for download.

This HTML5 game development tutorial has been created by Jacob Deichert in collaboration with Pablo Farias. Jacob has created comprehensive HTML5 game dev screencast tutorials on YouTube and other platforms.

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glass ceiling

Maura Sparks Interview – Creator of Glass Ceiling

At the Game Dev Academy we believe it’s easier to achieve your goals when you get to know people who are currently doing and are passionate about the topic you are interested in, and for that I would like to present our interview to Maura Sparks, founder of Kissappgames, startup based in California that publishes casual Apple iOS games for women and girls.

KissAppGames - Games for Girls of all ages

Maura and Wendy created a game called Glass Ceiling, which is not only fun to play but it also offers a sharp satirical view of today’s society.

Thanks Maura for joining us today.

What can you tell us about your game Glass Ceiling?

Glass Ceiling features the heroine, Moxie, fighting her way up the corporate ladder as she tries to break through the glass ceiling. It’s no easy feat as she battles fresh men, backstabbing co-workers, asinine accountants, bad bosses and other office stereotypes in her quest to reach the top.

Glass Ceiling is a side-scroller action adventure game. It’s an interactive cartoon with beat’em up mechanics. Each level represents a floor in an office building. Moxie, a smart-minded career gal, starts out in the basement and works her way up the corporate ladder encountering multiple foes on her way to the top. Each floor is filled with floating objects for points, life-force battles and tricky obstacles. On mobile devices, the game features a touchscreen control system. You simply tap and hold in a direction to walk, tap enemies to attack and defend and tap to grab items. Easy to play, fun to explore, Moxie will ultimately discover what lies on the other side of the Glass Ceiling.

Glass Ceiling will appeal to anyone who has worked in an office environment, although it will resonate more loudly for women. This is the first mobile game to tackle this topic. The app takes a satirical approach and sheds light on a serious topic in a fun way.

What was the hardest part when making this game and how did you overcome it? 

The hardest part about making this game was the timeline. We’re not young kids and so we were all dealing with other life responsibilities (families, mortgages, work). We all had to take on other jobs during Glass Ceiling’s production. Also, during period the market went through several changes. The freemium market arrived, in-app purchases grew and the monetization players and issues evolved. With Glass Ceiling, we released the app for $0.99, but we may offer it for free for a weekend and play around with the pricing structure.

After making this game, what would you recommend to people who want to create games?

Go for it! Choose an idea that resonates with you. When Wendy approached me with this idea, I loved it immediately. However, my decision to do this app and start Kissappgames was probably different than Wendy.

Wendy says, “It was clear that there is a market for games for women/girls. We didn’t want to exclude anyone but thought it was a good idea to make a games for ourselves – you know, games that we would like. The issue of women being treated equally in the workplace, and commanding top positions does seem to be in the social conversation. I’ve worked in the games industry long enough to remember a time when you couldn’t have a woman protaganist in a game, so to me a prim woman, styled in the 50’s UPA style, punching people was funny.”

I wanted to take control of my career and starting a company is one way to do that. Starting Kissappgames gives us the opportunity to create our own unlimited future. Having your own company removes the glass ceiling. It allows me to interact with amazing, smart people, take ideas and run with it, address things in a creative way and be part of a very dynamic space that is constantly moving. It’s clearly not for the faint of heart. I just hope we can build our brand and Kissappgames becomes a company that continues to build cool apps for girls and women.

I had a game company before and we made CD rom games–I rode that arc. I loved the mobile space the minute it arrived because now small teams, with low overhead could release a game without having to create packaging, work with expensive distribution channels, and spend tons of money marketing. If there was a bug in the software back then you were doomed. Now we can release an app, iterate as needed, use social media to create a viral marketing buzz, have direct contact with our community and compete with companies 30x our size!

Thanks Maura for giving this interview, we wish you the best of success with your company and projects!

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wordpress plugin development for beginners

WordPress Plugin Development for Beginners

Did you know that 20-30% of all websites on the Internet are powered by the WordPress platform?

One of the reasons behind the success of WordPress is it’s flexible Plugin system, which allows developers to give superpowers to any website on a modular and easy manner.

In this course we’ll cover the art and science of WordPress Plugin Development from scratch. By developing 8 simple plugins we will cover everything you need to know to be able to create awesome plugins that will run in most of the web.

By following the video lessons and having a play with the numerous downloadable examples you will get quite comfortable with the following topics:

  • Plugin basic structure and life cycle.
  • How to use filters and actions to have our code executed at the right moment.
  • Accessing posts through The Loop.
  • Creating your own shortcodes to give your users superpowers and allow them to save time.
  • How to add custom metadata to posts and users.
  • Widget creation from scratch.
  • Dashboard widgets.
  • How to create our own admin pages with global settings.
  • Using Ajax and external JavaScript libraries in our plugin. Including JQuery.
  • Task scheduling with Cron.
  • Creating custom tables to extend WordPress beyond your dreams.

No previous WordPress experience is required to take this course. Although we do need you to be familiar and have basic knowledge of PHP, MySQL and web development in general.

This course is taught by Pablo Farias Navarro, founder of Zenva (academy.zenva.com) and Super Colegio (www.supercolegio.com). Just like all other Zenva courses, this course follows the methodology of learning by doing, where video lessons consist in live coding and students are encouraged to modify the course code and get started with their own projects from the very beginning.

If you’ve always wanted to create your own WordPress plugins or you need to learn how to do it quickly for work reasons, this is definitely the best way to go.

Don’t postpone your dreams, GET STARTED TODAY 🙂

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Android App Development by Example

Android App Development by Example (FREE course)

Update: this is an old post, the free course is no longer available (it was for an older version of Android)

This training course will guide you through the creation of a social+geolocated Android app that integrates with Facebook, Twitter and the Google Maps API. The course is taught by Mohit Deshpande, Android App Trainer and Java developer, and was created in collaboration with Pablo Farias Navarro, founder of Zenva.

Things you will learn in this course:

  • Installing the Android SDK and setting up Eclipse for Android app development.
  • Creation and file structure of an Android project.
  • Using SQLite databases in your mobile apps.
  • Create professional User Interfaces such as menus, buttons and action bar menus.
  • Organize your code using the Model-View-Controller pattern and other industry best practices.
  • Make your apps social using the Facebook and Twitter SDK’s
  • Add location to your app using the Google Maps API
  • Deploy your app and publish it to the Google Playstore

There are PDF summary guides for each chapter with the key points and UML diagrams of the classes showcased in the videos.

You will also get the full source code of the Social Notes app, which you can use as a starting point for your own projects!

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