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Author Topic: Best Application for Simple Game Development?  (Read 6659 times)

nluoma

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Best Application for Simple Game Development?
« on: February 22, 2007, 11:50:19 AM »
I'm interested in creating some simple, (rpg) games for either Windows or the PocketPC. My daughter wants to script one, and have some help putting it together. I know *nothing* about game programming, though I do program (MS Visual Basic, JavaScript, and Flash mostly). Is there anything with a small learning curve that would let her create something simple? (Or rather, let me create something simple. She's only 9, so probably won't do much of the programming.)

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Re: Best Application for Simple Game Development?
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2007, 11:53:22 AM »
I love this question.  I don't have much advice to offer but I am keenly interested in what others suggest and in hearing how it works out for you.  Please keep us informed nluoma, I know you aren't the only programmer-parent who is interested in the subject, and I'd love to hear how the project works out.

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Re: Best Application for Simple Game Development?
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2007, 11:57:29 AM »
Well, you should really check out http://www.kidsprogr...nguage.com/index.php

There's another thread about it here: http://www.donationc...?topic=7259.msg52028
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Re: Best Application for Simple Game Development?
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2007, 12:03:04 PM »
Better yet, check THIS out:


capt01.gifBest Application for Simple Game Development?

RPG Maker XP is specifically for RPG making...
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Re: Best Application for Simple Game Development?
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2007, 01:29:58 PM »
Perhaps you will find something of interest at the Microsoft http://Coding4Fun site.

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Re: Best Application for Simple Game Development?
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2007, 03:10:58 PM »
Aside- everyone should download the demo video for RPG Maker XP, it's the funniest thing I've seen online in a long while. Ok sorry for dragging this off-topic... I'll go now...

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Re: Best Application for Simple Game Development?
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2007, 03:21:12 PM »
The game Anachronox offers the APE programming language that´s for creating games inside the game. There are some APE games made by fans. The problem is: You can only play them inside of Anachronox.  :D

Otherwise for Adventures you could use AGS:http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/
« Last Edit: February 22, 2007, 03:24:31 PM by Crush »

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Re: Best Application for Simple Game Development?
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2007, 04:26:54 AM »
RPG Maker XP looks decent - and while the video is pretty funny, the English in it is a lot better than I expected :)
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Re: Best Application for Simple Game Development?
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2007, 06:45:30 AM »
Thanks all for the great suggestions. We downloaded and installed RPG Maker XP and my daughter loves it. She was able to make a "game" (actually, just a scene from a game) in about half an hour. Now she's learning basic programming to control the game better, as well as how to storyboard.
And I'm hooked, too. :o)

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Re: Best Application for Simple Game Development?
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2007, 11:51:04 AM »
Some other tools you might find interesting are the various interactive-fiction engines, such as TADS and Inform.  The newer editors allow you to include images and sounds in your games.  There is a learning curve, but its slope is milder than that of learning a programming language.

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Re: Best Application for Simple Game Development?
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2007, 01:44:32 PM »
lol, I tried to goto the site for rpg maker xp, and my school has it blocked and the reason was because it had porn on it... ;D
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Re: Best Application for Simple Game Development?
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2007, 05:32:11 PM »
I recently found http://www.byond.com/ through another post somewhere here and it will make a simple game. Best part is that it has multiplayer/networking built in!

A few of us here at DC have enjoyed playing a Tower Defense game together. Fun stuff.