Game Development Reference
In-Depth Information
Chapter 1
PROGRAMMING FOUNDATIONS:
HOW TO MAKE A VIDEO GAME
Congratulations on picking up this topic! Video game design is one of the most inter-
esting and creative things you can do with a computer. You're about to embark on
a remarkable journey, and this topic will guide you every step of the way.
So how do you make a video game? Although there are probably as many ways to
make games as there are readers of this topic, a good place to start is with a piece
of software called Flash . Not only is Flash very easy to learn but you can also use
it to produce games of great complexity and professional quality if you have time
and imagination. The other great thing about Flash is that the skills you'll acquire
while learning game design with Flash can be directly applied to game design on
many other platforms if you want to take your learning further. Flash is a completely
comprehensive software tool for building games. It's now in version 10 and is part
of Adobe's Creative Suite 4 set of design software (although it can be purchased and
used as an individual product).
Learning game design with Flash is really a two-step process. You need to learn Flash's
visual work and graphic design environment, and also its built-in programming lan-
guage called ActionScript . A programming language is a kind of language, similar to
English or French, that we humans can use to communicate with computers. To make
games with Flash, the game characters and objects are designed in Flash's visual
design environment and they're then told how to behave using ActionScript. The big
advantage of using Flash to learn game design over other methods is that the visual
 
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