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peterf Posted 1 year ago
Interested in learning game programming together?

Hello everyone,

If this is something a few people are interested in, I would like to facilitate a group learning about how to code and create computer games.

How this can work – we would follow the same course at the same pace, and have regular calls to go through course videos, explore what is possible, and create something unique together over time. I’ve a couple of Udemy courses in mind, but would be happy to look at alternative suggestions – and there may be some offered here, too.

This would be suitable for people new to either programming or computer graphics, as many courses cater for beginners. I’ve done this with friends and family before, and it can work well for groups of people from different backgrounds and levels of experience.

There are several reasons you might enjoy this sort of course even if you’re not someone who regularly plays games yourself – it’s creative and fun, and it can be as intellectually stimulating as you want it to be.

Courses I can recommend for this:
https://www.udemy.com/course/unitycourse/
https://www.udemy.com/course/unitycourse2/

These take you through the experience of creating several different types of games, explaining what to do and giving you plenty of opportunity to experiment and find out more about the parts you enjoy most. By the end you have a good understanding of how a game is made and the skills to make (even publish, which I’ve not tried out) your own.

If you like the look of these but would prefer to wait then please let me know so that I know how much interest there is here, and I can keep an eye out for offers. Udemy often has big sales on most of its courses (including a New Year one ending tonight).

Let me know here or directly if you like the sound of this, and let’s see if we can get a group together.

Has anyone been part of a learning group like this before?

Thanks all,
Peter

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    • NeilM 7th January 2021 at 11:31 pm

      Hi Peter
      Sounds like something I’d be interested in.
      I attended a CodeUp Meetup group last year for Python, but that fell by the
      wayside because of lockdown.
      I suppose it all depends on the number of people we get involved and
      commitment to a convenient time.
      Have you done those Udemy courses yourself?
      Are they, on the whole, a good way to learn new skills?

      Availability-wise I have move free-time from May onwards

      Cheers
      Neil

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      • peterf 15th January 2021 at 10:29 pm

        Hi Neil,
        A lot of coding meetup groups moved to Zoom online, which I think often works well, though it’s not as easy to get the casual one-to-one advice that you could get from CodeUp sessions in person.
        I’ll see about drumming up more interest over the coming weeks, but happy to start small.
        I’ve gone through most of the first course before. The combination of well-delivered videos and having some casual personal support helped my brother get into enjoying a bit of coding from knowing nothing. Generally, I’ve not been disappointed with courses on well-known sites like Udemy and Coursera – there’s a lot of good material on offer.
        Peter

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    • Stephen Symonds 8th January 2021 at 11:12 am

      Hi Peter

      I would be interested in this. I am trying to learn Python and not really getting on well. My real interest is you use programming to create music using COUND, Arduio, Max etc.
      Any time or day is OK for me.

      Steve

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      • peterf 15th January 2021 at 10:53 pm

        Hi Steve,
        What obstacles are you facing with learning Python? Have you found any communities like Neil mentioned that exist to help new starters?
        I’m not as familiar with the electronics side of things. It sounds like you’d like to create music from scratch rather than play existing files (Googling for Python music player tutorials turns up several results for the latter; not sure where to look for directions for the former) – I’m sure there’s a lot of fun to be had, and getting off the ground is usually the hardest part.
        Peter

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        • Stephen Symonds 16th January 2021 at 9:58 am

          Hi Peter

          Thank you for your reply I guess my biggest struggle is with focus and procrastination. I am watching tutorials on the Internet and all of sudden find i have followed a load of links to look at how to use github, and have totally forgotten my original objective. Dumb, I know, but it keeps happening. I think I have found the solution now, not, which is to focus on one project, ie create a synth with arduio and learn only what is needed to build, programme and run it. That way I’ll learn coding etc as I go along.

          But back to groups, I see a lot of workshops where like minded people get together and build, programme and perform taking place, pre covid and all are miles away from Hereford. Not that that would be a major problem. I guess that is what I am looking for.
          Steve

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        • peterf 30th January 2021 at 10:52 pm

          Hi Steve,

          I had just decided to find in-person groups to join in Manchester when covid hit, which was quite a blow, but I’ve since bitten the bullet and learned to enjoy online groups more.

          Getting lost in links happens all the time (and not just when starting) – it doesn’t help that there are lots of interesting rabbit holes to explore. It’s a kind of “yak shaving”. If you have enough fun to forget your original objective, it’s not necessarily a problem!

          Connected to that, and general focus and procrastination, “accountability buddying” is something that’s become popular over the last couple of years, and it’s one of the benefits of working on a group project instead of alone – with other people, you keep track of the details of what you’re all working on and you have people to talk through your problems with. Most people find it’s a force for getting things done faster and more easily, and you can get these benefits working with just one other person. I’ve got some more information on how to make it work well if it’s something of interest.

          Sounds like your project’s clear. Have you found resources to help you with it now?

          Peter

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    • Marica 9th January 2021 at 3:47 pm

      Well done for suggesting this. I know my son could have been interested in this. I think many people on here could be interested in taking this up especially as everyone can support each other

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    • Lindyschoe 11th May 2021 at 7:26 am

      Awesome content and super useful. I have been coding for companies specializing in databases and automation, but I would love to learn and possibly enter this domain. Maybe one day, I get to develop my own game with your help. So far, I have used extensively https://www.getparthenon.com and their awesome packages that have allowed some of the features of my site to as unique as possible. I will also pay more attention to the functions it has for game creation. Still intrigued by all the information shared here. Useful!

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    • Mriaima 25th August 2021 at 12:25 pm

      This is an appreciable gesture from you. I am sure that a lot of young and talented guys will find your course helpful. Personally, I am working in this industry for quite a long time, so I am pretty familiar with this field, By the way. I am a specialist in the gaming field. I am creating gaming boost mods for https://wowcarry.com/wow/farm-leveling/gearing ,so if anyone is interested in how this industry works and has any questions, feel free to text me will be glad to help.

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