The Best Free Online Resources to Learn Game Development and Gamification

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18.Game Design Fundamentals: A YouTube talk on game from MITs gaming lab.

Gamification, Game Psychology and Games as Media

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7.Game Development Crash Course with Corona SDK: Create a simple mobile game using Corona a tool used by many developers to build mobile apps and games for iOS and Android.

Level: Beginner Duration: 9 weeks Next Start Date: Sep 15 2014Read reviews

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1.An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python: One of Courseras most popular courses, this Rice University offering is perfect for beginners with little or no Computer Science background. In this 8-week course, you will build a different game each week including classics like Pong, Blackjack, and Asteroids

3.Begin programming: build your first mobile game: This course teaches you to build a basic Android game in Java. Offered by The University of Reading on UKs FutureLearn platform.

Have you taken any of these courses (or others that you found useful)? Tell us what you think of them in the comments below!

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16.Unity3D Environmental Series: Learn to sculpt realistic looking terrain (e.g. snowy mountains) in Unity 3D using this video series.

9.Gamification: Taught by Wharton professor Kevin Werbach, this is among the earliest and most popular courses on the Coursera Platform. It covers psychological and technological aspects of good game design, and how game design principles can be applied to non-gaming problems.

Level: Beginner Duration: 6 weeks Next Start Date: To Be Announced

Level: Beginner Duration: 7 weeks Next Start Date:To be announced

10.Gamification Design: This course on Iversity covers how to gamify experiences to make them more interesting. The professor takes gamification seriously he will reward the best students with a Google Hangout!

2.Beginning Game Programming with C:Another beginner-level course offered by The University of Colorado. Uses C which is preferred by some developers using Windows. For a comparison of Python vs. C for game development, seethis threadon

4.Walker Boys Studio Unity 3D Training: A very comprehensive course that takes you from beginner to developing a 3D game in Unity. The instructors, who have worked at top studios like Ensemble, Firefly, and Terminal Reality, have assembled over 50 hours of content, and have seen over 3.5 million views to date.

Level: Beginner Duration: 6 weeks Next Start Date: July 14, 2014

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11.Video Games and Learning: This University of Wisconsin-Madison course reviews the kinds of thinking and learning that goes into video games, as they permeate mainstream culture as a source of entertainment.

Level: Advanced Duration: 8 weeks Next Start Date: March 31, 2014

8.gamedev.net: A great community of game developers who share useful articles, answer questions on forums, collaborate on hobby projects, and even post job openings. Great resource for anyone who likes learning in a social setting.

that on movies, and the average 21-year old has! The best games and game designers can tap into human psychology in a way that we can all learn something from.

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15.Game Development Fundamentals with Python: According to the reviews, this Udemy course (taken by over 12,000 students) is good for people with some prior Python programming experience.

Maybe youre a gamer curious about the psychology of game design? Perhaps youre a budding developer wanting to create your own video game, but dont know where to start. Or even an experienced game developer looking to sharpen your skills?

12.Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative: Tolkien fans this ones for you! This 6-week course from Vanderbilt University, designed as an English literature class, covers how stories change as they move across different media (books movies games) with Lord Of The Rings as the central example.

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13.HTML5 Game Development: This intermediate-level Udacity course (prerequisites include knowledge of HTML and Javascript) is taught by two members of Googles Chrome team. It covers game development techniques and building a high performance HTML5 application.

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Im curating some of the best online courses and resources on game development, gamification and game psychology.The best part? Theyre all free! So go ahead and learn something new today!

And finally, heres your reward for reading this far (gamification FTW!): an awesome TED Talk by game designer and author Jane McGonigal on how gaming can make the world a better place!

14.General Game Playing: A theoretical mathematics / artificial intelligence course from Stanford about General Game Players, i.e. computer systems that are intelligent enough to play games whose rules they only find out when the game starts (different from say, Deep Blue, which was pre-programmed to play chess). This course requires familiarity with Symbolic Logic and ability to read code.

6.Game Programming A to Z: Space Rocks: This course on Udemy teaches beginners to build a game using free and low-cost tools, such as GIMP, Inkscape, Audacity and GameMaker

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17.Vertex (e-book on game art): Very comprehensive resource on game art with two 300-page free PDFs, filled with tips, tricks, and techniques from across the industry. We found this from a hat tip on Reddit.

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