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  • Author: BaDshaH
  • Date: 26-11-2015, 11:10
26-11-2015, 11:10

Udemy - How to Program Games Tile Classics in JS for HTML5 Canvas

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Learn to code tile-based worlds and related core gameplay for genres like arcade, overhead racing, and puzzle adventure.

In this course you'll be programming a few classic game types that use 2D tile-based worlds. The technology you'll use is javascript for HTML5 Canvas, so you can follow along with just a plain text editor and ordinary web browser. I've attached my example code for every step to ensure you can't get stuck. At the end of this course I cover a handful of additional ways you can apply and extend this popular gameplay format.

Upon completing this course you'll receive a complete PDF of my 500-page textbook on game development: Hands-On Intro to Game Programming. The book contains over 100 exercises, a couple of additional game types, and extra material to read in more detail about the projects in this course.

What are the requirements?

Any plain text editor like Notepad will do, however one which supports features for programmers such as multiple file tabs, code highlighting, line nuMbers, and smart/auto-indentation can be handy for later phases as the code grows in length (Notepad++ is free for Windows, TextWrangler for Mac, or Sublime Text 2 which I use has a fully functional free trial for either)
Any common web browser should work fine, although I use Google Chrome (free) so you may prefer that one just to see on your side exactly how it shows up in the videos
To follow along the few steps for drawing art you'll need a program that lets you draw and save images with transparency. I use a slightly older version of Photoshop, although free alternatives exist and the steps are similar. I also attach all art files that I create, so if you prefer to only focus on the coding steps you can download the images that I create in the videos.
What am I going to get from this course?

Over 149 lectures and 14 hours of content!
Create, display, and play with a 2D tile world that supports optimized collision (a central concept for generations of games in a variety of genres!)
Program games in javascript for HTML5 Canvas without using any external libraries or plug-ins
Create, load, display, and rotate image graphics in games
Break game code into multiple files to better manage large projects
Define a class and use it to create multiple instances of gameplay objects in unique positions (note: only using the very basic first concept of object-oriented programming, it doesn't dive deep into that rabbit hole)
Handle mouse input for a one-player game, or keyboard controls for both one and two-player games
Implement basic item pick-ups (keys) and trigger their usage upon collision (open doors)
Develop and adapt gameplay for basic platformer movement, digital board/strategy games, simple matrix formations for retro arcade-style enemies, and worlds larger than the screen viewed by scrolling camera
Apply simple trigonometry calls to move game objects at arbitrary angles
Implement basic loading screen functionality in HTML5
What is the target audience?

Anyone who wants to learn practical skills to program their own games at home
People who may aleady be familiar with programming concepts but are new to applying that knowledge to making real-time computer games
Creators who have only ever tried drag-and-drop tools but are interested in learning more about how to make games by programming for an deeper level of control over the details
Developers interested in getting practice with a more traditional "code only" approach to core gameplay programming before moving on to major engines and tools (which are not covered in this course) like Unity or Unreal
People looking for a technical game design foundation based in indie-style games or classic gameplay as a starting point
New developers who completed the free course "Code Your First Game: Arcade Classic in javascript on Canvas" and are looking to furthr build upon their game development skills in javascript on HTML5 Canvas
Please note that advanced topics like object-oriented programming are only very briefly touched upon - software engineering patterns are generally outside the scope of this course


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