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Free game maker

Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2005 9:11 pm
by bien53@aol.com
Do any of you know of any way to make games for free?

Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2005 9:37 pm
by Legacy
Yes, learn C++ or a free version of BASIC and get a freeware compiler.

Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2005 10:05 pm
by OrigamiGuy
A great open-source freeware utility is Bloodshed Dev-C++. Learning C is a lot easier with an IDE.

There are a lot of shareware/commercial programs out there, like Game Maker and such, but unless you want to create a very specific type of game (Adventure Game Studio is great for Sierra/Lucasarts-style games, but not much else) then don't bother with those. It's far better to learn a language, so you can then program almost ANY kind of game, and it'll be higher quality than anything the pre-made game software can produce. It's like the difference between frozen dinners and home-cooked meals.

Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2005 2:44 am
by Old Man Johnson
Frozen dinners are pretty good sometimes, though.

Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2005 5:33 am
by Guest
I agree. And some really good games have come out of the pre-made game editors: Tierra Games has remade King's Quest I and Quest For Glory II in the new point-and-click format of KQ5. They're excellent. And free.

<off topic> Whatever happened to good old adventure games, anyway? </off topic>

Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2005 3:34 pm
by Reidan
OrigamiGuy wrote:A great open-source freeware utility is Bloodshed Dev-C++. Learning C is a lot easier with an IDE.
I used this IDE when I took a C class at a local comunity college. Great program and the cost was right!

Be wary of community colleges. Mine was a Saturday morning class that started at 7:00 AM, which made it hard to get up and go too. The instructors daily job was as a programmer, but he was a poor teacher.

The class only met for 4 sessions, 4 hours each. So a total of 16 hours class time. The entire class was lecture. No actual keyboard time in class, that was to be done at home.

To me this is a poor way to do it. Should have been more classes with a shorter time so that you did not get information overload. And there should have been pratice time during, or atleast after class, with teacher there to answer questions and help when you get stuck.

So, I blew $275 U.S. for the class and still can not program in C! This did not include the very expensive $115 for the book!

Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2005 12:16 am
by Old Man Johnson
Wow. That sucks.

Posted: Mon Jul 04, 2005 5:53 pm
by Quitch
Anonymous wrote:I agree. And some really good games have come out of the pre-made game editors: Tierra Games has remade King's Quest I and Quest For Glory II in the new point-and-click format of KQ5. They're excellent. And free.

<off topic> Whatever happened to good old adventure games, anyway? </off topic>
There's still tons of point and click adventures, but they're not mainstream anymore so you need to hunt around a bit more.

Posted: Mon Jul 04, 2005 9:46 pm
by guest
go here....http://www.clickteam.com/

and here... http://www.cs.uu.nl/people/markov/gmaker/

these will make games like seans...

but as always your gonna have to come up with your
own nice grphics or hire someone...

Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2005 4:28 am
by qwas
Game Maker 6.0, since fav. gone, cant tell you the address :lol:

It was to make simple games WITHOUT proggraming

Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2005 6:32 pm
by frawsty
woah check out the activity on the message board! looks like that program is a good short cut to making games without having to do any programming

Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2005 6:39 pm
by guest
yes the game maker link is one of the best i had

click team is pertty good too and they have a way to make
network games thats pertty much click and paste into your
game....and you have multiplayer...tada!

clickteam has 2 version one is klik and play
the other is gamesfactory...i think klk n play is free now...

Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2005 6:42 pm
by frawsty
I'm glad I didn't see this a few weeks ago or I would have taken the shortcut. I'm focusing in DirectX game programming so I can move into real 3d and shading.

Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2005 7:24 pm
by Quitch
Anyone ever use the programs Klick & Play and Games Factory? Ah, those were the days...

Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2005 8:07 pm
by frawsty
Check this out! Game Programming University online looks free too.

http://www.gameuniv.net/