Great Game Dev Courses on Udemy – On Sale only $11! #indiedev #gamedev

iconAs a part-time game developer, I’ve been pushing to level-up my skills when it comes to all aspects of making games, from coding to art asset creation. Udemy’s affordable, online video courses have been a huge help in the past year and a half. It continues to be one of my top go-to places to learn from awesome instructors.

With Udemy’s 10 day Black Friday sales event now well underway, you can grab just about every course for only $11! But hurry if you want to get in on this deal, because all courses go up $1 every 48 hours until the sale ends and everything returns to normal full price! Today’s your chance to grab any of these killer courses before the price increases!

Here’s a hand-picked selection of some of my favorite game development courses I’ve been taking this year! All are highly recommended.

Make a Platform Game and Learn to Code with GameMaker Studio – $11 $159icon
Right now, GameMaker Studio is currently my main game creation tool, and I’ve been a big fan of Ben Anderson’s YouTube channel and his excellent book on GML coding. Ben’s Udemy course on the topic is easy to follow and packed with great tips you can apply to lots of different game styles. Well worth checking it out!

Create Original Vector Game Art with Inkscape – $11 $107
iconCreating attractive, scaleable art assets that jive with different game engines has been a challenge. Istvan’s course is a GREAT primer on how to use free vector art program Inkscape to design, animate, and export gorgeous 2D assets for games. It helped me wrap my head around how to use the program’s core functions very quickly, and I can’t wait to put it into play with some upcoming projects!

iOS 9 Adventure – Build 12 iPhone Apps with Swift 2 – $11 $299
I admit, I wasn’t what sure what to think when I first saw this course. But goofy youngsters Nick and Jenna know their chops and do a great job of explaining the ins and outs of iOS 9 and Swift development in a fun, informative, and useful way! Great course, whether you’re into making apps or want to apply this to iOS games. I’ve been gradually learning Swift to apply for some specific projects down the road. This course has given me a great jump start on the process.

Learn to Code in Game Maker Language$11 $60
I rarely stick to just one source when I want to learn something new, which is why I’ll often buy multiple books and courses on a given subject to see how different instructors approach the topic. When it comes to learning GML code, this course makes the process painless and intuitive. Really super useful if you want to go beyond GM:S drag and drop functions, which you should.

Make Your Own FPS Without Code Using Unity and Playmaker $11 $99
iconI’m still very much a Unity noob, but I’ve been gradually learning more over time. Not ready to make the jump to 3D yet, but this course is an awesome starting point for learning how to design 3D FPS-style levels to explore and implement some cool gameplay elements using Unity and PlayMaker.

Learn to Code by Making Games: The Complete Unity Developer – $11 $197
This comprehensive course to Unity development helped me hand code my first text adventure example game, which is great, but it also has a ton to offer anyone who wants to ease into game design in Unity while learning code. Good stuff!

I’ve personally taken and highly recommend all of these great game development courses, but there are also a TON of other great courses I’m looking forward to checking out too.

Here’s the full Game Development section in Udemy that’s jam-packed with cool courses, many of which are only $10 during this mega sale event! Ready? Set? Go to it!




Mega Sale on Game Journo eBooks! Critical Path + UUDDLW 50% off through Cyber Monday!


Are you curious about video game journalism? How about freelancing? Or BOTH? You’re in luck! Dan Amrich and I have teamed up to offer you a huge discount on the Kindle versions of our respective how-to guides on nabbing a career writing about games for a living! Both books complement each other well and are packed with helpful tips and advice for aspiring game journalists and writers!

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Shop Talk: Game Journo Gift Guide Vol. 1 (Book Edition)

shoptalk copyOh, man. It’s that holiday season thing again, isn’t it? What? Gahhh! That means there’s so much crazy holiday shopping to look forward to in the months ahead. Awesome?! If you’re looking for that special gift (or massive pile of gifts) for that special game journo or writerly-type person in your life, never fear! Here’s the first installment of my multi-part series on killer gift picks for writers, game journalists, and nerd-folks. First up? BOOKS. BOOKS. BOOKS. BOOKS!

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