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Creating games on your Mac

Lucy Hattersley | July 6, 2016
Macs are great for gaming, but you don't have to play games made by other people.

How to create a game on your Mac. The good news is that it's a lot easier to create games on a Mac than you imagine. Also, building your own video games is ultimately more rewarding, creative and fun than playing them. Creating video games on your Mac is a fantastic thing to learn.

You might imagine that video games are sprawling beasties of complex code, but you really don't need to be an expert in coding to start making games.

There are lots of tools and programs designed to make video game creation easier. These enable you to build video games without having to code everything from scratch (or in some cases, without having to code at all).

Creating games on your Mac: Starting from Scratch

Games created in Scratch

If you're an old fashioned programmer, you might be tempted to look down on game development engines, or gaming kits. Sneering at game development kits is a mistake. The days where you needed deep coding knowledge to build video games are long gone. These days most professional games are made using tools and kits readily available to everybody.

Making your video games still isn't easy. You'll need to put a lot of hard work into building a game that is challenging, fun to play and rewarding. You'll also need to create your visuals, sounds and story.

If you have zero knowledge of programming, gaming or any kind of development, then start out with MIT's Scratch program. Scratch is a studio designed to teach kids programming concepts, but you can use it to build interactive stories and basic games.

You can use Scratch online, or download Scratch 2.0 for OS X. Games can be shared with other people online, and there are lots of great tutorials.

Scratch games aren't anywhere near as good as indie games on iOS or Android (at best they're on par with games you used to get on old 8-bit computers). But you can get some results quickly, and some dedicated enthusiasts have built some great games.

Creating games on your Mac: using a game development maker

Create games with Sploder

Scratch is a fun way to get started, but it's more for about teaching kids to code than building fun games. Fortunately, there are plenty of programs that use a drag-and-drop method to game development, but with much more powerful tools.

 

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