Simple HTML5 Game Development

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Course Description
Learn to build web and mobile games with HTML5. Even if you have no experience in programming or web development, you can create your own games.

This course begins with a quick overview of web development in HTML5 and shows you the basic web framework used in all modern pages. It then teaches essential programming concepts using the JavaScript language embedded in all modern browsers.

The course centers around a game engine designed especially to be easy to understand. The game engine and all the other tools needed for the course are completely free. You won’t need to purchase anything to build great games.

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to build 2D games on the web as well as on mobile devices like the iPad and mobile phones.

What are the requirements?
Access to an HTML5 – compliant browser (Google Chrome 23 or greater recommended)
Access to a higher-end text editor (specific examples linked in course)
Any major operating system (Windows 7+, Mac OSX, Linux)
Comfort with middle school math (coordinate systems, basic arithmetic, some knowledge of angles)
What am I going to get from this course?
Build a basic web page with HTML
Use CSS to add essential style to your page
Understand the main concepts of programming (variables, conditions, loops, branches, functions, and arrays) using JavaScript
Use JavaScript and the Document Object Model to build a basic interactive web page
Understand how a Scene works in the simpleGame library, and how that adds space and time elements to your game.
Build a basic Sprite object and learn how to build custom sprites to represent any game element you can imagine
Practice object-oriented programming to build complex and interesting game objects that can respond to user input, collisions, and other game events
Manage standard game events like input, boundary-detection and collisions
Manage sound effects
Learn to use the mouse and keyboard for basic user input
Explore how physics can be used for more interesting control like space vehicles, realistic acceleration, and skidding.
Extend your games to mobile platforms with touch and tilt input, and learn to add icons and full-screen behavior to your games
Learn not just the code, but the process of building your own game from idea to reality
Explore the simpleGame engine and see how it does all the magic. Learn how you can extend it yourself for even more power.
What is the target audience?
Anyone interested in game development.
Web or programming experience is a bonus, but not required
Suitable for middle school, high school, or adult learners. Motivated younger students will also enjoy the course, but they may need help from an adult. Perfect course for kids and parents to take together!
We'll have fun, but making a game is complex, and requires a commitment of time and effort. You'll only get a lot out of this course if you put a lot in.


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