Web resources for students

Discussion in 'Indie Basics' started by jefferytitan, Oct 16, 2017.

  1. jefferytitan

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    Apr 22, 2006
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    Hi all,

    I'm helping my wife to find materials that beginner game development students can use. Most of the articles and videos that I encounter are pretty specific. Does anyone know any good general resources for beginners? A few topics come to mind (as below), but anything else that you've encountered would be appreciated as well.
    • Differences between reality and games. Everything is all tricks, e.g. lighting and shadow misses a lot of subtleties like multiple reflections, caustics etc, AI is often very scripted and fragile, physics is prone to instability and most objects aren't destructible, objects are a polygon shell rather than solid unlike what Minecraft may lead them to believe, etc.
    • Examples of popular genres (game websites and/or gameplay video), but nothing too R rated. I see this as particularly difficult for the horror genre for obvious reasons, and multiplayer because of how people tend to act in voice chat.
    • The basics of game design. Less the formalities than brainstorming, limitations, how to find the fun, what the challenges are, etc.
    Any help would be much appreciated!


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