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Table of contents
1.
Introduction
2.
Game Engines
2.1.
Unreal Engine 5
2.2.
Unity
2.3.
GameMaker
2.4.
Godot
3.
Coding and Programming Skills
3.1.
Visual Studio
3.2.
GNU Tool
3.3.
Programming Languages (eg. C++)
3.4.
Web based Languages
4.
Art and Visuals
4.1.
Photoshop
4.2.
GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)
5.
Frequently Asked Questions
5.1.
What are Game engines?
5.2.
What are the major languages employed for game development?
5.3.
What are the different gaming platforms which are available?
6.
Conclusion
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Introduction

The world of game development is exploding. Gone are the days when games consisted of pixel people wielding a small pixel sword against blobs of enemies. Gone are the days when gaming was something that children did in their spare time. So, what tools are required to earn a livelihood as a game developer?

Gaming has become a major enjoyment for individuals of all ages worldwide. If you want to be a part of that universe by making your own game, you're in for a wild journey.

Game development is a massively important field of work with several dimensions. There are hundreds of tools that you can use for game development in a million different ways.

In this blog, we will discuss some of the popular tools involved in Game development.

There are three major categories in which we divide the Tools employed for game development:

  1. Game Engines
  2. Coding and Programming Skills
  3. Art and visuals

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Game Engines

A gaming engine, often known as a "game architecture" or "game framework," is a software development environment containing settings and configurations that optimise and ease the production of video games in several programming languages. A gaming engine can include a 2D or 3D graphics rendering engine that supports various import formats, a physics engine that simulates real-world activities, artificial intelligence (AI) that responds to the player's actions automatically, a sound engine that controls sound effects, an animation engine, and a variety of other features.

Unreal Engine 5

The most recent version of Unreal Engine is Unreal Engine 5. Unreal Engine 5 had early access in May 2021, and the entire release is now accessible.

Unreal Engine is quickly becoming a standard in the gaming and virtual production sectors (including technology for other industries like digital twins). Teams are enabled to grow large using UE5. Creators can interact in real-time across sectors to produce exceptional images and experiences to end consumers. It has various features, which include:

  1. Nanite: When developing large levels of detail, Nanite is a virtualized geometry solution that saves you time. It removes the need for a time-consuming level of detail (LOD) loading and allows you to import film-quality artwork.
  2. Lumen: Lumen enables you to make rapid modifications such as changing the illumination to fit the time of day, adding a new light source (such as a flashlight), inserting a sudden beam into the image, and more.
  3. Animations: Iteration is required for innovation. Control Ride, a new Unreal Engine 5, enhances the animation toolbox. You may now make and distribute rigs between characters. With the Full-Body IK solver, you may save and apply poses to generate more natural motions.
  4. Meta Sounds: MetaSounds provides you with complete control over audio management and enhanced flexibility. It improves workflow to let you control every part of the audio experience.
  5. Expansive Worlds: The World Partition system maps sublevels of a whole universe using a grid. Complex levels that load and unload as a player moves around the environment can be managed. In addition, the One File Per Actor approach facilitates team collaboration. By storing data as external files for each contributor, it avoids overlap. You'll need a high-performance version control system to use this functionality (like Epic's one).

Unity

Unity is a powerful cross-platform IDE for developers and a 3D/2D game engine. Unity can provide many of the most significant built-in elements that make a game operate as a game engine. Physics, 3D rendering, and collision detection are all examples of this. This means there is no need to reinvent the wheel from the developer's standpoint.

 

                                                                                  Figure: Image from Unity

 

GameMaker

GameMaker is unique among game engines because it does not require programming experience. Users may develop games quickly and easily using a simple "point-and-click" method, eliminating the need for code-intensive systems. Having coding skills, of course, makes things easier and allows users to develop incredible games.

Godot

Godot Engine is an open-source project created by a volunteer community. In 2007, Juan Reduz' Linietsky and Ariel 'Punto' Manzur began developing Godot. Godot is a feature-rich, open-source C++-based cross-platform game engine that allows you to develop 2D and 3D games from a single interface. It comes with a full collection of standard tools, allowing users to concentrate on creating games. Games may be exported to various platforms with a single click, including desktop platforms (Linux, Mac OS, Windows), mobile platforms (Android, iOS), and web-based platforms like HTML5.   

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Coding and Programming Skills

Visual Studio

For the past 20 years, Microsoft's developer suite Visual Studio has been the Integrated Developer Environment (IDE) of choice. It includes a variety of languages, debuggers, editors, and other features. It's a powerhouse, and it's just been modified to make it even better at assisting you in the game development for iOS and Android.

GNU Tool

Visual Studio's open-source equivalent is the GNU compiler collection. If you're working on a game in the Linux environment, you've undoubtedly already installed many of the necessary tools. It can be used with almost every coding language you can think of. It's not an IDE in and of itself, but it has everything you'll need in addition to a competent editor for compiling, linking, and debugging.

Programming Languages (eg. C++)

This programming language is required by many big gaming companies. It's a challenging language to pick up, but it lets you control the graphics and hardware. It's a solid start because knowing C++ will make learning other object-oriented languages, such as C#, much easier. Unreal, for example, only accepts data written in C++, making it one of the most powerful programming languages.

Web based Languages

To make browser games, you'll need to know a few different codes to provide a comprehensive user experience. HTML5, CSS3, SQL, and JavaScript are among them.

Art and Visuals

The art and visuals section comes into play when we have to develop objects and components in our gameplay. Below we have discussed some of the tools for developing arts and visuals:

Photoshop

When most people think of digital art, one piece of software comes to mind first: Photoshop. Even if it's expensive, there's a purpose behind it. It offers more capabilities and plugins than nearly any other art-creating program, and many people are familiar with it. Photoshop's excellence is evident. People who don't use it are aware of this, but it is not something everyone can afford.

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is an image editor that is free and open-source. It's a cross-platform program that works with GNU/Linux, macOS, Windows, and other operating systems. It's a handy tool for picture editing, image composition, image construction, logo creation, painting, and many other image modification jobs. It may be used as a simple paint program, a complex picture editing program, a mass production image renderer, or an image format converter.

 

                                                                  

    FigurePhotoshop                                                                                 Figure: GIMP

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Game engines?

A gaming engine, often known as a "game architecture" or "game framework," is a software development environment containing settings and configurations that optimise and ease the production of video games in several programming languages.

What are the major languages employed for game development?

The major languages used for game development include C++, C#, Java, Python, Golang, and Typescript..

What are the different gaming platforms which are available?

The widely available platform for gaming are:

  1. For Smartphone: Apple iOS, Android, Windows 
  2. For Desktop: PC (Windows), Mac & Linux 
  3. For Online: Browser and Facebook 

Conclusion

In the above blog, we learned about the tools and requirements involved in Game development. We began by learning about Gaming Engines. A gaming engine, often known as a "game architecture" or "game framework," is a software development environment containing settings and configurations that optimize and ease video games' production in several programming languages. Next, we focused on another major concept of coding and programming skills requirements. In the end, we saw the art and visual components and the tools for it. These are required for building fancy objects in the gameplay.

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