The Game Makers Toolshed – Tools for Creating Serious Games

Abstract

While a wide variety of ready-to-play games can be found online, seldom is a game a perfect fit for the concept the instructor would like students to master. When a good fit is not readily available, there are tools instructors can use to create their own digital games. Different tools can be used at different stages of the design process from concept to completion. We will look at some of the tools through the spectrum of price and required programming skills, starting with QuizGame Master, eToys, and Scratch to GameMaker, Unity and Flash.

Additional Resources

Program/App Website
eToys squeakland.org/
Scratch scratch.mit.edu/
Unity unity3d.com/
Kodu Game Lab www.KoduGameLab.com
QuizGame Master cybertrain.info/quizman/qmhome.html
ProProfs Games www.proprofs.com/games/create-game/
Gamestar Mechanic GameStarMechanic.com
GameMaker www.yoyogames.com/make
Flash www.adobe.com/products/flash.html
Flash Game Developer Tools gaming.adobe.com/getstarted/
Starling gamua.com/starling/

 

References

Griffith, C. (2009). Real-World Flash Game Development: How to Follow Best Practices AND Keep Your Sanity. Amsterdam: Focal Press.

Whitton, N. (2009). Learning with Digital Games: A Practical Guide to Engage Students in Higher Education (The Open and Flexible Learning Series). New York: Routledge.

 

Presented

April 2014 @ Kaplan University Center for Teaching and Learning, online

January 2014 @ Joint Mathematics Meeting, Baltimore, MD

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