Virtual production is one of the hottest new developments in film production and is now being used by many studios across the world. Virtual production is the practice of combining virtual worlds with the real world to create exciting and beautiful film productions. Virtual production covers a number of different techniques and uses many tools […]
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These archives include all posts related to learning video game design, game development, and art as it applies to games and apps.
We've included our own in-depth tutorials and guides, as well as links to some of our favorite online resources for you to continue your education. You can find recommended game design college programs here.
If you're brand new to game design and development start with the posts listed below, these are our most popular articles from this category. Once you get a basic idea of what you're looking for, then you can navigate through the rest of our posts.
If you’re new to the game and are unsure of what tools or software to get started with, I suggest reading the two posts below and go from there. They will give you a good sense of the industry and point you in the direction of further learning.
Some Popular articles from this category:
How to Create Video Game Atmosphere
Video games today are far more immersive than ever, and that isn’t simply because consoles and PCs have gotten more powerful. A lot of the beauty and appeal in modern games comes down to a less quantifiable factor: Atmosphere. Atmosphere, when done right, can turn the bundle of programming, art, and sound that we call […]
How to Use Kaboom.js to Make Video Games
How to Use Unity Cinemachine Virtual Cameras
Coding camera angles for games and animation has been a pain … Until now. Before Unity Cinemachine, camera movement needed to be directly keyframed or, using code, had to be carefully scripted. What Is Unity Cinemachine? In short, Unity Cinemachine opens up an entirely new world of opportunities for animation, game design and development, and […]
Learn 3D Texturing and Become a Texture Artist
In just a few years, the 3D graphics of video games, movies, and television have improved tremendously. Comparing the character models in the recent Crash Bandicoot or Spyro The Dragon remakes with their originals is like night and day. Likewise, famous characters such as Mario, Master Chief, and Agent 47 have seen similar improvements from […]
What Makes A Strategy Game Successful?
Strategy games have been an important part of video game history, and have certainly evolved over time. With the success of titles such as Armello, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and Xcom 2, it is clear that the market for the strategy game genre is still going strong to this day. But what separates a boring […]
Zenva Academy: Learn Technical Skills At Your Own Pace
There has never been a better time to learn technological skills, especially through an online learning platform. Always wanted to learn something like HTML and make your own game? Learn full-stack web development and create your very own web page? Luckily, there are quite a few different outlets out there to hone your tech skills. […]
Artificial Difficulty In Games: What Is It?
One day you decide to play Dark Souls. You’ve heard of things like fake difficulty, making the game much harder than other RPGs, but maybe that’s an exaggeration. You’re making your way through a level when all of a sudden, an enemy comes out of nowhere and attacks—pretty standard stuff. However, this time, the enemy […]
2D Video Game Art: Styles and History
Introduction Video games have been known to have some of the most breathtaking modern visuals in any medium, only rivaled by technological advances in film. Although seemingly being debated all the time, we firmly believe that video games are art. I mean, the whole thing is made up entirely of art. Well, okay, it’s a […]
Phaser.js Development (Scripts, Animation, Physics, Render)
While there are a ton of options when it comes to designing your own game, which engine do you choose? What if you don’t want to get all mixed up learning a new coding language that seems way too complicated? Why not explore your options in HTML5? That’s right, and you can still make some […]
Let’s Learn Game Card Design
Card games are and have always been immensely popular. You can see the wildly different iterations of old favorites like Go Fish and Apples to Apples even today. Building on a proven formula is a tried and true method. Like video games and other forms of interactive media, card games have evolved with the times. […]
How to Draw Game Characters for Beginners
What It Means to Draw Video Games If you’re reading this, chances are, you are of the camp that believes video games are art (they are!). To prove our point, we’ll tell you about how video game art has some striking parallels with the world of traditional and classical art. While game graphics and art […]
The Power of Experience: The Wonders of Video Game Immersion
It’s a night like any other. You have nothing to do, so you decide to fire up your console (or PC) of choice. You choose an open-world game that you hear great reviews about. It was advertised as having excellent ‘game immersion.’ Okay, sounds good. Next thing you know, it’s 3 in the morning. Where […]
Postmortem Games Analysis: Learning and Improving
A game that we have all been dying to play is about to come out. The hype has never been more palpable. Preorders are through the roof, people are talking in online forums, and YouTubers get early copies to make videos about it. The game finally comes out, and people enjoy it. However, after a […]
Why Does Video Game Development Cost So Much? A Full and Line-by-Line Breakdown
In 2009, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was released. It was then the most expensive video game ever developed. With a 50 million dollar development budget, a 200 million dollar marketing budget redefined what it meant to develop games. Why Does It Cost So Much? How did games like Grand Theft Auto V and […]
What Is The Perfect Monitor Resolution for Gaming?
You may think that having the most current console will give you the best visuals. While that technically may be true, are you getting the most out of your visual gaming experience? Monitors and displays are capable of some genuinely staggering visual heavy lifting these days, and to better experience gaming, you need to find […]
Indie Game Marketing: 7 Proven Strategies
What Is Video Game Marketing? If you have ever seen a trailer for a game, movie, or show (and the chances are good that you have), then you have taken part in the marketing process. But how? Marketing is the culmination of the different practices and strategies to advertise a product or brand. While you […]
AI in Unity: AI Levels, Setting the Stage for Unity AI, Unity AI & Its Role in Automation
What Is AI? Artificial intelligence and games go together like peanut butter and jelly, mac and cheese, or whatever perfect food combination metaphor works best. Without artificial intelligence, games we love wouldn’t even be functional. How long do you think that you’d be able to play the Witcher 3 with the monsters and humans not […]
Use Meshroom To Create 3D Models from Photographs
Introduction What Is Photogrammetry? Although it sounds fancy, photogrammetry merely is compiling a bunch of detailed information about structures or an environment based on multiple recording techniques. The specific form of photogrammetry that we’re interested in is 3D scanning. There are two types of photogrammetry: aerial and terrestrial. Aerial is when the area is scanned […]
The Simple Process to Build VR Games
How to Make A VR Game With the impressive rise of things like Oculus Rift and other headsets from VR companies, virtual reality gaming may well be a large cornerstone of gaming in the near future. You may be interested in trying your hand at becoming a VR developer. Go through our guide to get […]
How to Make a Bump Map in Blender
As games become more realistic, we are blurring the line between fantasy and reality. With each passing year, we see more and more impressive displays of graphical prowess. This is helped along in part by bump mapping. This is the graphical technique of making objects appear to have their own distinctive features, (when they really […]
Unity 2D Animation Tutorials
Introduction to 2D Animation Some of the best games in video game history have been 2D: Early Final Fantasy titles; The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past; Castlevania, and more. It’s only natural that you would want to take part in this legendary and beloved gaming tradition. And now you can! With the […]
The Easy Way to Create Characters Sprites
Character Sprites What Is A Character Sprite? A character sprite is a simple 2D video game graphic included as part of a broader environment. For example, The characters in Final Fantasy VI, The Legend of Zelda, Pokemon Red, and Castlevania are all sprites. They are 2D bitmaps included in the overall game world and move […]
Become A Better Artist With Substance Painter
Do You Need Substance Painter? If you are an artist of any stripe, Substance Painter can be an amazingly useful tool. Substance Painter focuses mostly on painting textures onto models. Substance Painter ups the ante on painting assets than you would normally get in other programs like those in the Adobe Suite of programs. If […]
Master These Game Elements To Elevate Your Game
What Makes A Game A Game? We play games all the time, but are we all intimately familiar with the core concepts of game elements and mechanics that make up our favorite titles? The very concept of a game is a form of play, structured to entertain, educate, or kill time. Lately, games have often […]
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