STUDENT RESOURCES

GAME MAKING TOOLS

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UNITY 3D You can create any 2D or 3D game with Unity. You can make it with ease, you can make it highly-optimized and beautiful, and you can deploy it with a click to more platforms than you have fingers and toes. What’s more, you can use Unity’s integrated services to speed up your development process, optimize your game, connect with an audience, and achieve success.

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SCRATCH – Your students can use Scratch to code their own interactive stories, animations, and games.

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MINECRAFT: EDUCATION EDITION – A game-based learning platform that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive digital environment. Educators in more than 115 countries are using Minecraft: Education Edition across the curriculum!

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ROBLOX STUDIO – Anyone can build a game on Roblox! It doesn’t matter if you’re new to coding or you’ve never designed your own virtual world. With a little imagination and the right tools, you’re already well on your way to taking the first leap into game development. Click below to start building your own worlds on Roblox today!

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GAMESALAD – GameSalad is the revolutionary game development toolkit that allows anyone to create the game and it’s the best way to introduce programming concepts, game design, and digital media creation to your students.

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RPG MAKER – The RPG Maker series allows you to create and customize every aspect of your game with an easy-to-use interface.

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STENCYL – Code-free game development tool helps kids program and publish their games on a variety of platforms including iOS, Android, Windows and Mac.

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GAME MAKER STUDIO – A great creation tool for aspiring game developers; Free trial available.

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TWINE Open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories that publishes directly to HTML.

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ALICE – Alice is an innovative block-based programming environment that makes it easy to create animations, build interactive narratives, and program games in 3D or VR.

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HOPSCOTCH – Hopscotch is a programming platform for kids 10-16 that let’s them build games on their iPad, for their iPad. Create, collaborate and play!

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MIP APP INVENTOR – Visual, block-based programming environment that allows kids to build fully functional apps for smartphones and tablets; have a simple first app up and running in just 30-minutes!

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GIMP – Image editing tool to create art assets for your game.

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SKETCH UP – 3-D design tool.

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INKSCAPE – A free, open-source professional vector graphics editor.

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OPEN GAME ART – A resource for free game art.

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CANVA – Design presentations, social media graphics, and more with thousands of beautiful layouts.

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GARAGEBAND – Learn, play, record, create, and share your music worldwide.

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AUDACITY – Open source, cross-platform audio software for multi-track recording and editing.

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ccMIXTER – Post and share music samples and a capellas.

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FLASHKIT – Archive of royalty-free sound fx.

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FREE SOUND – Open-source sound

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SOUNDBOARD – Comprehensive collection of various sound bites.

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BUBBL.US – A free web-based mind mapping application.

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INTO GAMES TOOLS LIST – List of game design tools, sounds and graphics or explore types of jobs and roles for working in games.

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GAME DESIGNING TOOLS – A list of useful tools and applications that can help you design your game.

GAME DESIGN COMPETITIONS & GAME JAMS

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G4C STUDENT CHALLENGE – A national game design competition through which students across the US create games about social impact themes and compete to win cool prizes and scholarships. Submission period: Feb 1 – April 1, 2021.

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CODE GAMES – A new game design competition for young innovators (ages 10-18) across the globe to create games that envision and help build a better future for everyone. Submissions are now closed for the 2020 competition.

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GLOBAL GAME JAM – The world’s largest game creation event through which people get together to create games in hundreds of locations worldwide; this year’s GGJ will take place virtually from Jan 27-31, 2021.

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GAMEJOLT – Browse current and upcoming game jams and hackathons.

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ITCH.IO – Host or participate in online game jams.

STUDENT COURSES, PROGRAMS & SCHOLARSHIPS

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UNITY LEARN  Access free projects, courses and resources for Unity learners; projects are organized by topic area and experience level (including content for Unity beginners). Choose between self-paced offerings and live instruction (see: Create with Code Live). Gain the skills to get Unity Certified!

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CODE.ORGProvides free access to computer science curricula and engages millions of students worldwide through the annual Hour of Code

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GIRLS MAKE GAMES  Supports and encourages girls to pursue careers in the video games industry. In Spring/Summer 2021, GMG will bring virtual workshops (both girls-only and coed) to students worldwide (learn more and pre-register here).

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BLACK GIRLS CODE  Introduces coding and game design to young girls from underrepresented communities through live and virtual workshops and summer camps.

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GIRLS WHO CODE – Equips K-12 girls with the skills and resources to work and lead in STEM careers through after-school clubs and summer immersion programs.

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CODE NOW – A beginner-friendly program that teaches coding and app building to high school students; apply here.

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ID Tech – Interactive, online courses on Minecraft, Unity, Unreal Engine & GameSalad (7 free courses!).

College

G4C has compiled a list of scholarship opportunities for students currently enrolled in high school, including summaries, eligibility requirements, important deadlines and more. 

See: Game Design Scholarships for High School Students

GAMES INDUSTRY CONTENT

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KOTAKU – A videogame website and blog.

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GAMASUTRA – Weekly articles on game design and threads for discussion

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WIRED – Coverage of current and future trends in technology.

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POLYGON – A gaming website that covers games, developers and fans.

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IGN – Website focused on video game and entertainment markets.

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GAME MAKER’S TOOLKIT – A deep dive into game design, level design and game production through short, engaging topic-specific videos on YouTube.

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ONE MINUTE MENTOR A career resource including a library of one-minute videos which expose and inspire youth to professional pathways they might have not otherwise considered.

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GDC VAULT – Videos from speakers and panels at the annual Game Developers Conference, which dive into various game design and development topics.