A Beginner’s Guide To Making Your First Video Game

“Game development has exploded over the last few years, and now it seems like everyone is making a video game. You’ve got big studios full of hundreds of people. You’ve got small teams making incredible games. There are more people in independent game development than ever. This is an amazing thing, because everyone brings their unique experience and sensibilities to game design…”

Login 2 Life

“Elaborate digital platforms like Second Life and World of Warcraft offer novel opportunities for friendship, sex, employment, and aesthetic experience in virtual communities populated by cartoon-like avatars. While these simulated worlds are often treated with contempt by the general media, LOGIN 2 LIFE takes a more sympathetic approach, profiling seven people deeply immersed in these worlds, and attempting to understand what each gets from their virtual life.” – Login 2 Life

A Dictionary of Video Game Theory

Curator: Steve Wilcox Steve Wilcox is an assistant professor in the Game Design & Development program at Wilfrid Laurier University where he researches & creates knowledge translation games. He is also the co-founder & former editor-in-chief of First Person Scholar.

Tropes vs. Women in Videogames

“The Tropes vs Women in Video Games project aims to examine the plot devices and patterns most often associated with female characters in gaming from a systemic, big picture perspective. This series will include critical analysis of many beloved games and characters, but remember that it is both possible (and even necessary) to simultaneously enjoy media while also being critical of it’s more problematic or pernicious aspects.” – Feminist Frequency

Games For Change

“Founded in 2004, Games for Change facilitates the creation and distribution of social impact games that serve as critical tools in humanitarian and educational efforts. We aim to leverage entertainment and engagement for social good. To further grow the field, Games for Change convenes multiple stakeholders, highlights best practices, incubates games, and helps create and direct investment into new projects.” – Games For Change

Unity 3D

“Unity is a flexible and powerful development platform for creating multiplatform 3D and 2D games and interactive experiences. It’s a complete ecosystem for anyone who aims to build a business on creating high-end content and connecting to their most loyal and enthusiastic players and customers.” – Unity 3D

Includification – A Practical Guide to Game Accessibility

“This document does not explain the technical ways to design a video game. Instead, it explains the most important accessibility options that can be included into a video game and what each one of them means to the end-user. In a three-tier style, we will explain the options that need to be included to assist those with mobility, hearing, visual and cognitive disabilities.” – Includification – A Practical Guide to Game Accessibility

Unreal Engine

“Unreal Engine 4 is a complete suite of game development tools made by game developers, for game developers. From 2D mobile games to console blockbusters and VR, Unreal Engine 4 gives you everything you need to start, ship, grow and stand out from the crowd.” – Unreal Engine

Can I Play Gay?

“A listing that exists to answer the only question you actually care about: Does such-and-such a video game let me make my characters queer?” – Can I Play Gay?