Have you ever asked yourself what would it take to become an indie game developer? We are far from the initial gold rush days of the App Store when you needed to know your Objective C and Cocoa Touch to create a game. Today we have new tools and still hear success stories that show us that independent developers still have a place. Game design is still exciting, it’s liberating and… who wouldn’t like to make their own game?
Most of us can only wish we had the combination of skills and knowledge to tackle a basic iOS project. Fortunately, there are very talented people out there who are willing to share knowledge and experience. Paul Solt, an iPhone expert and former Apple employee, is launching a course on iPhoneDev.tv that teaches how to make and launch a game in a month. Unlike other options such as the feared programming book, Solt’s method is approachable, manageable and a completely hands-on study experience.
The course is supported by video lectures with Solt, daily practical exercises and a daily Q&A video session where he answers students’ questions. During the course students will have the opportunity to work on several game types and participate with others in the weekend challenges and final project. Topics include Sprite Kit with Swift, physics and collisions, animations, particle effects, Game Center integration as well as In-app purchases.
What makes the iPhoneDev.tv method unique is that students start working on a prototype early on and only later learn how and why everything works. In traditional education you study the theory before you get to do anything.
“By teaching this course in a way that encourages creativity and provides structure while still allowing for flexibility, my hope is that my students will be able to create high quality apps that provide them a sense of accomplishment and excitement about future possibilities.” Paul Solt
If you have been daydreaming about the possibility to design your own game, this is a great start. Solt is aware of the common pitfalls and you rarely get a chance to walk your first steps with this kind of support. The course launches on the 26th of January for $99 but you can sign up using this link with a 20% off discount.