Make games without programming for free?

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by appledyl, Nov 27, 2009.

  1. appledyl macrumors regular

    appledyl

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    Hello. I am looking for a free app (compatible with Power PC) that can create a well-rendered 3d-environment game without programming or writing complex scripts. I am a very creative person and a talented storywriter/artist and could make a pretty exciting game with an intense storyline, but I do not have the programming skills to do so. Please show me an app where I can do these things. (I am very visual with making things, so programs with lots of visuals would be best.)

    Thanks.
    You guys are the best.
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  2. Eric5h5 macrumors 68020

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    To make anything interesting, you have to learn how to program, sorry. Adding a "free" requirement narrows down the options considerably in any case. Unity is free for the basic version, and is fairly visual as far as these things go, but still it requires programming.

    --Eric
     
  3. ranguvar macrumors 6502

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    Sorry to bust your bubble, but you're not going to create a cool 3D game with an intense storyline yourself, even if you were an über-programmer. You need a team where you (and possibly others) do the creative stuff and others program.

    You might want to look into using the Blender Game Engine (it's quite impressive, as seen in this video). But again, you need at least some Python scripting to create an actual game.
     
  4. MorphingDragon macrumors 603

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    You need a nice dousing of perspective. Making a 2D SIDE SCROLLER is hard enough with one person. I think Commander Keen was made by a group of about 20.

    [​IMG]
     
  5. appledyl thread starter macrumors regular

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    okay thanks. I looked into unity and yes it does have programming. But is there any app kind of like Game Maker or something that's free? Because Game Maker you don't really need any programming, but then again you can only make like side-scrollers.

    I love commander keen! :cool:
     
  6. chown33 macrumors 604

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    http://www.yoyogames.com/gamemaker/
    "You can make games with backgrounds, animated graphics, music and sound effects, and even 3D games!"
    (emphasis added)
     
  7. Muncher macrumors 65816

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    Unfortunately, programming is the hard part. Fortunately, it's not that hard. With the appropriate resources, you can do a surprising amount with really breaking a sweat.

    I personally learned to code with DarkBASIC. It's windows only, (I've long since moved on anyway) but if you have access to windows, whether by bootcamp or the like, I suggest you try it. It's not that expensive and there's a trial version.

    Basically, DarkBASIC takes out all the leg work of a 3D game. Literally, you can write 5 lines and see a model. Check it out.
     
  8. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    Oh wow, DarkBasic has came a long long way since I last played with it.

    For 3D and free Unity is going to be your best bet. The Unity engine is quite capable of a lot and I've been working through the tutorials and learning it.

    As others have stated though making a good 3D game by yourself is pretty much impossible. Youd have to have an amazing amount of time.

    That being said, you could learn scripting with Unity and crank out a level or 2. They have a great (150+ page) tutorial of setting up a 3D level.

    Another suggestion (although not free) is Torque.
     
  9. hhas macrumors regular

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    Since your interest is in developing maps and models rather than writing game engines, I'd suggest modding an existing 3D shooter.

    It's years since I did any modding myself so can't offer any specific suggestions, but this looks like it might be a good place to ask for advice:

    http://www.macgamingmods.com

    Bear in mind that even a modest conversion could easy take a couple of years; if you're not willing/able to give that sort of commitment then you might want to consider scaling down your ambitions and join a team project.
     
  10. Muncher macrumors 65816

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    Haha, true that. I remember when there was no "pro" version, a simpler time when the latest version was 1.10, and there was still a team request forum... :p:D
     

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