Post-Camp Info: Video Game Design

Thank you for joining us for a wonderful week in Game Design Tech Camp! If you are interested in continuing your Video Game Design education below are video game design resources that are available to assist with making even more video games on your own.

Video Game Design Software GameMaker 8.0

  • Download: GameMaker Free (used in Tech Camp)
  • Download: JoyToKey Free (used in Tech Camp)

In our Video Game Design Tech Camps, we use GameMaker 8.0 for Windows (free version). There is a newer version of GameMaker called GameMaker Studio. We recommend staying on version 8.0, which is a more stable software.

  • Mac parents: There’s a known error when installing GameMaker 8.0 on the newest Mac operating systems. Use this fix to bypass the error. Also, games made in camp will not play on the Mac version; those games must be recreated on the Mac GameMaker software.

Books Are A Great Design Resource

We recommend the following video game design resources for the software that we use in Tech Camp. These resources can both add to your skills as well as help to come up with new ideas for your games.

There are also some free training materials inside the GameMaker 8.0 software. Consequently, there are also a number of YouTube videos that are dedicated to this particular professional gaming software.

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