Friday, February 15, 2013

HTML5 Game Development News

We’re pumped to have launched our HTML5 Game Development course and hope you’re enjoying it (if you’re not taking it, go sign up now)! We had a great time talking about it yesterday on Google Developers Live -- if you missed it, you can check out the conversation here.

This course focuses on building a game in Javascript, the programming language recognized in every modern web browser.

We'll discuss how to draw and animate your game, how to do player interaction, and more. By the end, you'll be familiar with a lot of the tricks and standard practices that game developers use, and be ready to apply them in building your own games!

In addition to that, we’ll be running some exciting projects alongside the course!

First, we’re excited to announce a contest focused around the course! The goal of this contest is to build your own game using the knowledge and skills you've gained from the course. To enter the contest you should check out summary and link to the official rules here. That’ll give you the full rundown on how to enter, who is eligible (and who isn’t), rules for submission and other details. If you enter, you’re agreeing to those rules, so you should seriously read them ;).  Contest submissions must be posted by April 8, 2013 to be eligible for the contest.

We'll be selecting winners in the following categories with the listed prizes:

  • Best Overall Game will win the Grand Prize: airfare, hotel accommodation, and travel to Mountain View, CA for guest participation in a Udacity course and a single attendee pass (non-transferable) to the Google I/O 2013 event.
  • Most Innovative Game: One Chromebook (or comparable item)
  • Best Style Game: One Chromebook (or comparable item)
  • Most Impressive Performance Game: One Chromebook (or comparable item)
  • Most Fun Game: One Nexus 7 tablet (or comparable item)
  • Most Educational Game: One Nexus 7 tablet (or comparable item)
  • Best Use of Physics: One Nexus 7 tablet (or comparable item)

We’re also really excited to announce a study group for the first eight weeks of the course. The study group will be hosted at Google’s San Francisco office, and we’ll be there to answer any questions you might have and help you out with the course. Space is limited, but if you are interested in attending, fill out this form.

If you don’t live around San Francisco, or can’t make it for whatever reason, don’t worry, because we’ll be livestreaming the study group as well. See this post in our wiki for links to the livestream (and archives).

We'd love to see you there, whether in person or over the intertubes!

Colt McAnlis (mainroach.blogspot.com)
Peter Lubbers
Sean Bennett