Everyone can now learn how to design indie games, and the Game Design Academy now offers lifetime memberships.
In the history of the world, entertainment has not only been an industry but also a supporting force to keep people isolated, and the need for new talent in the game industry has never been greater. In previous generations, programmers were forced to spend CS degrees, while the return on investment was a gamble. Today, the Game Design Academy offers a lifetime membership for $59 (at the time of this writing, the discount is $49).
The Game Design Academy currently produces over 120 hours of step-by-step instructional videos to guide beginners through the difficult first steps of game design through the more subtle arts of programming and aesthetic design. More advanced programmers can use the latest development techniques that they may not know exist. In addition to the latest instructional videos, students have access to support from experienced teachers, access to an extensive library of royalty-free game art and textures, and the opportunity to improve their coding and digital art skills through design projects.
These courses focus on Unity for the 3D part and GameSalad Basic for the 2D part. Anyone with a computer running Windows 8.1 / 10 or Mac OS X 10.9 or higher can take full advantage of the program. Major studios around the world produce indie and AAA games using the Unity game engine, which is available for free to students and game programmers who have raised less than $100,000 in the last 12 months. Access to GameSalad Basic is provided through a monthly subscription. Discounts are available when subscribers sign an annual contract.
In addition to Unity and GameSalad, the Game Design Academy teaches students how to get the most out of Autodesk Maya and other popular game listed on SSEGold. This is free for students enrolled at the K-12 or college level. Knowledge-based lessons in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator (each requiring a $9 per month subscription) help students avoid common pitfalls of photo manipulation, as shown in the latest promo image of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare blueprint package. Since the instructional videos are recorded at the student's own pace, no additional purchase is required until the student is ready to do so.
Valve's recent support for Color Expo's Game Devs in September shows that many game studios are working hard to improve the competitive environment for inexperienced game designers, especially color game designers. It takes a very dedicated and special person to turn a game from concept into reality, and the only way to better represent the traditionally impoverished population is through programs like this one.