Any easy to use game developing package?

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The_Hermit_1971 101 Aug 09, 2009 at 08:02

I have no experience in programing but despite that I would like to make my own fishing game. I was practicing with a package called 3D Game Studio and got some satisfactory results (got a simple room running in about 5 minutes with the included resources) but I find the language a bit difficult for the beginner. My question is, have you seen a similar package easier for the beginner?

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genetransfer 101 Aug 09, 2009 at 08:50

3drad has just become free to use, and from what I’ve understood of it, it has alot you can do without coding though it does have scripting as you advance but it may be worth looking into.

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TazMan47 101 Aug 09, 2009 at 12:30

I would suggest you give 3DRad a try also. Having never used a product like 3DRad before, I downloaded the package and after going over the features for about an hour, I created my first demo. Give it a try, I believe you will like this package. Easy to use with lot’s of power under the hood when needed.

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fireside 141 Aug 09, 2009 at 14:45

Another easy to use engine is Blender. It’s both a modeler and game engine. It’s free, and it’s a good way to start out, I think. It’s a little hard to find good tutorials, though.

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alphadog 101 Aug 10, 2009 at 21:16

Boy, if you think 3D Game Studio is “hard”, you are in for a world of hurt…

Consider one of those online game builders, like YoYo Games.

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Sol_HSA 119 Aug 11, 2009 at 07:24

@fireside

Another easy to use engine is Blender.

Dude, you just used ‘easy’ and ‘blender’ in the same sentence.

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The_Hermit_1971 101 Aug 11, 2009 at 09:46

Thanks everybody for your replies. I’ll give 3D Rad a try based on the answers I got here.

Originally Posted by Sol_HSA
Dude, you just used ‘easy’ and ‘blender’ in the same sentence.

I agree, easy has nothing to do with Blender. Easy is a 3D modeling program like Anim8or, which I highly recommend for complete newbies like me. Blender has a lot of features but is not that easy.

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fireside 141 Aug 11, 2009 at 11:04

I agree, easy has nothing to do with Blender. Easy is a 3D modeling program like Anim8or, which I highly recommend for complete newbies like me. Blender has a lot of features but is not that easy.

The modeler is a bit quirky, but the game engine really is very easy to use. Mostly you just connect some wires between programming blocks or you can actually add python code. It’s also very easy to move from the modeler to the game engine. It’s automatic.

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Nje789 101 Aug 12, 2009 at 17:18

So the latest version of 3D RAD is free now?

Has anyone actually made a decent-looking game with rad? I came to the conclusion it sacrificed almost all trace of decent graphics in order to make something that was very easy to create 3D games with.

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starstutter 101 Aug 12, 2009 at 19:25

@Nje789

Has anyone actually made a decent-looking game with rad? I came to the conclusion it sacrificed almost all trace of decent graphics in order to make something that was very easy to create 3D games with.

I think your expectations are a bit too high for beginning indie standards. 3Drad actually doesn’t look bad at all for how easy it’s supposed to be. Have you seen their screenshot gallery? A lot of the artwork is certainly subpar but that has nothing to do with the graphics tech.

Also, keep in mind that those who are just beginning and need an easy point/click style engine are probably not the best at art yet. As they get more experience with the art, they will also move onto more advanced engines, so that also contributes to some of the user-made screens being a little messy.

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fireside 141 Aug 12, 2009 at 19:47

I played the 4 wheel demo and I thought it was pretty cool. They got the model from Google 3d warehouse. They have a model loader especially for it. I don’t think the free version does a whole lot though. Expect to pay about average – 150 dollars for the engine, they sell add on type deals. I still think Blender is a much better introduction into 3d game programming but it looks pretty good.

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Nje789 101 Aug 13, 2009 at 02:54

Well, I downloaded the now-free RAD and I think there might be some potential here for a good looking game after all. It has some good looking demos, and maybe that ugly green terrain texture that’s often shown in RAD images is just giving a misleadingly poor impression against RAD’s real capabilities.

I’m even going to try making a game with it.

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fireside 141 Aug 13, 2009 at 03:24

Hmm. They did change their licensing and dropped all the add-ons for extra money. They are just using a donation model now.

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geon 101 Aug 13, 2009 at 11:11

You should try Unity now that it has a Windows editor. www.unity3d.com

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clandestine 101 Sep 01, 2009 at 16:13

@Nje789

Has anyone actually made a decent-looking game with rad?

Yep i am!
At least i’m doing my best :)
hud003.jpg

hud005.jpg

Youtube video

3D Rad is a really decent engine, not next-gen, but it has all it needs for simpler projects like mine!