Ready Coder 1: How C# Helps You Create Video Games
Coding is a rules-based discipline. So, the first things that come to mind when you think of “coding-based products” might be... boring. Things like banking apps, email newsletters, online shopping sites, etcetera.
It's easy to gloss over the fact that coding – and coders – are the foundation for one of the most popular forms of entertainment: video games.
Video games are fun, fluid, and wildly varied pieces of art – but under the surface, you'll find the order and logic of code.
Code you can learn to write...
C# and the Language of Games
C# was created by Microsoft in 2000 and is used by companies in a wide range of software products, including video games. C# is the primary coding language you'll learn at TrueCoders.
C# is a "statically typed" language. “Variables” (values that can change) need a “type” (instructions on how the variable will be used) associated with them when you write code in C#.
(check out our article on C# for more info.)
Unity is a game engine created with C#. Game engines govern how aspects like physics systems and rendering work in games run through that specific engine. Many games that run on Unity use C# as their own coding language during development.
Unity is a popular engine for a variety of reasons. It's hailed as one of the easier engines for beginners to create with, which pairs well with C#, a language known for a comfortable learning curve. (C# isn't the only language you can use to create a game through Unity, but it is a solid option.)
Unity is also flexible enough to run a variety of game styles. Unity might not be as powerful as Unreal Engine 5, but you can use Unity to create whatever you can think of – 2D, 3D, augmented reality, VR, you name it.
For these reasons, Unity is popular with indie developer teams and lone game devs around the world.
What a Pedigree
Thanks to C# and Unity, game development is in the hands of more people than ever before. That means unique titles are always coming out. Here are a few of the games you might have heard of:
- Disco Elysium
- The Elder Scrolls: Legends
- Fall Guys
- Fallout Shelter
- The Forest
- Gwent: The Witcher Card Game
- Hollow Knight
- Kerbal Space Program (1 and 2)
- League of Legends: Wild Rift
- Mario Kart Tour
- Ori and the Blind Forest
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps
- Outer Wilds
- Pokemon GO!
- The Room
- The Room Two
- Slime Rancher
- Stardew Valley
- Untitled Goose Game
All of these super-successful, award-winning games exist thanks to Unity and/or C# – and the coders working their magic behind the scenes, of course.
Time to Start
That side-scroller or RPG rattling around in your head? That digital card game you've blocked out on paper? That indie game-changer you're dying to create?
Those ideas aren't pipedreams – they're just dreams-in-waiting. All you need is TrueCoders and nine weeks of learning. After that, your skills will do the rest.
Give us a call. TrueCoders is the game changer that can help you go from gamer to game developer.
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