NewsLearn Game Development at Treehouse!

Today I’m excited to announce that Treehouse is teaching Game Development! If you’re already a Treehouse student, you can take the first course How to Make a Video Game right now. Here’s the trailer:

Why Games? Why Now?

You’re probably familiar with popular entertainment titles for PC, consoles, and mobile, but the same technology is also used in numerous industries for simulation, training, data visualization, and much more. Video games are more than just a game; Many people are surprised to learn that financially, the gaming industry is now larger than film or music. Innovation is exploding in every direction and new technologies like virtual reality bring the promise of more immersive experiences than ever before.

Animated gif of gameplay footage where a frog hops around a swamp collecting flies, and a frog chases it around.

Up until recently, learning to make games typically involved buying lots of expensive software and obtaining a university level education. That all changed with the advent of free game engines like Unity and Unreal, along with more affordable tools like Maya LT. Game development is becoming democratized, and at Treehouse we are proudly joining the gaming revolution to make it even easier to get started.

Similar to mobile and web, games are now a major focus area for Treehouse. We’re starting by adding the topic Game Development, and in the new course How to Make a Video Game you’ll learn how to program games in the Unity game engine using the C# language. However, we want to acknowledge other aspects of making games from the very beginning, so Game Development will be complemented with courses on art and design, starting with the upcoming course release 3D Art with Maya LT. As more courses are released in the coming months, the breadth and depth of games at Treehouse will expand rapidly. You can view all of our upcoming courses on the Treehouse Roadmap.

What about Front-End Web courses?

As many of you know, I’m one of the teachers of the Front-End Web track at Treehouse. From now on, I will be focusing my attention on making new Game Development courses, but the future of Front-End Web is in good hands. Guil Hernandez is one of the most talented teachers I’ve ever encountered and he’ll continue to add to our extensive library of Front-End courses. I’ll continue supporting the courses I’ve already made. We’re also hiring a new Front-End teacher and have two great JavaScript instructors, Andrew Chalkley and Huston Hedinger.

Learn Games Today!

I can’t overstate my excitement to be teaching games at Treehouse! I know it sounds cliché, but there really has never been a better time to start learning game development than right now. Whether you want to start an indie studio, join one of the AAA game publishers, or just give it a try, Treehouse exists to help you achieve your dreams. If you’re not already a member of Treehouse, you can start a free trial and take the course How to Make a Video Game today.

If you have any questions or thoughts you’d like to share, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

16 Responses to “Learn Game Development at Treehouse!”

  1. In video game dev is future. Author is right Many people are surprised to learn that financially, the gaming industry is now larger than film industry.

  2. Really pumped about this. But I agree with Jeff. Are there any plans for 2D game design? Preferably a platformer? That’d be amazing.

    • Nick Pettit on March 7, 2016 at 6:22 am said:

      Hi Brett,

      We have no specific plans for 2D games courses, but we’re fully committed to teaching game development, so it will almost certainly come with time.

  3. Can you please provide us a 3d Model, which you used on making your unity project (frog n logs).

    Thank you!

  4. Rob Hern on October 2, 2015 at 7:08 pm said:

    I agree with you Nick! Many people are surprised to learn that financially, the gaming industry is now larger than film or music 🙂 Let’s get it on!

  5. Nice

  6. Very awesome! Will be taking this ASAP! I hope there’s a 2D platformer course coming as well for all of us interested in making the next Shovel Knight! 🙂

    • I’m hoping for that too. But instead of Unity maybe a free alternative? Like LÖVE or similar.

      • Nick Pettit on September 1, 2015 at 9:11 am said:

        Hi Rafael,

        Unity and Unreal are both available for free. There are some restrictions on revenue, but they’re pretty high and would only apply to the most commercially successful games.

  7. Oooh, this sounds fun! Might be time to re-sign up!

  8. can’t wait to start.

    Thank you Treehouse fairies 😀

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