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Posted May 26, '12 at 2:12am

blueshrike

blueshrike

75 posts

Hey everybody. I have never had any experience with making a flash game and I would like to learn how to. If anybody has any info on where to start that would be great. Thanks.

 

Posted May 26, '12 at 5:26am

manny6574

manny6574

935 posts

Well, you need to get Adobe Flash and then learn ActionScript 3.0. ActionScript is the scripting language used in all flash games, and 3.0 is the latest version.

I suggest you first get the trial from Adobe's website, here's a link, and then have look around.

When I started off, I found that books is the best way to learn AS3. Because you want to get into games, the best choice will be first to get a grasp of ActionScript 3 basics in Learning ActionScript 3.0: A Beginners's Guide. When learning always make sure that you put the code you learned into practice in Flash. By the time you finish Chapter 6, you can move on to Flash Game University. It's an amazingly good book and I learned the main foundations opf game programming from this book. First it talks about basic game features like moving with arrow keys, movement of characters on the screen(animation) in 3 different ways, visual elements etc. Then you learn various concepts by making example games. It's a really good book.

Remember not to get discouraged as I did. Always try to experiment with your own ideas and if they don't work, try to figure out why. Making games is very fun, but it's not effortless. If there's something not in the books, look up an online tutorial for it(don't rely on them too much though). Once you are sure you want to go into this and can do a relavitely good amount of things, get this book: Essential ActionScript 3.0; it really is a must for any good flash developer, it is very in-depth and detailed about many of AS3.0 concepts.


I hope you have fun learning to make games, you can email me if you want to ask some more question: manny6574@hotmail.co.uk

Have Fun!

 

Posted May 26, '12 at 7:20pm

blueshrike

blueshrike

75 posts

thank you Manny6574 for your help, I really appreciate it.

 

Posted May 27, '12 at 8:04am

manny6574

manny6574

935 posts

I wanted to help cause I started similar to you

 

Posted Jun 1, '12 at 10:59pm

Annihalation

Annihalation

491 posts

I wouldn't recommend learning Flash unless you are willing to shell out the big bucks for their latest Creation Suite (I think they are on CS5 now?). I don't want to down on your luck though, you could always make games almost exactly the same using Java, except Java is free and has more applications in the future in my opinion. However, Flash has the visual components that make it easier to learn.

 

Posted Jun 2, '12 at 3:52am

manny6574

manny6574

935 posts

I didn't shell out a penny

 

Posted Jun 2, '12 at 8:47pm

Annihalation

Annihalation

491 posts

I'd have to say Java, because everything that flash can do, Java can do too :P Also I think Java supports hardware rendering and such better, meaning higher FPS for the same content. But I'm not an expert, so don't quote me there, I've only noticed it from personal experience :P

 

Posted Jul 6, '12 at 3:49am

PhsycoDragon

PhsycoDragon

41 posts

The internet is ALWAYS helpful.

 

Posted Jul 6, '12 at 3:54am

PhsycoDragon

PhsycoDragon

41 posts

CS6 is out. DO NOT USE C PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES, THEY ARE TOO COMPLEX! Android apps are also made in java, not sure about iOS though...

 
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