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Online Games and Animation Courses

Imagine a Dingbats card, featuring the following:


Well, that’s my greeting to you today. I thought I’d counter any “attempt to be cool” through the use of a Dingbats device to convey it.

This week I’ve started a couple of online courses, courtesy of Adobe Generation.

How They Work

They’re 10 week long courses, primarily focusing of a weekly 1 hour interactive online lecture that comes complete with guest speakers, live chat room, on-screen tutorials and more. Alongside this are various resources such as weekly lecture notes and an online forum to share ideas and ask questions. It’s really very good!

You have weekly assignments, so it keeps you engaged in it – and the great thing with it being online is that if you miss a couple of weeks you can catch up (both using the resources and also a recording of the interactive lecture) easily.

These are largely introductions to the principles of each subject, but they seem to be going into enough detail to get one off and running.

Oh and the best thing? It’s completely free. Boom.

Games Design

As you’re probably aware, I’m working on making a Squage-based platform game in my spare time, so when this course appeared I jumped at the chance to get on it. We’ll be making a Flash-based (yeah, I know) simple platform game (oh, hello!), and learning about the many aspects of how to make a great computer game.

I’ve no examples to show you yet, other than a static screen with some rectangles on, so I’ll perhaps leave showcasing my work ’til a future week.


This is something I used to love doing when I was a kid, but for some reason I just drifted away from it over the years. Well, recently I’ve remembered how much I enjoy it (see the walk cycle animation post for more on that!).

So again, this course has come at the right time. In our first week we were taught about making a very simple stick man wander on screen, and learned about the term “boiling” to describe that Rhubarb and Custard / Salad Fingers effect of “shaky lined objects” in an animation.

Our assignment was to make our own “stick man walking on screen” animation, and to add our own little extra to it. So… I decided to do this:

Right, back to scaring myself with old Salad Fingers episodes…


Posted on Thu 04 Oct in Animation,Creative,Fun with Comments (2)

2 Responses to “Online Games and Animation Courses”

  1. Nice work Pat. I like how you mirrored the graphics. I don’t know if you’ve discovered the CreateJS extension for Flash yet? It allows export to HTML5/Javascript There are already a few tutorials around for using it to create HTML5 games with Flash.

  2. pat says:

    Thanks Colin! Good call re: CreateJS, I’ve heard of it but not yet had a play – looking forward to seeing what it can come up with, as that’ll ease the transition to HTML5/JS for mobile support.

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