May 24, 2003

Your Own Little World

by Andrew Stern · , 12:50 pm

I thought this sounded promising… If you’re looking for a way to get into developing your own small graphical virtual worlds for your own interactive stories or games, but aren’t sure how to get started, this might be of help. Flipcode, a great site for independent game developers, recently posted a link to the Reaction Engine, described as “a hobbyist game engine designed specifically for beginner programmers, making small fun games, or prototyping game ideas quickly.” It’s $60.

Using the engine requires programming in C++, but if you’re new to C++ too, it even includes a Crash Course in C++ Programming. Fine print: it is required that you already have Microsoft Visual C++. If you’re new programming, find a programmer friend to help you get set up with MSVC, it’s pretty easy.

The group that distributes Reaction Engine, Garage Games, came into being “to provide independent developers with tools, knowledge, co-conspirators – whatever YOU need – to make great games.” (More on the need for an independent games movement in future posts.)

Okay, people, now you’ve got little excuse to not start designing and programming your own graphical virtual worlds. :-)