Train2Game News Booty5

Booty5Booty5 is two technologies fused into a single product to bring easy HTML5 2D game development to HTML5 game developers.

The first part is an easy to use, fast, free and compact professional quality HTML5 game engine written using JavaScript which is free and open source (available on Github). Booty5 enables the creation of complex 2D mobile and desktop games using an easy to use API, including a large range of features:

– Support for mobile and desktop games
– Global and local game resource management
– Scene and Actor (sprite game objects) management
– Particle systems
– Animation via Timeline and tweening
– Image, text and geometric shape rendering
– Physics using Box2D via Box2DWeb including multiple fixtures, joints, materials and shapes
– Sprite atlas and frame based bitmap animation
– Actor docking to screen edges and other actors
– Scene and actor clipping, including to circular and polygon shapes
– Scene and Actor touch detection
– Scene cameras and touch panning
– 3D sprite depth
– Input, including touch
– Audio play back
– Auto scaling and resizing to fit different sized gaming displays

The second part is a professional quality game editor and integrated development environment (IDE) that provides easy HTML5 2D game development using drag and drop. Create your game and write your code directly in the editor and hit test to view your changes immediately.Create game levels / layouts, code editing, testing, import SVG / TexturePacker, assisted editing, physics, user properties and more

Booty5 is currently available for free download from htttp://booty5.com

Train2Game News GitHub offering students free dev tools

GitHubGitHub has packaged together a selection of development tools for students free of charge.

The GitHub Student Developer Pack includes free access to crowdsourcing platform Crowdflower, $100 in platform credit to cloud hosting solution DigitalOcean and access to DNS management service DNSimple at no cost.

Other free tools and credit in the bundle include Atom, Bitnami, HackHand, Namecheap, Orchestrate, Screenhero, SendGrid, Stripe and Travis CI.

Unreal Engine 4 is also included for free to students as part of the package, though free access can be arranged directly with Epic through its new UE4 licence for academics.

To get the pack, you must prove you are aged 13 or over and are currently enrolled on a degree or diploma course.

You can find more information about what’s included in the pack and how to sign up here.

Source: Develop

Train2Game News: MIT makes educational engine open source

MITGameLabMIT Game Lab has released the source code for an engine it hopes will inspire developers to create educational games exploring special relativity.

The OpenRelativity toolset was used to create A Slower Speed of Light which MIT News reports was based around the question, “what would it be like if relativity was part of your everyday life?”.

Special relativity is a complex topic that lends itself to visual representation, and the tools allow developers to simulate the visual effects of travelling at near-light speeds.

“Education can be assisted through the use of games and other interactive media, especially for topics that frequently are hard to understand and visualise,” said MIT Game Lab’s Rik Eberhardt.

Educational gaming is a growing field and as more developers take an interest in using the medium as a teaching tool they need tools that support their efforts.

“The MIT Game Lab is built around this idea that play is extremely powerful, and one thing games are good at is giving people an intuitive grasp of complex scientific ideas,” said MIT Game lab creative director Philip Tan.

The effects of near-light speed travel is recreated by effectively slowing everything down to about walking speeds, allowing the events to be experienced at a scale closer to normal reality.

The source code for the OpenRelativity engine and toolset is available on Github and runs on Mac, Windows, and Linux.

A story such as this one is a perfect example of how the games industry influences and helps the rest of the world.