Train2game News AppGameKit for Raspberry Pi

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The Game Creators today released a free version of AppGameKit for Raspberry Pi users. This significant key release adds a further dimension to the already successful development engine.

AppGameKit works on all versions of Raspberry Pi and users just need to register an account with The Game Creators and then it can be downloaded for free – http://www.appgamekit.com/agk-pi/

Lee Bamber, CEO of The Game Creators, said “It’s the full AppGameKit BASIC, which has the IDE, can compile and broadcast (includes broadcasting to iOS and Android devices that have the player app on them) and allows access to the GPIO pins so you can code input and output to external add-ons (LEDs, devices etc).”

The Game Creators Development Director, Rick Vanner, said “We’re very excited to be bringing our AppGameKit game engine to the Raspberry Pi community. AppGameKit is ideal for anyone who wants to code cross-platform apps quickly and easily. We’re certain the creative Raspberry Pi community will make some amazing projects with AppGameKit.”

The Game Creators developed Driving Test Success Theory, Hazard Perception and Highway Code apps for UK publisher Focus Multimedia, deploying them onto the App Store, Google Play, Amazon, Mac Store and Blackberry World – all from AppGameKit’s executable code. These Driving Test Success apps are now one of the UK’s #1 ‘Learning to Drive’ apps.

Train2Game News Windows 10 coming to Raspberry Pi 2

Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2Today the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced the retail availability of their new board, the Raspberry Pi 2 and Microsoft are joining the Foundation in also announcing that Windows 10 will support Raspberry Pi 2, which will be free for the Maker community through the Windows Developer Program for IoT later this year.

Recently Terry Myerson took the opportunity to share more details about Windows 10, which will usher in the new generation of Windows. Windows 10 is the first step toward an era of more personal computing. This vision guided the efforts to reimagine Windows for a world that is more mobile, natural and grounded in trust. Windows 10 will inspire and support a broad range of devices – from PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s to phones to Xbox and the Internet of Things.

Microsoft see the Maker community as an amazing source of innovation for smart, connected devices that represent the very foundation of the next wave of computing, and are excited to be a part of this community.

A spokesman from Microsoft said “Last year we took an important step in embracing the Maker movement by creating the Windows Developer Program for IoT and delivering Windows for the Intel Galileo board. We are taking the next step by bringing Microsoft’s leading development tools, services, and ecosystem to the Raspberry Pi community for free through our Windows Developer Program for IoT.”

Raspberry Pi has quickly become one of the Maker community’s favorite platforms because their highly-capable, low-cost boards and compute modules enable developers to bring their vison to life. Raspberry Pi 2 is a surprisingly powerful device that opens up the world of computing and programing to a huge range of people and skill levels.

Microsoft are excited about working with the Raspberry Pi Foundation and to share that Windows 10 will support Raspberry Pi 2. They will be sharing more details about the Windows 10 plans for IoT in the coming months. You can register for the developer program on the Windows Developer Program for IoT site to get the latest information on the Maker efforts.

Train2Game News: Cheap(er) Raspberry Pi now available

Raspberry Pi Model B

Raspberry Pi Model B

The Train2Game News team is a big fan of the Raspberry Pi computer and now the cheapest computer on the market has an even cheaper version.

A new lite version has released and will cost £16. The Model A is a stripped-down version of the Model B Raspberry Pi, which launched late last year. The lite version has no Ethernet, one USB port and 256MB RAM.

As well as being cheaper than the Model B, the Model A consumes roughly a third of the power of the B, which is useful for those wanting to run projects from a battery or solar power, such as robots, sensor platforms, Wi-Fi repeaters and so on. The Raspberry Pi Foundation is already working on software to get its power consumption even lower.

The microcomputer is getting its general roll out this year, following a well-received reception from early adaptors.

The Model A will only be available in Europe for now, and can be purchase from suppliers RS Components and Farnell. This restriction is due to be lift soon so the rest of the world can order it as well.

RS customers outside Europe can order a Model A now, but there will be a short delay in processing orders, while paperwork is sorted before the devices can be shipped. Farnell customers outside Europe will see the Model A appear on their local sites when this paperwork has been filled.

The Raspberry Pi can be purchased here.

Train2Game News: Minecraft coming to Raspberry Pi

The creators of Minecraft, Mojang, have developed a version of their hit game which can be loaded onto the Raspberry Pi.

Minecon was held in Paris last weekend and the news was announced that Minecraft: Pi edition will be released.

The Pi edition was developed by reworking the phone based, Minecraft: Pocket Edition. Mojang began work on this after the creators of the Raspberry Pi sent them a bunch of boards to work on a little while back.

The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-sized single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of stimulating the teaching of basic computer science.

The port will have a revised feature set and support for several programming languages, allowing users to code directly into the game, opening a world of possibilities.

Mojang’s chief officer Owen Hill said “The possibilities are massive,

“You could organise the cheapest LAN party of all time, or use the Pi to learn the fundamentals of programming on a minuscule budget.

“It’s like hacking your way into Minecraft and modifying the game world with code, a bit like being Notch, Jeb, or Nathan, but arguably more fun and less stressful.”

The site states Minecraft: Pi Edition will be available for free “very soon”.

Train2Game News: Raspberry Pi comes home

The UK designed bare bones mini computer, Raspberry Pi, is now being manufactured in a Sony factory in South Wales.

The Raspberry Pi was created to get young people and potential games developers interested in programming and computing. Its affordable price and versatility make it an excellent teaching tool.

The device was previously made in China to keep costs down. As of mid August it is now put together in the United Kingdom. The credit card sized computers now come with a “Made in the UK” stamp, located next to the power supply.

Since its launch in April the device has been highly popular and is estimated to sell over a million products by the end of this year.

Eben Upton, a co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, said “When Pete Lomas and I built the first Raspberry Pi’s for testing last year, we never dreamed it would become so popular so quickly,”

“The Raspberry Pi was built to develop young people’s skills in computer programming and electronic engineering; we had always intended and hoped that the Raspberry Pi would also be manufactured within the UK.”

“By bringing the production of a UK product back into the country alongside its development and distribution, we can help support our economy and demonstrate the capabilities the UK has in terms of technological innovation, invention, and manufacturing.”

Mike Buffham, global head of EDE at Premier Farnell, who distribute Raspberry Pi, added: “Since the Raspberry Pi was launched globally in February 2012 it has been a tremendous success story.”
“As such we have had huge interest from educational institutions in purchasing the product, innovative design engineers who are using the computer for exciting new applications and also the general public.”

David Braben’s tiny PC could revive the age of bedroom coding

Every Train2Game student is bound to be interested in this! A Tiny PC that costs a maximum of £15 has been revealed, and its creators hope the ultra portable computer – with the width of just a 20p coin – can encourage a new generation of game developers.

The Raspberry Pi has been called the spiritual successor to the BBC Micro of the 1980s, the computer that took many bedroom coders to high profile figures in the UK video games industry. Some Train2Game students probably grew up with them too!

The project was announced by Chairman of Frontier Developments David Braben  at the Learning Without Frontiers event (Which Train2Game Course Director Tony Bickley also attended ) and he has spoken to GamesIndustry.biz about it.   He hopes the Raspberry Pi it’ll encourage children to learn more about how computers actually work, and potentially turn them into the game developers of the future:

“A group of us formed a charity here in Cambridge called Raspberry Pi, with a view to creating the spiritual successor of the BBC Micro, to provide a way to motivate people to realise that computer science, maths, STEM subjects actually are not deathly dull – because that is the message a lot of kids seem to have picked up,” said Braben.

He also explained to GamesIndustry.biz what exactly the Raspberry Pi is:

“We’ve come up with a design and made early prototypes of a machine which is really, really small and allows people who don’t have access to a PC at home – which is true of a lot of kids – but do have a TV to have a device where they can browse the web, do email, YouTube, watch video very easily and cheaply.”

The result is a tiny self contained computer which can be directly plugged into the HDMI port and outputs an image of 1080p.  Each Raspberry Pi will also apparently be encased in material that will make it “indestructible”

Braben also told GamesIndustry.biz that the Raspberry Pi will be able to support various types of programming language:

“It can have some very simple scripting language programming – which might even be something like BASIC – so even though it doesn’t satisfy the gamut of all the objective oriented learning and so on, that’s very easy to pick up once you’ve got the general principals of how a computer works, what it does, how it does it”.

And the man behind the classic Elite hopes the Raspberry Pi will provide opportunities for a new generation of bedroom developers.

“It’s really trying to redress the balance a bit so kids coming up now do have at least a chance, and hopefully it’ll be someone like me ranting on in 20, 30 years about how that was a great opportunity for them. You never know!”

This newly announced device is sure to be of much interest to Train2Game students, especially those on the Game Development course.  The projects main aim is to make learning skills that are vital to the games industry both simpler and more enjoyable for kids. Of course, the Train2Game courses also allow adults to do this too, but the Raspberry Pi is sure to be good for the future of the games industry.

The announcement comes after Braben strongly criticised the teaching of ICT in the UK, and before the upcoming Livingstone-Hope review says there’s a growing skills gap in the UK game development industry. The Train2Game blog will be covering the launch of the report.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on David Braben’s Raspberry Pi? Do you think it will be helpful for the games industry? Would you spend £15 on one and do your own bedroom coding?

As usual, you can leave your thoughts here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

[Source: GamesIndustry.biz]