Python is a very popular programming language used to make all sorts of things. It is fairly easy to learn and is a good language to know.
The official site is here: Python.org
CodeAcademy.org has an online course to help learn Python. There are many other resources online as well as many books.
Defold is a free commercial quality game engine for 2d games. You can find it here: Defold. It is completely free to use and can generate games for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Web.
Phaser is a free framework for writing games for websites. Its host website phaser.io has a nice page with lots of examples. This has been used for commercial and free game work and is quite powerful. There are a number of tutorials for how to learn it on websites as well as youtube videos. It is worth checking out if you are interested in making games.
Inform – Writing Text Adventures#
Inform is a language for writing text adventures, otherwise known as Interactive Fiction. Such games present the world to you in words and language. The player types commands and the world changes. Very old school yet some pretty powerful works of fiction have been created.
Inform comes with a complete environment for creating these adventures for Windows, Mac and other environments. The programming language Inform is designed to read like plain English. For example, this is a sample from the documentation. This describes a room and some objects in a sample game. This is actually code that can be run in the Inform language:
The Cobble Crawl is a room. "You are crawling over cobbles in a low passage. There is a dim light at the east end of the passage."
A wicker cage is here. "There is a small wicker cage discarded nearby."
The Debris Room is west of the Crawl. "You are in a debris room filled with stuff washed in from the surface. A low wide passage with cobbles becomes plugged with mud and debris here, but an awkward canyon leads upward and west. A note on the wall says, 'Magic word XYZZY'."
The black rod is here. "A three foot black rod with a rusty star on one end lies nearby."
Above the Debris Room is the Sloping E/W Canyon. West of the Canyon is the Orange River Chamber.
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