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This App Can Make Anyone A Video Game Designer

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Posted in Games on 31st Aug, 2013 12:58 AM by AlexMuller

Who hasn't sat on the couch at the end of a marathon gaming session and wondered what it would be like to make a game rather than just play one? With Pixel Press, anyone can do both—no coding required. The app, which debuts on iOS later this year, converts simple marks on paper into a playable videogame.


The Pixel Press team invented a sketchable language for game design. Armed with custom graph paper and a small glossary of shorthand—lines, Xs, slashes—users draw games, which the app then scans and converts into an actual, playable videogame level. For example, the app reads a blacked-out square as a power-up marker, and Xs on a platform as spikes. It takes less than 30 seconds for the app to convert the marks; once that’s done, players add colors and textures.


At launch, the system will make only Mario-style sideways-scrolling games, but the developers at Pixel Press already have a prototype to create puzzles—and they’re also planning racing and adventure games.



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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-08-31
+5
The app takes less than 30 seconds to convert the marks;reads a blacked-out square as a power-up marker, and Xs on a platform as spikes, once that’s done, players add colors and textures. Now they make it sound simple.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-08-31
+5
Okie if it is going to be so simple then where do I find out how to do the square and the x's? Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-08-31
+5
I would needs a video game designer book for dummies. lol Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-09-07
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77jZ1L I really enjoy the blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Fantastic. Reply


 

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