If you're interested in 2D mobile game development you've probably heard of the Corona SDK framework -- because it's freaking awesome!
In this online game development crash course for beginners we’re going to dive in and create a simple game. Along the way you'll magically learn how to use the core concepts of Corona SDK...
So put the dog outside, send your kids to the neighbor's to play, tell your spouse you need some "me time" -- and then dive into this crash course and find out just how easy...
...and how much FUN making your own game can be!
A quick look at what you'll learn in this crash course.
If you already know Corona SDK is the framework you want to use and are looking for a more comprehensive course (goes way more in-depth than this crash course) see the info here: http://MasteringCoronaSDK.com (link opens a new tab)
This shows how easy it is to get a graphic up on the screen with Corona SDK.
Since the course was created, Corona Labs changed the way the framework acts.
At about the 3:00 mark in this video when I create the background image it centers itself automatically. With the recent changes CL made, you now have to do that manually.
Change the line of code (line 21) to this:
local bg = display.newImage("background.png")
And then add these two lines right under it:
bg.x = centerX
bg.y = centerY
Basically after it's created you'll need to change the x and y properties of the background display object to move it to the center of the screen.
This Crash Course is just a beginning -- if you want to dive into game development as a hobby or as a way to make a living, here's a look at resources that can help you do that.
Use this link to see the full Corona SDK game development course I offer: http://MasteringCoronaSDK.com (link opens a new tab)
Jay has been programming professionally since 1988, starting with game programming and then over the years moving to internet programming with a major Seattle telecommunications firm. Jay started programming for mobile devices in 2010 and currently has several games and apps in the Apple App Store with more on the way.
In addition to writing hundreds of technical articles over the years, Jay has recorded dozens of hours of tutorial videos. He's been a speaker at technical conferences and enjoys teaching how to make games and apps almost as much as making games and apps themselves.
Jay is a Certified Developer with Corona SDK, and is also diving into Unity to make 2D games and tutorials.