Posted in Educational Games

Game Recommendation: Human Resource Machine

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Human Resource Machine is a puzzle game in which the player progresses through a number of challenges, with each challenge meant to represent one year of your avatar’s life working at a some kind of large corporate company. ย The reason I’m recommending this game is because the puzzles require players to program…well kind of ๐Ÿ˜› The logic for each puzzle is that you need to create a program that will take the input given to you on the left and sort it as defined by the challenge before outboxing the appropriate output to the right. This “program” is made up of a constrained list of commands which includes things like subtraction, addition, jumping and so on. The challenges range quite drastically in difficulty so there should be something for anyone even if you’ve never seen code logic before.

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While this game isn’t really about educating people to program, I think it can act as a very fun way to introduce some of the fundamental logic and ideas that need to go into completing tasks using a list of input commands, which is really all that programming is! ย In addition, while you can just complete a puzzle and move on, the game challenges you to complete the problem within a given number of steps and a given efficiency (how many steps are gone through on average to solve the puzzle), forcing players to hone their solutions down to perfection (just like I have to do at work!).

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I love this game ๐Ÿ˜€ – it has a really fun style, interesting puzzles and an easy to use interface. So if you want a gamefied way to get your head into what solving programming puzzles might be like, Human Resource Machine is a great place to start. The company also released their sequel to this game, 7 Billion Humans, just last week, and I can’t wait to try out an entirely new set of tricky programming logic problems ๐Ÿ˜€

Human Resource Machine can be purchased on Steam (link) or on the Nintendo Switch. I personally prefer theย switch version as I like using the touch screen to drag and drop commands instead of a mouse, but either version works fine ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy!

Image References

First Image: Human Resource Machine Wikipedia

Second & Third Image:ย https://tomorrowcorporation.com/blog/wp-content/themes/tcTheme2/images/hrm/screenshots/hrm_06.png

Posted in Learning Tools

Udemy: The place to go to learn the skills you need to start making video games!

When I first decided I wanted to work in the video games industry I started searching for ways I could learn the skills I would need to actually make video games, and one of the best places I found was Udemy.ย  Udemy is a website that provides access to literally thousands of online courses in a vast array of subject areas. In my case I found courses relating to learning programming languages, including C++, C# and Python, which were invaluable for getting to grips with the basics outside of a Computer Science degree (yes, you do not necessarily need a relevant gaming or computing degree to get into the video games industry – I didn’t have one and now I’m a gaming programmer and loving every minute ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

Udemy also has a number of courses to help you learn the basics of various pieces of programming software. This includes Unity (a great place to start if you want to try out creating games using C#), Unreal Engine and GameMaker Studio.ย  As a number of fully published and successful games have been created using this software, these courses can really help give your skills a boost, and act as a good test for whether you will truly enjoy working to create video games as a career!

If you want to check it out for yourself. the website address is here: Udemy

For gaming and programming I would personally recommend the following starter courses – they are both great fun and very educational (the best mix!) and you don’t need any previous experience to start making your very own games ๐Ÿ˜€ :

  • C++ Tutorial for Complete Beginners
  • Complete Python Bootcamp: Go From Zero To Hero In Python
  • Complete C# Unity Developer 2D – Learn to Code Making Games
  • Become a Game Maker with GameMaker Studio 1.4
  • The Unreal Engine Developer Course – Learn C++ & Make Games
The one thing I should note is that many of the courses on Udemy are not free, however the site often has widespread sales and the course prices are well worth the skills they teach!
So, that ends my sales pitch for Udemy, and also my first blog post! I should probably just make it clear that this is not a paid promotion – I’m suggesting the website purely because it is such a great place to find resources to help you learn! I hope you found this post helpful and if you have any questions please message me and I’ll help if I can ๐Ÿ™‚