Nick’s MVA Course Pick-of-the-Week #mvapotw

Every week we ask one of our local Technical Evangelists to recommend a specific Microsoft Virtual Academy course and to explain why it’s a great choice so you don’t have to sift through the long list of available courses. If you don’t know Microsoft Virtual Academy, its mission is to help developers, knowledgeable IT professionals and advanced students learn the latest technology, build their skills, and advance their careers, all for free. This week Nick Trogh explains his pick-of-the-week.

The course: Developing 2D & 3D Games with Unity for Windows Jump Start

Instructors: Adam Tuliper, David Crook, Dave Voyles, Jason Fox, Matt Newman, Tobiah Marks

The Contents

Unity is one of the most popular game development tools available. In this course you’ll learn how to develop Unity Games for Windows using C# and Unity.

  • Explore the Unity development interface
  • 2D & 3D game development
  • Publishing for Windows
  • Game monetization

Why Nick likes this course

“Ever since I started with computers (I still have fond memories of my TRS-80 and Amiga), building a game was always something I was interested in.  Traditionally, game development was not for the faint of heart: game graphics, having objects respond to physics, game logic… So many things you needed to master and write code for yourself. With Unity, a lot of that becomes really easy and accessible to all developers. What’s more, it allows you to build your game across a multitude of platforms.  Just over a week ago, Unity launched their latest release Unity 5, which provides a full-featured game engine for free in the Personal Edition. Combine that with the amazing announcements the Xbox team did at GDC 15, there is no better time to unleash your game development skills.”

Do you agree with Nick, or do you have other favorite MVA courses? Let us know and join the conversation using the #mvapotw hashtag on Twitter.