Demystifying Construct 3

Construct 3 allows you to easily make games for HTML websites, and export to all kinds of platforms. It’s free, fully contained in-browser, and no installation required, so it works on Macs too! Construct 2, also made by Scirra, is a downloadable program (for Windows only) that works in much the same way as Construct 3.  Both…

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Indie Dev Podcast – Sarah Sexton

Increasing diversity in games and the STEM fields is my passion. I was honored to join Dave Voyles for an interview about who I am, what I do in my career and my community, and the website I use to transcribe mu interviews with women who build video games, www.shebuildsgames.com.  As an undergrad, I founded the Ada Lovelace Club…

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Demystifying Ren’Py

Visual Novels A visual novel is an interactive game style introduced in Japan in the early 1990s, featuring mostly static graphics, most often using anime-style art or occasionally live-action stills (and sometimes video footage). As the name might suggest, they resemble mixed-media novels. Ren’Py is a cross-platform “Visual Novel” engine that runs on Python (hence the “Py”). It comes pre-packaged with a lot…

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Demystifying GameMaker Studio

GameMaker Studio is a free, code-optional game engine. It creates 2-Dimensional games and is a well-documented tool that has been a staple in the independent games community for many years. The engine is robust, and a lot of well-known indie games have been made in it, such as Spelunky by Mossmouth and Undertale by Toby…

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Microsoft Bot Framework Part 4: Natural Language AI, LUIS

Welcome to the fourth post on using Microsoft Bot Framework! Microsoft Bot Framework Part 1: Getting Started Microsoft Bot Framework Part 2: Hello World Microsoft Bot Framework Part 3:  Conversation For the final installment of my 4-part blog series, there is a special guest I would like you to meet: LUIS! Language Understanding Intelligent Service…

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Microsoft Bot Framework Part 3: Conversation

Welcome to Part 3! Join me to learn more about how to build conversational dialog options into your bot. Conversations Bots are fun because we can type to them in plain English. The next step that makes it cool is getting them to talk back to you with different phrases. My previous blog posts Part 1 and Part 2 explained how…

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Microsoft Bot Framework Part 2: Hello World

Welcome back to the continuation of Microsoft Bot Framework Part 1, for more information on how to configure new channels with communication services such as Slack and the web. Before we can connect our bot to users on the web, there are a few security measures we’ll have to take with our code. Many REST APIs…

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Microsoft Bot Framework Part 1: Getting Started

One of the many big announcements made at Microsoft’s //BUILD conference in March was Microsoft’s brand new “Bot Framework.” They did this cool demonstration of how to build an automated bot that could order pizza for you just by typing messages to it in plain English! I have been working on building Bots using the…

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HoloLens Development Resources

Here is a list of all the best resources to get started with HoloLens development! How to install the tools: https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/holographic/install_the_tools Windows 10 (Pro, Enterprise, or Education edition) with the Fall Creators Update (RS3), Operating System 16299.15. Use the “Windows Mixed Reality PC Check” UWP app to check your system. Unlock Developer Mode: Windows Start…

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