After buying TONS of books over the last 30 years, I finally decided to do something more constructive. Just wanted to say that I'm truly amazed at how professional and well laid-out this material is! I'm probably a bit a bit older than most, and don't see and hear so well anymore, so I really appreciate having the text on PDF so I can magnify the text, and I can hear and understand what the narrator is saying during the presentations -- what a relief! Congrats to the Game Institute -- well done!!!
I just wanted to say that this has been an incredible learning experience for me. The material was well laid out, well taught, and has given me a bunch of new skills that will help me create better games. I'd also like to add that these forums are the most friendly and helpful that I've ever seen. I will definitely be recommending Game Institute to anyone I know who's even slightly interested in making games. Thanks!
The courses here at Game Institute are amazing. I not only get the knowledge I need to do all of this but it really gets me excited about programming. I look forward everyday to programming and seeing what I'll learn next. If you decide to join us here at GI I know you won't be disappointed. ;D Oh and by the way I forgot to mention about the forums. The forums are very active. Anytime I ask a question i'll get tons of replies very fast and then I can continue with my work. People are VERY friendly even when you have no clue what your doing and they're always ready to help.
Although I have had extensive math classes in my past, I still learned a lot from the Game Mathematics offering and I am glad that I took it. Thanks Frank and everyone for all the help... good program!
Before I started, I did take a C++ class before. The classes here at Game Institute are so much better, and I really have no complaints. Tons more detail and you actually really get to do the code here (unlike the other). From someone who had really no experience programming at all, this training helped so much. Once you complete both C++ modules, things really start coming together. You can find other libraries on the web and start using them after you do a little reading and tinkering and make a 2d game. And myself, after the 2d game I am making is complete, I am moving on to the Graphics and Game Engine traiing for 3D games. Also there are people here to help you. So far these classes have been great!! Thank you Game Institute!!
I took the AI course and think it was great! I'm a big fan of AI in games and I learned a lot from the course. And one of the demos is in 3D as well. I managed to turn the 2D flocking demos into 3D as well quite easily by just adding the third dimension.
I have been a programmer for a number of years, and learned quite a few languages all from the "school of hard knocks" :D, and I can tell you that Game Institute's C++ training is actually a great way to see if you truly enjoy programming. I have found in all my years of programming its always easier to learn when you have a specific goal/project in mind, whether that be a project at work or an interest in games here at the Game Institute. The system they have presented here is ZERO pressure ;D and learn at your own pace, and extremely high quality of curriculum. Everyone here, especially the instructors and student teachers are extremely friendly and do a great job in helping anyone with questions. Because its "learning at your own pace" here, I have found that it has been less of an issue about how fast I learn here, but how much I have learned here :). And I really have learned a ton :) Quite a bit of what you learn through game programming actually has a lot of merit in the business sector, specifically with problem solving. Anywhoo.... ;D Give it a try, I think you will enjoy it here.
I just finished my final exam and was so happy that I had to post something to share the joy. I have learned more through this course than I ever thought possible, and even though my final grade wasn't quite as high as I would have liked, I'm excited just to realize how much I have accomplished over the course of this training. C++ Programming (Module I) was an absolutely excellent course. I can't wait to start the second module! UPDATE: I just completed C++ Programming (Module II) and, as has become a custom for me, just wanted to post to share the joy. Module I was an excellent course, and the results of my studies were well worth the time. Module II was even better! The amount of knowledge I have gained in such a short time amazes me. Once again, this course was excellent, and I can't wait to start my Graphics and Game Engine Programming training!
Graphics and Game Engine Programming is fantastic. If you really want to understand this stuff at a deep level, I don't think you'll regret the purchase. An excellent value, just for this, at twice the price.
I finally got around to taking the final for this course (I've been done with the lessons for several months now, but haven't had time to program due to college)... and after studying up for the last couple of days, I pulled a 98 out of my butt! In fact, the only question I missed was the one question I went back and changed the answer on!!! Thank you Game Institute for effectively educating me ;D The only problem now is that its online and I don't have anybody to celebrate with, so everybody go get themselves some cake and ice cream and pretend you're at a party...
I don't know what I would do without Game Institute. I wouldn't know half of what I know now if its wasn't for you guys. I just turned 19, so hopefully here in a couple years I'll be pretty good. Me and one of my buddies are taking these classes and we are going to build a game engine. I swear I've watched almost all of the tutorials 5 times... ha-ha... I'm obsessed with this now and I have y'all to thank for that.
Been working away on the Chapter 5 RPG game and can't for the life of me wrap my head around a method for implementing a functioning inventory for the game. So I thought I would come to the experts for some advice on how to proceed. It's sort of the last big addition to my game and I think my brain is fried from eating, sleeping, breathing C++ thanks to this great course !! ;D
Thank you so much for putting together this fantastic course (Building Video Game Consoles). I didn't want to depart without thanking you for all of the effort that you put into the preparations for this class. I'm sure it was a lot of work and I hope that you consider it worthwhile. I certainly do! So, thank you for the wonderful course, and if you have any suggestions on additional hardware courses, I'd love to hear them.
I just wanted to thank everyone here so far. Gary especially with his easy to follow, yet extremely in depth coverage of Unity. In the short period of time since I signed up I have become better at programming and I have been able to do some amazing things in Unity. I think I'll be around for awhile.
I am 20 years old and have been game programming for a couple of years with a 2d/3d game language. I also have been programming with visual basic since I was 13 or so off and on and have been programming with Visual Basic .NET 2003 since 2004. I want to give Game Institute two thumbs up for the quality of the courseware that I have seen so far. Concepts that took me a long time to understand when I learned them in VB.net are so clearly presented here; they are not only presented, they are read to me! With fantastic pricing, teachers, and community, this is a great learning experience! The teachers listed are also not just teachers -- they are experts! I saw Mr. LaMothe and freaked out because I knew that there were masters here! Look at all of the credentials of the teachers; man they really have some experience. Mr. Luna, my C++ teacher ;D, has multiple books published that are bestsellers! I hope that I am one day, with continued study and dedication, able to accomplish some of the feats that the teachers have accomplished that teach here. I always look forward to talking with all of the teachers and learning from the best!
I'd like to take advantage of this moment to thank you for answering all my tons of questions!! Usually no one takes that much time to look at my questions, but you definitely did. I really, really appreciate it. When I started this course I knew a little bit about 3D and had some years of programming experience. However, this course raised my skills to whole new levels. First I thought a class with hundreds lines of code is really big. During this course, I worked with classes containing thousands of lines of code! I really raised my standards and I really impressed myself. I didn't expect I could handle that. I learned a lot from the way you guys deal with such large projects. Also, it was incredible how you (yeah, you Adam :) ), corrected all those projects that didn't work and added comments saying what exactly went wrong. Without them, it would have taken me ages to reach the same level! Now that I've finished the course, I think I can be really proud of myself, and I am. When I started the course, I expected it to be really difficult. There were lots of people (no, not the ones at GI!) that told me (as always) that all this was too difficult for me... that I should wait some more years until I finish high school or even university! They often tend to do that. They also tend to see websites (they call it websites, I call it communities) as a place where boring, unsociable people meet to discuss there boring interests. You guys prove otherwise!! It was great to talk to everyone during the live chats. I could really feel that all the instructors and the students were truly interested in the subject. It was so nice to be able to talk to people that actually have the same hobbies and interests as I do. This course was worth every single cent I paid for it. It was even worth much, much more, but fortunately I didn't have to pay for that. :P ;D LOL
It is a great course, and Frank is a great teacher, too. Even though I did know some C++ before, and had already written a small game with SDL, I feel a lot more comfortable with C++ than before. I have learned many new things that I wasn't familiar with, and I feel like I have a whole new level of understanding on some of the subjects I already was familiar with.
For me, a humble programmer in South Africa, finding Game Institute was a huge step towards me making my dreams of being a game dev come true. All I wanted to say is (put bluntly) Game Institute and its people helping us achieve our dreams ROCK! You guys are great, so a big THANK YOU coming to you from South Africa.
Let me just start this with a huge thank you. I started at Game Institute with the first C++ programming course and a month later here I am. I really have to say that you have been AWESOME with helping me every time I've had questions. And the quality of help has really enabled me to get as far as I have this quickly. I can never join the chats because I'm currently in Japan (time difference is pretty crazy), so I post here. Thanks for taking the time to help me even though I keep posting so much!
I just finished Module I and I've already had more than my money's worth! I am so happy with the quality of the videos and I can't wait to watch Module II. Priceless training. Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!