How do you easily make computer games?


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Although making a computer game is a very complex process, game designers can make use of free game engines such as Unity and Unreal Engine to make the process much easier. Both of these game engines are free to use and meet industry standards.

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Whereas Unity supports multiple programming languages, Unreal Engine only accepts code written in C++. On the other hand, developers have full access to the source code of Unreal Engine. As such, Unreal Engine offers greater control over a game than Unity.

Unity can publish games to more platforms than Unreal Engine. Some of the platforms that Unity can publish to, but Unreal Engine can't, are Windows Phone, Wii U and PlayStation Vita. Both engines are able to publish to PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. While Unreal Engine offers more advanced graphics features, it is also more taxing on the system and requires a high-end computer.

Unity comes in two versions: personal and pro. The personal version is completely free to use unless the end product makes more than $100,000 a year. Users must purchase and use the pro version from that point on. Likewise, Unreal Engine is free until the developer makes over $3,000 in revenues in a quarter. Epic Games, the company behind the Unreal Engine, claims a 5 percent royalty for any gross revenue over $3,000.

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