How to Program Games on a Mac

by Nick Hemler

You may want to program games on the Mac OSX operating system rather than Microsoft Windows or Linux. With a few sets of tools and an open mind, you can begin programming games on the Mac in a matter of hours.

Getting What's Needed

Figure out your skill level. Have you ever programmed before or are you starting fresh? Finding this out can be the most important step when starting programming. If you're new, start small, but if you're not, you may want to pick up some software that's not as simple as others.

Find out what kind of games you would like to make. Do you want to make a first person shooter? An RPG? Maybe a casual puzzle game? The types of software out there cater to specific programming needs. If you want to make an engaging 3D action game, your software needs may differ from a memory game for children.

Download the software. To create Mac games, you'll need the right kind of software. This can range from easy-to-use applications for beginners to more advanced software for people that aren't new to programming. In the "Resources" section below, you will find a few different types of software to get you started. Some of these applications are free but some can cost you money. It's up to you whether or not you'd like to pay for software or find free software and how much time you're willing to put into programming; just be sure to choose something that relates to your skill level.

Acquire reading materials for your chosen software. This can be done by visiting the software creators' homepage and finding FAQs or forums dedicated to the software. The more you read and learn about the software, the easier it will be to work on and create.

Read forums. Most software programs have dedicated and fan-made forums with thousands of people posting their own creations and discussing how to use the software. If you get to know the community you'll get much better at programming than you would completely on your own.

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About the Author

Nick Hemler has been writing professionally since 2003. He has contributed to the Level Down website, along with various other online publications. He is pursuing a degree in computer science with a minor in English from the University of Nevada, Reno.

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