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Make a killer video game while learning web dev   with pure, vanilla JavaScript

Make a killer video game while learning web dev   with pure, vanilla JavaScript

Learn how to program a full-featured game by yourself using professional-grade techniques from an eight year programming veteran.

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Full course expected to be released on Oct. 30th, 2020


JavaScript Games for Beginners

Hi! I'm Christopher Lis, a full-stack web developer who has worked professionally for clients such as Ford, Harvard University, and the American Advertising Federation, for over eight years.

When I first started learning web development, I was able to get text and images displaying in a browser, but when it came to developing interactive games, I was frustrated, baffled, and felt like I really wasn't made out to be a web developer. It seemed like game developers could easily whip up a fully functional game in a few files worth of code, but me, I was just an imposter.

I always attributed it to game developers being born with an innate ability to grasp mathematics and complex functions used throughout their day-to-day programming, but now I know, that's just not the case.

Through much trial and error, I eventually started putting the pieces of the game development puzzle together. I spent MONTHS studying and analyzing other developers canvas pieces, while also taking Khan Academy math courses to truly understand how math and programming work in tandem together to produce a fully functional game. I realized that game development wasn't that hard—it's just that no creators have pieced the puzzle together and presented it in a consumable manner that's easy for beginners.

This course covers everything I've learned during those months worth of learning throughout my eight years of experience. Rather than having you struggle to find the right resources and put all of the pieces together correctly (like I had to do), I've compiled everything into a few hours worth of concise, straight to the point videos, that'll get you started with all of the basics required to program your very own video game.

What you'll build

Together we will build a geometric, 2D platformer where you must fend off an assortment of different enemies for as long as you possibly can. We'll use vanilla JavaScript and math concepts to achieve the exact kind of play-style we want. Play the game below, just be sure to check out the instructions beneath it first!

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Continuously tap the WASD keys, or your arrow keys to move. Point and click to shoot. Grab power ups as needed to better your score (hold to shoot machine gun style).

Who this is for

This course is for beginners to web development. I cover everything in detail as if you have minimal experience in programming.

I used to develop many tutorials using pre-processors and bundlers like webpack. Issue is, even when I was creating these myself, I was having issues getting certain things setup! If the instructor is the one having issues with a certain tool, it certainly isn't suitable for students new to the topic at hand (unless they want to bang their heads against a wall).

As a result, I created this course using nothing but a simple HTML file and vanilla JS. This allows for students new to web development to easily jump in and begin learning game dev, without the struggle of tooling setup or learning a new library. Your focus will solely be on the important game-dev concepts at hand, and nothing else.

Although you should be fine with minimal programming knowledge, knowing about the following concepts will be beneficial to your learning:

  • let and const
  • for loops
  • classes

If anything in the course confuses you at anytime, you may post a video comment with a question in which either a fellow community member, or me myself will answer as best as possible. You may also utilize the forum to get more eyes on your question and help other members in the process.

Covered Concepts

No matter if you're new or experienced to development, you'll come out with a solid understanding of each of these following game-dev topics:

  • Canvas resizing
  • Object-oriented interactions
  • Player creation
  • Object management and garbage collection
  • Precise projectile shooting
  • Randomized enemy generation
  • Collision detection
  • Explosion generation on enemy hit
  • Start, end, and restart game functionality
  • Game interface and UI creation
  • Player movement
  • Unique enemies (static, tracking, spinning, and spinning-tracking)
  • Machine-gun power up
  • Sound effects and music
  • Interactive background on move and enemy removal
  • Mobile-responsiveness and touch events

Frequently asked questions

Is this going to be a paid course?

Yes, although the first two hours will be / are free for viewing on YouTube and

Is this a subscription based purchase?

No! Once you buy this course, you'll have access to it, along with any additional updates for life.

How much will this course cost?

Undecided at the moment, but current thoughts are to price the course anywhere from $30 - $79. Compare that to Wes Bos' Learn Node course where 4.75 hours of content costs $89, or Kent Dodds' JavaScript testing course where all of the content costs $332. This course will be just about 5 hours long, so want to make the price fair and competetive while still being enough to help me transition from client work to full-time course work.

I already have a subscription, will I be able to access this course's contents?

Yes! If you are currently subscribed as a premium member, you will be able to access this course without any additional purchase.

What exactly do I get after purchase?

After purchase, you'll immediately be presented with an interface to download all of the 4k videos and completed code files associated with the course. There will also be an option to stream the course on you'd prefer to watch online and add comments. No matter which option you choose initially, you'll always have the ability to both download the 4k videos or stream online.

Where can I use the code from this course?

You can use this code anywhere you'd like—a portfolio, personal website, or client website. Once you buy this course, you instantly gain the ability to use this code without crediting me at all.

What if I'm not satisfied?

Send me a message using the contact form and I'll immediately refund you 100% of your purchase. I've been burned too many times by companies who refuse to offer a refund because "I've already used their product," even though I wasn't satisfied with it. I think that's deceptive, poor practice, and I vowed to never do the same to others as a business owner.

Have a question not answered here?

If you have a question that wasn't answered here on this FAQ, feel free to contact me directly and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.