Google’s Game Builder lets you create 3D titles without coding - for free!

Girl in a jacket

Girl in a jacket

Unfortunately, many of those ideas remain just that, ideas, because of the high entry to barrier in game development. Building one. The only hurdle is the steep learning curve to build games (which has in fact reduced incredibly now) and coming up with a fresh idea. Google's skunkworks arm Area 120 is rising to the challenge with Game Builder, a prototype "multiplayer" game maker that requires no previous knowledge at all. The legendary Game Maker that nearly, but not completely, requires no programming.

"Game Builder aims to make building a game feel like playing a game".

The developers of Area 120 compare it a bit to something like Minecraft. With Google's prototype Game Builder, you can make 3D games by simply selecting a series of cards, the tech giant announced in a blog post Thursday. Taking a lot of inspiration from Microsoft's Minecraft, the game lets you drag and drop characters and scenery into an empty sandbox to construct your world, then use pre-set commands to string together how things interact or even dabble in JavaScript for further customization.

We all love to play a variety of video games that give us many hours of joy (and are frankly the reason for this site existing), but few understand what it takes to make video games. This means 3D games can be built collaboratively with your friends.

Interestingly, if you really want to emulate the experience of game development in a rudimentary way, you can even invite your friends on board to help you create games cooperatively in real-time. All of it happens live, no compiling or wait times required. Game Builder has been available on Steam in early access since November a year ago, but the company has now announced the existence of the game publicly in a Google Blog post. Game Builder has its own "Creation Library" or they can search for 3D models on Google Poly, Google's own library of 3D models.

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