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MonoGame: Introduction to C# Game Programming

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What you’ll learn

  • Make games using MonoGame
  • Write code using C#
  • Understand common programming fundamentals
  • Design software using Object-Oriented Design
  • Utilize open-source software in your projects
  • Create game levels using Tiled

Over the past several years, game development has grown into something that anyone can do. The barrier to entry is continually getting lower, and with so many tools to make the process easier, there’s nothing stopping you from getting started! In this course, we will learn the basics of creating games using MonoGame, a game framework with a rich history rooted in indie development. Hundreds of successful titles have been published that utilize this software, including Stardew Valley, Fez, and Bastion, each of which has well above one million sales on Steam. The programming language we will be using is C#, one of the most widely used languages in the industry. The combination of a solid game engine and a well-documented programming language will provide everything you need to create any game you can imagine.

This is a project-based course: we will apply the programming and game development fundamentals that we learn to create our own MonoGame projects. The lectures assume no prior technical knowledge, and whether or not you have programmed before, there is content in this course that can be utilized by anyone. After the introductory section, the course will be divided into three sections discussing C# programming, and three sections that go through the process of developing with MonoGame. We will alternate between programming sections and game development sections in order to get started making games as quickly as possible.

We will develop three games from scratch using MonoGame within this course, starting with a Shooting Gallery game where you click on targets that appear on the screen. Then we’ll create a Spaceship game where you move around the screen using the arrow keys to avoid incoming asteroids, and then we’ll round off the course by creating a top-down action RPG, where we control a player that can walk around and shoot projectiles at enemies. Each new game that we develop will build on what was learned in the previous one, and in the end, you will have a great understanding of what you will need to develop games of your own, which includes:

  • Creating a playable character
  • Keyboard and mouse input
  • Displaying images to the screen
  • Detecting collisions
  • Shooting projectiles
  • Enemies
  • Player score and health
  • Animations
  • Timers
  • Level design with Tiled
  • Camera

In order to successfully implement these aspects of our games, we will need a solid understanding of several C# concepts. Throughout all three programming sections, we will cover a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Variables and Data Types
  • Conditional Statements
  • Classes and Inheritance
  • Methods
  • Loops
  • Switch Statements
  • Data Structures

Although these concepts will be explained in the context of C#, they are common throughout most programming languages and can be applied to topics beyond the scope of the course. That being said, if you already have a background in programming, there is a “syntax review” lecture, where we’ll do a quick walkthrough of how to do these simple programming tasks in C# specifically. So, if you already know what these are, you can quickly get up to speed on its use in this context.

With all the skills acquired from this course, you will have everything you need in order to get started with projects of your own using MonoGame. By coding along with the lectures, the information will stick with you as we go through the material, and you will have the projects we complete available on your computer that you can look back on and reference. With a solid understanding of C# and MonoGame, there will be nothing stopping you from developing anything you can think of!

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone who wants to learn game development
  • Anyone who wants to learn programming fundamentals
  • Anyone interested in picking up C# as a new language

Course content

  • Overview and Installation
  • C# Programming Part 1
  • Game #1: Shooting Gallery
  • C# Programming Part 2
  • Game #2: Spaceship
  • C# Programming Part 3
  • Game #3: RPG
  • Bonus Lectures

12 reviews for MonoGame: Introduction to C# Game Programming

  1. Luis Brito

    I can definitely see this course helping breaking through that initial barrier when it comes to learning a programming language. I’m positive I’ll finish it and hopefully master python by then.

  2. Abdallah Galal Abouhussein

    I would like to share my personnel experience, i`m very pleased and happy for taking this impressive course because Dr. Angela always makes it simple and easy to understand and always makes a precaution section before or after any bug that may appear to some students and also write or record the solution for us, and each word she said is very real and easy to understand.
    Thanks Dr. Angela
    Abdallah Galal

  3. Jiaqing Fan

    Very good course. Dr Angela explains things very clearly. The exercises are interactive and helpful.

    Angela’s voice is like ASMR in most lessons. So you won’t lose focus?

  4. Jaime Sánchez Blanco

    Every concept is very well explained so you can assimilate it, and the teacher insists in practicing daily to get the habit of programming. It really motivates to keep studying and practicing every day.

  5. Bradley Carouthers

    3 days in and I’ve already learned more than other training programs where I’ve put months in. Her teaching style is both efficient and effective.

    Edit: Now on day 29 and the course has held up my expectations and hopes. The rise in complexity is not too sharp, and every day feels like an accomplishment. Angela takes her time to explain things without rushing, yet is able to pack tons of information in nuggets of time.

    Still recommend supplemental exposure for a more wholesome grasp. Though, this should be quite enough

  6. Tommy Prévost

    Very good course.

    PROs: lots of coding exercises, clear explanations, great examples, adapted to 2021’s reality.

    CONs: past the first 30 lessons, many similar coding hands-on.

  7. Quang Tu

    I love all the lectures and challenges of this course. I finally find myself in love with coding. This is definitely a fun course. Thank you Angela for this great course.

  8. Fortunate Eze

    This course is nothing short of AMAZING. The level of love and sincere desire to see students succeed present in this course is a rare sight. This course is fun, it’s challenging, it’s suspense-filled, it makes you feel good about yourself solving those challenges. You don’t take this course and memorise codes, you take it and you know what you’re doing because you literally do it yourself.

    It couldn’t possibly be any more obvious that Angela brought out her whole heart, time, energy and resources to give us a course that if priced based on it’s value, many of us certainly can’t afford. I mean, she kept advising and encouraging us to keep going, because she knows the road could get bumpy, she made a few jokes and used funny animations so we smile along the way keeping it fun. Why some people can’t see this and would rather subscribe to trying to bend courses to fit their own personal preferences is beyond me, but I guess people will always be people.

    Dear Angela, I cannot speak for everyone but I certainly can speak for myself and I’m saying thank you. The efforts you put into making this course outstanding didn’t go unnoticed.

    Let as many of us as appreciate your efforts make you happy and energize you to create more life changing courses for us.

    Cheers.

  9. Chendaniel

    Just the course fits me. Learn by doing, it is easy to start and just follow the flow and at day 15 you realized how to program in Python. Then the magic happen. I am on day 27 and I am looking forward to start a new section everyday.

  10. Caspar Cheng

    Angela is my favourite teacher on Udemy, her courses always come with clear and concise demonstration, make it really easy to understand the content. Meanwhile, she also provide a lot of tips to encourage us moving further on the way of coding. I’m definitely a super fan of her. I had finished her web development boot camp and now I’m learning Python 100 days of code. This course is amazing as she provided one particular project for each day’s learning, which is, really useful and handy. Also, those projects are really interesting and won’t let me feel disappointed about myself. Although some of them are a little bit difficult, they’re still resolvable after some struggling and searching online. I’ll recommend this course for those who really want to learn Python well and write real python projects from scratch!

  11. Jonas Weber

    The course was awesome in the first half! Really helped me to get back to programming and learning new techniques. Also the course got way to much focused on web development in the second half, which I’m not really interested in and is redundand to your dedicated web development course. The lack of videos in the last quarter was rather sad. I really would’ve liked some video explanations for pandas and matplotlib. The challenges and capstone projects were great and challenging!
    All in all I can really recommend this course for beginners and those who want to learn python and/or get back to programming!

  12. Rohit Prasad

    Angela is the best teacher I have ever experienced. The way she explains all the topics and makes use of it in the projects is commendable. Thank you so much Angela for this course.

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