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Googles Game Builder turns building multiplayer games into a game

Googles Area 120 team, the companys in-house incubator for some of its more experimental projects, today launched Game Builder, a free and easy to use tool for PC and macOS users who want to build their own 3D games without having to know how to code. Game Builder is currently only available through Valves Steam platform, so youll need an account there to try it.
Googles Game Builder turns building multiplayer games into a game

After a quick download, Game Builder asks you about what screen size you want to work on and then drops you right into the experience after you tell it whether you want to start a new project, work on an existing project or try out some sample projects. These sample projects include a first-person shooter, a platformer and a demo of the tools card system for programming more complex interactions.
The menu system and building experience take some getting used to and isnt immediately intuitive, but after a while, youll get the hang of it. By default, the overall design aesthetic clearly draws some inspiration from Minecraft, but youre pretty free in what kind of game you want to create. It does not strike me as a tool for getting smaller children into game programming since were talking about a relatively text-heavy and complex experience.
Googles Game Builder turns building multiplayer games into a game

To build more complex interactions, you use Game Builders card-based visual programming system. Thats pretty straightforward, too, but also takes some getting used to. Google says building a 3D level is like playing a game. Theres some truth in that, in that you are building inside the game environment, but its not necessarily an easy game either.
One cool feature here is that you can also build multiplayer games and even create games in real-time with your friends.
Traditionally, drag-and-drop game builders feel pretty limited. The Area 120 team is trying to overcome this by also letting you use javascript to go beyond some of the pre-programmed features. Google is also betting on Poly, its library of 3D objects, to give users lots of options for creating and designing their levels.
Its no secret that Google is taking games pretty seriously these days, now that it is getting ready to launch its Stadia game streaming service later this year. There doesnt seem to be a connection between the two just yet, but I wouldnt be surprised if we saw Game Builder on Stadia, too.
Googles Game Builder turns building multiplayer games into a game
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