Requirements, Installation, and Support for Third-Party Software

Zulama uses a number of third-party software packages to teach game design. Please find the software package below (courses using the package are listed next to each) to see links to installation, FAQ, and support for each. We do not provide technical support for these packages and urge you to contact the companies directly if you have difficulties when using or installing the programs.

A note on operating systems

All of these software packages must be downloaded and installed on computers using either a Mac or Windows operating system and cannot be used on a Chromebook or iPad. Please note also that 3DS Max, GameMaker Studio, and Unity 3D are NOT available for MacOS.

3DS Max (3D Modelling I & II)

Requirements

  • Windows 7 or later
  • 64-bit Intel
  • AMD multi-core or equivalent processor
  • 4 GB RAM minimum
  • 6 GB of hard drive space minimum, three-button mouse

Installation

3DS Max is provided free of charge to educational users. Please go to Autodesk's 3DS Max page in their Education Store.

Helpful Links

Autodesk's Education Community
Autodesk's 3DS Max Helpdesk
Autodesk's Contact Page

GameMaker: Studio (GameMaker Programming I & II)

Requirements

  • Windows XP or later (Yoyo games no longer supports a Mac version of this software)
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 128 MB graphics
  • 1024 x 600 screen resolution minimum
  • store.yoyogames.com must be whitelisted

Installation

Zulama course assignments using GameMaker: Studio can be completed using the free version of the software, which can be downloaded here. Please refer to the YoyoGames helpdesk article Getting a Free GameMaker: Studio License for information on how to proceed. You may either create Yoyo games accounts for each student or one for the teacher that can be used for all student computers. store.yoyogames.com MUST be whitelisted by your computer system for the software installation to initialize correctly.

If the free version is incompatible with your school's technology set-up, educational licenses of GameMaker can be purchased from YoYoGames.

Helpful Links

YoyoGames GameMaker:Studio Helpdesk

GameSalad (Mobile Game Design)

Requirements

  • Windows Vista or later OR Mac OSX 10.7 or later
  • Core 2 Duo CPU or later
  • 2GB RAM minimum

Installation

GameSalad currently allows Zulama teachers to download a free legacy version of the program for use in their classes. Please refer to Lesson 1: Game Design and GameSalad Fundamentals in your Mobile Game Design course. You will find an instruction sheet and application download in the Downloads section of this lesson.

Helpful Links

GameSalad's Knowledgebase

Unity 3D (Unity 3D Programming)

Requirements

  • Windows 7 (SP2 or later) OR Mac OSX 10.8 or later
  • Graphics card with DirectX 9 level (shader model 2.0) capabilties

Installation

Zulama course assignments for Unity 3D can be completed using the Personal (free) version of Unity, which can be downloaded here.

Helpful Links

Unity's Knowledgebase
Unity's Community—a place to get detailed, specific answers to tough Unity problems


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