How do computer games work?

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1. What's in a game?

There are lots of types of computer games. You can solve puzzles, make things run and jump, drive a car or play a sport.

Computer games work by setting a task you need to do. When you finish one task you can move on to a new one.

When you make a game, you can decide what the tasks are and set the rules. You can make a computer game using code.

2. Getting started

Watch this video to find out more about how to make a game.

3. What do you need?

What goes into making a computer game? Choose from the four options and find out more.

Pictures

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Pictures

Yes, pictures are a very important part of a computer game. How a game looks can help us decide if it is for children or grown-ups.

Algorithms

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Algorithms

Yes, you need algorithms in a computer game. Algorithms will set the rules for the game and how we can win prizes or lose points.

Code

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Code

Yes, computer games are built using code so you will need to write some.

Printer

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Printer

No, you don’t need a printer to build a computer game.