- The choice of programming language for game developers depends on the game type (console, computer, or mobile) and the extent of interactivity.
The gaming industry has been fast growing in India, as well as globally. According to Statista, the online gaming industry in the country was valued at Rs 76 billion last year and is expected to reach over Rs 155 billion by 2023. And behind every flashy and well-animated video game is a set of codes making the experience seamless for its users. Game developers use programming languages to create a game’s settings and mechanics.
The choice of programming language depends on factors including the game type– console, computer game, or mobile game; and the extent of interactivity. Here’s a list of the top eight programming languages for game development:
Despite its high entry barrier, C++ is one of the most popular and commonly used programming languages for game designers. It offers a high abstraction level for both fine object-oriented programming and generic programming, providing direct control over hardware and graphical processes.
Additionally, C++ allows the optimization of special parts to a very high level– a feature almost impossible to achieve with other languages.
C++ is used to build the biggest console and Windows games. Apart from that, popular games built using C++ include Counter-Strike, Football Pro, Starcraft, Master of Orion III.
Given Java’s versatility and rich collection of open-source material, it is popularly used for the development of indie and mobile games. It is easy to use, is beginner-friendly, and can write a range of reusable system-agnostic code. When compared with C++, Java offers easy writing, debugging, learning, and compiling.
Games including the likes of Mission Impossible III, Minecraft, FIFA 11, and Ferrari GT 3: World Track, have all been created using Java.
HTML5 is widely preferred for game development for its ultimate gaming engines. Game Frameworks including Construct 2, ImpactJS, Phaser, Turbulenz, and Booty5 have taken responsibility for the HTML5 Game Development process.
Although not as popular as Java or C++, Python is used for game development. Its PyGame library is developer-friendly, easy to use for building games, and enables developers to prototype games quickly. Additionally, just like Java and C++, Python also runs on OOP principles. Its simple learning curve makes Python a go-to option for many game developers.
Some popular games built using Python include Battlefield 2, Disney’s Toontown Online, Eve Online, and Frets on Fire.
Despite being considered easier than C++, C# is a powerful language. Its XNA framework makes it perfect for building games on Windows and Xbox. Additionally, C#’s game engines Unity3D and Xamarin enables developers to build games on all platforms including iOS, Android, PlayStation, and Windows.
C# is as popular in the gaming industry due to its efficiency and scalability.
Popular games developed using C# include Pokemon Go and Super Mario Run