These are the most popular video game programming languages

Welcome back! Programming is a massive piece to developing video games, so let’s talk about some of the most popular programming languages used for game development.

C++

Starting off we have C++, this is a very popular object oriented language used at a ton of different companies. To be honest, in almost all of the game developer positions I searched up on Indeed, they all required C++, here are a few of them:

There are tons of frameworks available for C++, including the Unreal Engine. This is an engine created by Epic Games, the same developers that made Fortnite, this gives us access to their full API using C++:

If you want to learn more about Unreal Engine, check out their website here:

Why should someone use C++? It is pretty much an industry standard to develop multi platform games used by many different companies.

Java

Next up we have Java, one of the most popular programming languages in the world. Java is a flexible programming language that allows us to develop applications, software and games as well. Java is supported with the libGDX framework, this is a free open-source game development framework for this language:

If you want to learn more about libGDX check out their website down below:

On top of this, they have a pretty decent showcase of different games you could make from this framework, ranging from basic 2d games to even 3D games as well!

Why should someone use Java? Much like C++, it’s used by many different companies to develop 2D and 3D games.

Python

Next up we have Python, a very flexible programming language used for data science, software engineering and game development. Python has a very popular package called PyGame, this allows us to develop games using Python! These games can range from side-scrollers or other 2D game formats, to learn more about PyGame check out the link down below:

There are also other ways to develop 3D games using Python, these range from using different engines, Panda3D is a 3D rendering engine for Python, you can develop out 3D models and games with this software!

If you want to learn more about Panda3D check out their website down below:

Why should someone use Python? If you plan on developing 2D or 3D games, Python maybe a great language to learn!

C#

Next up we have C#, much like C++, alot of the positions I saw for salaried game developers required this programming language. One of the biggest advantages for learning C# is the ability to utilize the Unity game engine. Unity is a very popular game software to help you develop games, C# is the native supported language for this software:

Many games have been developed using Unity, this includes:

Check out this massive list of games developed with Unity:

Without a doubt, if you’re planning on getting into game development, C# is a great place to start!

Why should someone use C#? If you plan on using the Unity Engine to develop cross platform games, this is a great language to learn!

Swift

Finally we have Swift, this is a programming language developed by Apple focused around iOS game / app development. Apple has been pushing tons of updates to this language for several years, this allows more capability for developers to utilize.

If you want to learn more about Swift check out the following link:

Who is the ideal person to use this language: If you’re planning on developing games / apps specifically for iPhones / iPads, learning Swift is probably the best way to go.

There you have it! Let me know what language you’ve used for game development, I would love for others to see the capability behind each of these languages from your stories!

As Always

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Thanks for reading!

Data Scientist / Engineer

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