Computer Recommendations

Software requirements

Our programs follow industry standards, and therefore use the latest software. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Adobe for 2D art work.
  • Autodesk for 3D art work.
  • Game Maker or Stencyl for 2D game development.
  • Unity or Unreal for 3D game development.

As a student, you do not need to buy all of these as they are installed in our labs. However, with the exception of Adobe’s software, all of these offer free or cheap versions for educational purposes.

Hardware requirements

The Miami University bookstore has many discounted options for students looking to buy technology. As we offer well-equipped labs that AIMS games students have 24/7 access to, it is not essential for our students to buy their own hardware. However, it is obviously recommend for them to have access to their own equipment, so here are a few recommendations:

  • Look at the recommended software requirements (left) to decide on the specs of your new hardware. (As a rule of thumb, any system that can run the 3D art and 3D game development software will also be able to run the 2D options so there is no need to check those).
  • While students can do the program with a Mac, we generally recommend a Windows computer as your own hardware.