At the heart of any video game is a programming language—and there’s a never-ending debate raging about which language is best.
Spoiler alert: It depends!
But first, a primer. A great video game programming language should be:
- Easy to learn
- Simple to maintain
- Written in an object-oriented manner
What Are the Most Popular Video Game Programming Languages?
Let’s start by setting the playing field and listing some of the most commonly-used languages in game development today:
While the languages listed above are all currently deployed, the most popular are C# and HTML 5.
C# Scores an A+
Today, C# is widely regarded as a top choice for video game creation, thanks to its compatibility with Unity—arguably the most robust, flexible and easy-to-use game development interface.
Moreover, C# is easy to learn, efficient and features reusable code. It’s an object-oriented programming language, making it flexible and reducing the need for ongoing maintenance. C# is considered a higher-level construct, and compiles into Common Language Runtime (CLR), which is interpreted in a Just-in-Time (JIT) manner. Compared to C++, this process affords C# extra memory and time resources.
Bottom line—if you want to create a unique and enjoyable gaming experience, C# makes it possible. It’s an exceptional tool for video game development—and is the coding language of choice here at Beamable.
While certainly a serviceable programming language that offers several benefits, HTML5 comes with a few drawbacks that are important to be aware of.
Video Game Coding Made Easy with Beamable
If you’re ready to get started building a game in C#, then Unity and Beamable represent the optimal solution to maximize both efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Start by checking out a sample project on Beamable—our simple, user-friendly platform makes creating amazing video games possible for anyone!