Sorry for asking yet another "what should I use" question, but there doesn't seem to be a treatment of my particular problem on the forum.
I'm running a new class at the community college on game development, and we're choosing a game development environment.
Our first consideration is Unity. The problem is, students would need to bring their own computers and download Unity themselves, because it's free only for independent developers. If we provide it in our labs, we need to pay for expensive licenses. The administration is trying to avoid requiring students to bring their own computers for this class. (The reasons for this are unclear.)
Is there a game creation IDE like Unity that sees significant use in professional game studios, and has less expensive licensing for educational institutions? Unreal Engine looks pretty good, is that the only other one?
One more question: If we go with UE, will students be underserved by learning UE's free version 3 rather than the $19/mo version 4?
Edited by MackTuesday, 11 August 2014 - 03:20 PM.