Actually, I was wondering what hardware and software I should load on my Ideapad laptop to try and learn animation of the quality found in online games.
I've been trying to track down a copy of cosmigo pro motion, since I'm leaning toward pixel art style art/animation. If you can, track down a pro copy of Flash creator, or even Toon Boom Animate Pro. You'll probably want a to get a a wacom tablet, since drawing with a mouse is about as effective as trying to draw with a pen to a strapped to a brick.
I did get lucky and found Deluxe paint and grafx2, since I'm gunning for old-school style graphics, but I imagine Gimp could work as well for still frames and backgrounds.