If you are an avid video game player, a game developer is probably your dream job. Whenever you choose the desired icon, put on your headphones, and click “play”, a journey into a new world begins. But doesn’t it look awfully complicated?
When I first started playing video games, it seemed as if it took thousands of people to build my favorite realms. Game development looked like something out of a fantasy book.
After doing loads of research, I realized that game development is not as crazy as it seems. All you have to do is start. So where do you start? I’ll tell you what I did and maybe you’d want to follow.
It usually takes several people to develop a high-profile computer game. An all-in-one game developer has to have the following skills:
Can you do all three? With the right tools, you may. Especially, if you are not planning to create anything complicated. Just don’t be surprised when you need to learn a bunch of new stuff.
What? Really? You’ve never used to a programing language to write “Hello World” before? You are in for some exciting learning. In order to create a game, even a simple one, you need to learn how to code. There is nothing special about game programming; it’s coding – pure and simple. But it’s coding just the same. The first thing you need to do before you proceed further is to learn basic programming. The below programs can help you do it.
Consider learning Lua. It’s one of the simplest programming languages to learn and it can be very useful on your game development path. Some people think you can do it under an hour. I concur.
Another important thing about creating a game is to start doing it. As soon as you grasp the coding basics, start using them fast. Jump in. I hope you understand that the first game you’ll make will not be Fallout 6. It will be something utterly simple. Allow yourself to practice and make mistakes. That’s the only way you’ll actually learn something.
Set the right goals. Your main goal is to finish a game. Your first game will not be much better than Pong. If you don’t stop halfway and end up creating a game, even a simple one, you’ll do better than 90% of amateur game developers.
Knowing which tools to use when you are developing your first game, can help you reach your small (I hope you realize that they should be doable) goals.
More advanced tools:
If you are not a professional designer and animator, you’ll need to search the internet for some graphics and sounds for your new game. It’s sort of tough due to the copyright issue. So you need to find some freebies or pay for the copyright.
A few websites to get good game graphics:
You can find a good list of animation and graphics libraries right here.
Any game developer should have a testing team. It can be your mom, your kid, your uncle or your best friend. You’ll never see some of your mistakes until someone points them out for you. A good testing team should consist of at least two people. By watching them play and hearing their feedback, you can improve your creation.
If you can’t find anyone to do it for you, consider choosing a few game developing forums, where fellow developers (like me) can give you a helping hand. Check out a few of them below:
In fact, reading such forums should be an integral part of your game development process. Many of the questions can be answered there. Register on a couple today and make a few posts in order to look more respectable when you need to ask tough questions in the future.
If you’ve finished at least one game, you are on the right track. If you like it, don’t stop. The amazing game realm has a lot of fun stuff to offer. Good luck!