How to make your own video game
Most young gamers have had the dream of creating their own video game from scratch. It’s a wild idea that children always have, but some people stick to it until their teenage years – especially if they develop interest in programming.
Regardless, not everyone has the time (or interest) in getting involved with coding and computers, which is an issue if you want to make your own game.
Thankfully, technology has reached a point where making a videogame doesn’t require the developer to have too much computer knowledge. Maybe you won’t be able to create a masterpiece without proper tools, of course, but you might be able to make a fun little game. Who knows: some people could even be interested in buying it!
In this article, we’ll tell you the basics that will help you get started with your project – it doesn’t matter if you’re an expert or not!
Choose a Topic
The first thing you’ll need to do is have an idea of what you want to build. Your concept is going to be your guide throughout the whole process of creating the game. Write a small story (if you’re going for a story-based game) or simply create concepts and make annotations for what you want to do before getting started.
Know Your Limitations
If you haven’t tried to make a game before, be warned: it’s not as easy as it seems. Some people might want to tell you that you’ll have your game up and running in a matter of days – do not believe them. You might be able to create a simple game in less than a week, but don’t rush it. Part of the magic of making a game is perfecting it once the foundations are laid!
Be sure that you know what your limits are. Work with video game making software if you know nothing about programming and, if so, don’t expect to come up with the next AAA title. Be realistic with your expectations – but don’t lose hope! You might be able to create a very good game and make a profit off it!
Select a Software and Learn It
Look for any game-making software and choose whether you want to pay for it or not. Some companies offer free game-making software with limited options, while others sell their programs for relatively large sums of money. Choose a software that you feel comfortable with and start learning all its features.
Watch YouTube tutorials, read guides online and play with the software until you’re comfortable with it. Then, get started with your game!
Create, Develop, Publish
Develop your environments, create characters and stories and work as much as you need before publishing your game. It doesn’t matter if you develop a simple platformer or a complex 3D world – take as much time as you need before showing your game to the world. Who knows? You might have a potential masterpiece on your mind!