There are a lot of gamers in the world. Some love first person shooter games, others like role playing games. There are also a lot of different ways to play games – laptops, Playstations, Xboxes . . . there are even some awesome games available to download on most phones. Video games often get a bad rep, but the truth is that they can also often have positive effects. Most gamers consider a career that has something to do with gaming at some point in their lives, but very few end up going through with it. However, if you’re serious about developing your own video games, keep reading.
Brush up on the terms
Video game development isn’t as easy as just jumping into it headfirst. You may think that a history of gaming is enough to equip you for developing a video game, but that’s not necessarily true. The terminology used between gamers differs vastly from the terminology used in game development. For example, most video gamers might not even know what video game palette swaps are. If you’re serious about developing a game, you’re going to want to brush up on all the necessary terms so that you understand what’s going on. If you don’t do that, you’re likely to give up.
Get the right software
Video game development is complex, so it makes sense that most of the technology you own won’t already come equipped with the necessary software and tools – you’re going to have to install that yourself. Proper, advanced video software can be quite costly, as can the equipment needed to run it, so you might be better off starting with something more basic. If you’re not sure if this is your passion and you’re just doing this for fun or as an experiment, you can download some free video game development tools to test the water with.
While the internet will be your best friend during this journey, if you want to make it a career rather than a hobby, you’re likely going to need some type of education. An education in IT (especially programming) or graphic design will be highly beneficial, and you might be able to top it up with a video game short course. However, if you really want to up your chances at getting a job designing video games, you should look at getting a degree in Game Design. Yes, that’s an actual thing where you study how to make video games. Pretty cool, right? You might even be surprised at just how many universities offer a Bachelor’s in Game Design.
As with most things, especially those involving your creativity, you’ll only get somewhere by consistently practicing and improving your skills. It’s highly unlikely that you’ll end up creating a perfect video game on your first try. You’re going to make mistakes, but that doesn’t mean you should give up. See it as a learning experience instead of a failure. Whenever you have a free moment, work on your video game instead of doing something mindless.