Are you interested in making games? but don’t know where to start, you are in the right place. “How to make your own game?” is a big question for most beginners. In this article will help you get started with your game development career. Before you learn how to make you own game ,you must be clear on the reason for developing games.
Game development has become much easier with the advancement of technology. In early days developing a simple game would require thousands of lines of coding. But, now games can be developed using drag and drop applications. Check out the info-graphics above on how a game is made. Even though the process of game development has become simple the amount of work put in to developing a game is still very considerable.
Lets see how games are made
- The plan: In this phase the developers come up with an idea for the game. They make concept art and Game design document. They validate this idea with other people.
- The team: The team is gathered and everyone is briefed about the game and given deadlines. The team usually comprises of artists, programmers, animators, sound designers and a coordinator(mostly known as game designer).
- The Prototype: Once the idea and team are finalized, the first step is to make a small prototype which has the core mechanics. The prototype is tested and feedback is taken.
- The Game: Based on the prototype the changes are done to make the game more fun and aesthetic. Once the Final version is made and tested, the Game is published in platforms like Steam, Playstore, Appstore.
FAQs asked by beginners
- What platform should i publish my game on?
First of all things, you must decide which platform you want to publish you game on. Whether its going to be a PC game, Mobile game or a Console game. My advise is don't start with console gaming as without any prior experience, the learning curve is too steep. Best option is to start with a small pc game like the mini clip games.
- What type of game should I make?
Selecting the game genre is very important when you have zero experience. Game genre will decide your game marketing strategy and target audience. Once you know that then you can customize your game for your player
Since, its going to be your first game, it should be very simple one. Go for something like rolling a ball avoiding obstacles. Making a small game will teach you what you lack and what you need to learn. Also a simple game will take less time to make and you wont lose motivation making your first game.
If you decide to make counter strike as your first game then you most probably will give up after a month. You should know counter-strike is made by a big group of people working together for years.
I might suggest go for Hyper Casual game as your first game.
- Do I Need Team Member To Make Games?
Now that you have decided on what type of game you want to make and on which platform, the next things is do you need team members.
Before you decide you must know that a game development team generally consist of programmers, artists, animators, music composers and game designers.
A small game can be made by one person with open source resources. Unless you are going to develop a complex game, i would suggest go ahead solo on your first game.
- What game making tools to use?
In the present scenario of game development there are infinite number of tools available. You must decide on which tools you are going to use for your game. The best and free tools to use are, Unity for game development, blender for 3D modeling. Dont get lost in the sea of development tools. Just select one and start making games.
- How Much Budget is required?
ZERO!!You can develop a good game without spending even a penny. But the process can be made easy if you are willing to spend some money. For your first game you should try out all the free resources and make a list of things that you may need to buy. You should consider doing some research before buying assets for your game.
Also you must decide on how you are going to monetize your game. You don't want to be broke after releasing your game.
- Do I need a Marketing Strategy?
Yes, Marketing is as vital as developing a game. Game marketing is more difficult than game development. There are millions of good games that don't have any players. Yes, marketing strategy should be planned before you start making your game. You can use our step by step guide for marketing your game.
What you want to achieve by making games?
This is the most important question of all. Why are you into game development? Your approach to game development will be different depending on your answer.
My first game was about learning the process of game development and game publishing. In my second game i learn a lot about game marketing. You should fix up some learning from each of your game published. Don’t expect your first game to be a world wide hit.
Only thing that makes any process successful is repeating it again and again with corrections from the previous iteration.
Now that you have the clarity of what you want to learn and what is your goal, you can now get started with mastering one tool. Lets get into developing a game with the steps below.
Lets see how to make your own game
1.Getting the idea
Before starting the development process you need to come up with an idea for the game. Idea is only 10% in game development but if the idea is not worthy then the rest 90% is of no use. Put your time in coming up with a genuine idea for the game. Remember that it should be realistic and playable.
Reading material: Getting ideas for game
2. learning unity
Game engines can reduce the development time to a great extent , but you need to master them before jumping to a conclusion. Unity is much easier to learn compared to unreal , that’s why we have decided to direct you towards leaning unity. You can also check out comparison of unity and unreal for detailed understanding.
Reading material: Learning unity step by step
3. Making your first sample game
Now that you have learnt the basics of unity , you can now start by making a simple roll a ball game in unity. You can follow the tutorial below step by step and experience how easy it is to make a simple game. By making this sample game you will gain the confidence and experience to make the game of your. This step is very important as many game developers take up a big game as their first game and quit with frustration.
Reading material: Make roll a ball game
4. Mastering Unity by making more sample game.
The next step is to learn unity to a level that you are able to code and make at-least a basic game without the need to google every step. If you lack the experience then developing game will not be as fun as it should be. Gaining the right experience will set you in the right track. Before you dive-in into developing the game of your dreams you must make as many small games as possible.
Reading material: learn to code by making games
Now you are ready to make you own game. All the best , Once you are done making your game, share it with vionixstudio. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.