So you want to be a developer? Many do but don’t know where to start. I’m here to help you on your quest. What many people don’t consider is, that there are many parts to developing a game. Parts such as Sound Engineer, Game Designer, Programmers, Level Editer, Animator and Artist. Which one are you? I hear you askiing that very question. Let’s begin with what each one of the those roles do.
Programmer – Write computer code which controls a game and makes it work
Sound Engineer – Creates the music, sound effects, Character voices and etc
Game Designer – devise what a game consists of and how it plays
Level Editer – Creates and Designs the Levels (Couldn’t be simpler than that)
Artist – Creates HUD, GUI and Art for games
Animator – Animates the art that the artist creates
Those are some basic roles for game development. Although you could pick one, i’d suggest that you pick at least two because it’s best to know a lot. Now that you have chosen, What’s next? Are you an indie or will you work for a AAA company? Let’s discuss the pros and cons of each of them.
- You decide
- Not rushed because of time limits
- You can quit or take breaks whenever you want.
- Chances are you won’t make it big
- it’s a long and tuff journey
- Consistant pay
- Don’t have to do everything yourself
- Stuck doing one thing(Programming, etc)
- You do what you’re told (Good Dog!)
- Need a college degree
If you chose indie, you need to decide what engine your going to use and begin working on your first game. I suggest the following engines for beginners.
3D Engines :
2D Engines :
- Game Maker Studio (Drag and Drop or Coding
- Construct 2 (Absoultly no coding)
Game Maker studio and Construct 2 are both free to use. Game Maker studio is drag and drop but learning GML is recommended. Construct 2 requeires no programming language at all! Although i’d suggest Game Maker Studio over Construct any day, It helps you grasp game design concepts and gives you a feel of what its like to be a game developer.
Now that you have got the engine your using down. Let’s start with your first game. Two words, START SIMPLE. Yes i know you want to make the next Call of Duty or World of Warcraft but you got to slow down. Take small steps and maybe later you can make that Call of Duty. The game genre’s i’d suggest to start, include the following.
- Maze Game
- Point and Click
After you have decided, all you need to do is start learning! Here are some guides and books i recommend.
Game Maker Studio:
Construct 2 :
So you decided what you want to do, which engine you want to use and the game you want to make. Why are you still reading? Go learn! Follow your dreams!
Leave a comment if you have a suggestion!