If you are just getting started with game programming, there are some basics things you need to keep in mind when creating your video game. The difference between a great video game and a bad one is attention to detail, and making sure a good foundation is set by following the basic guidelines. Let’s go over the basics of creating a game and a few tips you’ll want to keep in mind.
When creating a video the first and probably most crucial thing you need to do is come up with a plan. Trying to dive in head first without any type of strategy will undoubtedly lead you to becoming overwhelmed and eventually to failure. You want to make sure you set yourself up for success by having a clear image of the concept of your game, and the methods you’ll use to achieve your concept.
Start With Your Storyline Or Plot
One of the most important things to remember is the fact that no matter how good the graphics are on a video game, it will not be enjoyable if it doesn’t have a good story line or plot. A video game is created in much the same way that a movie or TV show is. There needs to be a script, characters, action, and challenges. Every detail of these essential basics should be complete before you begin trying to program your game. Failing to do so will surely lead to a poor quality game.
Stick true to the game that you want to create and don’t try to copy other people’s ideas. The best games that come out are those that were created from someone’s true original thinking. Once the same idea is done time and time again, it begins to become dull and much less exciting. It is important to try to always think of a way to add a twist to your game and add something to it that no other games have. This can be difficult to do, but with enough time and thinking your creative mind will surely get it done.
Create A Storyboard
A good place to start would be creating a storyboard to guide you along your way. A storyboard is a sequence of scenes or drawings that depict the story line of your game. It is basically the foundation of your game and without a strong one the entire structure of your game will crumble.
Choose Your Platforms
One of the next things you need to do is decide what platform you want your game to be on. You will need to program your game in different ways for different platforms due to the fact that different platforms will have different graphic capability. As well, not all platforms will be able to have the same capabilities as others when it comes to game size and other factors. For example, computers game can be much larger in size and arguably have the best graphics, but some people find platforms such as Xbox or PlayStations much more convenient and cost friendly. It just depends on what your preferences are.
Create Your Game Document (GDD)
Now it’s time to create a document that describes every aspect of your game idea in great detail. This will serve as your cheat sheet and will ensure that you do not stray from your original game idea. This can be quite a lengthy process but it will be well worth the effort. Here is an example game document.
Design Your Characters
Once all of the previous steps are completed it is time to start sketching out the characters of your game. This step is crucial because you need to draw the gamer in the first time they play the game. You should consider coming up with an original theme for your characters. It is important that you make sure that all of your characters fit the theme of their script for the game and the personality you want them to portray. If you are having trouble with this step you may want to consider seeking some help from a professional artist.
Design Your Scenery and Backgrounds
Once you have created your characters and you are satisfied with their appearance and personality it is time to start sketching out some scenery or back drops for the environment that you want your game to take place in. The beautiful part about this step is the fact that you can begin with a simple sketch and scan it into a computer. From there you can create an entire world and begin to get a real feel for your game.