How To Create A Video Game? {Step-by-Step Guide}

Video games are such a huge industry with a number of people working constantly to develop new games and ideas with the best graphics and more challenging than ever. So, How To Create A Video Game?

You already know that creating a video game is not easy but I can assure you that it is not difficult as well.

If you put your mind to it you can certainly become a video game developer.

Also, if you work harder towards it you could create the best and trending games as well.

Now, creating a video game is not a one step process nor is it extremely complicated.

This is not as confusing as you think it is. A detailed guide and procedure is explained to you in this article.

There are a few basic rules that you must follow to create a video game.

  1. Motivation and Patience
  2. Research
  3. Conceptualize your Game Plot
  4. Choose the right Tools
  5. Organise the game
  6. Create your characters and the environment
  7. Get the right graphics and sounds
  8. Test run the Game
  9. Improvise and repeat
  10. Publish your Game

These are the 10 golden rules you must follow to create and develop your own game.

1. Motivation and Patience

Motivation and Patience

Creating a game is certainly not a very simple procedure.

You must realize that you are bound to cause errors and fail; you must not let this deter you. However, this does not mean that you can straight away develop a high end game.

You must have at most patience sand start very small, considering this is the first time you are creating a game. Even though you have great ideas in mind it is recommended that you try to create a prototype, which is a smaller game with lesser features.

When you start with a prototype there are high chances that you might get carried away and try to insert as many features as you can possible.

This mainly occurs because you already have the idea for the full version of the game. If you are afraid this might happen you can try starting with a smaller idea and later develop it into a better idea when you get good at it.

There are various features that you must certainly avoid while creating the initial draft of your game, which includes multiplayer functions, online score boards, 3D graphics and avoid including too many skills or levels.

 

2. Research

Research

You must be a great gamer but transforming yourself into a game designer is a different ball game.

You must do a little research and invest your time into learning the basics of game designing. There are various courses available if you want to learn in detail.

You could also follow various tutorials online for example on YouTube or other websites to understand the basics.

You must also follow the various types of games available and also the specifications for your computer based on each type of game development.

 

3. Conceptualize Your Game Plot

Conceptualize Your Game Plot

By this stage you must clearly have an idea as to what your game is about. Having just an idea is not enough; you must create a clear visual in your head.

I mentioned before that you must not hope to create a large sized heavy game but start of on a simple note.

You must have a basic idea of the game for example the minute details like the size of the game and the number of levels to include. For starters you must know the type of game you want like platformer, shooter or RPG.

You must know the duration of the game and the basic goal of the game. Another important aspect that you must know is the budget you require to develop the game.

The basic expenses could include the software and publishing. Before you start spending you must make sure that you check out the free options and later could upgrade to their premium options.

 

4. Choose The Right Tools ( Create A Video Game )

Choose The Right Tools

The basic mind mapping is over and now we can get into the serious aspects of the game developing.

Most of you would not know much about coding or computer languages, this is completely alright. There are various tools out there which will help you with the programming details.

Some software application helps you with programming and there are a few that provide you with a prototype as well.

There are a few software applications that come with pre-set game designs which help you learn better as to the creation of the game.

You could choose the free versions which are completely amazing to use and later upgrade to their paid versions for advanced features.

Most of these applications do not take a lot of time to learn, it is easy and a quick tutorial will give you the hang of it. A few of the popular software is listed below:

 

Twine:

This is a fairly new program which allows you to choose your own adventure style game.

It is extremely easy to share to the world from this program.

Here you can enter you story line and the program will help you with the rest.

If you have no prior basics to programming this is the software for you.

It also attempts to teach you the basics of programming and the concepts.

 

Stencyl:

This is a graphical game designing program which helps you with a variety of games.

It comes with various pre loaded games which you can modify into your own designs.

The program uses methods by which block of command are set together to form a logical statement.

If you get the hang of this you can choose to edit these blocks.

 

GameMaker:

This is similar to STENCYL but the free version has very limited features.

If you are a little used to the programming languages and are aware of the basics you could attempt to buy the paid version.

It is very simple once you know the basics and is mainly used to develop a bit heavier games than what you are opting for. This is best for 2D games.

 

Unity:

You must reserve this program for when you are more aware of the programming language.

This program is used by more professional game developers.

This is best for 3D games and much heavier graphics.

 

5. Organize The Game

Organize The Game

Now that the concept and software is ready, you must get the game organized.

You must map out the exact requirements of the game.

This could include the functionality of each character, the activities in each level, the number of level, the objects to be displayed on the screen and anything from the game goal to the minute details.

The organizing part will help you get a cleaner version of the game without confusion. This will also help you later when you have to fix bugs and add features.

This method will help you stick to a certain work flow and prevent you from wandering in between ideas.

You must also learn to save and organize the number of saves and the earlier versions of the game to prevent mistakes in identification.

This method will also help you make a simpler game which you can play fast without many complications or confusions.

 

6. Create Your Characters and The Environment

Create Your Characters and The Environment

The crux of any game is its characters. This is also the major reason for attracting the players as well. Most of the software mentioned before aid you in creating your characters.

The 2D characters are much simpler and 3D can be done once you are much aware of creating games.

It is essential that the characters are well designed, the main character, the enemies, the environment, and the different locations and so on.

The main aspect to look into is to give each of the characters its own unique characteristics and identity. If you do not want to use the software mentioned above you could use other programs.

If you are familiar with Photoshop you could use it to create various characters. There are various paid graphic designing applications as well like GraphicsGale, Maya and Blender.

 

7. Get The Right Graphics and Sounds

Get The Right Graphics and Sounds

You must add a great effect to your game by adding art and music to enhance the game and give it the fun element people look for.

If you are looking towards a good art design and sound effects and you are not good at it, there are various online sources.

FResound.org gives you a wide variety of open-source sounds that you could use and OpenGameArt.org could deal with your game designs.

It must be looked into that the sounds or graphics that you are about to use is not created by someone that uses it with copyright. Look for open-source music.

If you do end up using another person’s music or art be sure you seek for permission or mention it in credits.

 

8. Test Run The Game

Test Run The Game

By this stage you are almost done with the prototype of the game.

You would have completed and worked out the game on your own a number of times.

Now, get a trusted friend or anybody to play the game you have created. In this way you will have another opinion. This is the best way to identify the bugs and mistakes in your game.

The problem with you yourself playing the game is that you already can predict the next move of the game and you will not figure out the exact mistakes.

Once this stage is completed you can figure out the areas in your game that requires improvement. In this way you will also get a very honest game review before the actual publication of the game.

 

9. Improvise and Repeat

Improvise and Repeat

You are bound to find many flaws when you first develop the game. Do not lose hope. At these circumstances you must repeat steps above.

This will not only make the game perfect but will also give you enough practice to not commit these mistakes later.

You would have to repeat this process over and over until you are completely sure that it is perfect.

Most of the time you could lose hope and you could get bored or fatigue could take over your body.

I recommend you do something else for a while and come back to this afterwards.

It is not necessary you have to complete the game at a very fast pace.

As the saying goes, ‘slow and steady wins the race’. Keeping your mind unflustered will give you greater results in the game.

Choose to ask for help if you get stuck somewhere from people who have created games previously. This will certainly be a great learning experience for you. Sometimes you might not find bugs in the trial versions.

You might later find bugs in the released version.

This must not be taken as a huge mistake, update and release a new version. This is just the start do not assume to make it perfect at the first try.

 

10. Publish Your Game

Publish Your Game

After the various trial and error versions and all your hard work, the game is ready for publishing.

The game need not be the actual product in your mind or it might have surpassed your expectation.

Whatever it may be the game deserves to be published, however big or small. Depending on the software you use the publishing and sharing options vary.

Recommend you publish it in any format available, even if it means it will be published in an .EXE file.

The game might be only transferrable to a particular device, it is completely alright.

This small group could help you make your game even better and later you could publish your game to a different platform. Keep sharing and keep learning.

The only advice that could be given is that do not hesitate from publishing. Even the small insignificant game could turn out to be a gem at the end.

 

Conclusion:

Gaming is an interesting topic and after you have read this article you know that game developing is interesting too.

With the right amount of motivation and perseverance you can achieve what you want. It would take the same amount of involvement as you would have when indulging in your favourite game.

That’s all that take to create a fully fledged game by following the 10 golden rules. So go ahead and try it out for yourself!

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