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I want to make a video games, where do I start?

Asked by nerevars (221 points ) March 27th, 2014

Just like the title said. I want to make video games but I don’t know where to start. Do I need to learn language like C++, Java etc? Or I just need to learn the game engine like Unity, Cry Engine etc?

PS: I’m familiar with multi media software like Fruity Loop, Photoshop, Coreldraw etc. But please explain it to me like I don’t know anything about computer.

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jerv's avatar

This may sound vague, but yes, and then some.

Seriously, you need a WIDE range of skills to make video games. A wide enough range that most games are made by teams as it’s extremely rare to find all those skills in one person.

And that is just the technical aspect of it; never mind designing the game that you want to make into a video game in the first place. You can have all the computer skills in the history of ever at ungawdly levels, but if you cannot write storylines, make characters, design worlds, or stuff like that, you just plain will not have a game, video or otherwise.

Then there is balancing the game, something that generally requires a bit of math skill. Yes, math. Games have mechanics, and many of them revolve around numbers. Even the stuff that wouldn’t seem like it’d involve numbers must be made into something that can be expressed by numbers since computers only understand numbers.

Honestly, I’d say the best place to start is the concept, followed by the design, then assembling a team.

mrentropy's avatar

The person that created Game Develop says you can write a 2D game without ever touching code using his program. Maybe you can start making something with that and see if you have the chops.

pleiades's avatar

You need a team man. You will be burnt out if you’re talking about a full scale video game. If you’re doing something cheap like Flappy Bird that could probably require two people.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Unless you are going to make retro 8 bit games or make flash games it is a massive process. This will usually take a team. Like man-years. The only single author game I am aware of that is noteworthy would be fez. It took that guy years to make it and it was a 2d platformer. You’ll be in one of two camps, graphic design or programming. A degree in one of those related fields would be a good start but not specifically required. It is not easy to teach yourself to code properly without good cs training.

nerevars's avatar

Well, as a beginner, I don’t expect to make a full big video games like GTA, Elder Scrolls etc. I just want to know how to make the thing that you play, the program to be exact.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

What platform?

nerevars's avatar

@ARE_you_kidding_me I heard that you can’t make a game other than PC before you get the kit for the console. So, it’s PC.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

@nerevars There are others you may not be thinking about like Android. Android has a free SDK. That’s what I would be developing on right now if it was strictly profit driven. It’s basically Java which is not a bad language to learn. The games are simple enough that you could make some basic ones without too much help.

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