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What You Need When Creating A Game From Scratch

15 Oct 2019 Developer News
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With all the modern technology we have nowadays, almost anything can be automated. It follows that what you perceive can be materialized. It goes without saying that even if you are a budding developer, you definitely can create your own game. Here are what you need in doing so.



Programming Knowledge

Yes, you need a bit of a background in any programming language to be able to create a game. Hence, you need to have the ability to code. Nevertheless, there are already various sources of information online regarding the basics of the programming languages you can use. Some of the programming languages that you can use to create a video game include JavaScript, Java, Swift, as well as the C languages. You can integrate HTML or Hypertext Markup Language, and CSS, or Cascading Style Sheet, in your JavaScript to create a simple mobile game. Games from Kiss918 are suitable for Android devices and if you intend to create games such as these, you need to go with Java. Games developed with Java are highly customizable and relatively fast. Fortunately, programming in Java is easy to learn. You can also use Swift even if this is a comparatively new programming language that is designed to be compatible with iOS. Because of the ease of development using Swift, this language became instantly popular, especially for beginners. Nevertheless, there are various C languages that you can use, particularly for more advanced game development. Computer games meant to run on a desktop are typically built using one or a combination of the C language. You might need to take introductory courses in any of these languages if you deem the need to do so.


Design Skills

Apart from the background knowledge of programming language, you also need some design skills. If admittedly you lack this, don’t fret, because you can always team up with a friend or even a reputable designer for your game. Hence, it is essential to first do your research and conceptualize before you can even bring a game you have in mind to live. What game are you trying to create? Who is your target audience? These are only some of the questions that need to be answered in your conceptualization stage in order to choose an appropriate design. .In the same manner, seeing as how you'll need a good grasp on programming knowledge, you should look into taking some design courses, similar to those offered by NEIT, to enhance your design skills. There are already various design courses online, which can help you make visually engaging 2D games or puzzle games.


Design Document

In making your own game, you need to put together a design document, which is simply a brief outline of the game that includes how it looks like, as well as the tools you need to build it. This document encompasses the programming and design skills you currently possess, as well as those you need to acquire. It also includes the languages you are considering for your game to help you narrow down which modules will be written in a particular language. Apart from what the game should look like, you should also consider future game enhancements and updates. These should all be included in your design document.


Software and Tools

Apart from the skills you need to start making your own game, you also need some tools and software to help you start coding. In some instances, a code editor and a basic compiler will do, especially for basic games. However, for more advanced games, you might need additional software such as 3D modelling programs and design editors. Depending on the software, you may need to acquire a computer with a processor and RAM, or Random Access Memory that will be able to support all the software you need.


Test Environment

Let’s say you are already done coding. You will not know if your game is working perfectly if you are not able to test it for bugs and thereby perform appropriate fixes. That being said, before even deploying your game, it is important to set it up first in a test environment where you will immediately be able to catch any bugs. A test environment may either be a website where your game can be downloaded in a beta version.

With today’s modern technology, everything is already possible, and yes, that includes creating your own online game, regardless of whether you have ample experience or you are a beginner in game development. All you need is the patience and perseverance to do so, and the proper tools to go with it.

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