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Playing games, making games

I’ve been making my own video games since I was in 7th grade. I’ve always loved the challenge of building a game in the hopes that it can entertain a few people. Creating something that people can enjoy and have fun with is extremely motivating and rewarding. So to help keep me motivated, I’ve decided to start writing about game making and not just game playing…but there will be plenty of that too!

Zombie Road, my first PC game
Zombie Road, my first PC game

No more dragging my feet

I decided that this year is going to be a year I try to make something more out of my game making hobby. I’m not looking to quit my day job or make bank on my games, but I do have a goal of making a completely original game. I don’t mean a new, original game idea (that’s practically impossible) but just a game that is entirely built from original pieces and parts, graphics, music and all. Not that I have to be the one creating the parts, but I want to stop borrowing resources from other games. Borrowing is great to learn and test ideas but ultimately you can only be so proud of work that is largely built on the back’s of others.

It’s not what you know…

My first step towards this goal is hopefully going to be my joining a local game developer meet-up group. I found the Columbus Game Development group and they’re wonderfully local enough that I’m going to give it a shot and see what it’s all about. The group appears to have at least a monthly meet-up to talk about different game developer topics. I’m hoping that the group can lead me down a path to make better games with better tools, as well as meet some other game devs that will have skills I do not. One super goal of mine is to make an Xbox Indie game, but the steps to get there seem numerous, so if I can learn something about that process along the way, I’ll be super excited.

I have to say that indie games are wonderfully punk rock. I play and buy a lot of indie titles because they’re fun and cheap, but also because I love playing them and thinking, “well I can do that!” The good games and bad games alike are all motivating to me. Some games are so much fun that I want make one equally as entertaining. Others have some good ideas but otherwise miss the mark…and those just motivate me to make the game “more correct”.

Expect to see more soon

Not being real involved with web app development anymore, I’m finding I need a regular outlet for straight up programming, and games is a great way to take care of that. Not only does it push and test my programming logic, but the results are something I and others can enjoy.

I love games. I love developing. Time to step it up.

One Comment

  1. Brian Brian Post author | April 20, 2011

    This was a great plan but I think I’ve accepted that I just really love playing games and don’t need to create the next incredible arcade game. The other few hobbies I really enjoy suck up more time that I would have thought…which is good…but something had to be cut.

    When the game making bug bites me again, I’ll probably look back into web-based games rather than compile desktop games. With all the new web tech happening now I should be able to make a decent arcade game that might even work on mobile.

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