To be a game designer nowadays, you need to know quite a lot of things. You need to be tech-savvy, you need to have graphic skills, i.e. to know how to draw, you will need to understand how audiences work, you have to be familiar with previous successful games – you probably have to be playing quite a lot if you want to understand the current game industry. In short, you must be multifaceted.
Where to Start
We know it may sound intimidating, but you don’t have to be an expert in every field in order to be able to participate in the creation of a video game. You can participate in one of the abovementioned processes and find others who are more knowledgeable in other areas.
So, if you are good with colours and drawing, start drawing the characters of your game, don’t worry at the rest. Once you have at least a draft version of all characters that you’d like to include in your game, you will be able to find others who might be interested to cooperate.
On the other hand, if you are tech-savvy, you can do the technical bits and look for people who might be willing to cooperate and help you with the graphics.
There’s another misconception about making video games. People always assume that you need a lot of money. Well, that is technically true, you do need a lot of money, but you don’t have to provide all of it. You could find a company or an individual who is willing to invest into your game, you can crowdfund it, there are plenty of options, you just need to be creative and be confident that your game will work and that it will be popular and played by many.
Many successful games have been developed by people who didn’t have previous experience in game making but had a pretty good idea and believed that they could be successful.
Use Google, Always!
We’ve mentioned this before, the first thing you need is a good idea. That’s where you start, that’s where everything starts. Once you have the idea you need to start working on it. Start in the area where you’re most confident and then move further. It may seem difficult and pointless at first, but once you start progressing you will feel quite relieved.
We live in an era of internet, so always remember that Google is your friend. What we mean by that is that you do some free courses and find a lot of useful learning materials that will definitely be helpful. You can learn anything if you’re focused and determined.
Also, you might use the internet to find other people who share your interest and who might want to join you participate in the game making process.