Learn Free Game Programming

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gametantrik 101 Mar 31, 2004 at 18:25

TO NOVICE GAME WRITES :huh:

Part I
What Big Mistakes People do in learning Gamed Writing

A computer Game may contain excellent graphics made by a team of 20 using costly 3d softwares in big studios, Nice Sound effects desined by sound directors, and big storylines - still 75% of the games coming out every year are going to trash-cans, even some of very big projects have been proven mere failures. The reason is simple. Same story ideas chasing someone foolishly and shooting and exploring the look alike rooms
and Arcades(paths).

On the otherhand games like DYNOMITE which was designed in java by a small group of 3 people has earned Millions of $ all over the world.Playing DYNOMITE is very easy,idea is very simple - still it made history and still downloading like Hotcakes.

What is the Trick?

New ideas.
Smooth Gameplay.
Easy to learn.
Addictive.
Big Fun.

I can name many games which are simply excellent and made by very small companies or Amateurs.Absolute amateurs who are not programming masters, users of Gamemaker,Rpgmaker, Darkbasic, 3dgamestudios
sometimes produce awesome games. These games are not published professionally,not at all marketted and very much unknown to many of us except some groups or free gamehosts or teanacious GameHunters.

As an example

1) Try
Pendulumania (gamehippo.com)
(Very Addictive)

2) Try
Seiklus

(never seen such excellent use of Artwork and this is
done by a single person)

http://autofish.net

3) TRY
Freefall

[Excellent single handed game made by a schoolboy
which can make you a big fool—cannot remember exact location

Search in forum by ‘freefall’
http://forums.gamemaker.nl
]

A very general question every Gamemaking Novice asks is
“What we should learn first and learn well to make a good game”
and this generally wrongly answered as

PROGRAMMING
C,C++,delphi,Java
Grapihcs
OPENGL
DIRECT X
MILKSHAPE
3D SUDIO MAX etc etc etc

Well !!! to be a master in any programming language like C++ one needs 1-3 years,in learning 3dstudio -4months , DirectX 3 months and….. but still a GOOD programmer is not a good GAME WRITER.

Some Game-Industry Experts are saying another age of 2d games are returning back as 90 % of 3d Games are failing nowadays since 3d has certain limitations .

It may sound odd but 3d Games are failing because of

1)Graphics Riots
2)More and more difficulty in gameplay
3)Boaring
4)Same type of storyline. ets etc

As an example
Prince of persia 3d sold less than Prince 2d.

It has a similar trend in Hollywood. BigBudget Films are also failing due to

1)Over use of special effects
2)Jumbled story line
3)Boaring

Example: Lords of the rings sold much less in Europe and all over the world than it was expected inspite of 9 OSCAR awards.People are getting bored with science fictions.

Gamemaking is a Cretaive job and is like making a good film. A good filmmaker is not a good cameraman or a script writer or a musician. A good filmmaker knows how to develop,assemble,tie every part of his project.

So A New game writers sacred motto should be

IDEAS IDEAS AND NEW IDEAS
FUN FUN AND MORE FUN
DRAMA DRAMA AND UNIQUE DRAMAS

I would recommend not to learn a difficult programming language first, better learn to develop a game in a small programmes with inbuilt engines like gamemaker, Dbasic. The more you play your own game the more you learn the tips and tricks of a good game.

GT

yet to come

LEARN GAMEMAKING WITH FREE PROGRAMMES FROM INTERNET
WITHOUT ANY BASIC PROGRAMMING BACKGROUND

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dk 158 Apr 01, 2004 at 04:50

If you write articles, consider writing for devmaster :)

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gametantrik 101 Apr 01, 2004 at 11:29

YA !!! :huh: sure but how i can write articles for devmaster?

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anubis 101 Apr 01, 2004 at 12:57

write them and send them to this address : editors AT devmaster.net

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gametantrik 101 Apr 01, 2004 at 16:13

d y like the above article?

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anubis 101 Apr 01, 2004 at 23:57

well, the topic is a bit general and might be better kept in a post than a whole article but anything related to game creation is welcome. just don’t let it sound like an ad or like you copy pasted it from somewhere…