If you’re not convinced that the process of making video games is worth the time and sweat, please allow me to convince you otherwise.
So… Why make video games?
1. To Spread Your Creativity
Don’t tell me you’ve never had a good game idea. Everybody them.
That’s how every single video game in existance started off at one point. By thinking of a fun game concept. The secret to making them come true is opening your mind, and running with the idea (sit down… I meant with your mind).
Afraid your game isn’t going to be popular? If you find the game concept fun, so will millions of other like-minded individuals. That’s why games are so contagious.
The reason video games became so popular is because it gave people an easy means of channeling the product of their fun creativity to others in the world. “I think it would be fun to command a spaceship, and blow up asteroids all day long.” became Asteroids!
If I gave you the means of creating your idea of a perfect game, don’t tell me you wouldn’t want to do so. Your right brain is craving it!
2. To Gain Bragging Rights
What if tommorow, you learn that your best friend is the brains behind the next big mobile phone game.
Don’t put yourself in that position. Take the initiative, and make it first!
You might be suprised at how many positive comments you’ll get once people find out you made a video game. Even my first game, QuickTank, got me alot attention. Just the fact that you’re responsible for somebody else’s entertainement (referring to video games of course), no matter how brief, is a good feeling.
3. To Get A Full Brain Workout
Personal development-wise, game development can turn you into a very well-rounded person. This is probably the reason why most people in the game industry are very down-to-earth.
Even if working on a game project in a team, you’ll most likely be using both halves of your brain to get the ball rolling. By both halves, I’m of course referring to your creative side, and your logical side.
It requires your creative side because you need to look at the big picture in order to make sure the game turns out fun.
It also requires your logical side because games revolve around rules and variables.
4. To Vanquish Boredom
Not only for you, but for the entire world. Image that kind of responsibility!
By giving people that 15 minute escape from reality, you’re assuring the well being of the human race.
I hope you now have a greater respect for game developers. Soon, I’ll be posting blogs on how to become one yourself. Make sure to subscribe for email updates!