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Thursday, July 12, 2012

How To Make Your Own Video Game

Many people out there dream to design their very own unique video games. Besides, would it not be a fulfilling experience if people start playing the game that you originally thought of? The truth is designing a video game can be a bit difficult if you are not properly equipped with the software and the knowledge in designing one. You need far more than creativity. You need research materials and lots of time to devote when it comes to play testing.

When making a video game, you obviously need a computer to work on. Then you need to download either the Genesis 3D game engine or the Reality Factory Game development software. The good news is that you can easily find either one of this software online. Now, in order for you to be familiar with it, you have to take your time tinkering with it. Finding a tutorial in how to navigate and operate the system should also be your top priority. This will help you become more attuned to the software. It is also advisable that you keep a notebook handy so that you can put your notes there in addition to saving notes in your virtual notepad.

Once you are familiar with the software, you can start writing a rough draft for your game. Think of the game’s concept and the goals available for players. Is the game your standard fighting game? Is it a dating simulation game? Is it an adventure game similar to Tomb Raider or Resident Evil? As much as possible, keep things simple so that you do not get yourself overwhelmed with what you are doing. After writing up all these notes, it is about time that you start putting those ideas into reality.

Navigate the software and start building your game’s structures. If the game has buildings in it, you can build them using your software. Start with the game’s mainframe or backbone and try not to put details yet. You will get there. Once the basic textures and colors of the game are complete then you can start putting the characters of the players in it. After everything is completed, you can start putting more details into the game. The good thing about the software is that it is equipped to put those detailed designs into your game. Also take note that designing the game does not end there. You have to play it and have other people play test it. In this way, you can get feedback from them and fix any glitches in your game and further improve it.

This is also a good opportunity to get more information. Take this time as well to improve the game and make all the necessary adjustments. Overall, developing a video game can be tiring but as soon as you see people start to love your game, you will feel fulfilled and rewarded. And oh, you did not even have to spend a single cent in developing this unique game of yours.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Dragon’s Dogma

If you have been a fan of Capcom’s recent games such as the Resident Evil series, Devil May Cry and Chaos Legion then Dragon’s Dogma will surely get your attention. Dragon’s Dogma is an action-role-playing game which features an open-world setting. Unlike most video games which have a linear plot, Dragon’s Dogma allows the player to explore the world in any direction he or she wishes. Furthermore, the game combines elements of a survival horror game along with some of their previous games’ action and adventure themes.
A unique feature that the game has as compared to other action-role playing game out there is that the game has a grab function. Executing this move allows the character to cling or grab unto enemies, object, NPCs or Non-Player Characters and various surfaces. This adds an extra dimension to the game. This also lets the character attack his or her opponents in a different angle. An example would be a warrior grabbing unto the back of a monster and or on the legs of a flying Griffin. As you are aware of, most action games just allows you to hack monsters. You do not get to grab them and slit their throats or anything. But in Dragon’s Dogma, it can be done and can be devastating to some opponents. The NPCs on the other hand are called Pawns in the game. They are there to assist the players in the adventure. In addition, you can borrow pawns from other players out there since the pawn system is linked through the internet. At the same time, other players can also borrow your pawns during their adventures. But the good thing is that whatever the pawns acquire during its adventure is retained.

Furthermore, the world’s setting is dynamic since it has a day and night cycle. What is more fun about it is that it greatly affects a character’s adventure especially during night settings wherein foes are more difficult to spot due to lack of light. This gives the player the horror survival game feeling. The game also incorporates most of the mythical creatures available in various literatures like Dragons, Griffins, Cyclops and many more. In addition, these monsters’ artificial intelligence is well-designed to take on any careless player.

Overall, the game has lots to offer. Even those who are new to Capcom’s genre of action-role-playing games will be able to enjoy Dragon’s Dogma.

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