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  • 5 Tips: How To Get Into Game Development

    - Kendra Corpier
  • So, you're currently in high school or college and you want to get into game development. You know this is what you want to spend the rest of your life doing. So, how to you do that? Well, below is a list of tips to help you on your road to the game development industry.

    1. Create a Game Making Starting Point

    First of all, you should decide if you are going to focus on programming your games or doing the art for games. You might also choose to pursue other roles.

    Game Programming

    If you decide programming is your focus, you will want to start learning Javascript, HTML5, C++ or C#. These are the primary programming languages in this industry. Javascript is a web language. You can write it outright, or use the Unity game engine to write and build your game. HTML5 is also a web language. It is best for creating browser based gaming. C++ is object oriented programming. It is probably one of the most commonly used programming languages for creating games. The Unreal Engine is a popular game development engine that uses C++. C# is also an object-oriented programming language. It is also a very commonly used programming language. The Unity game engine uses C# to develop games.

    Game Art

    If you are an artist and have game design ideas, but no interest in programming, you too can create games. There are several What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) editors. Many professional studios use these engines to create their games, so don't be afraid or feel like you aren't a developer just because you can't code. Remember, companies aren't going to hire you without any experience at all. They need to know, even if you're a beginner that you can learn and understand the game development process. So get to it. Follow a tutorial to get your first game made. The more games you publish and the more experience you have, the more valuable you are to a hiring developer.

    2. Enjoy Yourself

    It's super important that you love what you do. The game development industry is devotion, sometimes repetition and a lot of fun. When you are working on your own work, figure out which part of game development is your favorite and focus on that. You need to understand all parts of game development, but you should have a focus or two of what you really want to do. Also, if you don't enjoy yourself and what you do, you will start to resent your job. You don't want that. So make sure you research the game development market for hiring and working, to make sure that the game dev industry is the right choice for you. Take some time to create a game of your own. You'll have some fun and you'll begin to understand the long hours, hard work and sometimes crazy stress that goes into making a video game.

    3. Get Your Focus

    By this point, you should know if you want to program or do art. Or maybe, you want to be a musician? Well, each of those 3 areas has one or two areas in which you should focus. Maybe for art, you want to do character concepts, so you would focus on that and character turnarounds. Or maybe you are excellent with 3D modeling so you could focus on Characters and animation or scenery and game object assets. Programmers can focus on in-game mechanics, menus, level obstacles, or whatever else needs to be coded into your game. And musicians would primarily focus on sound effects and in-game music. Whatever your skill focus, make sure you can be a little flexible, especially if you are looking to work for a small company or indie studio.


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