A springboard for game developers
Creating video games is an art, without a doubt. The problem is that it is not easy to come up with ideas for video games. And even when we have an idea, it doesn’t seem as new or exciting as we’d like it to be. Here are some ways you can come up with some creative ideas to make your video game fun from start to finish.
13. Do the unexpected. This is probably one of the hardest things for linear programmers to do because, as software developers, programmers are trained to make everything work in some kind of linear, logical order. For this to work, game programmers will need to give themselves permission to go crazy, do the unexpected, and not obsess over consequences. Like good training for all of us, doing the unexpected is a liberating experience that opens our minds to achievable possibilities that we probably wouldn’t take otherwise. These are possibilities that could make your video stand out from the crowd of copycats.
14. Design the game for a specific audience. Choose a unique audience to design your game for, and make sure each character, scene, subplot, and strategy meets the interest of that audience. But don’t pick a typical audience, go crazy. Design your game as if a dog were the player, a computer mouse, or even a stack of pancakes. Let your imagination run wild and you will see a new world unfold before you.
15. Imagine that you are the video game. If you were the video game you are designing, how would you like to be played? Trying to answer this question should set you off on a pretty creative craze for fresh and original ideas (if not a hell of a laugh session). Don’t throw the silly ideas you get from this exercise in the trash. Think seriously about how to implement them in your video game. This strategy will definitely put you on the game map.
16. Replace. Using one object instead of another is another surefire way to generate great video game ideas, and in certain situations, it’s the only way to find something fresh and new. When you can’t seem to find a new slant, the best thing to do is replace a typical predictable character with a cute, useful, animated can. Or replace a typical, predictable story with a strange scene from a dream. Remember: nothing is irreplaceable.
17. Add some randomness to the mix. There is a lot to say about random events. They always bring us the element of surprise and you can use it to keep your video game exciting. The key to making randomness work in a video game is to introduce a certain number of possibilities into different sections of the game and then have each of those possibilities lead to a different outcome. Sure, this can drive a gamer crazy, but you have to admit it will have him struggling to find a solution and talking about your game for days.
In the last section of this four-part article, we bring you two more ideas before we reach the conclusion.