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.
1. Make it fun. Humor has a wonderful way of turning the seemingly horrible into something that is not only tolerable, but also attractive. And if boredom is a disease, laughter is your cure. If you can put jokes, funny pictures, or silly characters in your game, your players will relax and associate your game with good feelings – a definitive formula for success.
2. Let your mind wander off the beaten track. Since so much of our thinking is associative anyway, there is no reason why you cannot manifest this association in your video game. When one idea makes you think of another, include it as part of a video game, no matter how illogical the connection is (at first). Remember that video games are your platform for creativity. Time to get a little wild and unconventional. Without this free-form thinking, we definitely wouldn’t have the creative gems that we have today. You can always bring the sense of logic back to the game at the right time.
3. Make your dreams come true. Literally turn your dreams into video game scenarios. Have you had a nightmare lately? Include what is scary in the game. Have you had a ridiculously stupid dream lately? Include it in the game as a diversion or distraction. Sometimes dreams can be more interesting than life and as a game developer you want your games to be the same. Keep a dream journal and write down those strange experiences you have at night. Your players will thank you.
4. Copy nature. Let’s be honest: nature is quite strange. We have bees flying around and pollinating the plants. We have water that evaporates in the sky and then falls from the clouds as rain. Childbirth itself is a strange phenomenon and germs: the smallest thing on the planet can kill a herd of elephants. If you could emulate some of these crazy things in your video games, you would have done what every man secretly wishes he could do for himself. And that is taking nature in your hands and molding it into the reality you want! But don’t copy nature faithfully. Turn it around. For example, instead of bees flying around and pollinating plants, your video game could have 3-inch aliens flying around and pollinating brainwashed FBI agents. Are you starting to get the idea?
5. Dig into the story. Another good resource for video game material is our story, but not the boring stuff. We are talking about the good things. Shameful things. Look up weird and weird news online and include the silly things people have done in the past as part of your game’s story. Your players won’t believe what they see!
6. What a happy metaphor. Metaphors are figures of speech in which expressions are used to refer to something that does not literally denote. It simply suggests a similarity. We’re not sure, but we’re pretty convinced that many of the spaceships in video games are based on what we call the “screw and nut” metaphor. If you take a close look at the blueprints for some of these vehicles and then look at some of the tools that you have in your toolbox, you will start to see a similarity between the two as we did. You can do the same in your video games to create truly unique images and situations.