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An overview of Crunch Time

Video game developers are under a lot of pressure when they are busy developing. Welcome to Crunch Culture, the world of overworked developers.

In order to understand Crunch time, you have first to understand how a game is done or produced.

When developing a new product/game, what is the process like?

Generally you start with a general idea of a videogame that you think you could make from the company. You start thinking about the concept of the game from the point of view of fun elements and from the point of view of visual aspect (how would be the characters, how would be the scenarios, etc). You must pass some market filters to see that the idea could really work well as a videogame.

In the case that the answer is yes, we start with a process of building what we would call a game pitch of the videogame, to show it to possible videogame publishers to see if they also consider the videogame interesting. This pitch can be a ppt presentation of the game, but it can also be a demo of the game that the studio develops in order to show the gameplay and visuals of the game and make it easier to sell to the publisher. Generally, studios first do a pitch only with the presentation, and if they see that the publishers like it, then is when they start with the development of the demo.


In the development process of a demo of these characteristics, usually between 3 to 5 people are involved and usually work with some pressure, but not much, because it is the studio that is supporting its funding, and the pressure that may or may not be, is to reach a fair, or a date on which the publisher may have asked us for a demo.

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Crunch Time – Can mine the team moral – Photo by Jopwell on Pexels.com


If this pitch is successful, then a publisher will buy the game and pay for its development for a well-defined budget and a very specified production duration. The development payment, or financing, occurs on a milestone basis, i.e. the publisher will pay the studio a predefined amount against the delivery of a series of materials and progress of the game. These milestones are what increases the pressure of development, and if not well planned and well controlled from the point of view of project / production, could at some point, cause the studio to ask for extra work to workers to reach that date, because if you do not arrive, basically the studio would not be paid and therefore could have a financial problem.

The development of video games has a lot of risks and it is not very difficult to make mistakes in time estimates because elements of the video game, in its conceptualization, may seem fun and or interesting, but once implemented may not meet expectations and require to be redone, which would begin to generate deviations and delays. The team may not be as experienced as they should be and so everything slows down, etc….


If all goes well, you meet the milestones, until you reach the stage of closing the game and sending it for editing, which could be to the Xbox or Sony platforms, or towards the manufacture of physical discs. And finally it would be available for players.

How many people make up the production team?


The answer to this question will depend on the game, its quality and its complexity.

  • A small casual game for mobile or pc, could cost about 50 thousand euros, and occupy 3-5 people for 5 or 6 months of work.
  • A medium sized game for PC or consoles, could occupy 10-15 people during 12 to 16 months, and could cost between 150 to 300 thousand euros.
  • A game with a certain size for consoles, could take about 2 years and about 25 to 30 people for 1 million Euros.
  • A game with top ambition can have more than 100 people for more than 2 years and cost from 10/20 million euros to 200 or 300 million euros.

How is the game development funded?


The closing date is signed when you sell the game to a publisher. If you work without one, in self-editing mode, you have more flexibility to define the date, but even in this case, it is important to define concrete dates in order to meet a development budget.

So that means that in order to be paid, you will need to deliver to the publisher specific parts of the game at specific times, for which in turn, you will be receiving part of the funds you need to continue working on the game.

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Crunch Time – Project Schedule – Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

What happens if the project delivery date is delayed?


If you are moderately delayed without affecting the sale of the video game, you may delay the payment of the associated milestone, and you may have financial problems to pay salaries, or to pay other expenses.


If the delay is significant and causes you to miss a release window of the game, for example Christmas, or a joint release with a movie, this could cause the game to be canceled, the money received to date to be refunded, and even legal issues of compensation.

Those delays and the impact that it can have on the funding of the studio is what usually is behind the usage of crunch ( although in some cases some studios are constantly under crunch).

How can delays happen?


Although most studios don´t like to resort to crunch time, but sometimes there are issues that are out of the developer’s control, things that don’t work, more work than estimated, slowness of the team, bad planning of the producer, etc… This put at risk the milestone and the associated payment coming with it and if you need that money to continue operating as a company and pay salaries, then you have no choice than crunching, which can be from asking the team to stay a couple of hours more at the end of the day, to work non stop 48 hours for a final push, or to work during a weekend to get to a delivery on Monday for example. Generally, crunches should be usually very short in time, and should be paid or given back as vacation days. But sometimes, they are difficult to manage.

But, there are also studios that have their workers constantly under crunch time, which in the long run will be very negative for the company as people end up getting burned out, leaving the company and telling their history on why they left, with the bad word of mouth generated.

Is crunch time something impossible to avoid?


Crunch time can be avoided to a certain extent. Control production scheduling well, include pockets of hours to manage risks associated with work estimation errors. Control the execution of the project very well, and when there are any deviations somehow reinforce the team, or try to renegotiate the scope with the editor to make sure that the deviations can be mitigated.

This involves working with experienced producers who have worked extensively on complex and well-executed projects. Also have video game designers who know how to define the scope associated with the video game.

What is crunch culture in video games?


The games industry is complicated, complex and challenging. Video game developers go through hell in the final weeks, months and sometimes years of the video game development cycle in order to deliver as much of what we love as possible, a lot of studios have overabused of the crunch and have generated the negative word of mouth which has grown through the industry and cross its borders until getting a reference of being a generalized culture, the Crunch Culture

What is a crunch culture?


As seen above, It can be natural to work hard at something you are passionate about, especially if you want to share your work with others.

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Crunch time – Photo by Djordje Petrovic on Pexels.com

Crunch Time culture is different., because you are forced to work overtime on the edge, directly or indirectly where days before you were exhausted and without a justified or visible reason.

In the games industry, crunch culture means that game developers work incredibly long hours, sometimes 80-100 hours a week, and unpaid overtime is the norm. This is usually done at the end of the game development cycle, so that everything is in the best possible condition before release. However, the crunch culture is not limited to the last weeks of development, but can last for months and sometimes even years.

Some people say that crunch culture makes for great video games, because the pressure while being under a crunch period theoretically sparks the creativity and attention for details. But, for many video game developers it has led to burnout as long working hours are simply not sustainable and productive if they take a toll on developers’ mental and physical health long after the game is finished, and if the workflow is constantly exhausting, demotivating and deprives employees of a sense of well-being.

The crisis culture does not only affect studios working on AAA games. Any video game studio, be it a large studio or an independent studio, and be it a first, second or third party game developer, can be hit by a crisis culture. However, for AAA game studios working on large or popular video games, this is usually the norm because of the volume of work involved.

Unfortunately, crunch culture has become misused and become some kind of commonplace in the games industry that those working in the industry are proud to celebrate it, rather than criticise it.

Crunch culture is a serious problem in games


As things stand, crunch time is not going away. There are people who disagree with it, but there are few who disagree with it, and few who even know what crunch culture is.

Crunch time is just one of the biggest problems surrounding the games industry. Others include terrible monetisation practices, locked content and games that are broken at launch. Games are all good things, but there is much that needs to be improved.

Making crunch time disappears is something that should executed by the industry executives, that are the ones that usually have the key to avoid this practice.

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How to make a game without coding – a guide to making video games online

The number and volume of resources available on how to make a game is vast, and the following article will help you to better understand these emerging new spaces, aswell as the expertise and skills needed to create and excel in games.

Below are links to free online software that can help you harness new skills in digital and creative technologies and help gamers focus on key conditions and skills.

Making games as living

Working in the games industry is not just for programmers. It takes a team to create and publish games. In addition to hiring game programmers, studios regularly employ musicians, artists, scriptwriters and game designers. Game studios also often employ project managers, accountants and business people to ensure the success of their games – in the 21st century, even game testing is a real job.

These are usually some of the questions that haunts game creators when thinking about making a game:

  • How do you make an online game for free?
  • How to create a game?
  • How do I start a game development for free?
  • How can I make a game online for free without coding?
  • How do I make a game app without coding?
  • How can I make a mobile game for free?
  • How can I create my own game?
  • How do you create an online game?

Maybe that’s the feeling you’ve thought of when you’ve fantasized about video game projects that would be great if only you could make them happen. Of course, you can hire a small studio to make it for you, but most people don’t have more than $1000 to give a programmer or artist a few days’ work. Instead, many people choose to just spend their time and make their computer games themselves. But the question is: how do we start making games?

There are many questions that go with this question. What game engine should I use? Where is the best place to publish my game? How much programming should I learn before I start making games? Do I need to know how to program to make a game? How is game design done?


The aim of this guide is to answer as many questions as possible about video game design, engines to use, etc. This guide doesn’t specifically address how to make your first game from scratch, but it will point you in the right direction to be able to do so, using the resources provided.

So if you are ready to learn how to make a toy, let’s get started.

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How to make a game?

In the following infographic you can see a very interesting high level overview of what is actually inside a game that, in someway, conditions the process of making it and the different steps through the lifecycle associated with how to make a game.

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So let’s start by analyzing the game development cycle.


What is the game development cycle?


There is a general cycle of game development, followed by many game projects, from huge 200-person studios to independent indie projects. We will look at each part in more detail, but in brief, the game development cycle is as follows.

  • Come up with an idea. Formulate in your head what kind of game you want to make.
  • Design the game. Further develop the idea, document and flesh out the systems, levels, art styles, etc.
  • Make the game. Start actually making the game. Many people make a simple one with basic graphics to get a feel for how it plays, then develop it.
  • Test the game. Show the game to others. As a developer, you already know everything about the game, so you need to test it out with people to see if it works, if it’s fun, and if it’s easy to understand. You should also do this regularly. This is because when new changes are made to the game, people may change the gameplay.
  • Finishing the game. In some ways, a game is never finished. You run out of time or money. Eventually the game has to be finished and released to the world or they feel the need to do so.
  • Publishing the game. The game must be published for the whole world to see.

  • The five steps of the game development cycle (IMAGE)


Come up with a game idea.


Everyone thinks “I wish I could make a game like that”, but not many people can actually make it happen. Those who are just learning how to make games may be tempted to jump right in and make a game because of the great technology available. But we don’t recommend it. When making games, you need to think about scope. How long does it take to produce? Do you have all the skills needed to make this toy? Do you understand the game and how it is made?

Understanding the game is paramount. You may have the story, the setting and the mechanics in your head, but to understand the game you need to know every aspect of it. How the different systems interact, what the player can/can’t do, what the objectives are, etc. This may seem like a lot of work, but remember that big games are made by big companies.

As a sole game developer, this is the best way to create a manageable game with the right scope.

  • Think about the basic mechanics. Mario’s jump and Just Cause’s grappling hook are just a few examples of basic mechanics.
  • The game is developed around these basic mechanics. Every feature in the game should encourage players to use the basic mechanics.
  • Example of a puzzle platformer (IMAGE)

Take Marios, for example. Mario’s basic mechanic is jumping. In almost every element of the game, the player had to jump.

  • Jump on the enemy.
  • Jumping and hitting blocks
  • Jump over gaps
  • Finally, jumping on flags.


This is one of the reasons why “Mario” (especially the early parts) was so successful. The developers focused on building the game around a single core mechanic to make it as fun, sophisticated and varied as possible. Here are some resources to help you develop your game ideas and find the basic mechanics.

Designing the game


Once you have an idea, you need to develop it further – if it’s a small game with one or two mechanics, you might just keep it in your head, but if it’s bigger than that, or especially if you’re working in a team, you need to document it. You use the game design document to define your game ideas, mechanics, goals, players, interactions, art style, theme, etc. You can give a GDD (game design document) to two people and both of them can develop a fairly similar game. You should be able to do this. If you are working in a team, this is necessary to communicate how you want to make the game.Here are some useful resources for making GDDs.

  • How to write a game design document – Gamasutra
  • Game Design Document Template – by Game Dev Underground
  • How to design a game. Game Design Document – Tim Bonson


As for the actual design of the game, it’s up to you. Game design is one of those areas where there is no 100% solution. There is no recipe for creating unique and fun games. That doesn’t mean there are no best practices and guidelines. Knowing game design can help you develop games that are engaging and easy for players to understand. Here are some online resources that can help you with game design.

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How to make a game – Game Designer planning ideas


What type of game do you want to make?


When you’re thinking about what kind of game you want to make, you’ve probably also decided what type of game you want to make. Below is a list of game types and the platforms on which they can be developed.

  • 2D is offered by most game engines and is usually the best step for beginner game developers.
  • 3D is offered by many of the most popular game engines and is also a great first step for beginners.
  • Mobile can open up a whole new market, touch-driven user interfaces.
  • Virtual reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality are fast-growing segment of the gaming industry that enables immersive experiences. However, VR has some unique aspects. Augmented Reality has been growing in the games industry and beyond, with many applications.

How to make a game – What is a game engine?


Once you’ve got an idea in your head and (hopefully) a plan on paper, it’s time to turn to the question of how to make the game. Which engine to use, which coding language to learn? Or if not, using a node-code or visual technology. Now you also have the option not to use traditional game engines, but rather a new generation of technologies build to be used in cloud environments, some of them with very interesting.

These are all questions you need to ask yourself, but there is no single answer. What you need to learn depends on what type of game you want to make, what skills you have and whether you want to learn programming.

So, what is a game engine? A game engine is a software or framework that allows developers to create games. It provides a platform for structuring the game, building levels, assigning logic to objects and building them on a given platform. There are several game engines, each offering different features and specialisations.

In our case, and since we have already approached traditional engines, we are focusing this article on online or cloud based game engines.

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How to make a game – Mario Karts on Switch – Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Why using an Online Game Engine

Online game engines are a new concept for many developers who are used to desktop tools. This article explains the advantages and disadvantages of such solutions compared to traditional desktop computers. It should be remembered that some of the advantages presented here do not yet exist in any online game engine, but should be technically possible. In some cases, creative collaboration and other types of online solutions already offer advantages that are fully applicable to online game engines.

The trend towards using web applications to do work previously done in desktop applications is not new – the software as a service (SaaS) revolution and the first projects using centrally hosted applications … date back to the 1960s. This trend has been developing at an accelerating pace in recent years, especially thanks to the recent emergence of new web technologies. This evolution can be observed in all types of services and tools, some of which are presented here.

  • E-mail: perhaps the most obvious example is e-mail. More and more people – both private and business users – are managing their e-mail from their web browser, and web applications for managing e-mail, such as Gmail and Outlook, have become more efficient, user-friendly and productive, and are widely used from all devices.
  • Office computing. Office and iWork for Mac, and has gradually created alternatives to them. In 2015, Google claimed that their plan was to take 80% of Microsoft’s business away from MS Office; Microsoft’s response was Office 365, the online version of the suite, launched in 2011. An excellent comparative analysis of the two solutions can be found here.
  • Image editing: although there is no clear success story in this area, as in the other two areas mentioned above, a number of initiatives have emerged in the last few years that have become the model for online Photoshop. Examples such as Pixlr.com and Fotor.com show the potential of this type of web application. In any case, image editing web applications, even if not so widespread, can be well integrated with other types of services. Aviary (later acquired by Adobe), for example, has been integrated as an image editor into the Mailchimp newsletter management service. Basic image editing functionality is now integrated into the newsletter creation process, making the workflow easier for campaign creators.

Let’s quickly list the pros and cons of using online game engines to develop projects.

How to make a game – Advantages of using an online game engine


Platform independence.


Online editors can run on any operating system with a web browser, whether Mac, Windows or Linux. No installation is required as it is accessed through the browser. Access is instant.

Permanent storage is possible.


For online game engines, saving a project is usually a continuous process and all operations are usually automatically saved.

Security.


If your computer crashes, gets infected by a virus, burns down, gets stolen, your hard drive crashes, or any other misfortune or misfortune, your video game development will not be affected. All data is stored in the cloud and is always accessible from any device.

Version control


If you’ve used the Google Docs app before, you’ll know how well it handles different versions of documents. Like Google Docs, the online game engine that uses the infrastructure in the cloud can manage versions according to the changes and modifications made by the developer. Furthermore, the developer must be able to decide when to save a version and when to move on to the next version.

Cooperation in real time


Online game engines allow multiple developers with different profiles to work on the same project. A designer can modify the background graphics and a programmer can set the background parallax. What’s more, all this can happen in real time, and everyone can see each other’s work. In addition, a user management system can be set up in which different development companies can be assigned roles.

Instant communication.


With online collaborative game development tools, communication is instant and very much focused on the problem at hand. Developers can communicate with each other through an instant messaging system built into the tool. They can also work with different elements of the game, such as tools and a system based on comments left on scripts.

Instant updates and improvements


As the software for the development tools is managed directly by the provider, the current version can be upgraded to a new version at any time, and improvements and bug fixes can be made on an ongoing basis. Game developers do not need to download new versions or install patches, which makes it much easier to update new versions of the game engine.

How to make a game – From the web, for any platform


Finally, there are benefits that have emerged almost as an ideological position. The creation of web content from the web to the web. Because of the speed, agility, simplicity, consistency of development and production, adaptability to the media of the end product, and myriad other reasons, creating web content from the web is a winning bet

We believe the web is the next big gaming platform. We believe the web will be the next big gaming platform. And it seems logical that if it is technically feasible, we will develop games from the web itself. With Java, HTML5, WebGL and other technologies that are slowly becoming a reality, and all that’s left is to integrate and mature the various online game development tools.

Integration with other web services and applications


Another advantage of online development engines is the possibility of integration with other web services and applications. For example, asset storage like Dropbox, Google Drive and Box, analytics, version control like GitHub and Bitbucket, task management like Trello and Wunderlist, social networking, and many more, you can integrate online game engines with APIs in a mash-up style.

The possibilities are endless.

The downside of online game engines


Requires always-on connection.


This is obvious: if you don’t have an internet connection, you can’t use online services. Of course, there are solutions that allow you to work offline, such as Google Docs, but this takes away many of the benefits of real-time online development. In addition, an internet connection requires minimum quality in terms of bandwidth. Game development can involve very large file sizes and this work can require a lot of bandwidth.

Access to servers.


SaaS services are usually criticised by users who do not have access to the servers and the data and files running on them. Richard Stallman believes that the use of this type of service violates the principle of free software. This is because in many cases these products are source code-free and users have access to all the files and source files that make up the service. In any case, this issue has much to do with the culture and belief that it is better to have all data on the computer. Nowadays, this belief is fading away, in particular thanks to cloud storage services such as Dropbox and Drive.

List of online game engines

Below is a list of popular game engines, the types of games you can create with them, and the skills you need to build them For more information on 2020 game engines, see also this blog post. You can also find out which coding languages are best suited for game development.

1. Gdevelop

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How to make a game – Ddevelop

GDevelop is a game engine that allows developers to create games without any development experience. Although there has been a lot of talk this year about “no code”, GDevelop has been around for several years.
Florian Rival first started working on GDevelop as an open source side project, publishing the first public version on GitHub in 2014.


He wanted GDevelop to make game development as accessible as possible – GDevelop can be launched from a web browser or installed on a computer. You can start with a template, modify it and try it out at any time.

GDevelop is dedicated to 2D games, making it more accessible for gamers and developers alike. To design a course, simply drag and drop objects into the scene.


For game design, you can see all game mechanics in the “Events” tab. Everything is described with conditions and actions, for example, the character is animated to “jump” when the player jumps.
GDevelop has a lot of actions by default. And if you want to do something more specific, there is an extension system that allows you to add logic to your game. If you want to go further, you can also create your own extensions. An extension is a set of conditions and operations, i.e. JavaScript code.


GDevelop uses web technologies to render your game, such as WebGL, JavaScript and WebAssembly. When your game is ready to be exported, you can either export it to the web or convert it to an Android game. On average, half of GDevelop users export their games to Android.

2. Construct3

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How to make a game -Construct3

Construct 3 is a 2D game engine that can be used to design and create games such as puzzles, platformers, role-playing games (RPGs), shooters, racing games or picture books. Construct 3 also includes the Box2D physics engine for creating physics-based games. The development environment runs in the browser and allows online and offline file saving, so it can be used on any operating system, including Chrome and Android.

When creating a new game, it creates the background, adds objects and gives the objects behaviour. You can then add custom logic through events (conditions and actions) to make the game work. There are plenty of tutorials to help you navigate through the game. You can design the game with drag-and-drop, clicks and a bit of typing. In addition, a tile editor and an object editor are available to create the look of the game on Construct 3, but you can also use images you create outside the interface. Objects can be placed in layers, each of which can move independently of the others to create a sense of depth. Special effects options such as particle and light effects are also available.

Games can be published on the web (HTML5), Steam, iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Linux, Windows UWP, Facebook and Xbox One. Games support mouse, keyboard and game controller, as well as multi-touch input on mobile touchscreens.

3. Modd.io

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How to make a game – Modd.io IDE

Modd.io is a fun 2D multiplayer game engine where people of all skill levels can make games using our browser-based drag & drop game editor. It’s 100% free

4. gamefroot.com

How to make a game - Gamefroot
How to make a game – Gamefroot

Gamefroot is a website that provides a block-based coding platform for game creation and design. Detailed tutorials walk you through the basic stages of game creation and help you understand the basic elements of coding (loops, events, variables, etc.) For those who have used Scratch, Gamefroot will be a familiar interface. In fact, Gamefroot includes many of Scratch’s code blocks and game-specific blocks.

Gamefroot is aligned with New Zealand curriculum standards, but can easily be adapted to national standards for coding and computational thinking In addition to Gamefroot’s game design features, students can share and test each other’s work In addition to Gamefroot’s game design features, there is also a game room where students can share and test their work with each other.

5. Playcanvas

How to make a game - PlayCanvas
How to make a game – PlayCanvas

PlayCanvas is an open-source, cloud-hosted, collaborative 3D platform for building video games that includes per-pixel lighting, shadows, post-effects, rigid bodies, triggers, vehicles, joints, audio, input, and animation, and entity systems.

6. Micro Studio

How to make a game - Microstudio
How to make a game – Microstudio

microStudio is a browser-based game engine that makes 2D games incredibly easy to make, thanks to its sophisticated design and comprehensive, well-documented toolkit. Simply log into microStudio.dev from your browser, clone an existing project or create a new one and start coding, no account creation required.

The main features of microStudio are

  • Fully browser-based, no installation or account creation required
  • Simple Lua inspired programming language microScript
  • Built-in multi-file code editor with syntax highlighting
  • Run games directly in the browser or test remotely with live loading on your mobile phone.
  • Pixel art editor
  • Tile map editor
  • Automatic synchronization of changes from multiple developers.
  • Support for HTML5 distribution or beta export of games for Windows, Mac and Linux

7. Flowlab

How to make a game - flowlab
How to make a game – flowlab

Browser-based game creation toolkit. Everything students need to design, build, and program their own games is included, with no installation required.
Custom game logic is programmed using the included Visual Logic Builder. Students can design their own game art using drawing and animation tools.
It provides a self-paced experience for prospective developers to create and learn at their own pace.

  • There are several advantages to using flowlab
  • No installation required, browser-based and can be run anywhere
  • Projects are accessible from home and stored in the cloud
  • Visual logic builder requires no programming experience
  • Sprite, animation, and game logic creation are all included
  • Export Application allows you to export your game as a native application.

8. Phaser Sandbox

How to make a game - Phaser
How to make a game – Phaser

Phaser is a fun, free and fast 2D gaming framework for creating HTML5 games for desktop and mobile web browsers, with support for Canvas and WebGL rendering Phaser 3 is the New Version. It features an all-new, custom WebGL renderer designed to meet the needs of modern 2D games Phaser internally uses both Canvas and WebGL renderers and switches between them automatically depending on browser support. This enables lightning-fast rendering on both desktop and mobile devices.

Why use Phaser? Phaser is one of the best Javascript-based game engines for the web. It is a free framework and can render games on a wide range of platforms. The community is still growing, the documentation is very well explained, and you’ll find plenty of examples on the labs page to help you build your game Phaser is powerful and easy to use, so if you want to start your own game, go for it.

9. Microsoft MakeCode

How to make a game - MIcrosoft makecode
How to make a game – MIcrosoft makecode

Microsoft MakeCode is a free, open source platform for creating engaging computer science learning experiences that support a progression path into real-world programming.

It was launched to be a competitor’s to Scratch but it wasn´t as succeeded as the MIT’s platform. Nonetheless it is a good platform to use when introducing into the game development process.

10.BabylonJS

How to make a game - babylonJS
How to make a game – babylonJS

BabylonJS is an open source JavaScript framework for creating 3D games using HTML5 and WEBGL. hosted on github.

In the world of 3D animation, shapes are drawn with triangles, and WebGL adds a lot of complexity because of the large amount of coding involved in the process. Babylon Japan is a simple solution that alleviates some of that complexity. Here, you can easily use the light, camera, and engine APIs to create 3D objects.

The BabylonJS source code is coded in typescript, compiled into Javascript, and provided to the end user.

To start working with babylonjs, you can download the babylonjs file, host it on your endpoint, and start writing 3D code.

BabylonJS was developed by Microsoft employees in 2016. David Catuhe, Principal Program Manager for Microsoft’s Windows & Devices Group, is a key figure in BabylonJs development and great success.

In order to run BabylonJS, you need a modern browser with WEBGL support. Modern browsers, i.e. Internet Explorer 11+, Firefox 4+, Google Chrome 9+, Opera 15+, etc. support WEBGL and it is possible to run the demo and see the output in these browsers.

BabylonJs offers the following features to create various types of 3D scenes

  • Shapes such as boxes, spheres, cylinders, cones, cuboids, etc.
  • Cameras, lights
  • Meshes, textures, materials
  • Sprites
  • Morphing
  • Mesh intersection and collision detection
  • Physics engine plug-ins
  • Action manager
  • Solid Particles
  • Instances and Particles
  • Bone and Skeleton Support
  • Add music and sound to your scene
  • In addition to our own meshes, BabylonJS can use meshes from third-party 3D software such as Blender, FBX, and 3DS Max.

11. Ceilfire

How to make a game - Ceilfire
How to make a game – Ceilfire

Ceilfire is an online game maker for creating HTML5 games and sharing game assets.

Make, play and share games directly in your browser. No programming skills required!

12. Scratch

How to make a game - Scratch
How to make a game – Scratch

Scratch is an MIT open source project that aims to get kids started with programming. It is essentially a game engine and programming language in one, similar in functionality to Stencyl, GDevelop and Construct2 in execution, just much simpler and aimed at younger developers.

It also comes loaded with content (sprites, backgrounds, sound effects, animations) to get you started. You can also extend the language using JavaScript.

It is somewhat limited with mode advanced features geared toward making games that could have a potential to make money. It is more focused on teaching game development to kids.

12. Codemonkey

How to make a game -CodeMonkey
How to make a game -CodeMonkey

Not really a tool to make games online but rather one to actually learn how make them in a very friendly gamified way. It is implemented like a game tutorial, where to move between phases you have clear the challenges and obstacles that will require you to apply some basic knowledge.

How to break into game development

How to break into game development: 12 ways to let you into the games industry.

How to break into game development. 12 proven ways to break into the games industry.

A very interesting question, we are usually asked a lot as a game development hub, If the door of the industry won’t open, how do you get your foot in?

How to break into game development: Getting your foot in the games Industry

Does the games industry seem like a walled garden with no way to get in? All you need is to be able to put your foot in the door. But how do you open it in the first place?

It is possible to enter the world of game development. All you need is a solid strategy that will help you leverage the right skills to get through.

However, it is time to stop looking for the ‘right way’, as there isn’t one. There is more than one ‘right way’ that can be used by different people with different skill set. There are many different ways to get your first job in a game studio. To find the best strategy, you need to understand how today’s professional game developers got their start.

Here are ten strategies you can use to get your first job in a game studio, along with examples of professional developers who have done it. It worked for them, and it should work for you too.

How to break into game development

i. Post your work ( demos, art, game designs, animations, etc) on focused discussion boards

Aspiring game developers can spend a lot of time lurking on message boards, soaking up as much knowledge as they can. But you know who else reads these forums? They are professional game developers.

So it’s a great way to get your work seen by game studios, helps you build industry connections, and can lead to job offers.

Stop watching other gamedev works and start posting. Interacting with other forum participants. Many of them are professional game developers looking to hire new people. You may even get your first job in the gaming world.

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ii. Start a game blog / youtube channel about the things that you feel you would like to work in the games industry

Sometimes game developers wants people very specialized on specific topics, and finding them is not always easy, and eventually could be hard to find.

If you start a game blog or an youtube channel about a specific topic in game development that you are passionate about, and the quality of what you are doing is unique, then this could eventually put you in front of their eyes.

In the past, some bloggers and youtubers were hired by game developers or game technology companies.

Be very specific and focused, but because a broader approach about everything in game development will not be enough to grab their attention.

iii. get a traditional college degree

Job offers from various game studios often state that a bachelor’s degree is required, but do not specify what the bachelor’s degree is. In many cases, it doesn’t have to be a games-related degree, as long as you have developed skills that can be applied to game development.

If you are skeptical, check out the various degrees available to get a job in game design. The educational requirements for game designers are as diverse as the game designers themselves.

iv. Get a job outside game development in a game studio

It takes a variety of jobs to run a successful game studio, many of which are not directly related to game creation. Even if you’ve never made a game, it’s possible to apply for jobs at a game studio in roles unrelated to development, such as information technology, tool development, or other support staff.

Smaller game studios have fewer support staff, so look to the larger studios and game publishers for this strategy. The larger the studio, the more support positions you can target.

v. Do an internship in a game studio

If you have skills that can be applied to game development, such as programming, art or sound design, you may be able to get a job in a game studio, even if you’ve never actually made a game. Not all studios have ‘official’ game development internship programs, but most are open to the idea of part-time, temporary or cheap (or free) workers who could help you complete your game.

Want to work in games, game studios are always looking to find people with lower fees/rates. so try to contact a game studio near your home place and find out if they are looking to find interns.

vi. Find open videogames projects.

Now a days, there are plenty of collective of people that have joined forces to create a videogame. They are usually not formalized as a company, and there can be geography dispersed. They will probably do a lot of social noise as to promote their games.

Try to find this type of projects and try to participate in it, because this will give you part of the experience that you will need to land a future job.

vii. Get a college degree related to video games

A couple of years ago, there wasn’t educational programs in the field of game development, now a days, there plenty of Universities that have integrated game design and game development offers, that are focused not only in the formal aspects of the knowledge but also in providing the students with a sound practical experience by developing multiple projects over the course of the programs.

A degree is starting to be asked by companies when looking for junior profiles as a way to filter possible candidates.

So this will probably be more efficient for younger aspirants than older ones.

viii. Get a traditional college degree

Job offers from various game studios often state that a bachelor’s degree is required, but do not specify what the bachelor’s degree is. In many cases, it doesn’t have to be a games-related degree, as long as you have developed skills that can be applied to game development.

If you are skeptical, check out the various degrees available to get a job in game design.

The educational requirements for game designers are as diverse as the game designers themselves.

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ix. Working in a game studio as a freelance or external collaboration.

A successful game studio requires a variety of jobs, many of which are not directly related to game creation. Even if you’ve never made a game, it’s possible to apply for jobs at a game studio in non-development roles, such as information technology, tool development, and other support staff.

Smaller game studios have fewer support staff, so look to the larger studios and game publishers for this strategy. The larger the studio, the more support positions you can target.

Sites like Upwork of fiverr could be a good option to start landing some gigs in the game development space that will help you building your experience.

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x. Participate in as many Game Jams as possible

There are plenty of stories of people doing cool stuff in game jams and getting job offers or even starting companies , we have ourselves met a couple of people that were able to do so. The main advantage of Game Jams for this, is that they can also be considered as some kind of focus group where you are testing a part of your game idea, and check how people will react to it..

If you attend an arrested game, you will build your portfolio, develop the skills to work with a team under pressure, meet new people, and expand your professional network.

If you like game jams, they are worth checking out.

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xi. Make and publish as many as games as possible.

Working for a game studio is a bit of a stretch: …… If so, you can make your own game app to boost popular multiplayer games.

Making a game requires transversal skills from Art, to design, programming, animation, storytelling, so getting all those elements to work correctly the one with the others will be difficult. So if you are able to practice in advance and start working with multiple people or teams to create and publish games, you will be able to get all the soft skills that you need to create games and especially great games. The more games you will be producing, the more practice you will get, and the more polished games you will be able to produce, which in turn will give you more experience and more track record to show to companies that you could be interested in working with.

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xii. Setup your own games company

Associated with some of the previous advices, if you are leveraging a lot in building up skills to develop your games, if you are actually developing and publishing them, then, why not trying to make a living out of it? It doesn’t have to be a full job, but some thing that will take a part of your day or night. The concepto of Moonlighting developer, is from people that works in a regular job by day, and then by night under the light of the moon, transforms into a game developer, fighting to get an opportunity of being able to fully dedicate to game development.

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xii. Be persistent and don’t give up

Like much other things in life, growing your skills and getting a job in the gaming industry is not easy, quite the opposite, getting in the games industry is complex. Many studios will require a previous experience before letting anyone in, but if you are not able to work, how are you supposed to get that experience? At times, you may feel like you’re banging your head against a wall, or you may feel discouraged. We’ve all been there, but don´t quite, and keep focused in creating your high quality portfolio and gaining experience through all the possible paths that you could do, and that we have seen in the previous steps.

What do you think about these advices? Miss anyone? Why don’t you share your ideas in the comments section of this article. For more contents, check out our blog.

Pitching Your Game To A Publisher

The Ultimate Guide To Pitching Your Game To A Publisher

Do you have a great game idea but don’t know how to pitch it to a publisher? Fear not, we’re here to help! This guide walk you through the process of pitching your game to a publisher, from start to finish.

f you are reading this, you probably have a game that you really care about. To you, it is the best game in the vast universe. Sure, you can see other great games, but you don’t care; your game is still the center of the universe.

However, when you start to see what is around you, you start to see that are enormous of games everywhere around. Each of them with its own unique features which are able of attracting people’s attention. .It’s not just about games, literally every product, service and cat image in the universe is competing for attention.

In the gaming industry: according to Polygon, the number of Steam games nearly doubled every year between 2014 and 2017, with more than 10 000 games released during 2021, which most of them wasn’t able to recover the investment made.

The PC market is hugely saturated and Steam is starting to look more like a mobile app store.

The console market which was still some oasis a couple of years ago, due to the concept of walled garden, will soon follow the trend as it is becoming easier and easier to publish on consoles too.

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Number of games released on Steam 2021 | Statista
Pitching Your Game To A Publisher – Number of games On Steam

This market saturation is making it difficult for most AAA games with their top bugdets on marketing, let alone indie games, to get noticed. This is where the expertise and valuable network of publishers comes into play.

A good publisher can play a key role in navigating the vast universe and ensuring commercial success, while allowing you to focus on what matters most to you – making the best games.

So you’ve decided to work with a publisher? So how do you go about it? Here are some helpful tips on how to find a publisher, how to determine if their services meet your needs, and how to market your game.

Step 1: Do Your Research about the game publisher

Before you even start pitching your game to a publisher, it’s important to do your research. Find out as much information as you can about the publisher, their games, and their track record. This will help you prepare a strong pitch and make sure your game is a good fit for them.

How do I find potential publishers or a list of publishers?

First, look for games in a similar genre to your game and find out who the publishers are. Steam is a great resource for this. If a publisher has a website and you can’t see their contact information or portfolio of games that have been or will be released, that’s a danger sign and you probably shouldn’t work with that publisher.

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Pitching Your Game To A Publisher – Steam

That said, many of the big publishers don’t like being spammers with messages about their new games. In this case, you can stalk them on LinkedIn to find the right person or specific department (e.g. business development). 

Other good places to do this are industry events and exhibitions. You can also work with a game broker who already has relationships with various publishers (although they also get a cut if they end up negotiating). 

Understand the publisher’s services and your needs 

Publishers have different capabilities and offer different opportunities for your game. Some publishers specialize in specific areas, such as production or release management, while others specialize in marketing and public relations. Others, offer 360-degree publishing (meaning they can do everything the big AAA game companies do).

Knowing what you’re looking for will help you introduce the right publishers to your next step.

Here are some examples of what publishers can help you with

  • Funding. The most obvious benefit a large publisher can offer is an upfront payment, such as a minimum deposit. This type of funding allows for a wider variety of games and a smoother production process. Many smaller publishers cannot provide development funding.
  • Release management. Most digital publishers offer some form of release management to manage the entire funnel of submitting games to the platform, including QA, ratings, and localization. It is important, with due diligence, to understand how many staff a publisher employs to perform release management and how much annual work it has in terms of the number of games being released. This is a major blind spot for many publishers, and having too many games to support but too few staff or too little experience can quickly develop into a messy situation with delayed releases and inefficiencies in the production pipeline.
  • Marketing Most publishers offer some form of marketing, but some are limited in what they can do. For example, it is worth researching whether they only offer PR and community support, or whether they offer everything from website development, CMS/CRM, paid media, event management, trailer functions, art and content creation, etc. It is also important to investigate their global business reach, as many smaller publishers specialize in only one or two regions. Ask publishers how many marketing departments they have, how many marketing teams they have (excluding contractors and agencies), examples of marketing calendars and marketing reports. 
  • Sales. If you are launching a game on a digital platform, you will need to manage the entire digital sales and promotion lifecycle. This includes features and merchandising on each platform, including pre-order lists, ongoing sales promotions, seasonal discounts, off-platform marketing such as social media advertising and events, and trial and demo opportunities. Existing relationships with these platform partners are crucial, so make sure the publisher has connections. For example, Modus has weekly conference calls with the account managers of each platform to discuss the production and marketing schedule and the platform’s marketing opportunities. Unfortunately, the reality is that many publishers do not provide this kind of support or good relationship with their platforms and assume that their work is complete once the game goes live. Before signing a contract, make sure that the publisher tracks game sales frequently and provides a pre- and post-release marketing platform with no extra work.  
  • Physical Distribution and retail. Very few publishers, from regional to global, can offer physical releases. The advantages of retailing are the potential increase in revenue, expanded reach of the game, additional marketing support from the retailer, and the ability to create a physical collector’s edition that includes any add-ons that increase sales of the game, such as action figures or art books. modus is a Maximum Games Inc. As a division, it can distribute its physical product worldwide (except China, but that’s a separate article).
  • Game Evaluation & Rating. Product ratings can be of great benefit to games, but only a few publishers are able to offer this service. Modus Games, for example, has built an internal infrastructure dedicated solely to collecting player feedback. This infrastructure consists of weekly contests, monthly focus groups, professional ratings from game journalists, mock reviews, contests on Discord, and regular milestone reviews.

If you are working on a game with multiplayer features or live services, the importance of community testing for alpha, beta and early access cannot be emphasized enough. A publisher that handles all these aspects on your behalf will allow you to focus on creating your game, without having to manage game reviews and other aspects of the game.

Once you have researched the list of publishers and evaluated the needs of your game and your team and the capabilities of the publisher, you are ready to make your launch.

Step 2: Prepare Your game Pitch outline

Your pitch should be concise and to the point. Include a general overview of your game and what makes it unique. Also include a description of the gameplay, and how it will be different from other games on the market. Finally, be sure to describe the publisher’s target audience and what they might enjoy about your game.

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Step 3: Create you Pitch Deck

Your pitch deck should include a description of your game, the prototype or gameplay video, your outline of the game pitch, and any other relevant information. Make sure to highlight key points and examples that will help sell your game to the publisher.

If you’re new to pitching your game to publishers, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! Our guide walks you through the entire process, from start to finish.

In preparation for pitching your game to potential publishers, you need to cover three bases: elevation pitch, milestone schedule, and prototype.

Raising pitch. The first step in pitching your game to potential publishers is to create a good one-sheet counter that is concise and simple. The content should include.

The past experience of your leadership team (even if it is the only one) 

  • A one-sentence description of your game, including your “hook” or your Unique Selling Proposition (USP). What is unique about your game beyond its features and technology?
  • Brief synopsis of the game’s story 
  • Clear description of gameplay loops 
  • Short list of key features 
  • Brief list of comparable and competing titles 
  • General information about intended platforms, timing, costs, etc. 

Finally, don’t forget to add what publishing services are required.

Think of this field as a single page containing all the high-level information about your game. This way, you can show that you have thought about and prepared all these necessary elements before submitting them to your publisher.

Milestone calendar. Prepare a detailed production and post-release schedule. Give a schedule of all the milestones of the vertical slice of the game to be released, including the costs incurred at each stage and the necessary cash flow If you are planning DLC, what is the timeline for that? Publishers need to have all this information to ensure that your game’s schedule

Step 4: Create A Prototype or Gameplay Video

 Last but not least, you will need to prepare a prototype of your game to show off to publishers.  If you don’t have a prototype that you are confident of putting on display, you are probably not ready to talk to a publisher. There are very few publishers who will be willing to sign a game based solely on a DRG or concept.  In addition, you will want to be ready to send it to a publisher for their own evaluation.  The prototype should stand on its own without demoing it. 

 If you don´t have a build then you can try a gameplay video of your game. This will help illustrate the concept and see if the publisher is interested. Make sure to include footage of the game in action, as well as graphics and screenshots that will help illustrate your points.

Your demo should be as complete and polished as possible. It should include a playable version of your game, as well as graphics and screenshots that will help illustrate your points. Make sure to include any footage of the game in action, to show off the concept and gameplay.

Step 5: Pitch Your Game

Once you have a complete pitch deck, demo, and overview of your game, it’s time to pitch your game to the publisher. Be sure to highlight key points and examples that will help sell your game to the publisher. If you are pitching an existing game, be sure to include footage of the game in action, as well as graphics and screenshots that will help illustrate your points.

Conclusions

Making a game is not easy, let alone trying to bring it to market in an oversaturated universe.  Working with a publisher can help alleviate some of the burdens of publishing, so you can focus on building your game.  Hopefully this article provides some insight into the process and allows you to ask the right questions when considering pitching your game to potential publishers.

Publishers are always on the lookout for new and exciting games. By following the steps in this guide, you will be able to pitch your game to a publisher with confidence and increase your chances of getting your game published.

Any doubt or any question? Don´t hesitate to leave it on our comments.

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Is a degree needed to become a game developer

Is a degree needed to become a game developer?

With the gaming industry booming, many people are interested in becoming game developers. But Is a degree needed to become a game developer?

Game development is a rapidly growing industry that has been expanding for the last two decades. The demand for skilled game developers is increasing as the video game industry continues to grow. In order to work in the video game industry, may not be necessary for anyone looking to get into the game industry. There are many different paths to success, but most people usually work their way up from the bottom—meaning, by working as a programmer, artist, etc.

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So, There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the answer will depend on your individual background and experience, as well as the specific game development industry you are interested in working in. However, in general, most game developers do require a degree in order to gain the necessary skills and experience.

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Things to Consider Before Taking on a Game Development course

The gaming industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. It has grown to a point where it has become a multi-billion dollar industry and is expected to grow even more in the coming years. With so many people interested in this field, there are many colleges that offer game development degrees.

Here are some things to consider before taking on a game development course:

– What type of games do you want to develop?

– What skills do you have that will help you learn the course material?

– How much money can you spend on your education?

– How much time can you devote to studying for this course?

Is There an “Ideal” Game Development Curriculum?

There is no “ideal” game development curriculum. There are many different paths that you can take to get into the industry. One path is to go through a traditional game design program, where you will learn how to design games and build a portfolio of games that you have designed. Another path is to take an online course in game development, which will teach you the basics of how to make video games. You can also start in the industry by doing contract work or internships with developers and working your way up from there.

The most common degrees for people who want to work in the game industry are computer science, art and design, or programming. Some schools offer degrees that combine all three of these fields together.

Some Considerations on choosing options to become a game developer

Section 1: What Does a Game Developer Do?

A game developer is a professional who creates video games. A game developer typically has a degree in computer science or related field. However, not all developers have a degree. Some people learn how to create video games through self-taught methods.

Game developers are put in charge of the design and creation of games from the ground up. They brainstorm ideas, bring those ideas to life by programming them, and spend countless hours refining their game so that it’s enjoyable for players.

Section 2: What Skills are Necessary?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the skills required to become a game developer will vary depending on the specific field of game development. However, general skills that are often required include strong programming and design skills, as well as an understanding of gaming mechanics and engines. Additionally, many game developers also require a degree in computer science or another related field.

Section 3: What Types of Degrees are Available?

There are many different types of degrees that are available to those who want to become game developers. Some of the most common degrees include degrees in computer science, programming, game design, and game development. It is important to choose a degree that matches your interests and skills.

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Section 4: What is the Average Salary for a Game Developer?

There is no definitive answer to this question as the salary for a game developer can vary greatly based on experience and qualifications. However, according to the website Glassdoor, the average salary for a game developer is $98,000 per year.

Conclusion

Game development is an industry that is growing at a rapid pace. This article has explored the importance of the education in game development and how it can provide a foundation for a successful career in this field.

A degree in game development can provide students with skills necessary to succeed in the field, including technical skills and creativity. It also provides them with invaluable experience and connections that will be useful throughout their careers.

While a degree may not be necessary to become a game developer, it can certainly help. It is important to have strong programming and math skills, as well as experience with game engines.

A career in game development can be a lucrative and rewarding experience. However, without the right skills, it can be challenging to enter the field. It is important to have strong programming and math skills, as well as experience with game engines. While a degree may not be necessary to become a game developer, it can certainly help.

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Some of the mistakes that game developers do when facing making their new game.: Game developers: don’t make these top 4 mistakes!

Game developers can make a lot of money if they are careful and try to be consistent with their game development, in this article we are saying to game developers: don’t make these top 4 mistakes, if you want to be successful

Making a video game is an art form, but it’s also a business, and no one ever said that game development was easy, and while there are a lot of ways to make money in the industry, there are also a lot of ways to lose money.

The top game developers earn millions of dollars every year. However, there are a few mistakes that these developers make that can cost them a lot of money. Like in any other business, there are risks and rewards. The biggest risk for a video game developer is making a game that no one wants to play. But there are other mistakes that can be just as costly.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at the top three mistakes that game developers can make, and how to avoid them. We will not cover game design mistakes as we think they have different origins and solutions. We will not also look into game engine problems, like Unity Mistakes, or Unreal complexity, and only focus on mistakes game developers as a whole can do.

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Mistake #1:Trying to do too much themselves.

Many game developers make the mistake of trying to do too much themselves. This can lead to a lot of frustration and wasted time. If a feature is not essential to the game, don’t try to implement it yourself, Hire someone who can do it better than you and save yourself time.

Mistake #2: Focusing on graphics over gameplay.

Games are a visual medium and as such, graphics are important. However, graphics should not be the focus of game development at the expense of gameplay. Inexperienced developers often make this mistake, which can lead to a game that is visually appealing but lacks engaging gameplay. This can be a costly mistake, as players will quickly lose interest in a game that is not fun to play.

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While graphics are important for any video game, they should not be the sole focus. Gameplay is what makes or breaks a game, and developers who prioritize graphics over gameplay tend to create lackluster titles. This mistake can be seen in games like “No Man’s Sky” and “Final Fantasy XV”. While both games look great, they are shallow and lack the depth needed to make them truly enjoyable.

Mistake #3: Relying too much on marketing stunts instead of quality gameplay.

This can be a major downfall, especially if the gameplay isn’t up to par. Players will quickly lose interest in a game that doesn’t offer a good gaming experience, no matter how many flashy marketing stunts the developer throws their way. It’s important to focus on creating a high-quality game that players will enjoy, and let the marketing take care of itself.

Mistake #4: Not enough beta testing before launch.

It’s no secret that the video game industry is a competitive one, and In the world of video game development, beta testing is essential. This process allows developers to test their games with a limited audience before release in order to find and fix any glitches or bugs. Unfortunately, many developers make the mistake of not spending enough time beta testing their games. This can lead to a number of problems, including negative feedback from players and even game crashes.

With so many games vying for consumers’ attention, it’s essential for developers to ensure their games are as polished as possible before launch. One of the most common mistakes developers make is not beta testing their games enough before release. This can lead to all sorts of problems, from glitches and crashes to imbalance and game-breaking bugs.

It’s important to get feedback from beta testers and make the necessary changes before releasing your game to the public.

By beta testing their games extensively, developers can avoid these issues and ensure a smooth launch for their titles.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Making money in the game development industry can be a difficult task. There are many things you can do to increase your chances of success, but there are also many things you can do to decrease your chances. In this article, we have discussed some of the most common mistakes developers make when trying to make money in game development. By avoiding these mistakes, you can maximize your chances of success.

Have we missed any mistake? Why don´t you share them in our comments? If you want to read more interesting articles about game development check our blog!

Finding the right name for your game

Finding the right name for your game

The game industry is highly competitive, and being ahead of the curve and creating trends can determine the fate of a company. Therefore, to make a new game successful it is important to give it a unique name. In this article we will give some tips on Finding the right name for your game.

For this reason, deciding on a name is one of the most important things a developer thinks about while creating a game, and deciding on a name is one of the first things you want to get right. The name allows people to associate your game with you and remember it later when they see or discuss your game.

It’s a good idea to consider these various factors when deciding on a title for your game. Some of the aspects of a game title include its uniqueness, meaning, catchiness, and how it translates.

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This guide is intended for game developers who are looking for a name for their new game. Choosing the right name is an essential part of developing a game and running a successful business, as well as some considerations to take into account when coming up with a choice. We will also give you some examples of successful games names from the past, so you will have a good idea of where to start looking.

Finding the right name for your game

…To make your name unique


Before deciding on a name for your game, it is important to make sure that the name you choose is not already in use in the real world. You can find out if the name you want is already in use by searching the Internet, playing games, or simply checking social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, but you may be surprised.

If you do come up with another name, choose one that does not have more negative connotations than the positive connotations of the current name. When it comes to searchability, the new name may be better than the original one.

Think also in terms of Internet domains and that you will probably need to register a domain name to point to your web page. So, look into a domain name registration service like mydomain or godaddy what top level domains are free for you to use.

… But not too unique.


Choosing and using a unique name that is easy to remember is valid. However, using special characters can make it difficult to find or type in search engines. Also, some people may not find it helpful to pronounce your name.

When deciding on a name for your game, you need to make sure that the name is easy to pronounce and remember.

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… Name Translation and Localization


Before deciding whether the name of the game is correct or not, proper and detailed research needs to be done on how it will be translated and localized in different languages.

While spelling of words and proper terminology were sometimes difficult to deal with, one of the biggest problems was the language difference. As a result, we had some trouble with Google Maps. If we hadn’t had problems with the game name and proper terminology, we would have had much more serious localization problems.

Similarly, when localizing, it is important to pay attention to what the translated names mean. For example, you may want to call a faction “INVENTED NAME” (an example). It is important to make sure that there are no undesirable translations in case someone uses that name in a translator or forum, and that could even resulting offensive in the country.

There are a lot of examples about bad naming examples in different sectors of activity as this isn’t a problem specific to the videogames industry.

Although not specifically related, but with some similarities, beware when associating a name to a logo, as the graphics can have similar problems than words, and some times some types of images, could have different meanings in different cultures.

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Finding the right name for your game – Translation and localization

… Why you need to use subtitles


Game subtitles can be used to make a game stand out more in the eyes of gamers.

Take a look at Call of Duty example,and how they use the subtitle to understand how the player can move forward in the game. The name used usually implies where the game is set, or what kind of situations he will be facing.

The subtitle of a game may tempt the player to look it up.

When writing the title of your game, think about what kind of words you want your game to appear on the top page of your favorite search engine, such as Google or Amazon.com. Subtitles can enhance searchability because they provide more detailed information about your game.

… Registering the chosen name


Once you have chosen a name for your game, it is important to claim the rights to it immediately. If someone else tries to take over the name later on, it could cause problems. It is a good idea to claim your domain name, Facebook page, Twitter account, etc. as soon as it becomes feasible.

It is best to choose a website/page name that will help potential players find your website. If you are marketing your own game or service, it is especially important to include important details.

If your game is a mod or indie game, you can also make a profile on two different websites. On the first site, you can show your game to as many players as possible; on the second site, you can create a profile page that other players can see. Both will help you establish your game.

If you want to be able to reach a larger audience to display your game on popular websites, IndieDB, itch.io are two good solutions that you can use.

You can also wordpress.com to create mini website with a partially defined name as a subdomain of wordpress.com.

Until you have a name for your game and no one else with the same name has already claimed it, you are under no legal obligation to bother claiming your name. However, even if you are lucky enough to have your unique game name chosen from among quite a few options, don’t expect your game to be released when it is actually published. If you have an existing web page and don’t want to publish it until your game is ready, create a unique URL name and separate it with a dash like “name-composed” (http://name-composed.xxx).

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… Actually thinking of a name


The previous paragraphs were focused in putting some guidelines on to think about the name your game, and how to make it visible to your potential audience, but what about actually coming up with a name? It’s good to remember that if you have a catchy name, people will immediately know what the game is about.

However, when it comes to actually deciding on a name, there are a few tips that can help.

  • Think about what your game is about. Does it have a story with a unique theme? Can you integrate it into the name or subtitle of your game? For example, “Dark Souls” features “Dark” as an important ongoing theme throughout the game.
  • Is your story or game still not fully fleshed out? Try using a random name generator such as Word Mixer, or behindthename. This generator will help you come up with a distinctive name.
  • Is it possible to use a generic name based on the main theme of the game and then use a unique subtitle to support it? For example, Pocket alone could refer to a number of different games, such as Pocket Racer, which could be related to casual mobile games.
  • These are all ways to help you come up with a name for your game, but it doesn’t hurt to take a little time before deciding on a final name for your game.

Conclusion


Deciding on a name for your game is an important task for you. Make sure you come up with the right thing, because it will not only help your game for a long future, but it can also save you a lot of headaches later on. You want people to be a part of this new game and to play it, so your game needs to be catchy. Use words that the audience will agree with as this will help you keep a good first impression.

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What are the game developer skills needed to be a Successful Video Game Developer

In this article we will review the essential game developer skills needed to be a successful video game developer.

Game developer skills table of contents

Introduction

Uncharted, Clash Of clans, God of War, and much other, although different games, have something in common between all of them?

The most popular games in the last years, not only feature among the top ten best-selling games of all time; but are the result of over thousands of hours of work, imagination, and coding brilliance takes place within a development team that is made up of programmers, game design, project managers, and graphics and animation designers.

The games industry

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The video game industry did $180 billion in world wide sales last year. Asia Pacific is the largest market, and the largest market in Asia Pacific is China. Excluding China, the rest of the Asian markets are expected to be the fastest growing market in the coming years.

Working in the games industry

The development of gaming has become more accessible in the twenty first century due to the popularization of the main game development tools, that in most cases have become free, and with the wide availability of free and paid educational contents that can teaches just about anyone into becoming a game developer.

Now, you see people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds enjoying games, both in the real world and virtually.

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With the huge growth of the gaming industry, it often looks like a good career choice. The only skills required for it, however, are those of good logic, creativity, and attention to detail.

Here are the top and essential skills that you will have to get to be able to work successfully in the games industry:

  • Strong IT & technology skills (programming, video graphics and hardware) 
  • Maths knowledge
  • Analytical thinking skills
  • Problem-solving aptitude
  • Time management skills
  • Creativity and culture
  • Communication skills
  • Stay aware of industry developments
  • Teamwork
  • Cross Skills Art & Animation & design & programming

Strong IT & technology skills (programming, video graphics and hardware) 

If you want to be success in the video game industry, you need to anchor your knowledge in software design or programming.

Video games are a popular social activity for teenagers and adults alike. If you become the game’s maker, you need to possess the artistry and technical skill to turn your computer into a playable game. Knowledge of character, screen, and interface design will help you produce a game in which animation is as beautiful as its story.

If wishing to become a game pogrammer, the main task of programming is to manipulate data according to the design of the game designer and using the programming language that best meets their needs. Game programers typically use programming skills to create the environment for the game. For instance, if a game is targeted at the iPhone platform, you might choose to build your program with one language rather than a different one to accommodate the operating environment.

Maths knowledge

For game design majors, mathematics is integral to game development. Students can take courses such as Calculus, Statistics, and Linear Algebra to gain a solid grasp of the mathematical side of video game production.

Mathematics are the basis of every game and an essential part of everything that works as intended. In video games, mathematics, and a few others things, don’t work unless we do our best to learn what they really mean. When we think about math, it’s really just the rules and rules behind the rules. In order for everything in a game to follow as designed, we must learn and apply them. Without real math, a character would float in Mario Brothers; bullets might go in all directions when playing the latest Call of Duty; and even your favorite virtual pet would skip a bit and keep on flying up when you pick it up.

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Develop Analytical thinking skills

You can brush up on your analytical thinking skills by making notes of your work and thinking=

  • Be Observant: If you take a walk outside, check out what’s happening around you. Use your senses to check out what is around you. What things that attract your attention? If you notice something that interests you, then remember that you need to actively engage your mind.
  • Read Books: To improve analytical thinking skills, you should make reading and thinking a continuous activity. You can practice reading by highlighting, question, and raising your own questions.
  • Play Brain Games: If you want to improve your analytical thinking skills, it may be time to play Sudoku or other brain games like puzzles, chess, or crosswords. While they may not require a lot of motivation, they are all fun activities that can get you started on your quest to develop your analytical thinking skills.
  • Learn How Things Work: Don’t just find the solution. Think about what elements are included in the process, before arriving at the solution. A thorough understanding of what is included in the process will stimulate your analytical skills.
  • Ask Questions: Do you know why there are more female than male mathematicians? Because many of them like to ask “Why?”, which makes them smarter when they analyze and study a subject. You won’t know all the different ways you can ask questions, as there are many kinds of questions. Keep asking questions, which means that there is bound to be many ways that your curiosity can help you learn a
  • Practice Your Problem Solving Skills: When you’re faced with a problem, be open to many ways to approach that problem until you find the answer which is the best and the most logical. And always test those ideas; see which one you feel comfortable with and is the best.
  • Think About Your Decisions: Make sure you are thinking clearly before deciding at your job. You need to ask, “Why should we take this action now?” and “What are the short-term and long-term repercussions of this action?” Consider whether this is one of the best decisions that you can make. You may want to call someone in to help you think things out more clearly. The

So, at the end of the day, like any skill development, you should just have a lot of practice and application. Keep practicing your analytical skills until they feel natural, even if some of them feel really hard on the first go.

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Problem-solving aptitude

Grit and drive are part of games development. You have to have grit and patience when it comes to approaching problems, debugging code, and seeing new ways of addressing problems. Having an ability to see things from new and different perspectives can help here.

A major portion of a game developer’s job is fixing bugs in their programing. They find many bugs that must be fixed and can’t be removed. Creativity and the solutions to difficult problems can help them remove the bugs they’ve already fixed and implement new ones.

Time management skills

A number of game companies follow a timeline to completion. This means they complete tasks within a fixed timeframe so that they can meet deadlines and make sure their projects meet client/customer requirements. Often, game developers use deadlines and time management to represent their company well and contribute effectively to complex projects.

Video games are complex products and teams of artists and technical professionals are needed to make a successful video game. To excel in this environment, you must be able to work well under pressure, collaborate with others, and meet deadlines.

Creativity and culture

Creativity provides the core for your games. No matter how many games there are on the market, the creative core in your game is what makes your game special when compared to those already on the market.

While it is true that the game designers need an intimate understanding of human psychology to create an enjoyable game, they must also capture and retain the audience’s attention and interest. Games should be played as an exercise in playfulness and creativity, however, this approach can make it hard to understand the emotional bond that players often feel having played together. Thus, the designers should also think about the cultural tastes and preferences

Video game developers often work with game designers to build lifelike game environments and storylines. As well they are able to provide the fun and engaging experiences desired by gamers by creating gameplay mechanics. Creative minds may be capable of developing a vision for a game that may later prove very difficult to obtain. Developers may also need a considerable amount of experience.

Communication skills

Programming, which is often considered the most technical of careers, has moved even further into the realm of communication. The ability to communicate will be extremely important for success as a game programmer.

Stay aware of industry developments

As a game designer, you need to be a gamer. You also need to keep yourself updated on what’s happening in the gaming world and with the competition.

Great games often stem from the existing elements of other games. By playing and absorbing other games, you can learn what elements work and what elements don’t. This way you can refine and perfect your own ideas and designs.

Teamwork

Many game designers work as part of a larger team, such as the game designers, artists, and programmers. One way game developers may benefit from this is the ability to work effectively with other members of its team to make important contributions to a video game.

Gaming experience

Many gaming developers choose to enter the field because they like gaming, and their experience can be a powerful asset in their work. Having a gaming experience that includes knowing how to engage with the players can help them in their understanding of gamers, as well as it can provide them with inspiration for their own designs and help them to identify trends in the video games industry.

Cross Skills Art & Animation & design & programming

The best way for game developers to demonstrate a well-known talent for their industry is by being familiar with software programs and technologies that can be used to create games. If they are familiar with technologies that are used to create different platforms than they are working on, it gives them the opportunity to show their skills and expertise.

How to improve your game developer skills

It is not only important to have those skills, but also you will want to improve your game developer skills. For this, follow these steps:

1. Play games of all genres and all sizes

While playing video games can help users understand how games work and what type of games are fun for others, playing video games can also help you become familiar with different games, and can introduce you to a variety of programming applications, other developers or games. You can identify what types of games and play styles feel interesting to you, so that you can use this information to make good games. Playing different types of games will also help you get to know other users and to learn about game experiences, ideas, and mechanics. <|endoftext|>

2. Meet other game developers

If you are interested about how game development works, talk to developers about their experience. You can learn more about the daily workload and schedule that developers have, or you can check out forums where you might be able to find out how to get a job and gain exposure to the industry. You can also consider getting in touch with industry groups and social media sites for game developers and designers, since these can help you get jobs, expose you to new ideas, and give you a better understanding of the industry. Do not be shy about contacting those who share your interest in game development. You may find someone

3. Learn programming even if you are not a programmer

For anyone who is thinking about becoming a programmer, there are many options. You might consider enrolling in a coding course at your local college, or online. There are many tutorials online, including free programs. Before picking a course, remember your focus: console, mobile, desktop, or multiple platform gaming? Pick up the language for each type. Every programming language has its own strengths and weaknesses. Knowing what you are interested in can help you choose a good course. “”””””<|endoftext|>

4. Study/practice art and animation even if you are not an artist

In a game developer’s daily work, the use of animation and illustration can be both interesting and helpful in improving the quality of a game. This type of training could be useful to you if you are working as a freelancer or on a small team. You can look for college classes, online courses or tutorials to improve these skills. There are often animation and illustration courses that are specific to a discipline such as the animation of video games. Before pursuing these programs, consider your potential work environment and how much art you are able to create

5. Develop professional soft skills

While gaining professional knowledge and experience, it’s helpful to learn skills that can help you get a game developer position. Collaborative project experience can help you learn to work with game developers and designers. You might also practice getting projects done on time and develop practical strategies for organizing your projects. In addition, building certain professional skills can help establish effective work habits if you get a game developer position.

Game developer skills in the workplace

As a game developer, you should have many opportunities available to help you develop your skills in the workplace. Here are a couple of things you may do help you develop these skills.

  • Make a plan: Consider making a plan for your professional development. You can include your strengths and weaknesses and outline ways to reach proficiency.
  • Build a network: As a game designer, you may work with other game development professionals or network with them at industry events. Consider asking them for advice and learning from their expertise.
  • Track your progress: It may be helpful to monitor your career progress by taking notes or asking for feedback. This can help you understand where to focus your learning efforts.

How to highlight your game developer skills

Employers can find ways to highlight your game developer skills during the job application process.

Game developer skills on resumes

When writing a resume, always consider including “relevant” and “hard to find” skills at the top of your resume. If you have programming, animation or editing skills, place them first. After listing your technical skills, consider including “soft skills” with them. These include collaboration and problem-solving ability. You can also mention any certifications you have or training you’ve completed on a resume. Finally, explain your educational background in computer science or game design, as well as your certifications in software development.

Game developer skills in cover letters

A strong candidate cover letter can distinguish you from other well-qualified applicants by providing insights into your career experience and achievements. You may want to provide more details about the languages you have worked with and the recognition you received. You may also want to mention your former employers to communicate how you’ve used your abilities to get results.

Game developer skills in interviews

When interviewing for a specific game developer position, prepare a portfolio to demonstrate your understanding of how the role would use your skill sets. Try to answer interview questions with examples and explanations about experiences where you demonstrate skills relevant to the game developer position. Emphasize both your soft skills and your hard skill development. Show examples of both kinds of interactions with interviewers, in ways that highlight skills used in the particular game developer position you’re interviewing for.

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How to Get into the Game Industry

If you enjoy playing video games and want to get involved in making them, there are several ways to put your skills and passion for games to work. You can open a game store, start your own game studio, or pursue a career in game production, programming, art, writing, or design. Some people find working in video games to be the most satisfying way to express their talents.

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What is the video game industry?

Gaming is a field of media that has its own set of jobs, including marketing, development, and overall game production. People who work in the game industry generally learn how to make games that entertain players. There are many different job specializations, including animation, audio engineering, and programming.

To get into the game industry, if that is where your desire is to go.

Becoming a part of the gaming community has never been easier. There are many ways to learn and ultimately earn a career in the gaming field by following these steps

1. Spend some time on gaming forums.

There are many communities online where users can share advice, making it a favorite pastime. It is a great way to learn about video games and what it is like to work in the field. Many users also publish their video games and receive feedback on changes to their games. If you want to publish a video or prototype of your game, you can make a video and upload it to YouTube for visitors to watch and give you feedback. The video may catch the attention of a senior person in the game industry and lead to an opportunity to work together.

2. Create a game blog

If you want to learn more about games, you can start a blog about your interests. The entire gaming community and potential employers may be interested in accessing your blog. You can easily gain the support of your readers by posting articles about your own gaming experiences or about your experiences while playing games. Also, tips and tricks that people use to enjoy a particular game can be posted on your blog, expanding its relevance.

3. Create your own games

Many employers are looking for and want people with gaming experience. Some employers prefer candidates to learn how to make games online. You don’t need to be proficient in any particular software, but you should look into courses related to the game software you will be using. If you are interested in creating games from scratch, you may want to create a portfolio that showcases the games you have created. You can also show off your experience in game creation regardless of whether you are going to work for a game company or not. Some freelance game developers are hired by companies to design and develop games, but they are not necessarily interested in joining a game development studio as a full-time employee. It is possible to show off your work.

4. Get a college degree

A bachelor’s degree in game art, design, or video game development is a good way to learn about the game industry, gain advanced skills, and network with professionals. You can also take classes that will teach you the skills you need to reach your goals. Existing programs are still in their infancy. There are courses that teach animation, scripting, how to use tools such as 3D Studio Max, software applications such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and how to draw different types of pictures. 5.

5. pursue entry-level or internship roles.


In order to succeed, I need to learn the basics. Conduct research to find open positions in the gaming industry. Entry-level positions test video games that have already been created and do not require any formal qualifications or previous experience. Testing video game software is a great way to learn how the video game industry operates in order to understand if you want to work in it or not. As a tester, you can often multitask to perform at your best when you have to concentrate and perform many other tasks at the same time. A well-done test can boost your chances If you have the technical and artistic skills, start an internship in game development. You can even join an internship program offered by a gaming company. Not only will you get a first-hand look at the game industry, but you may also find out what kind of career you want to pursue and how you want to achieve it. Some internships are designed for full-time employees, so it is wise to inquire about the possibility before signing up.

6. Work in a game studio

Once you have gained a significant amount of knowledge and expertise, you may want to move on to another role. Your resume, portfolio, and your skills and abilities should clearly demonstrate this. Make sure that your resume can be used to persuade you to take on a new role, and that the skills and abilities you have for the new role match the needs of that particular role. If you are hired as an artist, you may wish to be sent to a school. If a company wishes to

Jobs in the Game Industry

There are many different jobs in the game industry that are available, but it is also important for everyone to know that any job in the game industry can greatly increase your income. For example, according to the website Indeed, a career position as a software developer can typically offer a salary of $54,000 to over $100,000 per year, depending on the job title.

  1. animator Primary Duties Writers use computers, software systems, and other technical devices to convey messages, information, or stories in visual form. Their primary duties are scripting and storyboarding. A storyboard is a visual representation of a story idea and is used by animators to accurately convey the story. They then have to check the design of the storyboard and change the story to fit that design.
  2. computer programmer Main duties These are information technicians who design, build, and maintain computer hardware and networks, and develop software. They are also often required to troubleshoot problems, debug programs using coding languages, and test and create computer programs. Additionally, they update existing user systems.
  3. game designer The main tasks of a game designer are to create the characters in the game, create the rules of the game, create the story of the game, and produce the game. They may also propose ideas to game clients and implement those ideas before they are released to the market.
  4. application developer Main duties The title of application developer usually includes software developer, but may also include developer. The main duties include developing customized source code, designing mobile app prototypes, testing programming, and fixing defects.
  5. audio engineer Audio engineers need to use a variety of equipment to improve the audio for recording. Mixing music and movies as well as recording sound and designing sound systems are included in this job.