How to Make Video Games

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More Books on Game Design and development -If you want to work in the game industry you have to start building your library
I have a recommended book list here


A look at 3d modeling software - I tell about what it is and which ones you can get. Some are free and some are very expensive. But 3d modeling is a very creative and fun area of game design.

How do you start out on a career in Video Game Design? You need a degree and a great way to start is to get a catalog from a university. More here

A look at a game design tool called DreamGame - It is a complete package for managing the art in your game and designing your own fully functional games. Also comes with a free trialL DreamGame

Some new programs are listed on the page of free video game design software

A look at video game design - This shows you the process of how a game is designed and I take you from idea to game.

How do I import a model into my video game - This is one of the most commonly asked questions

Programs for making 3D games- I have a list and description of programs you can buy and even some free ones.

Game Design Videos and DVD's - If you learn by seeing, a dvd might be right for you.

A look at Prince of Persia the movie, the video game, creativity and crossing media in game making

What is the most important thing you need to make a video game? It isn't what you think

Who do you contact if you want to get a job in the game industry? I have advice and more.

Video Game Design: What is it and how is it done? A comprehensive look.

Video game Design Schools - A look at the top schools with degree programs both on campus and online

A look at Assassin's Creed II - From a game makers perspective. This game is remarkable and there are some great lessons to be learned from it when it comes to making video games

Top ten sites for making easy online games.

A look at creativity in video game making and the new game Dante's Inferno

Free software for making video games the easy way. The Platinum Arts Sandbox. I am creating a tutorial series for this software. Just beginning so will need some time!

There is a neat little program called Mekanimo which is a free and easy way to whip up fast automation style games. Check it out here

: Are you serious about a career in making video games? Interested in a bachelors degree program you can do completely online? Check out my thoughts about American Sentinel University Online Bachelors Degree Program

Three new lessons in the Milkshape tutorial - You learn how to Animate a skeleton, how to link the skeleton to the body and how to move them together. They are lessons 5d, 5e, and 5f

Video game playing and making are not solely in the realm of young men. You have to realize half your potential audience is female. Here are some tips, thoughts and a video- Making video games for girls

Ever dream about getting a gaming computer? I have a listing of some of the best along with my thoughts and recommendations. Gaming Computers

Ever think about a summer camp for video game making? There are both day and overnight camps that will show you how to make video games. Check out my resources for video game making summer camps here

My review of 9 Medieval and epic fantasy games. We don't just make games, we play them too!

: Go To College and Learn How to Design Video Games without leaving home! Plenty of Universities offer Online Degree programs in video game design and animation - worth just the savings in gas for a typical commute

diorama turned into a video game I made a fantasy diorama of a wizard in his tower battling a dragon - Then I made a video game out of it. Took me about 5 hours. Read more about it here

: So you have a great idea for a video game! What do you do? How to you get it made into a game? I have some advice that will get you started in making your idea a reality.

: Our student has started a new level with a castle tower, sewer and stairwell. You can do this too!

- A sample Reality Factory level from a student- A good example of what you can do!

AMD announces a new chipset that is going to make games look like movies! Wow

: Added several new lessons to the Genesis 3d Tutorial. That tutorial is now complete.

: What lies in the future of Video Game Design?

: Who made the first video game? A brief history of video games

: How much do game makers earn? I look at the statistics for computer programmers

: Five more lessons added to the reality factory tutorial. How to make and import images into your game.

Put Yourself in a video game; video tutorial

: A video design walkthru of a completed game I created that shows important design elements

New Tutorial on using FPS Creator to rapidly create games

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The website devoted to helping you make video games. Want to become a video game designer? Have a passion for it? Everything is here including school and career options, tutorials and more.


How does a game designer create a world? We have a tutorial showing you how by a professional game art designer. He takes us through the steps to create the world that you see below (Autumn Stream). How a 3d game world is created

New Article by an industry professional: How to Become a Writer in the Game Industry - its a wonderful, creative and challenging opportunity, writing for games! Learn how to do it right here.

A Look at the Game of Thrones Video Game - Including an interview with the developers and a look at the combat system. Some great insights if you want to design video games

Game of Thrones
(Game of Thrones Combat Screenshot)


New: SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE! It's time to start thinking about the possibility of a technology or gaming summer camp! This is an amazing to get really immersed in the world of making video games!

- idTech has an amazing array of summer camps devoted to learning about all kinds of technology. They have classes at Universities all around the country. I have more information, pictures and videos for you to check out right here:

idTech Camps - A wide variety of technologies including gaming, modding and app development.

idTech Gaming Academy - 2 week courses that cover subjects like 3D modeling, programming for Xbox 360 and more.

Summer Camps for Game Design - Summer camps are a great way for a teen to learn about real game design. I have an article here with more information about a company that has some outstanding summer programs in game design: Emagination Game Design Computer Camps

New Article: Walkthrough - This is a game plan for getting a job in the video game industry. It is written like a game walkthough. See the steps you need to take in order to conquer the game and get a job in the game industry


New: How to write quests for video games. Quests are an important part of many video games. And they are a great place to start because they can be short. If you are interested in writing for video games you might want to start out with quest writing. How to write quests for video games


New: A look at Poser. This is a program that allows you to create complex figures and scenes, even animations. Poser is a professional program but they have come out with a cheaper and easier version called Poser Debut. Learn more here



New: interested in a degree in game design? Wouldn't that be cool? Here is a look at two Game Design Courses from The Parsons School. Give you a sense of what it's all about .

A look at a new video game and how important story is in making a game: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

How to make Browser based games. This is a scorchingly hot area of video game making and all you need is the right program. I have some information for you right here

: An overview of how to make video games for Portable devices like mobile phones. It takes a little effort but you can do it!

Article with Vids: Video Game Design Videos. I have gathered together some videos that are very useful if you are thinking about game design. Including some on page vids by experts in the field.

New Article by an Industry Professonal: Trends are Aplenty for Video Game Industry - Want to know what the trends are in the industry? Get insight from an industry professional. What is really hot right now for game making?

What is a degree in Game Design really like? Want to know what classes you will need to take and what is entailed in getting a Bachelors Degree in Game Design? I have a whole program laid out for you right here: Game Design Degree

Make an actual put on a CD video game for Twenty Bucks. I have done it and have this software.

: A look at the development of a video game (Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning). It is a new RPG that will be released later this year and you can learn a lot about game making by following this company's quest to develop a game.

Video Game Design Majors: So you are thinking about getting into the video game industry and know you need a degree. But what degree should you get? I have a clear outline here of four different degrees and look at a university that has all four.

Read the story of an artist who joined a video game development team. This was an early days game that actually was professionally developed from start to finish. The artist created a lot of hand drawn work for this game. If you want to pursue the artistic side of game making you should read this article. You can also get some great recommendations on free or cheap software to use. The Story of developing the video game Gambys

Looking for cheap or free game design and art software? I have some recommendations from a real game artist: Game design Software for beginners

How is a video game designed? I take you through the steps of video game design and explain the major concepts.

A look at Assassin's Creed II - From a game makers perspective. This game is remarkable and there are some great lessons to be learned from it when it comes to making video games

Game Review: I have purchased, played, and conquered Dragon Age: Origins. See my review here Dragon Age Origins

Why is it so hard to make a video game? Do you have some great ideas and some computer skills? And have you ever wanted to make you own video game? It can be a very frustrating thing to surf around on the internet looking through websites and browsing through the online book stores trying to figure out how to go about creating your own video games. You finally land on some software or tutorial that just confuses everything and you end up just about the same place you started.

So why can it be so hard to learn how to make a video game?

There are three big reasons why it can be so challenging. The first reason is information overload. You can really pop a fuse trying to sort through the thousands of resources out there. The second reason is you need to find the style of learning that is right for you - and this encompasses your skill level and learning preferences. And the third reason is you have to figure out what your real goals are and then follow the path that matches those goals well.

I know this feeling of frustration. I have spent hundreds of hours scouring the internet and book stores looking for ways that would teach me how to make my own video games. Over the years I have learned a lot of lessons about making games and I have discovered the truth that making video games is not really that hard. You just need to figure out what tools, software, and books are right for you.

Game Making BooksHere is a look at just some of the books I have bought over the years in my quest to learn how to make video games. Some are good and some are not so good. The big learning curve is trying to figure out which is which. And this isn't all of them. There are more - and let's not even talk about the regular programming and computer books I have (well over 100) That's a lot of money and a lot of time spent. .

The Real Purpose of all this Making Video game stuff

The real purpose for me, and no doubt for you too is that you want to unleash your creativity. Maybe you have some great ideas, or you know you are going to come up with some great ideas and you want a clear path and clear set of tools that will help you unleash this creativity. Those tools are out there!
The Truth when it comes to making video games
The ironic thing is that it really isn't that hard to make a video game. What is hard is trying to figure out how to start, what books to get, or which program to start with. The big issue is sorting through the million choices you have to find the materials and tutorials that are right for you -the stuff that will take your creativity and turn it into video games the way you like it.

So, What do you do?

Without a doubt, the absolute best thing you can do is to enroll in a school that will teach you how to make video games. This is after all the system that has built the modern world we live in. And what better way to learn a complex new thing than to get it from an experienced and accredited teacher and institution. I do have some information that will help you with this if you are curious about a formal education. Here are some quick resources if you want to take a look:

  • Thinking about getting an online degree in video game design or art? - There are plenty of options if you want to learn how to make video games online without having to relocate to a school. If you want to pursue a career in video game making I have sorted through a lot of stuff and given you information about some of the best online degree programs in the realm of game and art design. Online Game Design Degrees
  • Traditional Brick and Mortar Colleges and figuring out what paths you should take when considering a career in video game making - A career in video game design

Okay but you want to learn how to make video games now - and at home

Will KalifAnd this is why I have built this website. You want to unleash your creativity and start making video games now - and hopefully for free! Or at least for very little expense. Well, I have got it all right here on this site for you. I have some great step-by-step tutorials, lots of resources, code you can download, book reviews, and guides to help you figure out how best you can make video games. There are lots of articles on game making and creativity and lots of tutorials (in the left column). If you have some experience in game making you can browse through the various things. If you are an absolute beginner I have a great tutorial that will start from ground zero and take you through the process. It will help you understand the various software and concepts of game making. You can find the link to that tutorial (The Game School for Beginners). Have some fun with this. And if you end up making a best-selling video game send me an email and let me know!

How to Make Video Games ebookI talked a little bit about different learning styles and maybe you are the kind of person that likes to have a printed out book so you can read along as you are learning to make video games. I have exactly that in ebook form. It's totally free and it's packed with articles on creativity and game making and it has a full tutorial that will help you make your first video game. It assumes you know very little about game making and gives you the basics. It's a great place to get started. Download it and print it up here. (pdf)



Put yourself in a video game

Put Yourself in a Video Game - I have started work on some tutorials for the Games Factory 2 Software. This is some great, and easy to use software for making 2-D games. It's a great way to explore creativity and I have started with a video showing how to put yourself right into a game. Here is the video. Sign up for the newsletter if you want to be notificed when I have the Games Factory 2 Tutorials up!


A video Game Walk thru - I created a complete video game that shows some of the basic concepts of designing a good game. It's all about challenging and rewarding the player. This tutorial also comes with a complete youtube walk-thru you can watch. I explain the concepts as we move through the game. If you are making video games you should read and watch this tutorial. It explains things like manipulating the environment, rewarding player ingenuity and the use of color to elevate the players awareness.




Latest Articles

Free Game making programs - to help you make games without spending money.

Writing quests for video games. Tips, ideas and techniques

A look at video game design - This shows you the process of how a game is designed and I take you from idea to game.

What is the most important thing you need to make a video game? It isn't what you think

Who do you contact if you want to get a job in the game industry? I have advice and more.

Video Game Design - What is it and how is it done?

Kids Make Video Games: A Guide for kids of all ages in game making.

A look at Assassin's Creed II - From a game makers perspective. This game is remarkable and there are some great lessons to be learned from it when it comes to making video games

Into the Looking Glass: A History of video games including a video. How did it all start?

A look at the various Game Design Software Packages - Help finding the one that's right for you

Free Resources for making video games. If your budget is Zero these resources are for you!

Three New Lessons in the Milkshape 3d Animation Tutorial: Animate, Link skeleton to skin, and animate both

So You have a great idea for a video game! What do you do now? - Some solid advice on turning an idea into reality

AMD New Chipset and Processor breaks the barrier in gaming realism - games that look as good as movies are coming

How to write a video game players guide - Writing a guide is an easy way to start learning about how games are made.


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