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