One secret of getting good game ideas is to read a lot of different books and watch a lot of different movies. The key words are: lots of different resources. It isn’t necessary so wise to spend a lot of time watching same show over and over – and reading books around one theme over and over. Instead, try gathering knowledge outside your expertise. If you haven’t ever read philosophical books, then how about going to your local library and reading one? While it might sound ridiculous to read topics such as philosophy, by expanding your knowledge you can actually grow a lot and get a lots of different game ideas.
Here are some sources for getting great ideas. They’ve worked for me:
- Cartoons: lots of great game ideas. Good ideas on what kind of monsters you could have in your game. Don’t necessarily clone their ideas – but use them as inspiration.
- Religious texts: there are lots of ideas that you can apply to leadership, and lots of ideas that can be used in games. Besides: god games are very popular genre, so why not do a bit of research about it.
- Anime: Japanese have really unique ideas and stories. By reading and watching anime (or manga) you can learn a lot. One friend of mine (and an Insider) is hosting a new anime site that you might want to bookmark for future use.
- Science: There’s lots of good to steal from science. Whether it’s about traveling in space or earthquakes, there’s plenty of good ideas that you can use.
- Politics: Another juicy area for getting ideas and inspirations. Politicians (and scandals) might be fruitful topic for a game.
- And there’s lots of others. Pretty much everything imaginable psychology, culture, arts, technology, animals – you name it – can be a source for inspiration and ideas.
If you keep reading books only in one area, then you are limiting your possibilities. By expanding your knowledge, you will get new ideas for games and new ideas on how to solve problems.