I got this question from one of you readers.
I would like info on making my first game. A hidden object game. I have the story board but no clue as to where to go from here. I have Bryce5.5 (thanks for the heads up on that) but I am wondering if there is a better product available for beginners that would be more specific for my project.
I have been considering going back to college for game design and development. Is a 4 yr course and a bachelors degree necessary for what I what to accomplish?
I have given the game a twist that I have yet to see out on the market and would really like to get it in motion before someone else comes up with the same idea. If you can direct me to affordable software or courses specific to my needs I would greatly appreciate it.
Before going deeper to answering about the necessity of having a degree, I’d like to remind about the breaking in the industry interview that was conducted with several producers. There’s plenty of insight about what one needs in game production.
Now, in my opinion, getting a bachelor’s degree isn’t perhaps the most optimal solution for getting your game done. While schools can teach about game production, I think many courses aren’t very practical – or take very long to finish. There are most likely some good courses, but I think there are better alternatives.
What I would recommend is to think about your own skills. If you know how to use Bryce and are willing to start programming, then I see no reason why you couldn’t pick some low cost game engine and make a prototype of your game. If that prototype looks good, then proceed.
If on the other hand you don’t feel qualified to do programming (which can be a major problem if you want to do games by yourself) then you either need to find somebody to work with – or hire a coder.
Bottom line is: degrees are good, but I believe there are faster ways to get started – and the fastest way is to simply take some action.