A springboard for video game developers
Making video games is an art, no doubt. The problem is, it’s not easy to come up with ideas for video games. And even if we have an idea, it doesn’t seem as fresh or exciting as we want it to be. The following offers some ways to generate some creative ideas to make your video game so fun to play from start to finish.
1. Make it funny. Humor has a wonderful way of turning the seemingly boring into something that is not only bearable, but also engaging. And if boredom is a disease, laughter is his cure. Whether you inject jokes, funny images or goofy characters into your game, your players will relax and associate your game with good feelings – a clear formula for success.
2. Let your mind get off the beaten path. Since many of us think you’re associative anyway, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to express that association in your video game. When one idea reminds you of another, it’s part of a video game, no matter how imlogical the connection (at the beginning). Remember that video games are your platform of creativity. It’s time to be a little wild and a little unconventional. Without that free-form thinking, we certainly wouldn’t have the creative gems we have today. You always restore a sense of logic back to the game at an opportune time.
3. Make your dreams come true. Literally turn your dreams into video game scenarios. Have you been having a nightmare lately? Take the scary thing to the game. Have you had a ridiculously stupid dream lately? Include it in the game as a diversion or distraction. Sometimes dreams can be more interesting than life, and as a video game developer, you want your games to be the same. Keep a dream diary and write down the bizarre experiences you have at night. Your players will thank you for that.
4. Copy nature. Let’s face it, nature is very strange. We have bees flying around and pollinating plants. We have water that evaporates in the sky and when the rain falls from the clouds. Childbirth is a strange phenomenon in itself, and germs – the smallest thing on the planet can bring down a herd of elephants. If you could imitate some of these crazy things in your own video games, you would have done what every man secretly wishes he could do to himself. And that’s taking nature into your own hands and casting it into the reality you want! But don’t faithfully copy nature. Turn around. For example, instead of bees flying around and pollinating plants, your video game might have 3-inch aliens flying around and pollinating BRAINWASHED FBI agents. Are you starting to get the idea?
5. Investigate the story. Another good source for video game material is our own story – but not boring things. We’re talking about the good stuff. Embarrassing things. Look for strange and strange news online and include the asinine things that people have done in the past as part of your game’s storyline. Your players won’t believe what they see!
6. Go Happy Metaphor. Metaphors are speech figures in which expressions are used to refer to something that does not literally indicate. It only suggests a resemblance. We’re not sure, but we’re pretty confident that many of the spaceships in video games are based on what we call the “nuts and bolts” metaphor. If you look closely at the designs of some of these vehicles, and then look at some of the tools you have in your toolbox, you will begin to see a similarity between the two as we did. You do the same in your video games to come up with some really unique images and situations.