View Full Version : Writing video games?

country boy
02-23-2010, 09:43 PM
I've always wanted to be a part of creating a video game. I hear that there are program softwares out there to help create video games from start to finish. Anyone have an idea what the best one is? And where to buy?

02-23-2010, 10:31 PM
Welcome to AW, Country Boy.

Video game technology isn't my thing, but there is a tech help section here on AW, and it does have a thread for "other tech talk"...here's a link: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=182

Maybe that would be the place to ask? I'm not sure...but either way, I hope you enjoy your stay here. Do you write anything other than video games?

country boy
02-23-2010, 10:37 PM
I've got some ideas rolling around. I'm really big on sci fi and fantasy. I've got one story I'm working on now consisting of vampires, werewolves, and more. How about you?

02-23-2010, 11:12 PM
Hi Country Boy,

I'm new here as well. I've found if you post in the right forum, you'll get lots of helpful advice.

As for video games, I too hope to be part of at least scripting one someday. I often use open-roam games to gather story ideas. The random events that occur while just driving thru, say, Vice City will often give me an idea for a plot twist in an unrelated story I'm writing.

I also tried modding a bit. I'm not very technically adept, but I found that "Mafia" is very easy to mod. Changing a texture is as simple as dropping a new bitmap into a folder, and changing voices/sounds is as simple as renaming wav files. There are also lots of tools to make scripting relatively simple. If interested, try looking around here: http://http://mafiascene.com/ The folks there are very nice (for a game related forum).

country boy
02-24-2010, 12:10 AM
I'm looking for software programs to help create video games. I'm mostly looking to do individual characters but also environments. Any ideas?

02-24-2010, 12:25 AM
Welcome :hi:

02-24-2010, 02:15 AM
What sort of game do you want to build? FPS? RPG? Maze, open world, or scroll? For how many players? Using PC, Mac, or ?

02-24-2010, 02:52 AM
There are several big, thick books about how to create video games. I believe some of them come with toolkits for doing your own maps and character animations.

Another good place to start might be using a level editor (they're available for lots of games, Left 4 Dead, for instance) to build your own maps.

You might also try modding a game, or joining a team of programmers who are doing a mod. Google "Half Life 2 mods" and you can get a bazillion examples.

Good luck!

country boy
02-24-2010, 09:27 AM
To CaoPaux: I've got a RPG in mind, definitely open world, with possible multiplayers(up to like 3). I've got a PC.

country boy
02-24-2010, 09:29 AM
To shawkins: I know of one or two books on this, but I'm looking for one that goes from start to finish. I wanna create the characters, environments, and storyline all together on one program. Do you know of one?

02-24-2010, 09:42 AM
This is not my thing, at all. But a friend of mine was very big in the field until he went to work for government. His books are supposed to be awesome:


I don't know if that helps, but I'll vouch for the author's talent, anyway :)

02-24-2010, 10:43 AM
If you're looking for more information about making games/putting a team together, you might want to check out the forums at gamedev.net or garagegames.com . They have people there who probably have more information than us of the writing variety.