Overview on how to make a video game for beginners
This tutorial is designed to give you a look at what the process is in video game making. It isn't a tutorial on how to make a video game. If you want that you can go to my video game making tutorialWe are going to be looking at the process of building a 3d game much like a rpg or first person shooter.
Note: this tutorial takes a generic overview of the video game making process. There are many different ways to do it and many different software applications to help you. The goal of this tutorial is to give you an overview so you understand the general steps involved in video game making.
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There are three different types of software that you should have to get going on video game design.
1. You need software that you will build the video game world in (often called world-building software). This is where you make the terrain, water, buildings etc. There are many different software applications that do this. If you want to get an overview of a lot of these I suggest you go to the DMOZ open directory project and check out Game Development Software
Many of these development software suites come complete with lots of textures and models that you can drag and drop right into your game. You can build complete games.
2. You need software to manipulate images and graphics. If you want to have individualized characters and items in your world or if you want a very specific look you will have to draw these items or modify existing items. This means a graphics program. I have been using Paint Shop Pro for years.
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It is simply, for the price, the best. The professionals use PhotoShop but it is expensive.
3. You need modeling software so you can design and create your characters and items for the game.
There are two major programs that you should use for 3D modeling: 3D Studio Max (www.autodesk.com) and Maya (www.alias.com) They are both very expensive but Maya has a special free download for students and learning. Check out the Maya download.
Another big player in this field is Lightwave 3D.It is also an expensive program.
If you want to just get your feet wet on something simpler you might want to try a program called Milkshape3D (www.milkshape3d.com). Its a good 3d Modeling program that is predominantly used for Quake and Half life and Unreal. They have a free 30 day trial download.Continue on to Page 2 of the tutorial
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