I love games, be it mobile, on the web or on different platforms such as the Playstation or the Xbox.
I have loved games ever since I remember, there is literally few other activities that grasp my focus and concentration in such a good way.
Therefore, I am going to share with you why I think building games is a good idea.
Real life rules don’t apply:
Amazing. Real life rules don’t apply when creating games. Do you want to create a story with a character that is a plumber that spends most of his time jumping on mushrooms in a fantasy world trying to save a beautiful princes? Sure thing. How about throwing some enraged Avialae (a fancy word for birds Wikipedia tells me) to some GREEN animal of the porcine family? Go for it pal.
How about a game with no gravity? No problem. Time travel? #F*ck YEAH, Super powers? Yeah pal, you can create WHATEVER you want. Awsome.
Here is an inspiring quote for you to sum up the above chunk of text:
“There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds. Gilbert K. Chesterton”
It’s a way to connect with others:
I see building games is like being a Chef. Oui, I said Chef, known as a professional cook that works in an establishment, such as an hotel or a restaurant and makes delicious food that you have to pay money for unless you are best mates with the restaurant owner in which case good f*cking job in landing that one (can you please take me out for dinner? Contact details on home page).
Anyhow, it’s like being a Chef, because you need to coordinate and inspire all elements of the final dish (final game), of which you present to your hungry clients (gamers) and watch them eat (play) and hope to see a smile on their faces.
I think games are quite personal. People spend hours thinking about the levels, characters, sounds, colours, story and much more. Then they spend hours tweaking it, putting logic into it and when they finally get rid of the main bugs (come on we all know that no game ships with 0 bugs #ForgiveMeIhaveSinned) and once that’s all done, they share it with the whole world to play, criticize and celebrate.
So when I see the game I created in the hands of a complete stranger, who is having a great time playing it, in a way I feel that we connected through one way or another. (ooooh so deep man, so deep.)
Damn it people why don’t you like to be bored and stare at white paint dry on a white wall?
EDIT **(My apologies, actually I have recently met a person who said they like to watch wet paint dry, hence if this is you Julz please don’t take it personally, and thank you for reading my blog, I think this puts our friendship on a whole new level).
Jokes. People love to be entertained. That’s why mobile games are the fricken best way to give them the right experience, in the right time and right place. They are CARRYING THESE CONSOLES IN THEIR POCKETS FOR GODS SAKE! They even consume it in the bathroom when planting a tree. #PlantATree
Long story short, like food sleep and sex, entertainment will always be a founding pillar of our society. (not how I put food and sleep before sex #what). There are all sorts of genres to entertain people in, from humour, to adventure, horror and many more. Just pick your favourite and get hackin.
I get most of my game inspirations for Frazy as I go on doing normal things in a normal daily life. For example taking a shower in the dark, or boulder climbing with a hangover with a swedish friend who awkwardly resembles a viking from the TV SHOW VIKINGS.
I recently was having some beers with a good old friend, and suddenly we came up with the idea of building a game about making beers, distributing them and getting in game characters drunk. Of Course I ditched the idea the next morning, but the point is, you can get inspiration to build a game from any input of life. Wonderful.
Existing pain points can also be turned into games. For example, I am utterly terrible at mental arithmetics, to the point that when we are having to split the bill in restaurants I cough loudly until I have my phone out, fake reading a text message, while I actually open the calculator and divide £26 by 3. That’s why I created my latest game, Frazy Numbers, a game that will hopefully help people like you or me, who could do with some help practicing mental arithmetic while waiting for the bus or tube. To be released in a week, stay tuned for that folks. #BOOMYEAH
Building games is a good idea because it has the potential to reach a huge segment of the world, you build it once and ship it as long as it lasts, and it’s a f*cking fun process, at least for me.
Through games you can tell a story, you can conjure experiences, and most importantly you can make people feel entertained and happy.