This blog is about creating a video game. If you ever wondered how modern games are made, you are in the right place.
Who am I?
I’m a video game industry veteran, currently working as a senior programmer for one of the largest game developers on a great AAA open world game. In the past, I had a privilege to work on some cool franchises as Watch Dogs, The Witcher or Street Fighter – to name a few. During the day I support great designers in making awesome games, but at night I wear my black cape and try to design a game by myself.
What’s the game?
It’s about playing volleyball – simple as that. I’m a big fan of this sport and I feel it is very underrepresented among other sports games – EA I’m talking to you! Let’s not kid ourselves tough – I’m not trying to create Fifa-like volleyball game – I lack at least $50,000,000 in budget. What I want to do is focus on FUN gameplay mechanics, simple AI to show that this sport is a very good candidate for a video game. I will try to embrace complexity, different strategies,fast pacing and always changing odds in this sport.
What’s the plan?
I’m going with Unreal Engine 4. It’s a great engine, with full source code available (I’m a programmer, remember?). Not to mention endless, affordable assets so I can focus on gameplay, not the graphics. Of course, don’t expect nice animations, or realistic 3D models of players – the goal of this whole exercise is to make fun with game mechanics. Every week I will try to implement some new stuff and share it with you. I’m going to focus more on describing the game, rather how I created stuff. But hey – if you’re interested in some development meat – let me know!
What’s in it for you?
You may ask – why do I even bother you with all this? Well I’m really hoping to get your feedback. About everything – my ideas, my plans, my writing, but mostly about THE GAME itself. I’m not professionally trained designer, so I don’t really know what is best. I can only “feel”. Every time I implement something new, I will share a build with you. If you want, you can just grab the .zip file, extract and play. Then – let me know! In comments, Twitter, Facebook – whatever fits you best. I promise to read it (daaa….), respond and take into account. It will create much better game for sure. Who knows, maybe few months for now we will end up with fun and engaging little game? On PC, maybe your phone in the bus? Why not to try?