Life Aspiration: I Want to Design a Game 🎮
I’ve been pretty grossly depressed lately. I’ve made a lot of good changes in my life in 2017. I haven’t perfected every aspect by any means (I’m terrible to try to maintain a relationship with), but I’m taking steps to improve the things that are sucking out my soul. However, when you get a couple failed attempts in a row it’s pretty deflating. Being that I am already predisposed to depression, it’s not always a quick recovery when dealt those blows. BUT I am trying to push forward even if I am considering going back to bed for the next week.
I’m trying to find a balance between distracting myself and addressing sincere mental health concerns. Escapism is a beautiful thing when it doesn’t lead to further deterioration. With that in mind, or at least feeling better having said it, I want to start learning about game design. I recently made a Bullet Journal spread called “Lifetime Aspirations” and I have only listed two things so far: “Publish a research paper” and “create and publish a video game”. Today I’m going to focus on the latter. The former may result in me going back to school or finding a job that works with a university and neither seems to be in the anytime-in-the-immediate-future cards
I would argue that I’m never more happy/content/at peace than I am playing or talking about video games. I can say somewhat of the same about my time actively studying geology in college, but that may be rose-colored glasses imparting that sense. My life thus far has been made up of actively chasing what I think I should be doing based on some unwritten social construct I may or may not have invented in my own neurosis. Only allowing transgressions against it after a great deal of existential crisis. The construct has served its purpose as I, like many others, am someone who has no idea what she wants to do at any given point. Every iteration of my educational and professional careers has scratched some itch, but I admit to getting bored.
I do want to be clear I am not looking for another career change nor do I think I'm going to create some incredible breakout video game that will allow for early retirement. However, I’d be remiss if I didn’t learn about game design in some capacity. I don’t have an idea that I’m hoping to bring to life yet, but perhaps going through the motions will stir something up. A 2D platformer seems approachable and seems to be a favorite amongst indie developers. I love pixel art and I am personally driven by item collection ala Super Mario, Banjo-Kazooie, etc. I know this is nowhere near enough to formulate a game worth crap, BUT at least it’s something to get the gears in my head turning.
So, what’s my game plan (ha! Nailed it.)? I’m going to approach this through Unity3D. Unity3D is a cross-platform game engine that boasts an impressive library of platform support. Skillshare is “online learning community” with classes produced and taught by professionals in a wide variety of topics. In regards to my efforts, there are a few classes focused on game design using Unity.
http://skl.sh/2odYXOy ⬅ Here’s my Skillshare referral code if anyone’s interested in learning or improving a skill 🤓
Even if I don’t end up developing a game, I’m sincerely interested in learning more about the thing I love so much. This is what I do, I take an interest in something and I have to know more. Take my current career: I went from simply enjoying a well-made beer to needing to know how it’s made. Now I’m working full time in a brewery. As an awkward tween, I was obsessed with manga. I bought books to find out about techniques for drawing characters and comics. As a teen, I was really into music and going to shows so my friends and I started a band. I somehow can’t just be a passive fan, but instead, I am compelled to be an “expert” fanatic. If not an expert, at least having the need to know more than is really necessary to simply enjoy a hobby.
So The Internet, any suggestions as I start my journey into learning about game design? Am I totally off base approaching it this way? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments!
Future posting goals:
- Yooka-Laylee is coming tomorrow! AHHHH!
- I’m still hoping to get together some more brewing science posts eventually!
- As always, suggestions/comments/concerns are welcome!