In this article, I am going to briefly describe the process of making video games, as well as explain how you can make your own videos games.
The conventional video game
Who is involved?
The conventional video game is designed by a large team of people from all sorts of backgrounds, from programming, animation, concept artists, audio developers to directors and writers. Game creation takes a large team of people and many millions in funding. The conventional game is backed by a larger companies that own the game rights and pay studios to create new games for them.
Factors for success
A game needs to have a good story, good game play mechanics and be able to compete with or be better than other games on the market. Most importantly, it needs to have a strong name backing it like Sony or Activision, and it has to be well marketed.
If you want to be a video game developer and work for a game studio, you will need to go to school for several years in a specific area such as 3D Modeling, Animation, Audio, Programing. You will also need to build a large quality portfolio of work to prove that you have skill. You usually do this while you go to school.
The future of games
You can make your own games with programs like RPG Maker XP. However, there is not a great deal of market for a game like this. Since the conventional game needs to be well funded and have good marketing, it is really hard for new companies to get into a market completely dominated by Sony and Microsoft. They have to conform to a platform, so it is not a very popular choice if you are a beginner. There is a new category of game that is starting to become popular -the Indie genre of game. Indie games
These games are being developed by groups of friends to groups of users online. A good example of an Indie game is Infinity Universe. While it is still in production and far from completion, a considerable amount has already been accomplished for this game. It will revolutionise space mmorpg's as well as mmorpg's in general as it will host millions of unique explorable galaxies and planets.
The game engine is being created by one person in general but an infinity community has formed and users are contributing concept art, models and much more to the game. There are several Indie games out there. Infinity is one of them. A much newer one is called Nebula Vasa. These sorts of games promise contributors royalties on their content used in game, once the game has released and is making money.