Ty and I chose to research about the gaming industry, but more importantly how does one go about making a video game. We chose to pick this one out of all the others because Ty is mostly into gaming, and I am a little. Our goal for Module 1 was to gain a basic understanding of the fundamental concepts of game design and how we can use that to make video games. We hope to produce a clear understanding of he main steps one needs to take to create a video game. We categorized all 7 steps in order by which you would do first to last.

The first step is the Planning step, and this is where you would come up with your idea for what kind of game you want to create, and the key features you hope to include. The second step is the Pre-Production step, and this is the brainstorming and coming up with the characters you want to have, the setting you want your game to take place in, and the plot of the story you want to tell. Then you get into the Production phase. This is the most challenging part since this is where character development occurs, the audio is created, and the developers will write codes. This is also the most expensive step. Next, you must test for any buggy areas, how the game looks in all aspects, any character dialogue- this is known as the Test phase. Step five is the pre-launch phase, which is when your game is first released to the public in the beta phase. The public gets a demo of how the game feels and plays. You must also market your game, so you get to decide where and how the public sees your game. The actual launch phase is when your game is finally released and you can make sales. Now, you need to keep releasing DLC content in your game to keep the game new and fresh. You also need maintenance checks for bugs inside the game and for new players to keep coming in.

The main resource we used was an article by Devin Pickell, called “The 7 Steps of Game Development.” The thing we are most proud of is that we were able to gather all the information that you would need, and put it into a step-by-step process that is easy to understand for new users.

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