What Inspires me to be a Games Designer

7 Mar

So, I sit here listening to gaming music, did you know I been playing games since 4 years old? I loved running around as sonic jumping on them mean robots as I use to say, My first system was a Gameboy Color with Pokemon Gold. I use to remember moaning and crying to my older brother to help me get through this gym or this cave on it, to this day I still not finished Pokemon Gold (I have finished HeartGold).

Less on the memories, I wanted to talk about the main target in my life, being a games designer, I am currently in my second year of a Games Design Degree at South Essex College, Southend. I want to develop games one day, mostly RPG’s which has a close place in my heart for many reasons, but I would love to make any game, the reason being that I think Games are a very unique media.

Now, lets get this out of the way, Gamers are not Gamers! Do we call people who like movies Movie Watchers? do we call people who read book Readers? So why should we be called Gamers, so in this article, I’m calling Gamers ‘People who Play Games’. Now we got that out of the way, Games are a very unique media, you don’t just feel the characters feelings, but you become the character. You, The person who likes games control the player, decides on what the player does during the course of the game. This in turn allows the player to become more emotionally attached to the character.

That comes to the point, why do I want to become a Designer? There one simple answer for me, I want to inspire people to make games, I want people to see that games can be such a creative media, and that anybody, any age, sex, race, and ability can access and enjoy games. Nothing should stop you if you truly want to make a game, there are great tools out there, CryEngine, Unity, RPG Maker just to name a few. I enjoy playing games, and I want to make games, so that people can experience just how creative games truly are, games are a unique media, a very inspirational media, and a media that not limited to companies with a wod of cash, just look at Minecraft.

When I switched on Tomb Raider last night, escaping that cave, looking for food and hunting down items as i fear for the next wolf to creep out of that bush next to me! The fear and the sadness I felt when Lara shot that guy down, as she cried for the man’s death (one that almost killed her mere moments ago) I felt her pain and emotion. This is what I mean by you becoming the character when playing a video game

Another example of a game that hit you hard was Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, now you may think that this is a spoiler, but it in all reviews, in most of the trailer, heck it even in the description on the back of the case. Anyway, the death of Oliver’s Mum (or Mom if your in America) in the first hour of the game is heart-breaking, if you played the game, and didn’t feel the sheer horror and grief that Oliver was feeling in that moment then I don’t know. That was one of the saddest moments I seen in a game almost since Final Fantasy X ending. That moment was done so well by Level-5 and Studio Ghibli, and I got to say that Ni No Kuni so far has been the best JRPG I played this generation without a doubt, seeming that other JRPG Franchises have been so disappointing this generation.

Now you may ask why I went on about these two games, well 1 was that I was showing why I think this year going to be great for games! Their another reason as well, these are just 2 recent examples of how you can become the character, and truly feel the emotions of a character. Wherever it’s the fright and fear of trying to survive in the wild as Tomb Raider showed, or Sadness, Greif and sheer adventure that Ni No Kuni gives. Games are just such a unique media that gives feelings that no other form of media could give. YOU, the player control the choices and journey of the main character, in these two examples Lara and Oliver. A Book, or a Film can only dream of doing this, only games can give you the feeling of becoming the character. I want to be able to give players this feeling one day, tell a great story about a character’s great adventure, or their fight for survival, I love how games do this, and I want to be a part of it. This is why I want to design games, and this is why I want to get into the world of games design.

I think that enough for today, I am sorry if I went off topic a little, but I wanted to show how games are unique, and how games can make you feel, as showing that explains my aims and reasoning for becoming a designer. Be sure to follow me on twitter at http://twitter.com/stevenoshea10  for updates on my work, university and much more! Subscribe to this blog to hear more of my journey to become a game designer, as well as my views on subjects such as games, anime, films and much more!


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