A lot of people who love to design a Game start out as hobbyists and then eventually turn it into a full-time career. But what if you have a career already? Find out below about the possibilities of having another career and designing games as a hobby.
It’s Going to Take Time
The biggest problem with game designing is that people who indulge in it or want to indulge in it underestimate the amount of time it would take. Hofstadter’s Law states that things would always take longer than you expect. And if you already have a career, you can expect this time to triple at least. If you start off with a professional level game design, alongside your work, make sure you keep in mind the time you would consume to handle both or just one. Game designing isn’t that easy and takes a lot of time when it comes to understanding it as well as performing it practically. Manage everything and think about it twice before embarking on the journey of taking game designing as a hobby.
Is it Worth it?
Anyone who is into Game Designing would obviously tell you that it is worth it. But the sound public are fickle beings, and catering to the crowds is always a tricky task. Expect thanklessness; people who don’t acknowledge that you have a life and a job outside game design. And you need to digest the fact that for some your best would not be good enough for them. That is the fundamental nature of a subjective thing like game designing.
I’m Still Interested – Where do I Start?
If you are thinking about game designing as a hobby, you probably have an idea that it is worth a little exploration. So, start with exploring the idea. In case you don’t have an idea, try throwing some ideas out into the open and then combining them can work. Keep iterating the design now, until you are happy with the final product. This is when you can start building a playable game.
What About Software Licensing?
Software licensing is a very complex area, so it is better to consult a lawyer. Though most of the software is free for hobbyists that include popular engines like Unity and Unreal Engine 4. Next, when it comes to selling your product, some software licenses include the clauses that would give you a certain amount ‘free.’ For instance, if you sell less than $10,000 worth, you don’t have to pay the royalties for the engine. It is always worth checking twice before you sell your product after designing it.
Help! I’m Not a Computer Scientist!
It is not necessary to have a computer degree to develop games; it is basic scripting or programming knowledge that is needed. You can opt for free programming tuitions online to get help for this part. However, there are new technologies that allow you to design games with little or no programming. But they often charge for these privileges. A little coding skill would never hurt you, though, and it would even make your life a lot smoother.
In the end, it is certainly possible to opt for game designing as a hobby, alongside other career or as a supplement to it. You would need to take certain considerations into account before you choose this. Game design takes some time, and taking this as a hobby would take even more time. Sometimes, you would not be able to please everyone. However, a little skill and a few free tools, a lot of people are creating games in their free time. So the competition is really high there.
So, would you like to take the risk? Do you feel it is worth it? Are you this much attached to Video Games? Share your thoughts in the comment section or tweet us @essjay_ent!
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