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Is Game Designing as a Hobby possible? Presented by Saljack Enterprises. Gaming. Media & Entertainment.

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.

Wrapping Up

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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16 thoughts on “Is Game Designing as a Hobby possible?

  1. Killa says:

    I agree with this. They didn’t know that people who are into game designing are really cool people. It’s not easy to be part of it because of the challenging parts but it will always be fun and exciting.

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  2. Rebi says:

    I don’t think it’s wrong for game designing to be a hobby. It depends with a person as long as they already found what makes them happy.

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  3. Callum says:

    Of course, it’s possible. There are many people who fins their jobs too stressful so they want to escape by pursuing their hobbies like game designing.

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  4. carol says:

    i think there is prejudice about having a career in game design. most people think that what you do is very childish and warrants easy thought process. this is very untrue and they just don’t know how arduous it is to create a whole design.

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  5. olino says:

    the basis of game design is indeed programming. but with the advent of new technologies, one can now design games with little to no experience in programming. if you’re really interested in game design, then you can read all about it and search on the things that one needs to know about it.

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  6. Mau says:

    Of course the risk is worth it. I am not just talking about video games but any hobby. Just like other people, I have a full-time job and an unrelated hobby I’m consistently doing and “maintaining”. The thing is, if something really, really interests you, you’ll make time for it even if you do not know if it’s going somewhere or if it’s going to pay off eventually.

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  7. I don’t think so because it takes hours of hard work and perseverance to completely design a game. It’s a tough job mind you. But it’s exciting and fun too.

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  8. Kyle says:

    It is really great to have something that interests you the most. Thus, in every goal that you want to achieve, there should always be exerted effort.

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  9. Edith says:

    It all boils down to passion. If you’re a gamer who has that itch to create something off of a game you love, then that passion will see you through, despite the challenges and time it will take to complete your own game. I mean, don’t we all have that experience when at some point in a game we say, “hey that shouldn’t happent!” or ” this level is too hard…the challenges should be easy at this level.” But if you’re a casual hobbyist who has a full-time job, then you might have some difficulty juggling the two. In the end you might just get too tired and say, “nah, it wasn’t worth it!”

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  10. Rain Santos-Ocampo says:

    I support all the game design hobbyists out there.

    Thanks for representing the goodness of being a game design hobbyist. Not too many talk about this hobby in my world and appreciate to have read this.

    Will share this with my game design hobbyist friends and give them the boost that they’re on the right track.

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  11. Giovanni says:

    To answer the question — yes! no one’s stopping you from making your own game! I think the title is a bit misleading, because the article talks about putting equal effort to your full-time job and game designing, which I believe isn’t already a “hobby” anymore. A hobby is something that you do in your spare time and shouldn’t consume too much time and effort on your part. For most people, it is a way to de-stress. But if you wanna make a game so you can sell it, and you spend too much time perfecting it, then consider yourself having a part-time job!

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  12. Aldo says:

    I think we can make anything as a hobby as long as you enjoy it and has the the time to start and finish it. Game designing is indeed a very complex work to do. But I believe that if you love what you’re doing you can always find ways to fulfill it.

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  13. MIco Robin says:

    To answer the question yes game designing can be a hobby. However, I cannot imagine that anyone comes to just purely as a hobby because it can be a taxing task.

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  14. Miaka Yuuki says:

    I see nothing wrong with mixing a hobby with your job. In my opinion it is even the best mix to have after all this is gaming.

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  15. Angelo says:

    If you really like what you are doing, it’s possible that game designing can become a hobby. I, myself wanted to design my own game too but I just need to know some of its basics to start.

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  16. Antony says:

    Possible but not for anyone. For example I like RPGs but I don’t have patience when trying games such as RPG maker. The article is spot on when saying its gonna take time and lots of patience too imo

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