Playing games brings a whole lot of fun and entertainment. These games have exciting gameplay, storyline, animation, graphics, sound, etc, and all these start with a brainstorming idea.
If you have trouble coming up with exciting game ideas, worry not. Because you are not alone, all of us have been in such a situation. To deliberately get amazing game ideas you have to first be creative and think out of the box. When you take a closer look at the successful games, you can easily relate to them. One can master the art of generating incredible ideas with a lot of practice.
Don’t fall in love with your first idea, the best way to generate a good idea is to have lots of ideas
There are several methods and techniques that will help you in generating ideas, however, remember that vulnerability is the birthplace of creativity, change, and innovation. Let us discuss some of the amazing methods/ways that will help you extract the creativity hidden within yourself.
Be An Ardent Gamer
Games have the ability to teleport you to an entirely different world that is entertaining, challenging, and magical. Each game was built by a unique idea and playing those games will help you come up with one of your own. Also, keep in mind that you should not restrict yourself to only your favorite style of games, but explore various games. From the classics to the indie games, including some of the most popular newer titles to your gaming shelf will help you come up with new game ideas easily.
If you haven’t played many such games, start with Mario Bros, Tetris, and Space Invaders, etc. Remember, most of the classics were created by a small team of developers or individuals. And, these classic games are of simple style but with tons of replay value and dynamic gameplay.
Give a try on a few popular current games from different categories. Make a note of the intricate details that are responsible for the uniqueness and fun, while playing the game. You can get inspired by the gameplay mechanics, features, characters, color schemes, or even the effects.
Discover From The World
While you think of creative ideas, make sure the creativity connects with other things. One should be a good observer so that one can connect with things. We get inspired and ideas flow from what we see around us, observing every little detail like the people, environment, and things we overlook. Anything can give you the spark, be it the rainy clouds, the tall green trees, or the way the books are arranged on the shelf, for a new gameplay concept, background, or a theme.
Creativity Is Seeing What Everyone Else Has Seen And Thinking What No One Else Has Thought
Notice everything that is around you and find out the means of incorporating them into your game. Question yourself and encounter your creativity level. Ideas can come up from the simplest things.
Connect With Game Community
Another way to generate game ideas and spike up your creativity, be an active participant in the game community. When you are engaged in the game scenario, ideas follow your way. Apart from playing games, you have to actively be a part of the forums, become an active participant.
Get to know more about what the developers and players are discussing, ask questions and browse for different messages on the boards. The game community is the resource that has a bundle of information a developer needs. You can find networks, get inspired, follow guidance, and learning tips and feedback from peers and players.
Get Down And Research
Research is an essential requirement, especially while looking for new ideas. It is important to know what is already present in the market so that you can generate unique ideas. While doing the research work, observe what type of categories are scoring more in the chart, the current trends. Hence, you might not waste time on concepts that might not shine in the market.
It is easy to start research work. All you have to do is to Google for the games that rank top on the chart, check for high-ranking games. Also, check for the games that appear from the indie developers and write them down. Make a thorough research on the games and browse for more information about the game, you can then play the game and jot out the attributes that inspire you. All researches ultimately have a qualitative grounding.
Narrow Down Your Options
Set out certain limitations or constraints when you in the midst of generating game ideas. These limitations will help to tap down on the specific elements and gives you a wide option to focus on creativity.
You can constrain elements like tools, time, background, theme to brainstorm the concept. For example, choose a theme and work on the ideas based on the theme, and don’t forget to set a timeframe. When you are given only a limited time period, you will easily come up with brainstorming ideas. One of the things that block our creativity is the fact called unlimited options, when you have ‘no time limit’, you tend to spend more time thinking rather than using it productively. Therefore, the constraints will keep your ideas realistic, which is extremely important.
Check Out The Reviews And News
Another way to know the mindset of the players is to read the latest reviews and news. You have many online publications that provide an excellent source of game information that aids in creating game ideas as well.
Indiegames.com, Polygon, Gamasutra, Touch Arcade, IGN, PGBiz, 148Apps are some of the famous online publications. Make it a habit to read the latest updates and news, also the RSS feed reader apps like Pocket or Feedly will help keep track of the latest news on games. You can even add blogs based on game development to the feed. The more connected to the game news, the better.
When you are confused and have trouble coming up with brainstorming ideas, try one of the above tips. Always remember that gaming is fun, either making a game or playing a game. So, whenever you are exhausted of ideas, just be relaxed and go for a walk, it is only when your mind is free from all thoughts, you can meet everything anew.
Play a lot of games, observe everything that happens around you, connect with people who are involved with games and game scenes, do research work, and be updated with the latest reviews and news.
Remember, the truth is, it is not the idea, it is never the idea. It’s always what you do with it.