Let's talk about making video games. To most people, making a video game is a mystery. The average party conversation goes like this:
At this point in the conversation I then tell people that games are made by elves. All I have to do is leave a game design idea in the middle of the room overnight and in the morning the elves have made the game.
OK, this is not entirely true.
You have to leave a good idea out for the elves to make into a game. Which begs the question: "Where do good ideas come from?"
Every good idea borders on the stupid.
I like this quote because many game ideas often sound stupid. Try these on for size:
A yellow creature eats dots while being chased by ghost monsters.
A plumber jumps on the heads of mushrooms to find his girlfriend.
A prince rebuilds stars by rolling balls of junk into bigger balls of junk.
All of those stupid-sounding ideas ended up being games that made lots and lots of money. I guess they aren't so stupid after all. To me, the lesson is, never dismiss a game idea, even if it does sound stupid.
So, where do I get my own stupid ideas to turn into video games? The traditional way to get an idea is to get inspired. The good news is that a good game idea can come from anywhere. Here is a list of things I do to get inspired. I suggest you try them yourself the next time you ...