How to Make an Online Game

by Ezmeralda Lee

Online games and gaming communities are growing, and many people are wanting to create and share games they make themselves. There are two ways to accomplish this task. The first involves learning computer language or languages and taking a class or classes to really understand every dynamic and step that goes into making a game you can share online. But for most people, that takes a lot of time and money they just don't have. So, here is the second way to create a game.

Think of what people are thirsting to play. Take some time to browse through several online gaming communities for ideas before deciding on a game to make.

Research, compare and choose a catalyst for online game-making through the Internet There are many free tutorials and some more sophisticated technology available for the public to download for a small to moderate fee. Finding the right one is crucial if you want your online game to turn out just right.

Draw and write out what your game is about. Will there be characters? Will they have powers? What is the object of the game? Will there be various levels? These and more questions should be answered, thought out and written down to make your online game easier to create.

Following the instructions via the catalyst you have chosen to use, begin creating your online game. The first step in application itself is usually the background and building blocks. The steps get more detailed as you go on.

Play the game yourself a few times to be sure everything works the way you dreamed it up to work. You don't want to publish something online or try to sell it via the Internet just to find out there are several kinks that have yet to be fixed.

Find a website or company where you feel your game would get the most attention. You have a few choices in this step. You can publish your game and allow online users to play it free of charge. You can publish a mini version of your game online and offer users to purchase it or you can try and sell your game to a company and let them take care of the rest.

Tip

  • check Even though you may have an excellent idea for a game, do some research to be sure it will be successful, especially if you plan on making money from it.

Warning

  • close If you truly have a good game that is marketable, you shouldn't have to pay money to anyone to get it published online. Beware of scams.