Designing a 3D video game can be a costly and time-consuming process. Not only do you have to learn complex computer programming, you also have to spend a lot of time checking for errors. Times have changed, however; the average person with no technical know-how is discovering open-source software as a way to easily design their own 3D games. Have you ever dreamed of designing the next blockbuster video game for next generation consoles? Now you can, absolutely free. All you need is your passion for gaming, patience and these expert tips.
1. Decide what kind of 3D game you want to design, such as action-adventure, survival horror, shooter, racing or role-playing game. Determine whether your game will be multiplayer or single player.
2. Create a storyboard and illustrate sketches of your game world, characters and action. Storyboarding allows you to see the different goals and scenes of your game design. It is also used for brainstorming.
3. Choose from a variety of free open-source game engines. Type “open source game engines” in a search engine. OGRE engine is the most common free engine used by enthusiasts (see Resources). These engines are mostly drop and drag so you don’t have to do a lot of programming. Downloadable manuals on programming come with the free software, which will make it easy for you to learn. Make sure the game engine has a level editor and lighting editor.
4. Begin designing your game’s game levels. The free game engine you choose will have a level editor, you just have to design the layout. You will also use the level editor to design weapons, water, trees and objects your characters will interact with.
5. Design your game characters. Draw human characters and monsters. You can base your designs from software that create 3D humans, which are royalty free. Make Human is a good free open source 3D human character designer (see Resources).