A GAME MAKER'S GUIDE TO STAYING MOTIVATED

A very old article combining business theory with common sense.

Pet dog died today? Got exam results that would make a chav proud? Feeling generally shitting? Whatever extenuating life circumstances you have you can not be excused from making a gaem with the best chapsets possible. I made the original article a few years ago but as this is not an engine-specific tutorial or anything it still holds plenty of water. Have a read if you feel stuck in a rut.

STEPS TO MOTIVATION

1. Do you really want to do this?
Ok, so you've just scrapped your 4th project and are feeling quite dejected. A few days later, you think to yourself, "Wow, I just got a great idea!" You immediately set to work, and an hour or two later you start to slow down and think, "Well, I don't think this will come out very well."
Has this scenario ever happened to you? If so, maybe you want to firstly, SIT DOWN AND THINK, saying "Do I really want to make a game?" Keep in mind that there are other things in the world besides RM, like sports! And art! And music! Etc. etc.!
However, if you're sure you want to make a game, go for it! The rest of this guide will teach you how to be motivated to make a game the next The Way.

2. Inspiration!
When you want to work on a game, you might be a little short of ideas. So go get some! Watch a movie, play a game you liked, read an interesting book. All these things will give you ideas for stories and, in the case of games, gameplay ideas.

3. Set goals!
Keep this in mind while you're working on your game; you're only human. Working 5 hours a day on an amateur game is pretty tiring ( I doubt you'll be working that much but ANYWAY), and once in a while you're going to feel low. To counter this, set yourself goals in your progress of your project. Divide the creation of your game into STEPS, in a way like the following:

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Step 1: The Story
Step 2: The Characters
Step 3: The Battle System
Step 4: The Mapping
Step 5: The Mini-Games

Then, divide those steps into smaller PARTS, for example:

Step 1: The Story
Part A) The World
Part B) Background Information
Part C) The Ongoing Situation

Step 2: The Characters
Part A) Character Biographies
Part B) Character Weapons/Fighting Style
Part C) Relationships With Each Other

You get the idea. In some cases, you might even decide to split the parts into even smaller parts; take Step 2, for example:

Step 2: The Characters
Part A) Character Biographies
- Lana
-Joe
-Jess
-Benjamin Polkiss
Part B) Character Weapons/Fighting Style
-Lana - Black Magic
-Joe - Swordsmanship
-Jess - White Magic
-Benjamin Polkiss - Polkissing
Part C) Relationships With Each Other
-Lana and Joe
-Jess with Long Lost Love
-Benjamin Polkiss with....poles.

Keep in mind that this is an article on motivation to create a game, not a game development tutorial, so some things might not seem right.

OK, so you should get the idea by now. Setting goals allows you to make a checklist on the things you need completing, and even allows for:

4. TREATS!
As stated earlier, you're only human. Therefore it's necessary to reward yourself now and then. When you complete a certain Step or Part, treat yourself to a strawberry sundae, a night at the movies, etc. Make yourself feel good about accomplishing your task, to get yourself motivated to complete the next task!

5. Working Conditions
Would you feel motivated working in a small, cramped dark room with pieces of paper and half-empty Doritos packets lying everywhere? Face it, you wouldn't. That's why it's important to work comfortably. Make sure your heating or cooling systems (depending on the weather or location) are working, use an ample amount of light, stuff like that.

6. Group Work
Research has shown that working in a team can produce better results than working solo. That really could apply to the case of game development. For example, the tasks can be divided among the individuals in a group; one person can make the storyline, another can make the graphics, someone else can make the sound etc. However, some people prefer working alone so in the end, it's all in your personality.

Now, the last, and most important step!

7. Stay with me....
I CANNOT stress this enough. If you want to make a game you really have to want to make a game. If you're not that bothered, good for you, disregard this article(...although I guess you wouldn't be reading it anyway) Sometimes, you're going to have to achieve the height of motivation by sheer motivation (if that makes any sense), so fight the laziness inside - may Luke Skywalker be with you.

And that does it for my steps for getting motivated.

So long, and good night!

~YM

(p.s. remember the G4 principle: Gamemaking Guys Get all the Girls)

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This articlie would be kind of cool if you yourself finished a game.
I'm sorry but this seems really out of order and just a strange way to go about it for me. Darken also makes a relevant point, someone would trust you more if you have finished something, as evidence that your way works.
Sated
puking up frothing vitriolic sarcastic spittle
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Knowing how to do something and being able to do something are completely independent things...
Sated
puking up frothing vitriolic sarcastic spittle
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Well, not completely, but you certainly don't need to be able to do something to know how it should be done.
While I basically agree with "you certainly don't need to be able to do something to know how it should be done." I feel this is more like a suggested route than THE way and it's not how I would want to do mine.
Yellow Magic
I'll never regain the bones I lost from my loneliness and sorrow
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Touche to the people who realised I never finished a game. Those who can't, teach, yeah? ....don't look at me like that.

Honestly I didn't plan to upload this article anyway else since 2 years ago, until I noticed the big fat 0 makerscore I have. I really should have downloaded an RPG Maker onto the family PC and thought up something original instead. Sorry for the wasted time reading guys.
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