Hello, I’m Sir Gabriel. I work as a Freelance Game Developer & Asset Creator. I also work as a mentor for about 15 Students currently working on skills that apply to Game Design/ Development, VFX, & Animated Movie Projects. I’ve decided to extend the training I provide to TalkTime Yesterday & am super excited to join this community. I will be bringing Positive Vibes with me & Skill Sets that many people could be interested in learning to launch their career in Game/Application/Film Development.
I don’t know if this is the right place for this so I might move it later. I want to go over some things about Independent game development & how you can get started for free.
You May Have Hardware Already But If You Don’t…
First thing is, if you don’t have a computer with a dedicated graphics card, that should be something you buy. It could very well be the only thing you need to actually buy when you start Developing games. Integrated Graphics won’t work well in the Game Engine. Down the road when I explain what happens when you bake/build lighting in your world, then you’ll see why an integrated graphics option just isn’t feasible to run some CPU expensive/intensive tasks. So you need to have a computer with a graphics card. I use unreal engine and I’ll post its recommended sys Specs below. & please don’t take what I just said as “Hehe ok… he said its not recommended but its all I have so I’m gonna just try and use integrated graphics… hehehe.” you’ll crash your PC relentlessly wondering why things aren’t working for you. Then maybe you’ll remember what I just said, and you’ll invest in yourself to have a nice PC. Takes time but its worth it. Once you have a “Rig” a PC with necessary specs, there are open source, yet professional grade solutions for software needed to do any work that goes into a video game. Therefore if you have a PC, and you follow my directions you’ll have a effective home studio for game dev, film dev, music production, you name it. Don’t get a laptop either, I will explain why a laptop is a bad choice at a later time. To put it fast and simple to make sure you dont buy a laptop for game dev, i’ll give you a reason why. When you build lighting in a game engine the CPU uses 100% of its resources, the cpu will run really hot, laptops cant fit fans that can manage the temp, youll crash, possible kill your laptop in the process. unless you set the cpu usage down. but still, laptops get too hot.
These are the Recommended system specs for UE4
Second thing is Software (The Free Part)
Blender 3d is an Open Source Digital Content Creation tool that is professional grade and handles many of the art tasks needed to make Game content. You can make all Animations and models you need with blender and import those assets into Unreal Engine.
Choose an Engine
Modern times has made Game Engines, that used to be hard to get your hands on without a couple grand lying around, free to use for everyone. Each Game engine has different terms. For Unreal Engine, Epic Games will simply take 5% of the revenue of any game built with it, after you make 1 million $ in revenue. If you want me to teach you, Use Unreal Engine. I don’t Like Unity. I understand UE4 a lot better
those are 4 commercial Game engines to choose from (choose Unreal), it is completely up to you what engine you want to learn (learn Unreal). These Engines have all created awesome games, and if you decide to learn one its a long term commitment. Just pick one (Unreal) and stick with it (Unreal!).
Painting Application Thats Pro & Open Source?
There are a great many instances you may need a photoshop approach with your game art, but cant afford photoshop. Well I have two Solutions and I use them both in my studio. I dont even ever use Photoshop! But these solutions are equivalent in functionality to Photoshop.
My Game Music Mixing?
Complex topic is the Music but there is a Professional open source solution as I mentioned before.
Audacity can handle all sound editing needed for your production & yeah it’s professional grade software & yeah it’s free!
That’s all for now. But I’ll be posting again soon. Let me know if you have any questions. I’m happy to oblige.