How to Make Your Own Family Simulation Game

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How to Make Your Own Family Simulation Game
Assign various control schemes through the programming language tool. (Video Game Gear image by Alhazm Salemi from Fotolia.com)

Since the early 1980s, video gaming has become a very popular form of entertainment. From shooting action to puzzle solving, there is a great variety in gaming tastes to fit every player's needs. Among popular genres are family simulation games. Such games generally involve a real-life scenario emulated through 3D animation. Each family member is typically assigned a task and the player must find efficient ways to help them carry out their mission. To successfully make your own family simulation game, there are various programs which you will need to bring your ideas to life.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Programming language software
  • 3D modelling software

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Create your game characters and models with 3D modelling software. 3D modelling tools allow you to create any type of object or element which you can then incorporate into your final game design. Specify the shape of the object, its size, as well as any other characteristic that makes it unique. Popular modelling tools include Blender, K-3D and Sweet Home 3D. Once your designs are created, save them to your computer to later implement them into the final version of your game.

  2. 2

    Animate your family simulation game with a programming language tool. Any programming language is capable of bringing your family simulation game to life. Popular game design software includes DarkBasic Pro, Game Studio, and GLBasic, among others. Depending on the program you obtain, you may be able to create additional game models and objects from its built-In interface. However, it is suggested you use a third-party modelling program to avoid possible inconveniences due to a lack of options and/or features.

  3. 3

    Import the game models that you designed with the 3D modelling program. Importing generally takes place within the programming language tools' main "File" menu or user interface options. Use their scripting and coding techniques to apply your game's behaviour, dialogue, animation style, collision detection and more.

  4. 4

    Save your project and test its progress. Upon saving, the game programming tool creates an executable version of your project which allows you to actually play it and test it. Analyse its overall features and note any possible problems you encounter. If further polishing is needed, open your saved project from the game programming application, assign all needed modifications and save your new game copy.

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