Game Engines for Beginners: Part I

Which game engine is efficient under what conditions?

Each gamer experiences a production that they admire at some point in their lives and appreciate the engineering and art behind it. As well as admiring others, they wonder how it is possible to create digital universes, perhaps stepping into an area that will fundamentally change their lives.

Ten years ago, it was necessary to do more intense work than today to develop digital games, web sites, services and software. Nowadays it is possible to make a lot of these without having to write a single line of code.

Although it’s not as easy as making a website, there are now game engines that will make it possible for someone who has never developed a game to make the their production. While we do not need to know any programming language, some of the gaming engines allow fascinating digital worlds to be created with a few lines of code.

Things to consider when choosing a game engine

Before we dive in to the subject, let’s remember what game engines are and what they do. Game engines are software specially designed for the development of video games in the simplest terms. It is basically made up of libraries. These libraries contain functions, classes, and so on, defined by computer programming languages.

It is possible to separate the game engines from structural and functional aspects in to four categories:

  1. Game drafts: These engines offer a game ready for amateur developers. You will change a few details that sit well with you. You can add your own visuals or change the details of the gameplay by changing a few parameters.
  2. Drag-and-drop: Their use is very easy and they do not require any coding knowledge. You can create virtual events and venues with the parameters you choose from the long drop menus. It’s a good choice to understand the physics of video games.
  3. Visual coding: These engines create codes of the functions you select and add them to the game; in other words the game codes for you. It is more capable than the drag-and-drop engines and you need to spend more time to understand all the features. However, you will be tempted to spend it because you will have a chance to learn how the code works without writing a single line of code.
  4. Coding: Some game engines use their programming languages. These labguages are completely game-specific and easy to learn. Once you have mastered the previous engines theoretically and practically, you will need this kind of engine to develop the game in your dreams. Some engines are accepted by the world of computing and even use standardized programming languages. The nature of these engines is to limit what you can do to your ability only.

Do not make haste

As you can see, we can say from the above information that it is possible and not possible to develop games without knowing coding. But before you make your choice, there are a few factors that you need to consider.

Your computer comes at the beginning of important choices. Some game engines do not have both Windows and Mac support; for this reason your options may be restricted. Older computers, on the other hand, may not be suitable for running powerful game engines.

Ssome game engines are specially developed for certain game types. For example, if you want to develop a role playing game but do not know the coding, you can choose an engine like RPG Maker. In the same way, other types of games can also be developed by specific engines; just like Adventure Game Studio, designed for adventure games.

2D or 3D? Who will prepare the visuals?

It is also an important issue from which perspective the player will experience the game. While some game engines specialize in 2D, others can be used to develop both 2D and 3D games. As you can imagine, 3D games require a more challenging development process.

How do you plan to create visual elements that you will use in your game? Some engines have visual editors inside and allow you to create simple images. Others are totally dependent on visual materials to build with third party software. At this point you should consider your digital art skills.

Which platform you are going to choose for your game is a critical aspect of your game engine choice. Using game engines you can develop web, mobile, PC, Mac, console and even VR games, but each engine has a favorite among these platforms.

Different engine for a single person and a different engine for a development studio

If development is only a hobby to you, we recommend you to start with the simplest engines. But if the development is a passion for you and if you are ready for a “challenge” you can start with prestigious engines like Unity and Unreal. You can even use these engines to learn coding.

Finally, you need to consider the structure of your game. Are you going to develop the game alone or with your buddies? Also, nowadays games are turned into live services, you may want to update your game on a regular basis.

What you’re reading here today is vital for you to not be let down in the future. After you answer these questions, we will follow up with all of the game engines that you can use in the future, and what types of productions you can develop with these game engines in Part II.

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