5 Tips to start HTML5 Game Development
Almost every programmer dreams of developing their own game at some point in their career. It would be great fun to be able to play in a game that you yourself created. However, developing a game is not child’s play. It requires skill and imagination in order to create a game that is dynamic and fun to play. Here are 5 tips on how to start HTML5 game development:
1. Get skilled
2. Simple is good
At this stage it is probably best if you start a small project and keep it really simple. This will take the pressure off, and at the same time make you learn alloy about how the tools actually work. If your initiation project is complex, there are very high chances that things will not work out the way you want them to, thus, it can cause a sense of demotivation towards finishing or fixing the complex project. So make sure your first game is nice and easy, so that you finish it in order to learn from it, and you will have fun making it as well. However, just because something is supposed to be simple, does not mean that it cannot be creative.
3. Find a suitable framework
When you program a game, there are a lot of resources involved, like images and sound effects. Since all of these things are downloaded off the server through your browser, they take a bit of time. Unfortunately, your code will start executing before all your resources have been downloaded which cause problems like the sound effect not playing at the moment it was supposed to. To fix this, you need to create a preloader that stops this from happening. Another issue that you need to take care of is that all your movement speeds and animations should be independent of the frame rate that the game is supposed to run at, because if this is not taken care of, the game is going to run at different speeds on browsers and devices, which affects the quality of the gaming experience significantly.
All of these above mentioned issues can be solved through the use of a proper framework that suits your needs. There are a variety available on the internet, they could be free, trial or pretty expensive, depending on what they offer. They help you focus on the game logic rather than the other functions that need to be perfect in order for your game to run smoothly. Remember, look around for different frameworks. And don’t go all in the first one that you find, because it may not suit all your needs at a later stage.
4. Sounds and Graphics
One of the most important things in a game is of course its graphics and sounds. It’s what basically attracts the users, so it is always a good idea to design your game well. You do not need to be a professional designer to do this. There are tons of websites on the internet that can provide you with free graphics and sounds to fit within your game. An awesome sound tool is Bfxr, where you can get hundreds of different sounds like explosions, whistles, jumps etc. However, you can always make your own sounds through recordings from different forms of media, it really is up to your imagination.
5. User feedback
While you are in the process of creating your game, it is imperative that you try and get friends or family to check it from a user point of view. Do not wait for feedback until the game programming ends. Do it right from the start. This will help you understand the perspective of a person who will play that game other than you, and give you genuine comments or praises which will improve your game on the whole.
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