So far this semester in 2nd year web design, I’ve done almost nothing outside of coursework. I mean, everything I’ve done from making basic flash games to building basic websites to evaluating websites has all been done in the name of coursework. All for the simple purpose of getting good enough grades to pass 2nd year and progress on to 3rd year.
I am learning things such as principles of game design, web standards, web scripting and basic database systems. All of these apply to the development side of things, which is all fine for making a standards-compliant website, or a functioning time-trial racing game. However, one aspect I am still sorely lacking in is creativity. The design aspect of things is something I need to work on – I’ve only ever used two templates for coursework websites, and my racing game looks like it was drawn by a monkey.
Guess it’s up to me to change things. Over the summer, or at least starting in the summer, I will be looking to build a website. On what topic, I don’t know. But I am looking to turn it into some sort of game. What I mean is I’m looking to make a website where the website is the game, if that makes any sense. I don’t mean just making a game in flash and embedding it onto the site, but the entire website is the game interaction. I don’t know if this kind of thing has already been done, so it will be interesting.
I guess it will function like a visual novel, clicking on the screen to get to the next scene, and button prompts to make various decisions, and include some sort of menu interface.
My aim here is to turn a website into a game, instead of using a game development engine. As I’ve said, I don’t know if it’s been done before, it’s definitely something creative, and appeals to both my interest in web design & development and my love for games.