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I WANT TO MAKE AN INDIE MMORPG!!!
Your reaction: "You do, do you? You must be: a) naive and stupid, or b) naive and stupid. "
That's a definate possibility.
I'm only 18 and I have no programming expierience, so I must be completely off my rocker right?
So... if you plan on sticking around please hear me out and try not to be too critical of my noobiness.
The first video game I ever played was Pokemon Yellow. I loved it, I still love it.
My first MMORPG was WoW, I started during WotLK, my friend Alpha introduced me to it (Yes, his legal name really is Alpha). I'm majoring in Graphic Design at UIUC, etc... etc... So... I want to take the big leap and make my own game. I'm not seriously suggestiong that I can make a game like WoW by myself, even I realize the impossibilities of that.
However, I do believe I can make a 2D or 2.5D game.
I'll give you an example of what I'm aiming for: Pokemon World Online or PokemonMMO
No, it won't be a monster-capture game, or a Poke-Clone. I heard a small indie team built PWO from the ground up, I think that's kind of cool and inspirational. I wouldn't waste my time on this if I didn't think it was a definate possibility AND it was worth it. In attempting to do this I'm sacrificing a HUGE chunk of my social life. So... if you don't want to crush my dreams there are a few things I'd like to know...
1.) WHAT PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE SHOULD I LEARN AND CODE THE GAME IN?
I don't plan on making a game engine. If you suggest a language can you explain why I should use it? From what I've read it seems the best thing to go with is C++, though I don't know why.
2.) CAN YOU OFFER SOME REALLY IN-DEPTH VIDEO TUTORIALS?
Tuts on anything from C++ to game menu design, it would be grately appreciated.
3.) WHAT ENGINE DO YOU RECOMMEND? Unity? RPG Maker? Game Maker?
And why that one?
4.) ANY WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT/ADVICE?
I'd love to hear them.
WHY AM I DOING THIS?
I'm probably a masochist /laugh
No, seriously. I just have to. I have this ideal image of an MMO in my mind and I think, not only will I have fun making it but others will have fun playing it. There are worst things I could be doing. If you crush my dreams now I could end up a hobo on the streets. Can you live with that (kidding)? I think one of the biggest reasons is feeling incomplete or unsatisfied, there's so much potiential in MMOs but its wasted. My character's in MMOs are never quite how I imagine them to be. For instance, why can't my character just be a tailor? I should be able to purchase a house, turn it into a personal shop and supply everyone in the game with badass gear that's actually worth wearing. And in the process gain recognition throughout the server, I shouldn't have to always fight. Not that I don't like fighting... This may offend some but, PvP is 1000x better than PvE. My first and only class in WoW is a Lock, I've never gotten bored with my class, not once. People didn't recommend it as a first class but I couldn't have cared less. HOW CAN YOU PASS UP DEMONS?! At 70 I was facerolling fully geared lvl 80s in Wrath. So, I strongly believe PvE shouldnt be the only means to the strongest gear, PvP is just as important. You should be able to get a legendary weapon through PvP!!