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Discussion in 'Making Money' started by input, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. input

    input Newbie

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    I'm kind of transitioning from making websites to making games.
    I've been inspired by many online games (like Minecraft)
    and lots of popular mobile gaming apps (like Angry Birds).
    I want to make a somewhat simple (but fun) game.
    But I don't know which method would make the most money.
    I don't really know where to start.

    Here are my questions:

    - Should I make a computer game or a mobile game app?
    - If mobile game app, should I go with Android or Apple?
    - Which programming language would be best?

    I'm currently only experienced in HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript.
     
  2. Checkmate

    Checkmate Elite Member

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    You will need to know than just HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript.

    Be prepared to invest HEAVILY to make a good looking game.
     
  3. dirkcountey

    dirkcountey Newbie

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    I saw a thread in download section today. Search "Phonegap". It's framework which uses HTML 5, CSS3 and Javascript - perfect for you. Also it supports 7 platforms - Android, iOS, Bada, Windows Phone, Symbian, WebOS, Blackberry.

    And to the questions - I would go with iOS - less piracy than Android = more money for you.
     
  4. No.RuleZ

    No.RuleZ Elite Member

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    make a free apps or game for android and put some ads on it
     
  5. input

    input Newbie

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    Thank you for the answers, everyone! I think what I'm going to do is build a Java game on my computer and then, when it's finished, make an Android app out of it, since Android supports Java.
     
  6. Lordstriker

    Lordstriker Regular Member

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    I dont see how Javascript, CSS or HTML are going to help you make games, beyond a text based game.

    You need to Learn Java or C++, or better still find a game engine and learn its language.

    Computer games make money in 3 ways, Purchases, Subscriptions, Virtual Goods, somehow I dont think you are going to be creating the next WOW etc so I would not go down this route.

    Apps can be monetized in many ways, you can even just shove adverts on to it.

    You can list your app for sale in android/apple marketplace and see what happens, but the usual route is to give it out for free, build a following and then start charging for it.

    There is a new London start up which sells video play time on the app loading screen - however I have forgotten the name.
     
  7. input

    input Newbie

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    I know those programming languages won't help me. It was kind of irrelevant to my question but I was just letting people know that those three, which are all used for websites, are the only languages I'm currently experienced in.

    I think I might start with Java and go from there. I've heard C++ is a bit harder. If you don't mind me asking, what are the differences in Java, C++, Flash, etc? Are there specific uses for each of them?

    I planned on doing exactly what you suggested. Make it for free, see if people like it, hopefully build some popularity, put ads on the free version, then either make it cost or make a paid version with more features. Maybe even to where you could buy goods.

    But should I make an app for Android or Apple? So far, I think Android. Because they use Java. And I have an Android phone.