You may or may not remember that in my most recent Christmas Special, I mentioned a little something something about wanting to dabble in video game design. Well, I’ve started doing just that. Though I have a long, long (long, long, long) way to go before I’m ready to make my first game, I have begun to pour a few drops of creativity into this bucket of a goal little by little, and I’ve finally managed to animate my very first sprite! Behold!
Obviously, the sprite in question is nothing to write home about. I obviously made the most simple thing I could think of, and gave it the most basic movement I could give it. It in itself is nothing special.
With that said, however, simply creating this almost-jumping blob thing gave me a warm sense of accomplishment. As I’ve stated in the past, making video games is something I’ve always wanted to do since I was the wee-ist of wee tykes. And the simple fact that I created something, and animated it – no matter how stupidly simple it may be – felt so special. Like I’ve taken that very first step in realizing something I’ve always wanted.
Hopefully no one thinks I’m writing this as a means to pat myself on the back (again, look at that thing!), but I do think there’s something worth telling here. If we truly want something that will bring us fulfillment – whether it be creative, intellectual, spiritual, or whatever other category – we just have to push ourselves, and work hard and diligently into making it a reality. It sounds so cliché, but hard work and dedication really do pay off.
Hopefully this nondescript blob-thing is just the tiniest first step in my working towards my very first video game. I shall continue to study, practice and work harder and harder at it, until, hopefully one day, I can make my dream a reality.
I hope you all will do the same. And I’m sure your first step can be a lot better than that blob.
As Obi-Wan Kenobi observed…