Tools to Succeed
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INVEST IN YOURSELF
Welcome to the Game Dev Loadout Resources section, a curated list of the tools and websites I strongly recommend for building and optimizing your business and portfolio. Many of the resources listed here are crucial to succeeding in the game industry and it is how the guests of the show succeeded.
Before digging into the awesome resources I know and trust, an important disclosure:
Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.
Build Your Game
#1 FOR GAME ENGINE
Unity is a popular game engine widely used among hobbyist and veteran game developers. It uses C# and supports 2D & 3D games. Perfect for beginners.
The personal edition is completely free to use so you get started at no cost. Paid editions are Unity Plus (for hobbyists) and Unity Pro (for professionals teams and freelancers).
#2 FOR GAME ENGINE
Unreal Engine is another popular engine used for creating 3D films, visualization, AI, persona animation, etc. It has a bigger learning curve compared to Unity because it uses C++. You can really push the graphics to the limits once you master its tools.
You can download the engine for free with the complete suite of tools.
#1 FOR DRAWING
Blender is a feature-rich and intuitive software used for creating visual effects, 3D models, and video games. It has a built-in path-tracer engine that allows users to achieve ultra-realistic rendering. It is equipped with comprehensive modeling tools; enabling you to create, edit, and transform your models quickly.
It is completely free and open source!
Build Your Website / Email List / Lead Pages
#1 FOR WEBSITE HOSTING
I chose Siteground as my host due to the glowing reviews I got from my Facebook group. They make it incredibly easy to get a new site up and running with their one-click automatic WordPress Blog installation.
Creating a website are important for three reasons: to build credibility with your brand, to showcase your product, and to reach people globally. I highly recommend using Siteground for your first website, and you can get started now at $3.95/month.
#1 FOR WORDPRESS PAGE BUILDER
The most popular WordPress theme in the world and the ultimate WordPress page builder. Creating a website is easier with Divi. They offer many free templates which I used to build my current website. They have tools to build your marketing lists, social sharing, drag and drop editing, and much more.
I highly recommend this product to everyone that wants to get a website up and running quickly while at the same time having a lot of customization control. They offer a risk-free 30-day money back guarantee, get started today.
#1 FOR BUILDING EMAIL LISTS
ConvertKit makes managing your email list and setting up autoresponders so easy and user-friendly. Segmenting my email subscribers into groups so that they get content specific to their individual needs has never been more simple. For a free and alternative email platform, try MailChimp.
#1 FOR CREATING LANDING PAGES
LeadPages is great for creating high-quality landing pages quickly and easily. It helps you convert viewers into subscribers or buyers. It is an excellent tool for growth. Use this to build your profile and games.
Create Your Business / Hire Contract Work
Before you create a business, I highly recommend that you search through the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s search tool to make sure that the mark you want hasn’t already been registered or applied for.
Fiverr is a freelance site for those who are looking for contractors for different services. It allows users to hire freelancers from various fields of expertise, such as graphics and design, content creation, animation, and more. I used Fiverr to create my logo, podcast music, and animations.
Creating a Podcast
Libsyn is one of the most trusted, recommended, and reliable podcast hosting. You can publish your podcast on major platforms such as iTunes, Spotify, and Google. It has an in-depth stat system to see how much traction your podcast is getting.
This is the book to learn about being persistence and positive thinking. It put a strong belief in me that the world is abundant and if I continue to put in hard work, sooner or later, I will win.
This book changed my life and motivated me to start the Game Dev Loadout podcast. Life is too short to be small and there is so much potential out there to do great things. I learned how to create a business, the best practices of getting results, and creating a lifestyle of freedom.
I was surprised at how in-depth this book talked about real life and games. Games reward and motivate us far more than real life does because we seek exciting challenges that life can’t give us. Not only that, experienced gamers can develop a set of skills which can be valuable in the real world like collaboration.
Game development will be difficult. You just never know what will happen. This book dives deep into the creative and logistics of some of the biggest games like Uncharted 4 and The Witcher 3. You will have more respect for game developers knowing the type of things they go through. It talks about crunch time, technical challenges, marketplace demands, and so much more.
Good game design happens when you view your game from as many perspectives as possible. The Art of Game Design presents 100+ sets of questions, or different lenses, for viewing a game’s design, encompassing diverse fields such as psychology, architecture, music, visual design, software engineering, mathematics, and puzzle design.