Ever looked at a Wii or Xbox game and thought 'I wish I could make a game that my kids would want to play'. Well, this instructable will show you how. We'll begin with the game concept before moving on to game design, hardware and firmware development. Then we'll cover the software development and finally a clip of the final product. So jump in and make something fun!
Step 1: Step 1. What's our Concept? Part A
My son Ben was about to turn 5 years old, and interested in anything space. He REALLY wanted to be an astronaut. So my wife and I decided that we'd have an astronaut birthday party. We modified fed-ex boxes to become astronaut backpacks, complete with 2 liter bottle air tanks and utility belts, built a rocketship tent and decorated the backyard with stars and planets overhead. I even strung a cable zipline up for their very own space ride.
But we wanted something more.
As a result, I decided to create a virtual space pilot game for Ben. The only guiding principles I wanted to stand by are:
1. It had to be a cooperative game- meaning 2 players had to play together.
2. It had to be fun and interesting
3. It had to be geared towards 5 year olds
4. It had to play quick, so we could rotate through kids pretty rapidly at a birthday party.