Let’s play: write your own video game

Suitable for:11 to 16, 16+

Like movies and pop music, video games are an important part of our culture. For many, they’re an art form.

Video games can be about absolutely anything. If you were making one, what would yours be about?

Create your own world

To get their ideas turned into games, designers and producers have to write a treatment.

A treatment is a written outline of the idea, including a synopsis (story summary) and information about settings and characters. Why not give it a go?

Your treatment could be anything from 500 to 2,000 words. You could choose to make it more visual, using drawings to illustrate your ideas.

Pitch your ideas

Try to sum up your treatment in a sentence of 25-words or less, then pitch it to your friends using #gamingsheffield. If they like your pitch, why not share your treatment?

You could present your treatment the analogue way as a written document or in a sketchbook using pens and paints. Or you could make it into a digital presentation using a program of your choice, incorporating audio, video and other files.

Need some inspiration? The National Videogame Museum have got online games and activities you can do from home.

Thinking about a career in gaming? Sheffield Hallam University have lots of courses relating to gaming, including the highly respected BA (Hons) Game Design Development which trains game designers, game artists and producers. Alumni have gone on to work for Sumo Digital, Rebellion and others. Have a look at what’s on offer.