Stardock announces The Video Game Machine
, a sandbox game that allows
you to get in touch with your inner game designer. This will allow the creation
of actual games that others will be able to download and play. It's hard to
imagine how this will work, but we won't have to puzzle for long, as an alpha
test will begin on May 29th, offering the chance to dabble in development of
adventure games and platformers, with other genres to follow. To check this out
you'll need to join their founder's program
Some of the game genres included are side-scrollers, shoot 'em
up, and adventure games. The genre choice takes care of the game's basic game
mechanics. From there, the player sets up the game's rules and selects the
characters they want in their game such as knights, superheroes, ninjas, cats,
The Video Game Machine includes a host of pre-made games that players can edit
or they can choose with a blank slate and start creating. Players can share
their games online as well as download games made by others to try them out.
"The game has been designed to be easy enough that anyone can create their own
games while still having enough power that savvy gamers can create truly unique
games with it," said Tykoski. "We've made the art style match the 1980s/1990s
golden age and included a lot of premade graphics sets so players can be up and
making their own games in minutes."
An alpha for The Video Game Machine begins on May 29th and will include the
first two genres: Platformer and Adventure. Even those who aren't interested in
making games will find a host of classic-style games available to play.