We love playing games for many reasons.
I love being inspired by the strong female characters. In fact, I’m so inspired that I learned how to create costumes to portray them at conventions.
This got me thinking: what other skills have people learned thanks to games? How have people taken their passions offline? What creations have games inspired?
Here’s my first in a series of skills learned thanks to games. Do you have a skill, passion, or hobby that you’ve learned because of the games you love? Leave a comment about it below and you might get featured in a future post!
From clicks to kitchen
Big Fish Games member Dana designed her own kitchen remodel thanks to the skills inspired by games. “I learned 3D Modeling as a result of playing an MMO [massively multiplayer online game] in which you could build items for in-game use. ”
But she was initially moved by another game: I was first inspired by Myst and its continuation, URU. The worlds they built are so wonderful and I wanted to be able to make a my own ‘place’ like you’d find in the games.”
Dana and her friends eventually moved to another game called THERE. “I took online classes through the game’s community where I learned how to 3D model objects that I could use in the game.”
Tools of the trade
“I started the 3D remodel of my kitchen when I realized I didn’t have enough storage or preparation space.”
“I learned how to 3D model in online classes through THERE, where I learned Google Sketch-up and Gmax.”
“SketchUp is free and very user-friendly. I completed the bulk of my work in it and highly recommend the software. Gmax was used only for fine-tuning the specs and final texturing.”
“I have completed small woodworking projects in the past, but this is the largest I’ve ever undertaken. The Internet was a great resource for learning how to create sturdy structures.”
“The whole project took seven months to complete from start to finish. It came out just the way I envisioned it!”
“I love the detail that I got to customize, such as the glass doors and the Tiffany-style fixture.”
“The island has multiple uses – it’s both a prep space and, with the bar stools, a table to eat at.”
Dana says that learning a completely new program with only self-taught skills was a challenge, but one she was able to overcome with patience and resourcefulness.
One reason we’re attracted to games is because it defies reality. But when you’re creating a model with the intention of building it offline, it needs to be replicable in reality.
“The real challenge came when I found that my original plan of action wasn’t working. There were a few points where woodworking methods needed to be rethought.”
Interested in creating your own 3D model? Here are some of Dana’s resources to get you started:
Google SketchUp (free version)
Big thanks to Dana for giving us the scoop on making a game-inspired fantasy a reality! She’s been a Big Fish Games member since 2009, and her favorite are the Mystery Case Files games. “I always find a game that looks fun!”
Do you have a skill or passion inspired by games? Leave a comment and you might be featured in a future Big Fish Games blog post!