Plymouth Township’s Stardock has launched The Video Game Machine through which users can create, play, and share video games they make. The platform includes pre-made games that players can edit, and players can also start from a blank slate.
“If you play games, odds are you’ve wanted to try making one, too,” says Scott Tykoski, lead designer at Stardock. “The Video Game Machine is a game that lets you pick a genre, choose some rules, and unleash your inner game designer.”
Genres include side-scrollers, shoot ‘em up, and adventure games. The genre choice sets the game’s basic mechanics, and players can then set up rules and characters such as knights, superheroes, ninjas, cats, and more.
Players can share their games online and download games made by others.
“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,” says 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 May 29 and will include the first two genres – platformer and adventure – as well as classic-style games to play.
The Video Game Machine is $9.99. Preorders for the alpha can be made here.
Stardock is a developer and publisher of games and PC software. It was founded in 1991.