We all love video games. Playing them, talking about them, complaining about them, thinking about them, collecting questionable memorabilia based on them--it's all good. So why have so few of us actually made one? Here's the common (wrong) answer: It's really freaking hard! It takes expensive software and equipment, not to mention coding expertise! It's just not a feasible hobbyist pursuit--either you make your wages by eating, sleeping, and breathing games or, well, you don't.
That answer, fortunately, has never been less true. Today there are more tools and possibilities for making games than ever, and less barriers standing in the way of potential creators. If you're able to read this article, there's a very good chance you can make a game. Here's what you'll need, as well as what-you-may-think-you-need-but-actually-don't to get started.