How to Create DOS Games

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Video games are played by millions of people everyday. From action to adventure games, they have managed to come a long way since their humble beginings. Graphical power and story plot have become more complex in video games, and as such, many people not only enjoy playing them, but actually creating them as well. Many individuals, especially those devoted to old fashioned gaming, prefer to create and play video games in this DOS simply to recreate memories, or because of the simplicity game creation takes compared to making them run on today's computers.

Things You'll Need

  • Game programming tool
  • Game modeling software
  • Study mathematics and computer science. Unfortunately, video games are not all fun and games. When it comes to creating DOS games, you need to possess knowledge of certain mathematical methods in order to give life to your games. For example, to set a video game character to collide with an object, you need to set mathematical coordinates to successfully detect the game character reaching the object in question, and cause a set result or behavior at that point. Once you have learned some basic logic skills, you can begin to code your DOS games for a successful completion.

  • Familiarize yourself with a programming language. A programming language allows developers to create their own applications, including video games. A popular programming language widely used for DOS is called BASIC (Beginner's All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code). With this application, you can create DOS games by setting a number of commands for the computer to follow. Depending on the type of DOS game you want to create, different command lines can be used to alter the game's behavior.

  • Create game models with a modeling application. In order to implement your game's characters and all objects within the game, obtain and install any software that allows you to create such objects. Once created, save them and import them into your project using your preferred programming language.

  • Create your DOS games with a game editor. If you are a complete beginner, you may want to rely on a DOS game editor, which is a tool that handles basic tasks for you without the need for computer programming. Depending on the application, many provide pre-designed game models, while others will require that you create and import your creations into the software in order to bring them to life.

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