You've heard about people around the world getting rich off a videogame that their detractors surely told them were dumb ideas. For example, everyone has heard of Angry Birds and probably played it, and maybe you'll watch the upcoming movie.
It's now a multimillion-dollar company, but it was once just someone's idea. If you've got an idea for a game, it may not become the next Angry Birds, but what if it makes you enough money to pay for your kids to go to college? That would be incredible.
Of course, turning an idea into a business has always been a challenge. But when it comes to videogames and game apps, it is surprisingly easy to get started. One way to do that is with YoYo Games' GameMaker: Studio.
It's a site that guides you through the process of turning your idea into a game. It's specifically geared to novice game makers with its free entry-level option. You don't even have to know computer coding.
YoYo Games says creating games with GameMaker: Studio is about 80% faster than if you had to do the coding yourself. Plus, if you're trying to put together a sample game so you can present it to investors or perhaps bring it to a toy convention, you can create a prototype in a few hours.
If you're an experienced videogame designer, YoYo Games also has a professional level for $149 and a Master Collection level for $799. On these higher levels, you can develop games on multiple gaming platforms.