So far, I haven't had much thought about ideas for creating a game, although I had a lot research on the starting point. I believe that this document has an important role and significance in sorting out thoughts for me.
V0.1.1 - Very primary thinking about the theme. Work in progress
My theme is "car modification". Of course, the main role is the car. Some people may wonder why the theme “car modification” is interesting and attractive. Basically in Europe, the vast majority of families purchase cars only for ride instead of walk, or daily use, using them as a common means of transportation. This is especially important for people living in small towns or countryside where transportation is not convenient and covered in all places. Indeed, these users have never considered spending too much money on cars. However, I personally believe that the car has a soul,carrying passion and dreams, to the distant, open the way for the future. We can compare the engine to the human heart, the fuel to the blood, the tire to the arms and legs, and the headlight to the eyes to illuminate the way of homecoming.
There is an old saying in China: ‘Clothes make the man, fine feathers make fine birds’. And car modification is like people to dressing up themselves. This is the pursuit of beauty and independence. Like makeup, it is an art. Car owners make their cars look more luxurious or highlight their sporty appearance through replacement accessories. It not only gives others a perfect first impression, but also makes the car more pleasant to the eyes. I remember the commentator of a TV show ‘Top Gear’ who said, “If a car doesn’t make you excited every time you climb inside, then it’s just a tool. And if it’s just a tool, you may as well use the bus.”
Besides appearance, power system and suspension system are also popular projects for car modification. If you use human body to compare, it is undoubtedly let the car go to the gym to do physical exercises. By replacing the better suspension and adjusting the operation logic of the engine control unit (ECU), the car can drive faster and more stably. Just imagine that a body full of strength, is really tempting.
On the other hand, for some car owners, car modification is very challenging, entertaining and creative. They do not hire repairmen and engineers from the factory, but take part in car modification themselves. In this process, they can learn experience and gain knowledge through practice form their hands. Then, the owner appreciates his/her masterpiece and is filled with a sense of accomplishment, just like an artist.
So far, I have done a deep research on the theme of car modification. Basically understand what parts of the car can be modified, how to modify,and changes after modification. For example, tuning the car exhaust system can save fuel and alter sound of exhaust. The wheel hub can reduce the weight of the vehicle. Changing tires can adapt to different seasons and any road conditions. Lowering the suspension system enables the vehicle to have a more stable driving experience. Adjusting the engine control unit can make the vehicle accelerate faster and the spoiler makes lower wind resistance.
I hope that I can enhance my ability of developing games through this project. Actually, the number of RPG games I have been contacted so far is much larger than the current field, so I want to improve my adaptability to working in different fields through this project. On the other hand, this type of game may require a lot of programming scripts to realise some functions or AI creations. I will try to learn coding and complete an excellent project within my capacity. By the way, I prefer to develop this project by myself if possible, although I don’t reject to join a team.
If the final version is completed, it will be released on online platforms such as Steam. On the other hand, it will be part of my portfolio, which will be very helpful for future job hunting.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF CAR MODIFYINGA BRIEF HISTORY OF CAR MODIFYING
The History Of Performance Tuning
Engine Management: Advance Tuning (Performance How-To S-A Design)
Modern Engine Tuning
How to Tune and Modify Engine Management Systems (Motorbooks Workshop)
Dyno Testing and Tuning
Electronic Engine Tuning. Writing Engine Maps for Road and Race Cars
Recommended tuning books to read