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Playable DIY Video Games

GB Studio is a Design Suite for Developing Nintendo GameBoy Software

— June 22, 2020 — Tech
DIY video games have proven to be a difficult task in the past but as technology evolves, even this activity becomes more accessible to those with little to no programming experience. For those who are easily impacted by nostalgia, GB Studio enables you to create your own 8-bit game system for Nintendo GameBoy.

GB Studio utilizes a visual editor, making the need for programming experience not necessary. Late last year, the application was updated by programmer Chris Maltby to support GameBoy color, custom events, menus, avatars, and more. In its present state, the DIY video game experience is sufficient to create Pokemon-style RPG's, but Maltby has shown initiative in wanting to "expand into platformers and shoot-em-ups."

GB Studio is available through Maltby's Itch.io page and can be installed on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.


Image Credit: YouTube @ChrisMaltby
Trend Themes
1. DIY Video Games - Creating video games without programming experience becomes more accessible with DIY game development tools like GB Studio.
2. Visual Game Development - The use of visual editors in game development, such as GB Studio, eliminates the need for programming skills and opens up game creation to a wider audience.
3. Retro Gaming Revival - The popularity of nostalgia-driven gaming experiences, like GB Studio's 8-bit GameBoy system, showcases the potential for developing retro-style games with modern tools.
Industry Implications
1. Game Development - The DIY video game trend offers valuable opportunities for game development companies to create user-friendly tools and platforms that empower non-programmers to create their own games.
2. Software Development - The rise of visual game development tools like GB Studio highlights the disruptive potential for software companies to create innovative game design suites that streamline the game development process.
3. Gaming Accessories - The demand for retro-style gaming experiences, facilitated by DIY game tools like GB Studio, presents an emerging market for gaming accessory manufacturers to create products catering to nostalgia-driven gamers.
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