[quote="Angelus1818":34ith8ga]I have spent over $350 on Game engines, Modeling & Animation Software, Model & Texture Packs and online Tutorials + books. Now the whole reason I am doing that is because I love freeware. And I want to make a great freeware game for everyone to enjoy. (Many games infact) But not do that I have to spend some dough. I want to earn awards for my freeware Games and software. But $350 and I haven't even made the game yet? Thats crazy.[/quote:34ith8ga]
Hrm... just don't turn into this guy:http://forums.somethingawful.com/showth ... perpage=40
He spent over $1000 on software and ended up making the crappiest game in the history of the world. The Demon Rush is destined to go down as one of the greatest failures of all time.
And honestly, there are tons and tons of free tools out there that you can make a game with. You don't need to spend a cent. No amount of money will make your game good. The only thing that will is time, dedication, practice, and a lot of hard work.
Just remember that there are no shortcuts to making a good game. Even with frameworks like Construct or MMF or even XNA... if you don't put the time and effort in your game will be a steaming pile of donkey puke.