I wanted to take a few moments and write an article about being a newbie to Construct 2. The reason I want to do this is because I am finding more and more people on the forums that just seem to want quick answers without actually understanding Construct 2. This happens because C2 is so easy to use that people want to jump right in without realizing that making a game is more than dragging and dropping.
Construct 2 is awesome, and it really makes creating a game so much easier than writing out a bunch of code. However, you still need to have some basic knowledge of game logic and design. Sure, C2 takes out the programming side of it, but it doesn't take out the logic.
It?s frustrating to try and help out a new user that has obviously taken no time to try and learn anything about making games or even about Construct 2. So many of the simple questions are answered in the beginner tutorials that Scirra provides on the website. I went through countless hours of tutorials as I made my way through building my first game. I also read the manual, searched the manual, and read the manual again. I didn't post on the forums until I was really stuck or just didn't understand something after trying for hours.
Don?t expect to learn by constantly asking for example code for every aspect of your game. You need to struggle with the concept of game logic and how the events work in Construct 2. As you push forward, you begin to understand how the game logic works and how the flow of the events works with making your game. If you have no knowledge of this, not only does it make creating a game more difficult, but it makes debugging your game even harder. What makes a good mechanic is their understanding of how a car works at its basic level. Making a game is no different. You need to understand how the system of C2 works before attempting to create and debug anything with it.
So to all the newbie Constructors out there, please, take some time to understand the logic behind Construct 2. Read the manual, do the beginner tutorials, understand system expressions and your career in making games will be so much more rewarding.
Don?t get me wrong, I really do enjoy helping out with answering questions on the forums the best I can. However, don?t get upset if I tell you to go look in the manual, go through a tutorial or learn Construct 2 first. I mean it with love while trying to help you to become a better game maker. If you are serious about this craft, learn, learn and then learn some more.
Maybe posting this isn't even appropriate, I'm not sure. I can just feel the frustration of many of us that do take the time to try and help and answer questions.