So, I have learnt this program pretty well, spending many many hours just following and studying tutorials and I'm pretty well acquainted with the programs features and stuff (obviously I haven't mastered the program). I always had these great big ideas before I had the capabilities to create a game, but now the capability is there; I cannot think of a game I want to create (or at least, a game that I CAN create).
The problem is, now I understand what I can and can't do when it comes to creating a game at the moment, I can't actually think of a game that I want to make, or even a game that I am inspired to make. Is this something that I just have to wait to happen, like wait until the idea I want to implement slaps me in the face?
My goal right now is just to create a little game that isn't too complex, but still has some fun game mechanics. Since my artsy-side of me isn't so good, I have been using some free assets here and there, but majority of all my design is usually done by myself (leading to an underwhelming graphical game, but I understand good graphics don't necessarily make a game great, if the mechanics for a fun game are already there).
I just wanted to ask, did anyone else go through the same issue? I've tried making a tower defense game, which I gave up on because I lost my motivation to make the game, as well as a platformer. The problem isn't my motivation, I have tons of it, the problem is finding the right game I want to make for my first game. I understand I could be aspiring too much for a first game and something as simple as PONG should be my focus, but I know I can make much better than that.
Is there any advice anyone can give to me as a beginning game developer, what kind of game should I be aiming for? Should I think of a game that hasn't really been made yet? Should I just rip a bunch of tiles for a classic game like Mario and just make something for fun and for myself? What processes should I consider when making a game? Spend a bunch of time planning and creating some prototypes before even attempting to make the game itself?