Introduction to Game DesignSo, you're looking for an introduction to designing games? Look no further, but I should start with clarity. There are many different games of game design (video game design, board game design, card game design), and these are generally interesting to a lot of people. Most of the focus here is on video game design, but the tips and information found here can generally be applied to all sorts of game design situations.
Getting started with game design isn't easy, unless you can be dedicated, hard working, creative, and be willing to see your project through. Thousands upon thousands of people would love to make their own games, and many actually get started at the task. Few actually finish a game, especially on their own - and breaking into the field and getting jobs at companies is tough as well.
The first aspect, is how you want to design games. To you want to be a freelance design and make games by yourself? Are you trying to get a job with a game development company? Are you trying to make a game on your own, or start a few games as a portfolio to get a job in game design? Either way, you're still in the right place.
Getting started with game design means that, first, you need to understand all aspects of game design. Once you understand the different roles for individuals in the game design industry, you'll be able to find what role suits you (all of them if you're going at it alone), and I also hope to show you a little about the game design process.
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Roles In Game Design
- Creative Geniuses - These are the mastermind behind the games, usually coming up with unique gameplay, creative plots, and the things that separate one game from another. Often playing a game is like reading a good book, unless it's just a party or action game, and story can be essential. Some games also feature innovative controls beyond the normal, which also provides fun and popularity for games.
- Project Managers - These folks ensure that a game gets designed on time, overseeing everything from implementing the innovative design to setting and meeting deadlines. You'll have to yell at yourself to keep deadlines if you're a solo-artist.
- Writers - Maybe the creative geniuses themselves, or assistants, or just extras, help to develop plot, characters, and make a game unique.
- Programmers - It should be obvious what these people do. Programmers implement the game in code, writing the computer instructions that make the game work (game consoles are actually specialized computers).
Game Development Process - StepsMore to come.
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