Article: Game Development (Part 1) – Intro To Game Design

In this series of articles I am going to write about game development which have been my interest for the past couple of years; I will be mainly writing about:

  • Design
  • Software and tools
  • Assets
  • Publishing
  • Platforms
  • Monetization

I will try to be brief and to the point as possible so that you don’t get bored and at the same time I will be adding some references for important links in case you need more details in any of these topics

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Game Design

You might think that you need to get a degree of some sort for game design in order to be a good game designer or perhaps study for like 4 – 5 years before you can actually design a game, but it is really the opposite. Game design is not about studying game design but it is rather about using whatever you learned in life to design good appealing games, you can watch a football match that inspires you to create a football game, you can watch a car accident that inspires you to design a game on how to avoid running cars in streets, you might even see a natural scene that impacts your inner feelings in a way that makes you decide to design a game about how people feel and reacts to their feelings, so game design is really about everything around you

I have made a quick 3-points list of things that might be helpful for you as a game designer but don’t forget you might remove or add anything to or from this list, here you go:

  1. Read a couple of game design books, this will be helpful, one of the very good books that I have read recently is ‘The art of game design: A book of lenses by Jesse Schell
  2. Keep a small note book in your pocket or if you use your seat phone then install one of these nifty little tools to keep your reminders around, whenever you encounter something that can be used as a game idea or even a small tip to be used inside a game then write it down and keep checking your notes every now and then
  3. Play as many games as you can, and on several platforms, although you shouldn’t copy cat a game idea but developed games can be inspiring you for new game ideas plus you can even come up with same ideas but after tweaking them to be more appealing to the players
  4. It would be nice as well if you can follow some of the game design youtube channels and here you go some of these channels:
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Game Maker's Toolkit Youtube Channel
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