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jfulmer

Member Since 01 May 2012
Offline Last Active May 03 2012 02:49 PM

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In Topic: Looking for some direction

02 May 2012 - 05:49 PM

I'm not sure i completely understand this part. So designers are valued less because it's more difficult to be a good designer? Wouldn't it make more sense to say that something that's more difficult to excell at be valued more?



Sorry I should elaborate. I think that designers are valued very highly when they excel at their work and have the varied skill set. The current reason, in my opinion, that designers are less valued is because most beginning designers believe that their sole purpose on a project is to provide 'ideas' and tell people what to do. For that reason the best designers usually come from different backgrounds, such as programming and art. So I guess it's best to say that ONLY being a designer is less valued, because there is only so much you can contribute to a team. A game designer has always been a vague and hard to define profession.


I don't understand this part, what kind of documentation?


I think this is a pretty good example of a game design document: http://www.runawaystudios.com/articles/chris_taylor_gdd.asp

A game design document should be the 'go to' place for any development questions, as well as game concept questions. Theoretically, a programmer or artist should be able to build the game completely based on this document alone. Obviously this isn't necessarily possible as the documentation for a game is constantly evolving and changing. But you get the idea.


'extremely good' was a very vague metric, sorry about that. Basically my advice would be to build up your experience, because that will be your saving grace. If you have skills as a concept artist, then by all means use that skill to help convey ideas and to refine them as well. The most important thing, in my opinion, is to make sure that during a game's development you ALWAYS have something to do and contribute.

Let me know if anything I said didn't make sense and I'll try to clarify.

In Topic: Looking for some direction

02 May 2012 - 04:28 PM

People have this unfortunate concept that designers are 'ideas guys' when in fact, to be a good designer you need a very robust skill set. The reasons that designers may seem valued less or cut first is because it is much more difficult to be a good designer than it is to be a good programmer or good artist. (This is entirely opinion based but that is my thoughts.)

The entire team can contribute to the 'ideas' part of the project, however what makes a good designer are:
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to receive and relay information. Designers need to be able to talk with both programmers and artists, and be able to both understand what is being said, as well as have the ability to relay that information in a way that makes sense.
  • Extensive knowledge of game systems with the ability to identify the advantages and disadvantages of each.
  • The ability to refine game concepts based on this knowledge.
  • The ability to take constructive criticism, and to apply it to their work.
  • Excellent documentation capabilities.
  • And finally, a designer needs to be more than just a designer. You will be much more valued as a designer if you are also a proficient programmer and/or artists. Designers that are simply just 'designers' don't tend to get very far unless they are extremely good at what they do.



I hope that helps!

In Topic: "In Time" style gameplay

01 May 2012 - 04:40 PM

The way time is obtained and spent in a game like this might be heavily defined by the setting of the game. For example, if you wanted to make it similar to a Deux Ex style and similar to the setting of the movie, then it may be appropriate to gather time off of defeated enemies (assuming enemies are defeated in the typical sense of the word) because you could pick up their 'watches' from their bodies. You would then spend this time on in game resources. Gear? Buffs?

However, if you go the route of a traditional shooter, or any other genre where you are defeating enemies in the traditional sense, you may find the content to be a bit sadistic. It is a pretty horrible message you are sending if the point of the game is to kill others for the sole purpose of living longer. I'm not exactly sure how you should approach this idea, just adding my thoughts to the pot.

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