The 34th Ludum Dare finished last monday! I participated with my intern Christa and we built a game around the themes “two buttons” and “growing”. The graphics turned out awesome and the gameplay itself is decent. Play a fish which eats other fish and nuclear waste! You know what happens when you eat nuclear waste right? Time for you to start growing: Play
You finally came up with the game of your dreams. You wrote everything down, used all available studies and it sounds too good to be true on paper. But how do you make sure it ends up being fun to play? You could build the game and throw in endless testing afterwards until your test subjects think it’s fun. But is that really the way to go? I think not. There are better ways to do quality checks. So what easier and quicker ways are there?
Creating an artistic game is one part. Making a game popular for an audience is another. My company creates games for businesses, a different kind of audience than Ludum Dare participants. How to make sure that a game will fit them? The key is to know your target audience to the bone, to make sure they keep playing and recommend it to friends. Our goal is to make lots of people play and enjoy our games. So, what does motivate a human to enjoy my games?
Although there are millions of games these days, only a few really succeed and even less are worth to play. How is this possible? A game consists of a set of rules, right? But a bunch of rules don’t make it fun to play. Actually, far from in my opinion. Throwing in some random rules doesn’t make a game good. So, which aspects are important related to the rules and make it worth the play? What gives rules the edge to play a game again and again?
We all know games, everyone plays games, but do we really know what defines a game? Before we can create a good game we need some sort of definition of it. So what is it? Sure, everything with rules can be defined as a sort of game. But let’s define it a bit better than that. So let’s try!
My approach and idea against copycats. I wrote the blogpost for the Ludum Dare community since their 48 hour games get ripped and sold by others, copycats. It's an issue you see to with movies, games and books. Everything is copyable and sellable by someone else. But what to do against it? Read my thoughts on the Ludum Dare blog.
I wrote a little hello world tutorial for InCourse's course editor. Although written for InCourse it also applies to the Islandworks' game creator. It's about how you can create your own interactive games, courses or presentations. What do you think about the tutorial? Is it helpful?
Those who are following my twitter account know that I have been working on a simple vocabulary course game for family names. In this blogpost I will tell you what I did to get to this course setup. The course is made in around five hours and that includes the graphics I custom made. I decided to make new ones rather than using the existing sets.
Games, like books, films and art are cultural products which inspire the viewer. It’s clear that such product is contained in its own universe. Once you enter a story you enter the magical circle in which the world and subjects are placed. If the magical circle is used probably it will suck the viewer into the fictional world.
In the current age we try to digitize everything, including education. We even try to move the class into the internet, with teachers from all around the world educating through video en tutorials. But I ask myself the question, don’t we use the digital era in the complete wrong way as we do not really innovate our practices. Compare it with magazines, they moved from paper to websites but their format is mostly the same, yet we speak of innovation.
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