Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Game Design & 3 Tips To Help Students

By Robert Sutter

When it comes to the most prominent art forms in this day and age, attention has to be given to game design. It is important to note that gaming, as one of the greatest hobbies that people can get lost in, requires a tremendous amount of effort and designers are needed in order to carry out the effort in question. With this in mind, what should design students remember as they go about any given project? These are 3 tips that any student should keep in mind.

1. Make it a point to stand out from the crowd. This point is especially important when given the fact that certain franchises like Call of Duty are yearly and, as a result, prominent in the gaming industry. While it might seem appealing to mimic what is most popular, the problem is that your project can stand the risk of being deemed a carbon copy and nothing more. If you have a creative idea that may not be familiar in mainstream gaming, do not be afraid to work off of the idea in question.

2. Game design is one of the few art forms in which science is necessary. This isn't to take away from the idea of creativity, since it is needed in order for the best games to rise to the surface. My argument, though - and I am sure that students in this field will be able to agree - is that computers are needed in order for these games to eventually be created. If such aspects as coding and rendering are not seen, games are unlikely to be created.

3. Staying up-to-date with developing trends in the gaming industry should not go overlooked. This is especially true when the video game business is, for the most part, a rapidly-changing field. Sometimes a story may go unnoticed but you have to make it a point to read up and understand the developments that you, as a student, can make use of in the future. The more that you pick up on in the media, the better of a career you will have once you graduate.

These are just a couple of points that those who want to excel in game design should keep in mind. To say that there is a tremendous amount of work that goes into this would be nothing short of an understatement. I feel as though game design students can make an impact, especially when many of them possess an appreciation for gaming since childhood. In any event, these tips should help designers not only create the best products but reach levels of success that very few can attain.

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