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Game Design Vs. Game Development

The difference between a game designer and a game developer, artist and master I firmly thought of myself as a game designer up until recently. I’d explored my abilities with Flash to a point where I could focus on metrics and datamining by storing the play data of a dynamic platform game I created. The goal was to measure the difficulty of each platform section (out of 70 total) so I could create an algorithm that would cater the...

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Profit Vs. Design: How Power Creep Ruins Games

In a world of business savy game developers and content consuming players, good design is often sacrificed for the next big buck. Games that are consistently updated, entitle the developer to a monthly fee from the end user. The other similar model is “Expansions,” where the player is given little choice but to purchase the expansion or quit playing. If your game is good, the expansion will be an easy sale. Either way fresh...

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