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  • As the complexity raises , there is the need to divide the Game Design job in sub categories with one perso, the Lead Game Designer, supervising the designers team.
  • As the complexity raises , there is the need to divide the Game Design job in sub categories with one perso, the Lead Game Designer, supervising the designers team.

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  • Introduction to the job of Game Designer Nicolas Leymonerie Chairman of Phuong Hoang Enix – www.ph-enix.com Head of the Digital Creation Training Department of the Yersin University of Dalat – stkts.ph-enix.com Unity & Allegorithmic Authorized Reseller – unity.ph-enix.vn , alg.ph-enix.com HCMC July 21, 2012 The Game Designer
  •  Introduction Why am I talking about Game Design to you today?  The Game Design What is the Game Design and who can become Game Designer?  Design a Videogame What to do as Game Designer from the pre-production to the game’s release  Contact Information Introduction to the job of Game Designer HCMC July 21, 2012
  • Introduction HCMC July 21, 2012  My background • Nicolas Leymonerie, French guy in Vietnam since 2006, 10 years XP • Graduated in Computer Science and Game Design • 3 years in Paris working in game studios (Visual Impact, Cyanide Studio) • Consultant in Game Development in Hanoi (Trangenix, Vinagame) • Participations in about 20 games: • PC games (Gray Matter, Loki, Winter challenge, Cycling Manager…) • Console games ( Gray Matter, 4 Tales to enjoy, SSX3 GBA) • Mobile games (Cadwallon: City of Thieves, Lucie la luciole, Tony) • Online games ( 2 Kingdoms 4 Thrones) • Various positions : Game designer, Level designer, Graphics production manager, Programmer, 3D artist, Consultant
  • Introduction HCMC July 21, 2012  My actual positions in the Game Industry • Chairman of the Phuong Hoang Enix Company (2008) • Coordinator of IGDA Vietnam (2008) • Reseller for Unity Technologies and Allegorithmic in Vietnam (2011) • Head of STKTS: Digital Creation Training Department, Yersin Univ. Dalat (2012)  This presentation • Target: New to Game Design, Apply as Game Designer or Hire Game Designers • Definition of the Game Design • The work of the Game Designer in the Game development team from A to Z
  • The Game Design HCMC July 21, 2012  What does the Game Designer do half of his time?
  • The Game Design HCMC July 21, 2012  What does the Game Designer do half of his time? Write Design Documents!
  • The Game Design HCMC July 21, 2012  What does the Game Designer do ? Write Design Documents! Test the game Set game parameters Create the game concept Optionally: Draw concepts, draw storyboards, program scripts, information retrieval, build level
  • The Game Design HCMC July 21, 2012  What does the Game Designer do ? Write Design Documents! Test the game Set game parameters Create the game concept Optionally: Draw concepts, draw storyboards, program scripts, information retrieval, build level
  • The Game Design HCMC July 21, 2012  Game Design = Way to make a game concept understood by the rest of the game development team then it can realize the game in accordance with the view of the Game Designer. • Way to do that: write documents, draw sketches, develop game prototypes, communicate information • Tools: Text / datasheet editors (Word, Excel), Graphics/Diagram softwares, Game editors (Unity, Gamemaker), Emails/Regular meetings/Conference calls…  History • Early stage: Programmers  Game Design • Complexity of the game production  dedicated person = Game Designer • Complexity of the game production  Lead GD, Level designer, Character designer, Writer etc…
  • The Game Design HCMC July 21, 2012  What is a good Game Designer? • Qualities : Communicative, Curious, Cultured, Creative, Consistent • Skills : be good at Writing, Organizing, Analyzing, Conceptualizing + Tools • Knowledge : Game industry (videogames but not only) + complementary knowledge ( mathematics, world cultures, sport, sociology, architecture etc…) • Be passionate by making videogame more than playing game
  • The Game Design HCMC July 21, 2012  What defines a good videogame concept: • A motivating goal : Need to have a main objective clearly defined to be accomplished by the player. • Interesting choices : The outcome of the activity is unforeseeable (unexpected or random events…), so the player has to make choices. • Interesting consequences : By doing a choice the player expects to get an immediate or a delayed result that is significant. • Interesting game mechanisms : The way the player interacts with the game and the rules must make the player pleased to master them. • Balanced : The learning curve of the gameplay, the difficulty, the dramatic structure at any moment of the game must be defined to support the enjoyment of many kind of players. • Fun : Generate strong emotions which the player enjoys or wants to overpass: excitement, challenge, fear, amazement, surprise or even frustration. Fun comes from the graphics, the interactions, the story and other game design elements. • Comply with its main purpose : design-driven, market-driven, technology-driven, art- driven, education-driven…
  • Design a Videogame HCMC July 21, 2012 Producer Design char, lvl, sound.. ArtProgram Marketing QA Communication flow – Q&A  Position of the Game Designer in the Game development team regarding the design of the game Game Designer
  • Design a Videogame HCMC July 21, 2012  Game’s life cycle and Game Designer’s main tasks Pre-Production Production QA Beta Marketing Define the Game Concept Write the Game Design document Test the game and set gameplay parameters Provide info for marketing / gamers community Post-mortem
  • Design a Videogame HCMC July 21, 2012  The Game Design Document: Bible of the game • Pitch (1/2 page) • Scoping Document (2-3 pages) • Genre : Adventure, Role playing, 2D, 3D, Multiplayer… • Platform : PC, Mac, Online, Mobile, TV… • Target market : Geographical data, age, genre, casual/hardcore… • Selling points : slogan • State of the competition : results, market statistics… • Objectives : financial, market… • Schedule : milestones, deadline… • Budget : team, technology… • Constraints : market, technology…
  • Design a Videogame HCMC July 21, 2012  The Game Design Document: • Detailed Game concept (20,50,100 or more pages depending on the game’s size) • Core Gameplay • Background : screenplay… • Characters and levels • Game mechanics • Structure of the game : organization of the levels, duration of the game… • Interaction: interface, controls, cameras… • Look and feel: graphics, audio… • Appendix: sketches, diagrams, screenshots… • …..
  • Contact Information HCMC July 21, 2012 • Nicolas Leymonerie: nicolas@ph-enix.com • Phuong Hoang Enix : www.ph-enix.com apps.ph-enix.com • Digital Creation Training Center : stkts.ph-enix.com • Unity reseller : unity.ph-enix.vn • Allegorithmic reseller : alg.ph-enix.vn • IGDA Vietnam : www.igda.org/vietnam
  • Introduction to the job of Game Designer Nicolas Leymonerie Chairman of Phuong Hoang Enix – www.ph-enix.com Head of the Digital Creation Training Department of the Yersin University of Dalat – stkts.ph-enix.com Unity & Allegorithmic Authorized Reseller – unity.ph-enix.vn , alg.ph-enix.com HCMC July 21, 2012 Xin cảm ơn