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Video Game Collaboration


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Learn what it takes to collaborate on a video game by creating a design document.

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Video Game Collaboration

  1. 1. Collaboration How to play well with others
  2. 2. Collaboration ● Working with a team is hard ● Everyone needs to: o have the same vision o know what they are in charge of doing o have a task to work on o know who to ask for direction o know where to store the code (svn, github, etc.) ● How can we accomplish this effectively?
  3. 3. Game Design Document
  4. 4. What is a Game Design Doc ● “A GDD must teach everyone who reads it how the game that you’re talking about works.” ● “In order to do this, you need to explain not just the mechanics, but also how the game’s objects (characters, enemies, puzzles, weapons, environment, and so on) interact with each other, what your game is about, and how it looks.”
  5. 5. What a GDD Looks Like
  6. 6. Parts of a GDD ● Introduction o Concept o Summary o Features / ideas ● Gameplay o First 5 minutes o Gameflow o Victor conditions ● Art / Sound ● Game Specific
  7. 7. Introduction
  8. 8. Concept ● Acts as the introduction to the GDD ● Should briefly introduce what the game is about ● Think of it as the high level concept of your game ● Guidelines: o 1 or 2 paragraphs max o Avoid any technical aspects or details about the game
  9. 9. Summary ● Detailed description of the game ● Describe o Core mechanics o Secondary mechanics o Player progression and goals o Game narrative / setting
  10. 10. Features / Ideas ● Keep a running list of all the neat ideas and features you would love to put into the game that would make it great ● Best to do this as a bulleted list ● Rank each feature / idea
  11. 11. Gameplay
  12. 12. First 5 Minutes ● Describe what the game looks / feels like as soon as it loads up ● Describe o What the player is shown o How the player knows what to do o What information is presented to the player o How the player interacts with the game o Etc.
  13. 13. Gameflow ● Diagram how the player progresses through the game ● A flow chart is often used
  14. 14. Victory Conditions ● Describe how the player wins / losses
  15. 15. Art / Sounds
  16. 16. Art ● Describe what you will need art for (characters, menu screens, buttons, etc.) ● Describe the HUD ● Show o Examples of what the interface or graphics could look like (for inspiration) o Sketches
  17. 17. Sound ● Describe what you will need sound for (background music, effects, etc.) ● Describe what style of sounds you are looking for
  18. 18. Technical Aspects
  19. 19. Game Specific ● Controls ● Level Design ● Enemies ● Plot ● Characters ● AI ● Code repository
  20. 20. Credit ● github-for-game-developers/ ● the-world-making-international-collaborations-work/ ● your-games-development-with-a-game-design- document--active-10140 ● articles/working-with-other-gamedevs/
  21. 21. Additional Reading/Viewing ● many-ways-to-show-the-player-how-its-done-with-in- game-tutorials/ ● Extra Credits: Tutorials 101 ● Extra Credits: Starting Off Right