The #1 Way to Fail as a Game Developer
"Game Design may be an art, but running a game studio is a business."
Prey by Arkane Studios did not have a lot going for it at launch. The complete reboot of a series that already spent years in development, Arkane decided to do what they always do: Make something completely different. What we got was a sleeper hit in terms of game design, and another game that blurs the line between action and abstraction gameplay.
This week on the cast, I spoke with co-founder of Indie Bros and long-time member of the Indie Game scene Erik Johnson about what it’s like to be an Indie developer in the market, and how things have changed over the decade.
For this week’s Dissecting Design we’re taking a look back at Prototype. An interesting open-world-styled game that came out at the end of the decade, the game had all the building blocks in place to be an amazing franchise, but it did not work out for it and the developers.
One of the oldest design issues that have plagued RPG-based design has been the “hoarder syndrome,” where players will refuse to use life saving items and instead hoard them for some time in the future. At its worst, hoarder syndrome can make a game worse to play due to the player not using every option open to them.
However, the simple solution of giving the player more may be counter-intuitive to the design or cumbersome depending on the implementation. There is a solution to this problem, but it requires some advanced thinking.