Fail states in video games are something that no player wants to see happen, and yet they are required in order to create tension and allow the player to feel like they’ve won. Figuring out how much to punish the player for failing is tough, and can mean the difference between giving them the push to rise up or pushing them away permanently.
From a previous industry insight over on the Game-Wisdom YouTube channel, I discussed the challenge of raising the price of your video game after its been released. These days with Games as a Service being a popular model, we are seeing more games given the post release support. Knowing how to add value to your game is a big deal when trying to earn more revenue from it. For today, we’re going to break down the three most common ways developers will work on a game following its release.
Video game balance is a multi-layered topic that varies depending on the genre and design. From spells in a RPG to cards in a CCG, we could have posts dedicated to all of them. However, every game ever made in terms of balance boils down to three variables for the designer to think about.
Video game length can be one of the hardest aspects to nail down when it comes to fine tuning a game concept. It’s difficult to figure out just how long you can make a game with your given systems. Some titles feel too short, while others become a slog to play. For today’s post, I want to talk about a trend I see with Indie games and the use of “lunch break game design.”