Anyone dabble in game design?

over 7 years ago from Ian Goode, Designer & Developer at Axonista

  • Nick PfistererNick Pfisterer, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    It's funny you bring this up, actually! As an up-and-coming independent game developer myself, I've been frustrated lately with the disparate resources out there for people like me. I check a host of websites every day. Just a few:

    • Gamasutra Industry news
    • Polygon General game news, features and reviews
    • Polycount An amazing game artist community. I visit regularly for amazing art and level design inspiration and advice from fellow industry pros and amateurs alike
    • Countless publications and Twitter feeds in an attempt to keep tabs on the companies who make the tools I use and the games I love

    It's time consuming; worse, it's frustrating when my daily check turns up nothing particularly interesting or groundbreaking and I can't have that time back. Not to mention it's difficult to interact with and discover fellow community members who share my passion.

    With that said, I've been thinking for a while now that I want to build a DN-style site for game designers and developers. I love the awesome community here and the way important stuff floats to the top. It's the one stop shop I need for my web design, development and tech needs. I want this for the game industry so bad.

    Is anyone else interested in something like this? Should I scratch this itch?

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    • Ian GoodeIan Goode, over 7 years ago

      I'm surprised there isn't something similar already. Some games float to the top here (like Threes and Monument Valley) but you rarely see anything more than app store links. It'd be nice to have purely as another feed of inspiration and design thinking.

      I lovedthis mammoth 'making of' post by the creators of Threes.

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      • Nick PfistererNick Pfisterer, over 7 years ago

        Wow! That looks like an incredible read. Bookmarked for sure. Can't wait to dig in!

        Thanks again for getting this conversation started. This story alone has attracted more game designers/developers/enthusiasists than I have ever seen on DN. I think I am going to post a new story to gauge interest for my DN-for-the-game-industry side project. The more I think about it, the more I want to make this happen. :)

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