Game design documents have been an industry standard for a long time. More recently, arguments against the game design document have begun to surface. “It becomes obsolete immediately after it’s published.” “No one on the team likes using it.” “Nobody updates it and that leads to serious confusion.” While there is some merit behind these […]
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These archives include all posts related to learning video game design, game development, and art as it applies to games and apps.
We've included our own in-depth tutorials and guides, as well as links to to some of our favorite online resources for you to continue your education. You can find recommended game design college programs here.
If you're brand new to game design and development start with the posts listed below, these are our most popular articles from this category. Once you get a basic idea of what you're looking for, then you can navigate through the rest of our posts.
Some Popular articles from this category:
- What is a Game Design Document?
- How to Start Designing Video Game Characters?
- 50 Amazing Game Design Tutorials (Hand-Picked)
- The 10 Best Video Game Engines
- Unity Game Engine Tutorials
If you’re new to the game and are unsure of what tools or software to get started with, I suggest reading a few of the “Tools Tutorials” and "Development Guides".
The "Tools Tutorials" go into the specifics of each popular game design/development tool.
The "Development Guides" are a more general approach to game design. Here you'll learn more about the themes, and strategies you can utilize when creating your game. It's less technical, but very important.
From these guides you can get a better idea of what’s the best fit for you.
Our 'Tools Tutorials' series:
Our series on Video Game Development:
- Game Sizing and Scale
- Creating Game Plot and Narrative
- Using Physics in Your Game
- How Hard Should Your Game Be?
- Video Game Level Design
- How to Design Characters
Take your time when going through these articles. Take notes when you need to, and send us a message if you have any questions or requests for new content.
Have you ever seen a real-life giant? If you’re a long-time wrestling fan, or an avid viewer of The Princess Bride, you probably know about Andre the Giant (or Fezzik, in the Princess Bride). And if you don’t know about Andre the Giant, well… all you really need to know is that he was a […]
The great plot challenge. Plot is the kind of thing that can ruin your game. Or take it to the next level. For a game like Angry birds, plot is….eh, not really there. Birds fighting pigs, kamikaze-style? Ok… but we don’t really know why. And there isn’t much of a story. There’s nothing telling us […]