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Chris Crawford on Game Design by Chris Crawford

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Everybody's a Game Designer

Games are for kids, right? They're simple, easygoing fun, right? Ergo, anybody should be able to design them, right? WRONG! It takes lots of training and years of practice to become a good game designer. Surprise, surprise. Game design, like any other serious activity, requires expertise. Yet this simple lesson is lost on just about everybody. I don't know how many times I have seen executives butt into the game-design process, imposing their personal opinions on game designers who have had years of experience. I've seen QA testers try to pass off their own opinions on game design as bug reports. Beginning game designers at their first Game Developers Conference have waylaid me in the halls to lecture me on my purported ...

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