More Than Just Playing Games

More Than Just Playing Games

So you like playing games.

Does that mean you’d be a good game designer?

Not necessarily.

And that’s because playing games and designing games are different activities.

When you're playing a game, you're focused on the experience of playing the game and not on all of the processes, systems, mechanics, and decisions that go into producing that experience.

An analogy: I like sitting in chairs. But that doesn't mean I would be good at designing chairs. 

I don’t know about all the nuts and bolts and welds and screws and springs and types of wood and plastic and metal and fabric and the ergonomics and lumbar supports and whatever else goes into designing a chair that is both comfortable and will support my weight.

Designing a good chair requires far more education, expertise, and hard work than what you get from just sitting in a chair.

Similarly, designing goods games requires far more education, expertise, and hard work than what you get from just playing games.

Of course, you need to play games, too.

But it takes more than just playing games to be a good game designer.