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I've Ran Out Of Ideas for my game!?
by Aaron Burton on 09/16/10 08:22:00 pm

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         The more we mess around with existing ideas the more fluid our design plans will flow.

 

 

       You can find your favorite game and break it down. Think about how it can be improved. Add new mechanics to it. This way you can be more aware of more instances fo how games are put together.

 

 

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         If you get stuck on a certain topic don't think about it so hard. Get up and walk around. If your alone then talk to yourself about why your game isn't working and think about as many ways to fix the problem. Simplify the concept if it gets to be too frustrating. I recently had a project due and my concpet was way to ambitious. Expecially concidering deadlines. Your game could probablly be broken down a few times more than you think. If what your thinking sounds right go with it no matter what.  When you start doubting the fact that you can actually produce the content in your head then maybe you should go a notch lower.

 


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Jonathan Jennings
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I had to do the same for a game I am putting together now, cut down the scope of it quite a bit but that leaves me with less to focus on as a whole and more time to tweak and fix what I do have . It definitely sucks not being able to put everything you thought of into making " the perfect game" .

Aaron Burton
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tell me about it. your first ideas are usually the most extravagant and almost impossible to put together lol.

Lance Shirley
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Good thoughts. I do the same thing if I'm stuck on a project...I get up and walk outside. Set up mini milestones as well to give yourself a little feedback loop motivator. Kind of like short sprints in agile development.



Good luck!


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