Testing your game with actual players early and often is, according to indie dev Adriaan de Jongh, a necessary evil.
At GDC 2017, he took the stage to deliver a great talk about all the evil data he gathered in 6 years of playtesting 8 games. It was insightful, and an effective means of sharing his ways to avoid useless or confusing data, as well as how he now organizes effective playtests sessions with minimal effort.
After all, both physical and online playtesting are fundamental to game design, but to playtest properly and gather results that are not hard to interpret, not confusing, and not contradicting itself can be tricky business.
If this is something you struggle with, you should know that de Jongh's talk is now available to watch for free over on the official GDC YouTube channel!
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