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Some sit quietly in their rooms thinking to themselves, while others like to bounce ideas around with a group and ﬁnd the interaction to be stimulating. Some seek out stimulation or new experiences to spark their imaginations. Great game designers like Will Wright tend to be people who can tap into their dreams and fantasies and bring those to life as interactive experiences. Another great game designer, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, says that he o en looks to his childhood and to hobbies that he enjoys for inspiration.
They will have to do this without taking too many risks in terms of time and money. By innovation we mean: · Designing games with unique play mechanics— thinking beyond existing genres of play · Appealing to new players—people who have different tastes and skills than hard-core gamers · Trying to solve diﬃcult problems in game design such as: à The integration of story and gameplay à Deeper empathy for characters in games à Creating emotionally rich gameplay à Discovering the relationships between games and learning · Asking diﬃcult questions about what games are, what they can be, and what their impact is on us individually and culturally The playcentric approach can help foster innovation and give you a solid process within which to explore these provocative, unusual questions about gameplay possibilities, to try ideas that might seem fundamentally unsound but could have within them the seed of a breakthrough game and to cra them until they are playable.
Se ing player experience goals up front, as a part of your brainstorming process, can also focus your creative process. Notice that these descriptions do not talk about how these experience goals will be implemented in the game. Features will be brainstormed later to meet these goals, and then they will be playtested to see if the player experience goals are being met. At ﬁrst, though, we advise thinking at a very high level about what is interesting and engaging about your game to players while they are playing and what experiences they will describe to their friends later to communicate the high points of the game.