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What is the difference between video game design and video game development

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Henry’s Answer

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The difference between Games Dev and Games Design?

My understanding is that Games Development is the general term for making games.

Inside Games Development there are several specialist disciplines. Roughly you could divide it into Code(Engineering ), Art, Design, Audio, Data Science, QA and Production.

A Games Designer is a certain type of Games Developer. Less involved with the visual look of the game ( this would be more the Artist’s area ) but more in charge of how the game might actually work.

Some design roles include Gameplay prototyping and Design, Systems Design, Level Design, Narrative Design ( often working alongside writers to create the story) economy and difficultly balancing.

Henry recommends the following next steps:

  • Look up some of these specialist areas on Wikipedia
  • Read about the MDA Framework
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Davi’s Answer

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When it comes to video game design, you are creating the game play itself. You are creating the story and how the game is played. You can design an entire game with just pencil and paper because as a game designer you are imagining how the game will be played and how it will look like. When it comes to video game development, you are creating the game itself. As a game developer, you may be creating the game "world" or environment itself like the game graphics or you may be the software developer who is writing the computer code that determines the game rules. You can think of game designers as the people who have the idea about creating the game and the game developers as the people who physically create the game.

Hi Davi. This is really interesting. Thank you for sharing. Do you work in the game development field? Jared Chung BACKER
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