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Whether you are designing a game as an indie developer or working for an established developer/publisher, the more productive you are every day, the better it is for the project. However, it’s always easier said than done and the sheer amount of work that needs to be completed in order to make a game work can often become overwhelming. To help game designers improve their productivity, here are four tips that should come in quite handy.
Play a Game to Improve Your Game
If you are ever out of ideas or just stuck somewhere in the middle of designing in-game characters, stories, character progression, artwork, etc. play Game Seeds. It’s a card game that has been created specifically to help game designers break through their designer’s block and find new ideas for their ongoing and future projects. Try it out and you might be surprised at how well the card game actually works.
Declutter Your Workspace
A cluttered, claustrophobic workspace is never ideal for new ideas to come into fruition, as it can create a sense of stress and overwhelming. That being said, one cannot really expect the desk of a game programmer to be super neat either because those monitors, desktops, laptops, tablets, headphones, cables and a whole bunch of other stuff need to sit somewhere! This is where gaming desks come in because they provide a lot of space and, believe it or not, gamers and game designers do have a number of similar needs. Check out reviews by folks at WiredShopper before buying a gaming desk though, because the last thing you would want is to end up with a desk that actually ends up cluttering the entire room or home office!
The effects of taking frequent, small breaks is directly beneficial to your productivity. Whenever you feel stuck somewhere and the solution isn’t exactly popping up right away, take that all-important break. How this works is when we take breaks from intellectually challenging problems and then come back to it a bit later, our brains are automatically able to tackle that problem more efficiently than before. This is a scientific fact and it’s relevant to almost every aspect of life and work.
Those meaningless sketches we have all drawn secretly in class are not as meaningless as you may think. There’s a clear relationship between doodling, finding new ideas, and solving problems. Take out just a few minutes every day to doodle whatever you want to. This can also be one of your break time activities and since drawing leads to creating new neural pathways, it’s a great way to both relax and work your brain at the same time.
The four tips here should be able to help game designers quite a bit when it comes to individual productivity, but a game designing team consists of coders, artists, and writers at the core level, and while their jobs are different, the communication in between all of them needs to be top notch for the project as a whole to be truly productive.