9 Tips for Taking Your Game to the Next Level

9 Tips for Taking Your Game to the Next Level

9 Tips for Taking Your Game to the Next Level

by Steve Napierski to Articles

Tip #10: make the game fun. If you can make the game fun, tips 1-9 merely become suggestions.

Update: Just want to let everyone know, that you guys dissecting this infographic is the best part of posting them for me. Almost makes me want to find the most factually inaccurate ones to repost here… But then again, maybe I already have ;)

source: HeroEngine

Discussion (25)¬

  1. Kal
    Kal says:
    July 15, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    bollocks its a 1000

  2. Ryu
    Ryu says:
    July 15, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    “I read that Knights of the Old Republic has a script of about 250,000 words, and SWTOR is about 10 times that size… I don’t know if that’s accurate, but I definitely feel like 40,000 is underselling video game scripts hard.”

  3. Erik Lawther
    Erik Lawther says:
    July 15, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    The LoL Championship last year gave a higher prize pool if I remember correctly.

  4. Stephen Michael Tuchek
    Stephen Michael Tuchek says:
    July 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    I think they could have done better

  5. YetAnotherBob
    YetAnotherBob says:
    July 15, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    So wait. 7 games are sold a second? That’s 220 million, not billion. But I’m not sure what’s worse, since this infographic says the average sale price of a game is 10 cents or $100.

    What’s more distressing is a 27-minute cutscene. At that rate, I can classify most TV shows as video games with really crappy gameplay, but 22 minute cutscenes.

    Oh. Wait. The 27 min cutscene is Metal Gear Solid 4. That… kind of explains it.

    • Leosoul
      Leosoul says:
      July 15, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

      While I don’t claim to have any numbers to back this up, the infographic is claiming that the industry as a whole is $24.75b. That should include everything- the wages paid to employees, the losses taken selling consoles at a loss (when it occurs), and the large number of games that just straight out flop and don’t earn back their production costs.

      However, going by some of the stuff, it would seem that they aren’t counting computer gaming in the graphics, or at the very least not MMOs. I don’t like WoW, or like giving it any recognition, but I can’t imagine that game has only 40k words in it’s script.

    • Duplet
      Duplet says:
      July 15, 2013 at 10:47 pm #

      27 minutes is nothing. The Xenosaga games had cutscenes pushing an hour in length.

  6. Pocket Lord Sephirjon
    Pocket Lord Sephirjon says:
    July 15, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    What pisses me off is the “Average gamer plays 5 days worth of games per year” statistic. It’s blatantly wrong. The statistic it links to in the footnote is for ALL PEOPLE IN THE U.S. Not just gamers. Also, it only counts people 12 or older. So, this statistic does not count kids under twelve, or people outside the U.S.

    Bad Hero Engine, bad! Get your facts straight before you publish them! As if the average gamer only spends 1/78th of his/her time on video games. For shame!

  7. lolwat
    lolwat says:
    July 15, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    23 minutes? Really? Have they never heard of Xenogears?

  8. Metal C0Mmander
    Metal C0Mmander says:
    July 15, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    I don’t know why since it’s kinda obvious but the concept of getting better rewards if you do something hard or tedious is something I never thought about.

    • ThisIsNotDan
      ThisIsNotDan says:
      July 16, 2013 at 9:20 am #

      You must have enjoyed Morrowind, then.

  9. Nathan Josephs
    Nathan Josephs says:
    July 15, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    if hes refering to the 1000 heartless battle lol no about 200 of them are actually there at any one time the rest of them are 2d images.

  10. MaddoxFan
    MaddoxFan says:
    July 15, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    Horrible grammar and non-scientific claims. That’s the problem with all of the infographics here.

  11. Mygaffer
    Mygaffer says:
    July 15, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    A lot of the stuff in the “tips” section is questionable. Some great games have zero plot at all and their spiel about interfaces is a little ridiculous.
    Also, I think that 5 days of gaming a year is probably low for most of the visitors to this site. I calculate that I am on track to play ~20 days of gaming this year.

  12. Pat
    Pat says:
    July 16, 2013 at 2:37 am #

    This infographic makes me angry. I mean, REALLY angry.
    Not only are some (if not most) facts plain wrong, it also doesn’t care to MENTION WHICH GAMES they are talking about!
    Which game has 40000 words?
    Which game has a 27 minute cut scene?
    Which game has 1000 enemies on screen?

  13. Ishbane
    Ishbane says:
    July 16, 2013 at 4:52 am #

    Nethergate: 150k words. http://www.spiderwebsoftware.com/nethergate/index.html

    Written by one person, and that’s just one of his many games.

  14. Gacu666
    Gacu666 says:
    July 16, 2013 at 5:33 am #

    Hardly true. Supreme commander has the option to play a 2500 units per side (or maybe even 5000 cant remember though). There can be 8 sides of the conflict. Even counting buildings as 1/5 of the number then there are about 2000 units per side. So if I’m side A fighting side B through H then I’ve got about 14000 enemies to conquer :).

  15. Kaemon
    Kaemon says:
    July 16, 2013 at 6:49 am #

    Really? 2009 Tournament giving a price of 50.000 $ is on that list?
    Or the infographic is really old, or I don’t know what to think. What about Dota 2 2011 and 2012 International giving both times 1.000.000$ to the winning team (of 5 players)? Not to mention the 2013 price will be bigger.

  16. Stephen Jackman
    Stephen Jackman says:
    July 16, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    I believe there is a 90 minute long cutscene in MGS4, 27 minutes long is the longest? HA!

  17. ThisIsNotDan
    ThisIsNotDan says:
    July 16, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    It seems like most of these infographics are written by journalists who know nothing about the industry coming into the piece and spend woefully little time researching it before they publish. This one didn’t even check his math! Probably majored in English or something.

    • Triaxx2
      Triaxx2 says:
      July 16, 2013 at 9:41 am #

      Can’t have majored in english. Otherwise he’d have noticed that cutscenes are not games.

  18. Rath
    Rath says:
    July 16, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

    Average Gamer plays 5 days of games a year wtf? D: I put over 200 hours into dota in just two weeks once.

  19. Pat
    Pat says:
    July 17, 2013 at 5:43 am #

    5 days are 120 hours. Even when I’m only playing three hours a day, I would have used up that time in little under one and a half months.

  20. IT
    IT says:
    July 18, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    Players love choices. Meaningful ones. Not “we’ll give you the illusion of choice, but in the end it’s two different pathways towards the same goal”.

    I’m not *even* talking about the ME3 debacle, this happens a lot in games.

    “Your choices matter.”

    Not unless you’re playing Bladerunner, apparently…

  21. Tommy Åkesson
    Tommy Åkesson says:
    August 24, 2013 at 7:10 am #

    "The longest videogame script is 40,000 words".
    "The game's script contains around 800,000 words" <- Planescape Torment (source: wikipedia).