Reflections on You and Others Game Experiences

To create great games, you need to understand what makes good and not so good games. We will start by looking at you and others gaming experiences.

Turn In: Copy the questions below into a word processing document. In between each of the questions, answer the questions using your experiences or the experiences of others that you discuss gaming with (friends, family, etc.).

Tip: You may want to change the look of the questions (different color, different font size, or boldface) so the questions are easier for you to see.

To design and make successful games, you need to understand the gaming market as well as why people play certain games and do not play other games. It is also helpful to understand how people play games.

In this activity, you are going to reflect on your own gaming experiences, the experiences of the people you talk with, and any research you wish to do. To get some varied and better rounded answers, try to talk with your family and friends that are your age, older, and younger than you. Look for similiarities and differences between the different age groups.

As you go through this course and the rest of your time in game development, think about these things and how you can make games that people want to play.

Note: Use complete sentences and clear descriptions in your answers. For instance, "I like the game because it is fun." is not descriptive. Rather, describe the specific things that make it fun.

1. What devices do you play games on? Which device do you prefer to play games on? For instance, phone (which type), computer, gaming system (which one), tablet (which one), etc.

2. What is one of your favorite games? Why is that one of your favorites? What draws you back to play that game over and over?

3. Why do you not try or not continue to play certain games? Specifically, what makes the game not appealing or not fun to play?

4. What makes a game popular and fun to play? List and describe a few of the common things for the games you like to play.

5. Where do you find the games that you play? How/where do you hear about the games?

6. Any other comments concerning determining what games you do and do not play?

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