Why do games take so long to make? : gamers

The short answer is that making a great game is exceedingly difficult, even with a big budget. And just what makes it so hard? The final product usually reaches gamers in a relatively pristine state and minor flaws are only detected after a lot of in-depth play. So how hard can it really be? Spoiler alert: the quality of the games you play is not evidence of an easy game-building process, it’s proof of the amount of dedicated work that goes into every little detail.

  • A lot of game construction is a process of trial and error. A concept designer might be really excited about all the ideas in his head, but they often play much different in reality. Something that look like a fun gaming experience on paper may not be so fun on the screen.

  • Yes, big gaming studios have big budgets, but they also have big teams. Theoretically, big teams can accomplish a lot more than smaller ones. But they can also muddy the original vision and inspire multiple, time-consuming revisions to get where they need to be. What if the voice acting falls flat? What if the artists try to take the visuals in a completely unwanted direction? What if a miscommunication led coders to plan a part of the game in an entirely unintended manner?

  • **If you thought doing QA for a website is bad, try doing QA for a game.**Sure, you get to play all day, which is cool, but there are millions and millions of tiny details that have to be swept for errors. Coding together large open landscapes is particularly daunting, with every street corner, hallway and gust of wind through the bushes falling properly into place to create a seamless experience for the gamer. What’s worse, fixing one bug that pops up may create a dozen more. The work is never really finished, which is part of the reason some games have been released with so many flaws that were only fixed in later patches.

With so much ground to cover, it’s no wonder games take so long to design and release. At least using BUFF makes it more interesting to keep playing old games while you wait for new ones. And the more BUFF coins you accrue playing old games, the more you’ll have to spend on virtual items for new games as soon as they come out!

(Reposted from Buff game)

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