Top 16 Common Mistakes New Game Developers Make

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In today’s episode, we compiled our Top 16 common mistakes new game developers make when first starting out and how you can avoid them.

There’s so many moving parts to building games it’s often hard to navigate through each and every stage and very it’s tempting to take some shortcuts.

Whilst there’s nothing especially wrong with cutting corners, indeed quite the opposite, and being efficient in streamlining your processes is the smart thing to do, it’s important to understand what to focus your time on and where those corners can be cut.

To avoid common mistakes new game developers make, we break down each part we’ve identified and discuss what to look out for and how avoid these game development and design pitfalls when you’re learning how to build, design and structure your games.

Top 16 Common Mistakes New Game Developers Make

  1. Cloning existing games way too closely.
  2. Buying stock and mix and matching artwork / styles.
  3. Making your game too big & too complicated.
  4. Creating your game characters too big / Over Scaled.
  5. Aiming for ultimate perfection and getting lost in the small stuff.
  6. Your Game speed is either too slow, or too fast.
  7. Project surfing – Shiny Object syndrome.
  8. Making your game way too difficult / too easy.
  9. Not getting feedback and showing  people your game early on in development.
  10. Trying to run before you can walk – GTA versus Pong.
  11. Getting too good at, & falling in love with your own game.
  12. Trying to please everyone and not focusing on the demographic of the game.
  13. Feature creep – adding so many features that it over complicates the game.
  14. Expecting knock out success with your first game.
  15. Ad Overload.
  16. Assuming people will care about your game.

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