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VIDEO: The science of game design

How to know when to hold an idea and when to fold it

June 20, 2016
How do all these games actually come to be? Game design is a harder process than you might expect. [Image credit: Steve Petrucelli | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

When it comes to game design, taking a spark of inspiration and turning it into reality isn’t all fun and games. It’s an actual science and there are schools devoted to teaching just that. We talked to Frank Lantz, director of the NYU Center for Game Design, and industry veteran Avonelle Wing from Double Exposure, for a quick introduction to how game design works.

But to get a real taste for the highs and lows of the process, we talked to first-time game designers Patrick Brennan and Jason Turner about their new game: Complicated Board Game the Card Game. They tell us how they’ve gone from idea to implementation with iterative playtesting and their plans to turn what started out as a hobby into a successful side business.


Produced by Sandy Ong and Meghan Bartels.

About the Author

Sandy Ong

Sandy hails from sunny Singapore where she earned a B.S. in life sciences. She then moved to London for a M.S. in forensic science before deciding testing crime scene samples wasn’t as cool as it sounded. After spending some years as a medical writer, she moved across the pond to further her love for science writing.


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