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[PATV] Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - Extra Credits Season 3, Ep. 21: Playtesting

DogDog Registered User, Administrator, Vanilla Staff admin
edited October 2012 in The Penny Arcade Hub

image[PATV] Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - Extra Credits Season 3, Ep. 21: Playtesting

This week, we explain the value of playtesting your game, and offer some tips on how to get the best data possible.
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  • ZombieAladdinZombieAladdin Registered User regular
    I would argue that the hardcore can have some use for playtesting: If you want your game to be competitive and appealing at high-level play, you ought to find people who can play at that level.

    That being said, you need some beginner-level playtesters too to keep it fun at that level.

    I noticed Arc System Works tends to cater only to the hardcore, in any genre they make it for. I have to wonder if it's a symptom of listening a bit TOO hard to their fans, though, since to many of these hardcore players, beginner-friendliness is a non-factor or even a detractor, since some see it as diluting their own player base while some others see beginner-unfriendliness as a sort of entrance test into the franchise.

  • padoylepadoyle Registered User regular
    Just a bit of confirmation here:

    In high school I made a game with Game Maker with a couple friends of mine. We had fun, of course, but ultimately it was WAY too hard for the average person to enjoy it.

    I'm currently making a mobile game based largely on that same one I made, and I've been extremely deliberate with level design, trying to make many of the choices presented help guide players to either solutions or new understandings of the mechanics.

    I've not done extensive playtesting, but what friends I've asked to have said that the first 5 or so levels feel about right as far as difficulty goes. To me, these first levels are pathetically easy, no challenge at all (part of this is because it's a puzzle game, but still). I think this really reinforced the point for me that I am indeed the WORST tester. I'm too good at the game simply because I know EXACTLY how it works. And that's important to remember.

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