Sunday, April 3, 2011

Best Game Designing Courses

I think that defeating Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the world cup and finally lifting the cup after 28 years is a reason good enough to justify staying away from blogging for the past week and that nobody in India would have missed the posts.

In my opinion Indian cricket team is more like a troupe of entertainers than a team of professional sportsmen because they tend to make every match interesting. Be it the smallest target or an impossible target to reach, they will make it a close contest. You won't ever find a one sided match. BCCI is one of the richest sports club in the world. See the connection? We will come to this point later in this post.

Anyway, let's get back to today's post. Best Game Designing Courses. Most people, after asking me about what a game designers do, invariably ask what course I undertook to become a game designer. To this question, there is a long answer and a short one. And because we are dealing with 'rare and raring', I would rather give a longer and accurate answer.

Most of the game development professionals while filling up the forms (railway, electricity or facebook) mark their profession under 'software industry' or 'Information technology'. Such people when asked the above question will often tell you the names of various game dev courses or universities where such courses are available. Such people themselves do not know what they are talking about. It is advisable to take their advice with a pinch of salt and save yourselves 50 odd grands of USDs.

In my opinion, IT or Software Industry is a mere medium to achieve something greater. And that we actually work in the entertainment industry. And believe me, entertainment is not proven science; for proven science has tried and tested formulas, while the yardstick of entertainment changes daily. And we aren't robots to be entertained by specific formulas.

Movies that felt like great entertainment 30 years back aren't as entertaining now. They appear to be very elementary; be it the humor, the plot, the action or the resolution. Because a human being keeps evolving after every new thing he sees, you need to give him something more and different to keep him entertained. And because there is no hard and fast rule to entertain people, my view is just as good as any third person's view about entertainment.

So if any course actually boasts of making you a credible game designer in a year long (or short) diploma course, they are faking it. You can learn a few basics from them, but not become a true entertainer by attending such courses.

So who should such aspirants look up to? And how can they learn game design if nobody teaches them? To know the answers, wait for a day more.


Purnima said...

Indeed, everyone keeps asking about the courses and I've never been able to guide them properly on that.

And I don't see a point in anyone getting a game design degree abroad and coming back to India for work... Well, the gaming culture itself is very diff acc to me... But then there are people who might disagree to it.

To each his own.
Awaiting your next post! I would like to learn more too :)

Sirisha said...

hmm i guess you guys should start a sensible course which would teach or unteach the perceptions about game design.!
not everyone maybe lucky to learn on the job.. since now there is a dearth of experienced game i can see.

avinashblog said...

the first thing i do after logging in is to check your blog and here i have to wait for another great blog..;)..worth it..

Abhishek Deshpande said...

Thanks guys! There will be a slight delay in the next post.