principles of GAME DESIGN
Trainer and Assessor Guide
Mentoring is a very appropriate arrangement for the kind and level of training required by the Concept Design toolbox.
Design in the media industry demands teamwork. Whether we are designing a multimedia product, or a film, it is a pre-requisite of good design that the process is informed by a wide range of people. The initial idea will invariably come from one person, but its development into a concept and then to a fully documented specification, will necessarily include other people. They will be specialists in their field; artists, engineers, programmers and other technical staff.
In order to simulate or replicate this industry process in the training, the learner is instructed to form relationships and partnerships with other learners doing the training, and a person with external industry knowledge.
There are very good reasons, even for a busy person, to take on the role of a mentor.
A mentor will help the learner to become a professional in the field by sharing their knowledge and supporting the learner through their training. But beyond this, mentoring can increase a person's own job and personal satisfaction because it:
What is expected of the mentor?
There needs to be a clear definition about how the mentoring partnership will work, and what is hoped to be achieved by the association.
Most importantly, the person who agrees to be a mentor, agrees to fulfil all the mentor obligations and is there for the duration of the training program. However, it is not expected that the mentor do the work of the learner; the role is to provide feedback and critical comment on the learner's work and skill development.
The training has been designed where there are set opportunities for learner-mentor contact. It is not expected that the mentor be involved outside these opportunities. Therefore the contact has a defined and meaningful purpose and outcome. The learner will need to be instructed to comply with these defined contacts.
Defined mentor contacts.
The full training outline for Principles of Game Design is provided in the table below.
The mentor contacts are highlighted. By selecting each title the relevant BRIEF,you can read what is expected of them.
|1||1.1||Framing a training plan||Trainer|
|1.2||Creating a team||Trainer|
|1.3||Finding a mentor||MENTOR|
|1.5||Selecting and clarifying a design brief||Trainer|
|2||2.1||Exploring game-play: the allure||Buddy|
|2.2||Exploring game-play: skill versus chance||Buddy|
|2.3||Exploring game-play: rules and modifications||None|
|2.4||Exploring game-play: settings||Buddy|
|2.5||Exploring game-play: basic elements||Trainer|
|3||3.1||Creating a board game||Buddy|
|4||4.1||Investigating electronic games:rules and modifications||None|
|4.2||Investigating electronic games: genres and adaptations||Buddy|
|5||5.1||Developing ideas for a design brief||MENTOR|
|6||6.1||Creating basic games mechanisms||Trainer|
|6.2||Creating actions and events||Trainer|
|6.3||Creating conditional logic||Trainer|
|6.5||Creating functional features||Trainer|
|7||7.1||Defining player requirements||Trainer|
|7.3||Defining visual game-world elements||Trainer|
|7.4||Defining sound elements||Trainer|
|8||8.1||Specifying technical requirements||MENTOR|
|8.2||Specifying resource requirements||MENTOR|
|9||9.1||Evaluating the game design||MENTOR|
|10||10.1||Responding to a design brief||MENTOR|