You are not feeling the love. You keep looking at your creation in the iPhone’s screen, and is not clicking. Your best friend has been checking it out over your shoulder, and be keeps chugging his beer without a word. Finally he mutters something about it not being that bad, then goes to check out what’s all the excitement coming from the table in the back of the bar.
Not that bad! You cover your eyes. “Not that bad” is the kiss of death in the freaking App Store! You can already see your game disappearing into the tide of forgotten apps, maybe get a few downloads when you finally make it free and it gets featured on Krapps.com. And the thing is… you don’t know why! Why is it so bad when it has all this cool stuff in it?
You remember when you started it. You were dating that daycare teacher, and inspired with how her sweet voice was always punctuated by the sudden screech when catching her rugrats doing something behind her back, you added to your game dinosaurs farting rainbows while juggling baby’s heads. That didn’t work out; actually, she got a restraining order. But the next date was such a great cook… you added the fire meatball shooter. Then it was the gothic girl (you added the fatty lipid-vampire), then the one in the military (the terrorist-skewer flag poles), then the veterinary (bi-headed chickens), then the farm girl (beheaded chickens)… Is all there on the screen in all its full-color animated glory.
You turn the iPhone off (for some reason is always running out of battery lately), and go after your friend see what’s up with all the laughing. What the…! Is that a gal wearing a mask that says “Evil”? Oh gosh, they are playing a board game in your bar! Disgusting! You knee your friend and point to the door, but is already too late; he is in perpetual snorting/chuckle mode now. You hurry out before it gets to you.
Wait a moment there buddy! Are you saying you don’t like board games? Aren’t you creating a video game? Not the same, eh? You sir are missing out! There are so many games out there with many interesting mechanics: board games, card games, dice games, role-playing games… They have been around for a while too, so I think they can probably teach you a thing or two about how to make your iPhone video game better, you know. Ah, now you are listening! OK, let me just explain you a few things about board games that can be applied to your designs.
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