- May 1, 2013
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I'd disagree, because different people have different opinions on what "fun" is. What's fun to most people may not necessarily be fun to you.
Fair enough. Though, if you're designing a game for your audience, then you take this into account. If your audience is just you... you create a game fun to you. If your audience is 10 of your closest family and friends as well as yourself... you create a game fun to all of those people.
Very few people on these forums are going to design a game they don't personally find fun, though. Maybe if we were talking about companies under the EA Umbrella or other AAA businesses in the industry... sure.
It's all a matter of picking who your audience is and making the game fun to that audience (something many AAA developers fail to do).
Just create a fun game. Pretty simple and effective advice.
In fact I'd argue that the opposite is true. Unless you're a narcissist or a masochist, a game that you enjoy would most likely be enjoyable to at least a few other players.
Not necessarily. More often than not, the opposite tends to be true.
For it to be true that a game you find fun would automatically be fun to others, you would have to posit that your opinions are part of the "mainstream opinions". That is, what you like is what others already like. You would need to confirm that your tastes aren't niche or unique in some way.
While it is unlikely that anyone's interests are niche or unique... the possibility is not 0.
But, hey, if your intent is to appeal to a niche market, then go for it. Still gotta make your game fun for those in the niche market though.
After all, we can find the same joke funny for different reasons. Just because you enjoy a niche thing, doesn't mean others will enjoy it the same way or for the same reasons, meaning you can botch it pretty horribly if it's executed in a way that doesn't appeal to them and only appeals to you.
Using food as an example, it is possible for a lactose-intolerant person to bake a cake that is objectively delicious, but that they themselves are unable to enjoy.
I dunno man... I know people who are lactose-intolerant and still enjoy objectively delicious cakes... They just deem the consequences of it to be worth it. They can still enjoy the flavor, but they pay for it later.
Still, I understand your point. Probably speaks a lot more towards "Accessibility" than anything else, however. Sort of like saying that someone paralyzed from the waist down couldn't enjoy Dance Dance Revolution in the same way and a lot of concessions would need to be made in order for them to do so.
And... hey... we can always make cakes that are lactose-intolerantly friendly. If we really want to.