Tim Fletcher has been a Senior Designer at Jagex since 2011. He works on RuneScape, the still massively successful 18 year MMORPG.
As designers we're accustomed to designing with elegance, achieving as much as possible with as little as possible. Our instinct when faced with imperfection is to remove it, and often the simplest designs have the fewest imperfections. There are times, especially in RPG and strategy design, where this is the wrong approach. Elegant, pared-down games can be shallow, and many players are looking for something complex and demanding to really get their teeth into. This is especially true of long-running games with lasting audiences, like MMOs, where depth is crucial. In this talk Tim will look at when and why designing with intricacy is the better choice than elegance, and then examine the designs that great and especially loved games use to accomplish it successfully.
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Develop is an excellent way of catching up with people – there’s a really nice community feel here.
Mike Bithell Games
If you really want to have a good interface with the British game developer community then this is the place to come.
Develop is a really great way to network, it’s also great for going to talks and finding that little tip that you didn’t know before and thinking – oh I’ll bring that back to the team!
A lot of the opportunities that come from being here are speaking to other developers who are doing exactly the same thing as you. And there are some good parties – it’s very much a pleasurable work experience!
We are so lucky to have Develop here in the UK. It’s a unique event where you can come and discover new things with people who care passionately about video games. It’s a sea full of new ideas.
Building games is hard and it’s taxing physically, mentally and emotionally. So being around a community that understands that is great – there’s a comraderie here.
One of the things I like about Develop is it brings people together from across Europe and the whole world. There is a very high level of professionals here, so you have company leaders having drinks with juniors from their community.
Dr Mata Haggis-Burridge
Develop:Brighton is especially unique - it’s by the seaside and there’s a lovely relaxed tone that goes with that.The talks are cool, the networking is cool and having the opportunity to catch up with people – that’s always the excitement for me!
Develop:Brighton’s a great conference. It’s got a spread of people from all parts of the games industry talking about such a wide range of topics.
Develop is a very important place – it’s one of the few developer focussed conferences we have in Europe and that makes it very valuable.
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