Skills that All Game Developers Need Part 2: Psychology

Written By MrSun at 8:00 am - Monday, September 22nd, 2008
Categories: Game Development

Although psychology isn’t necessarily a skill, it is a subject that game developers should at least take a peek into. You may be thinking, “How is psychology going to help me make better games?” Well, I’ll tell you. First of all, we need to know first what psychology is.

Image by Obscenity from Stock.xchng

What is Psychology?

The American Heritage College Dictionary defines psychology as:

“The science that deals with mental processes and behavior”

Basically, it’s the study of how our minds work. You all probably have a general sense of what it is, so I won’t go into the acute details of it. What you do want to know, however, is how it’ll help with your game development skills, right?

How Will Psychology Make My Games Better?

Psychology definitely will help you develop better games, but how?

First of all, each person who plays your game is going to have at least one possession similar to the others, a brain. There is no doubt about it. Knowing that psychology is the study of the brain, I hope you can guess why studying this subject will help you out. You don’t need to get too deep into the subject of psychology to really improve your games. Reading just a few articles could help you out.

Psychology also plays a large role in many of the aspects of your game already, including color scheme, usability, and level design. You just don’t know it. A combination of true expert psychology and game development will truly create an amazing game.

You Already Know Psychology

Yes, it’s true, you already have quite a bit of knowledge of psychology, most of which will be useful in the development of your game. Most of it is common sense, like if you make something a different color from something else, you know that it will stand out. Another part of your psychological knowledge comes from past experiences. For example, you know that if are an American, you would choose insecure freedom over a secure captivity. Years ago, or maybe even today, different people would choose differently. See? You already are an expert!

So, use psychology to improve your games, and good luck!