I'm an educational game designer just getting started with game design for augmented reality. AMA!

Sanamali
Jul 1, 2017

Hi, I am Sanam from Pakistan. I am a tech savvy person with knowledge in elearning and game design for smart devices. I worked on two international funded projects. And now I will soon design games for augmented reality. If you are too into augmented reality or wanted to tap into it in future. Ask me anything!

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How do educational games work for augmented reality and is it really easy to accomplish that?

Jul 1, 1:43AM EDT1

Hi KJONES

Thanks for asking :)

In augmented reality real elements interacts with virtual in real time. 

As an education game example I can give an example of coloring objects. When a kid color objects in his book, he can see coloring appear on 3d object at tablet or ipod application. This makes it fun and interesting and also it gives students many coloring perspectives. 

If you have anyother question. Please feel free to ask. Thanks

Jul 1, 1:54PM EDT0

Are you responsible for post release problems or troubles in the game?

Jun 28, 10:04AM EDT0

Hi KHOOPER

Thanks for asking. :)

I only troubleshoot, if there is any short coming in design part, else taken care by other team members. 

Jul 1, 1:56PM EDT0

What kind of test or trials do you conduct before releasing a game?

Jun 27, 5:26PM EDT0

Hi APRILARROYO

Thanks for asking :)

Games go thrrough playtesting for thorough troubleshooting. The tests are designed according to need. 

if you have anyother question, please feel free to ask :)

Jul 1, 1:57PM EDT0
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What is the most difficult aspect of your job that challenges you the most?

Jun 27, 3:36PM EDT0

Hi KYLEHALL

Thanks for asking such an insightful question :)

The most challenging thing is to make it creative, fun and engaging by keeping the learning objectives intact. 

Jul 1, 1:58PM EDT0

Which educational games are the most difficult and time consuming at designing phase?

Jun 27, 11:01AM EDT0

Hi ANGELA SOSA

Thanks for asking :)

I think the more advanced an educational topic is, the more challenging is to convert it into a game. Primary level curriculum is easy to convert but as we more up, things get quite challenging. 

Jul 1, 2:00PM EDT0

What are the biggest challenges for educational game designing especially for augmented reality?

Jun 27, 6:21AM EDT0

Hi OWATTS

Thanks for asking an insightful question. 

At design phase, the biggest challenge is to carefully utilize the augmented reality aspects by keeping the balance between educational elements and technological elements. 

Jul 1, 2:02PM EDT0

Do you make educational games on demand or do you make games as per your dream or creativity?

Jun 27, 5:20AM EDT0

Hi QJONES

its an interesting question :)

Well, I did work on demand, however I wanted to do things as per my wish in near future. 

If you have anyother question, feel free to ask. Thanks :)

Jul 1, 2:03PM EDT0

What do you like the best about your educational game designing job?

Jun 27, 12:49AM EDT0

Hi CHRISTOPHERJONES

Thanks for asking :)

Its challenging but fun. Being a learner, it provides me to contiuously learn new things. Its like you are on fun ride and its fast and sometimes feary but even then you want to take it again and again :)

Jul 1, 2:04PM EDT0

What is the target audience or age groups of the games you design?

Jun 26, 8:52PM EDT0

Hi CHRISTIAN JOHNSON

Thanks for asking :)

I design educational games for prek-12. 

Jul 1, 2:05PM EDT0

What kind of work responsibilities do you have in your daily work?

Jun 26, 6:26PM EDT0

Hi CHRISTOPHER VASQUEZ

Thanks for an insightful question :)

I not only derive game mechanics but also create storyline, learning objectives, dialouges, feedback etc. 

So a lot of work is involved but I worked with team so get some help too. 

if you have anyother question, feel free to ask. 

Thanks

Jul 1, 2:07PM EDT0

How do you find game designing as a profession and does it offer job satisfaction?

Jun 26, 12:21PM EDT0

Hi STEVENSTANTON

I find it both interesting and challenging as well. 

Its my personal passion so full satisfaction is there for me :)

Jul 1, 2:08PM EDT0

With changing trends in software, do you have to keep abreast of the changes to be in touch with things?

Jun 26, 12:07PM EDT0

Hi ALLENJAMES

Thanks for asking an insightful question :)

Well although I am not a developer but to design a good game, I need to be aware of both hardware and sotware functionality as I have to design accordingly and also I keep an eye on latest releases both in software and hardware to keep myself updated. 

Jul 1, 2:09PM EDT0

What kind of courses, training or experience do you need for this kind of work?

Jun 26, 8:55AM EDT0

Hi KEVIN MATHEWS

Thanks for asking :)

For game designing, Many universities and even online you can take game design courses. If you are a self learner then you can easily learn on your own from online resources and can create your own game. 

You should have an interest in games and how it works. 

You also need to play them to understand what actually goes on. 

If you have anyother question, feel free to ask. Thanks

Jul 1, 2:12PM EDT0

How many years of experience do you have in this field of work?

Jun 26, 8:09AM EDT0

Hi DENNIS MARTINEZ

Thanks for asking :)

In Eduational game designing, I have 2 years of experience but for augmented reality, I am pretty novice.  

Jul 1, 2:13PM EDT0
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What kind of demands do you clients make for their educational games?

Jun 26, 7:55AM EDT0

Hi MEGAN MORRIS

The handover their objectives and quality standards. I worked with organizations so pretty much many things were decided with mutual consent. In individual work there might be some requirements. But it works in two ways. Either client already knows what he wants or he discuss it with you to come to some terms. 

Jul 1, 2:16PM EDT0

Isn’t it challenging to make educational work for augmented reality or is it the same as for gaming purposes?

Jun 26, 3:13AM EDT0

Hi ZLUCAS

Thanks for asking an insightful question.  :)

No its not the same. designing for sugmented reality is bit challenging and it requires more imagination and creativity.

Jul 1, 2:16PM EDT0

How do you troubleshoot your augmented reality educational games before release?

Jun 26, 1:09AM EDT0

Hi JOSHUALOPEZ

Thanks for asking :)

the games go through a process of playtesting before final release and all the things are troubleshoot after playtesting. As I am not part of technical team, so its their job to conduct troubleshooting etc. 

Jul 1, 2:18PM EDT0
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How does augmented reality integrate the user’s environment in real time?

Jun 25, 10:42AM EDT0

Hi CHARLESRICHARDSON

Thanks for asking :)

In augmented reality real elements interacts with virtual in real time. 

As an education game example I can give an example of coloring objects. When a kid color objects in his book, he can see coloring appear on 3d object at tablet or ipod application. This makes it fun and interesting and also it gives students many coloring perspectives. 

If you have anyother question. Please feel free to ask. Thanks

Jul 1, 2:19PM EDT0

Do you prefer to work alone and do all the designing work or do you have a team of people involved in each project?

Jun 25, 8:14AM EDT0

Hi JOEL TURNER

Thanks for asking a very relevant question :)

Yes, I do work with team because I am a game designer so I need people who are subject experts, graphic designers and developers. 

So, basically every educational game is a team work :)

Jul 1, 4:43AM EDT0

Have you worked with any well-known or reputed companies so far?

Jun 25, 5:01AM EDT0

Hi JOSE STANLEY

Thanks for asking :)

I worked on DFID funded projects both with top instituton of my Country. However, I never worked with any international company yet. 

May be in future, who knows :)

Jul 1, 4:41AM EDT0