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Executive Summary
Introduction to Game Development
Game Developer
Business Models in Game Development
Game Development as Global Industry
Game Production Process in Brief
Generic Game Production Process Model
Game Production Process Outline
Iterative Cycles Define the Production Phases
Iterative Development
Testing as a Continuous Process
Review Processes
Planning for Changes
Game Production Scheduling
Game Production Process in Detail
1. Game Concept
1.1. Idea Treatment (or Initial Concept Treatment)
1.2. Synopsis (high-concept, pitching)
1.3. Initial Game Design
1.4. Initial Concept Art Design
1.5. Initial Prototyping or Concept Demo Construction
2. Pre-production
2.1. Premise Refinement
2.2. Market & Competition Analysis
2.3. Revised Production Plan Documents
2.4. Pre-visualisation
2.5. Demo/prototype development
2.6. Tool development
2.7. Manuscript Authoring
3. Production
3.1 Concept Art
3.2 Level Design
3.3. 3D Design
3.4. Animation
3.5. Textures and Graphics
3.6. Audio Design
3.7. Program Code
3.8. Play Testing
4. Quality Assurance
4.1. Final testing / System testing
4.2. Alpha and Beta Testing
4.3. Bug fixes
5. Release
5.1. Master Gold
5.2. User documents (readmes, manuals, help-files)
5.3. Distribution
5.4. Support services
5.5. Localisation, porting
6. Post-Release
6.1. Patches
6.2. Upgrades and add-ons
6.3. PR
6.4. Community
Game Production Expertise Areas
Outsourcing and Production Distribution
When to outsource
1. When to outsource?
Check-list for Outsourcing
Game Production Outsourcing Case
Outsourcing Procedure
1. Planning and Specifications
2. Call for Tenders
3. Evaluating and Selecting the Winning Tender
4. Refinements based on the tender
5. Contracting
6. Asset Review Iterations
7. Integration Issues
Lessons learned
APPENDIX 2: Brief Game Design Document Template
APPENDIX 3: Outsourcing CASE: Call for tenders
APPENDIX 4: Outsourcing CASE: Tender from the vendor
APPENDIX 5: Outsourcing CASE: Contract
APPENDIX 6: Outsourcing CASE: Review Comments
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