Feedback is a valuable resource for game makers, but the true value of playtest feedback is often hidden beneath its surface.
Listening to feedback directly may compromise the goal and vision of the game, but Pocketwatch Games' Andy Nguyen believes it shouldn't be ignored.
As part of the GDC 2014 Independent Games Summit, Nguyen offered a deeper look at player feedback during various points of Monaco's development to show how all feedback, both good and bad, helped shape Monaco without sacrificing its core design.
It's a design-centric talk worth watching for all developers, regardless of whether you're interested in the mobile game market. The free video (embedded above) of 'Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine - Interpreting Feedback and Maintaining Your Vision' is now available to watch here on the GDC Vault.
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