NHL 13 News Post

I always enjoy reading these types of articles, as it dives into the typical day for video game developers. Check out the typical day for NHL 13 Gameplay and Presentation Producer, Ben Ross.

It changes throughout the cycle. At the start were going back and forth trying to figure out what features were going to do. This year when we decided to do skating that became the really big one, and all the pieces for gameplay that were going to be able to benefit from that change. Since skating touches everything we had to look at everything again and were able to take each concept further since we were removing some previous limitations.

Throughout production we have a task list of what we want to accomplish throughout the week. So Im meeting with software engineers, artists and other producers. Its kind of a management role at times but even then it is also very creative, following up with the designs and making decisions to ensure we get a balanced experience and that everyone is talking and coordinating.

As we get further along, once all the pieces are in place, it comes down to tuning and making sure the game is balanced once all the pieces are put in. So with a big feature like skating we want to make sure we dont end up with an offensively heavy game, so it requires working on the goalies, the defense and our systems just as much. It has really allowed us to make some great changes. It also really helps to have a passionate team that love the sport and enjoys playing the game.

As we near the end it is more about tuning and bug fixing, preparing for demos and meeting with media to showcase the game, while still pushing to get as much into the game as possible before we hit code lock there are endless great ideas on this team so it is all part of balancing.

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# 1 Simple Mathematics @ 05/24/12 11:51 AM
A day in the life of NHL 13's Presentation producer:

Just another day on a beach in the Bahamas with a cocktail. After all, he's been retired since 2007.
# 2 Ridgeberg @ 05/24/12 12:33 PM
Does it seem strange to anyone else that a guy who went to the Vancouver art and design school and has mainly worked on player modeling is designing the code dictating how the game plays on the ice?
# 3 hf199 @ 05/24/12 04:44 PM
What about presentation overhaul like Madden and NCAA? This game need it bad! Sometimes its snooze fest..zzzzzzzzzzzzzz
# 4 BlueNGold @ 05/24/12 06:17 PM
Looking at that screenshot, I see they added cameras in the nets. Hopefully that means we'll also be getting camera shots from that angle.

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