Getting people involved in product design and development


I still don't get the behavior or motivation behind people developing pieces for your game(software) for free...
why would anybody do that?

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asked Apr 10 '10 at 22:05
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Probably to learn. To be able to say they developed part of a game that was launched to the public(I would do that if i could work on a team). To be able to rack up experience and maybe one day apply as a game developer at a reputable company.

answered Apr 11 '10 at 01:33
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To have something on the CV, we're still coming out of a recession (at least in the UK). You could find eager graduates who want to have some experience to differentiate themselves from everyone else.

answered Apr 11 '10 at 06:18
191 points


Look at Half Life Gary's mod. Currently Valve (developers of Half-Life) hired him as a full-time level designer .

There can be many reasons; learning, fun (because they actually love the game). I'm pretty sure fun is the most important bit of it, if you game sucks I'm pretty sure no will bother.

Same goes for software, if the software is good or got potential

  1. They might want to add a new feature which doesn't included in the original software
  2. They might just interested in getting attention from other users (assuming that software is popular)

Open source software is not different than that, take a look at many open source developers and their motivations. Generally because they want to do something, from the scratch or on top of something else.

answered Apr 11 '10 at 03:02
The Dictator
2,305 points


Open source community works the same way.

College kids want to be part of the community, while more experienced programmers looking for projects to put on their resumes.

answered May 28 '10 at 00:36
Stefanos Tses
981 points

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