Game designer and educator Dr. Lewis Pulsipher discusses the attitudes and points of view that most successful game designers prescribe to in his latest article on gamecareerguide.com. In it, he explains whether you want to obtain a degree or just learn game design on your own, having an "educated" attitude is a must.
Lewis wrote: What makes someone "educated?" An educated person wants to know and will make an effort to find out things. An uneducated person tends not to bother. Here's a simple example. An educated person, confronted with a word he doesn't know, is likely to look it up. He wants to improve his understanding (of language, of the world). An uneducated person isn't going to bother.
Pulsipher goes on to state the core themes that are prevalent in every successful game designer and whether or not designer need to be pro players. Read the whole article on Game Career Guide's site (which every modder looking to break into the industry should have bookmarked anyways).
While there are many standout projects on ModDB, there's a greater amount of people who constantly question how to do things which are covered, in great detail, on other areas of the internet. This article is great way of suggesting that developers need to have an educated, always-on mindset when it comes to game design.