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How to connect a word and a phrase with a hyphen?
“Hardware-counter-based tools” or “hardware-counter based tools”?

As the title states, which is the correct hyphenation of the adjective formed by multiple words? Is it "game development-oriented" or "game-development-oriented"?

By "game development-oriented" or "game-development-oriented", I refer to something that is oriented towards game development.

Sample usage:

The company's year-long plan is more game development-oriented (game-development-oriented) this year compared to last year.


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Neither seems a particularly effective way of expressing the idea. I would instead suggest something like ‘The company's year-long plan is to concentrate more on developing games this year compared to last year.’

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