Against score systems (and for success and failure)

Strategy game designers should start thinking about alternatives to “score systems” for their games. In this article I will talk about how and why we use score systems right now, what their weaknesses are, and how we can (as well as why we should) move beyond them. Much of this article is written with respect … Continue reading "Against score systems (and for success and failure)"

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Feminists/social progressives: stop making excuses for violence glorification

The day after the horrifying Orlando shooting, a friend was inviting me to play Overwatch. It was a weird moment. I felt like, I don’t know—maybe it’s just me, but I really don’t feel like running around with a gun shooting at people right at that moment for some reason. Some E3 events began that … Continue reading "Feminists/social progressives: stop making excuses for violence glorification"

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CGD Podcast Episode 13: Videogame Consumerism

Today’s episode addresses consumerism (or hyperconsumerism) in the world of videogames. Videogames are, for the most part, the most fun they’ll ever be at the moment of purchase, or perhaps while you’re installing the game and leafing through the manual. I talk about “hype” and how being immersed in an atmosphere of advertisements affects our … Continue reading "CGD Podcast Episode 13: Videogame Consumerism"

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Turtling

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article called Videogames are Broken Toys. Its general thrust was that most videogames are fundamentally toys with a goal sorta slapped on. This both limits the “toy” aspect dramatically and leaves users instead with a thin, weak, unsupported goal. In that article, I focused on the “preserving the … Continue reading "Turtling"

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