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In The Games Of Madness: Planning - The Core Reason Why Gameplay Feels Good. In this post I dig into planning, and how it is a fundamental part of what makes a game engaging.

In The Games Of Madness: Planning - The Core Reason Why Gameplay Feels Good

Planning affects many aspects of what is so special about games and why we enjoy playing them. This post will go over the reasons behind this, and explains why planning is so important for narrative games. I think we can all agree that there is a difference in how certain games feel to play. There are just certain games that feel "gamier" than others.

Just compare playing Super Mario to something like Dear Esther, and I think it's clear that the former feels like it has more gameplay than the latter. The more a player can plan ahead in a game, the more engaging that game will feel to play. Before I cover some evidence of why this is most likely true, I will need to get into some background information. The 6 game UX roles. Game UX Summit 2016 - Ian Livingston - Working Within Research Constraints in Video Game Development. Start Projects With Phase Zero. Sometimes, clients just don’t know what they want.

Start Projects With Phase Zero

A lot of times they have a rough idea of the problem they’re trying to solve and the project they want you to work on, but even those rough ideas aren’t enough. Other times, they may not actually know exactly what they want, just that they’ll “know it when they see it.” dds are, your clients hired you to solve one problem or another. If they lack clarity about what they want the end result to look like, it could be because they lack clarity about what they’re trying to solve. If that’s the case, then perhaps you ought to start your process a step back and find the right problem. One design firm, Continuum, has been doing just that for decades and it’s lead to innovations like the Reebok Pump and the Swiffer mop. Why Do Achievements, Trophies, and Badges Work? At this point in human history we take it for granted that badges, trophies, achievements, and similar rewards are baked in to most gaming systems.

Why Do Achievements, Trophies, and Badges Work?

“Achievement unlocked!” Is a punchline that can be swapped into any situation where you get a little something for doing what you (presumably) were already going to be doing. They’re also part of the holy trinity of “points, badges, leaderboards” of gamification, which applies game systems to non-gaming activities like work, shopping, or philanthropy. But …do they work? That is, does rewarding or promising to reward player behaviors with achievements, trophies, or badges actually get people to engage in those behavior more? Well, yes. Sharetribe is very community focused, so it really wants users who log in regularly, participate in markets, and provide important information to other users.

To cut straight to the chase, Hamari did indeed find that adding badges to the website had the intended effects. Beyond onboarding: ramping up your users from novice to expert. Beyond onboarding: ramping up your users from novice to expert Onboarding is a fashionable topic at the moment.

Beyond onboarding: ramping up your users from novice to expert

You see lots of onboarding articles and tear-downs shared these days. But onboarding is just the first date. If someone installs your app or registers on your site, you’re not guaranteed a long term relationship — far from it. One study quoted by Luke Wroblewski, paints a pretty clear picture: “26% of all apps downloaded were opened only once and then never used again (…) 13% are opened only twice, 9% are opened only three times.”

So, what happens after onboarding is crucially important, and keeping a user actively involved in a long term relationship is much harder than impressing them on a first date. Pixar's Story Process. Game Genre Map: The Cognitive Threshold in Strategy Games - Quantic Foundry. The Gamer Motivation Profile allows gamers to take a 5-minute survey to get a personalized report of their gaming motivations.

Game Genre Map: The Cognitive Threshold in Strategy Games - Quantic Foundry

Currently, we have data from over 140,000 gamers worldwide. In the survey, we also ask gamers to list their favorite game titles. Gaming Motivations Group Into 3 High-Level Clusters - Quantic Foundry. Last week, we presented a handy reference chart of our Gamer Motivation Model based on our data from over 140,000 gamers.

Gaming Motivations Group Into 3 High-Level Clusters - Quantic Foundry

Here it is again for ease of reference. A straightforward reference for inclusive game design. Game accessibility guidelines. How Cameras in Side-Scrollers Work. The 5 Domains of Play: Applying Psychology's Big 5 Motivation Domains to Games. Game design vs UX design. Short form: UX design is about removing problems from the user.

Game design vs UX design

Game design is about giving problems to the user. In both cases you look at users’ cognitive reasoning and process capacity. And these days, we have UX designers on game teams, and they are incredibly valuable. Immersyve » Science of Engagement. By Scott Rigby & Richard Ryan This white paper reviews our underlying need satisfaction model and its application.

Immersyve » Science of Engagement

We generally try to update this paper every couple of years with our latest research information. This version was updated in Sept, 2007 (we know…we’re due for an update. It’s in the works!) The 4 Fs of Game Design:Fail Faster, and Follow the Fun - ye olde darklorde. [ From the Dec 2012 issue of Game Developer Magazine. ] In 2001, I attended a workshop at the GDC taught by one Marc “MAHK” LeBlanc.

The 4 Fs of Game Design:Fail Faster, and Follow the Fun - ye olde darklorde

Games about Rich Experience, Not Addiction. How CD Projekt Red made crafting work with Witcher 3's dynamic economy. Much has been made of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's open-world design, but less attention has been paid to its intriguing crafting system and how well (or not) it ties into the game’s dynamic economy.

How CD Projekt Red made crafting work with Witcher 3's dynamic economy

At GDC Europe in Cologne today CD Projekt Red senior gameplay designer Matthew Steinke said his dream in designing the economy of Wild Hunt was to create “a gameplay mechanism to bind the world together,” but the reality of doing so proved difficult. “Money isn’t want the player actually wants,” said Steinke. Much like in the real world, it’s only a method of measuring value and attaining things the player wants — more powerful gear, certainly, but also vitality (through the purchase of food and healing items) and character progression (by turning items in for quests, or buying items to make difficult quests easier.) Learn to love spreadsheets “I may be preaching to the choir here, but…learn to love spreadsheets," says Steinke.

RSA Spotlight: Alex McDowell on Building New Worlds. Design education is "tragic", says Jonathan Ive. News: Apple's head designer Jonathan Ive says he struggles to hire young staff as schools are failing to teach them how to make products. Speaking at London's Design Museum last night, Ive attacked design schools for failing to teach students how to make physical products and relying too heavily on "cheap" computers.

"So many of the designers that we interview don't know how to make stuff, because workshops in design schools are expensive and computers are cheaper," said Ive. The Psychologist’s View of UX Design. What makes a good game designer? Oscar Clark looks at the different types of designer and the key aspects of the game they need to understand After my recent Masterclass at UKIE one of the attendees, Arran Topalian, a game designer at Rare, asked me ‘What makes a good designer?’. Rethinking Carrots: A New Method For Measuring What Players Find Most Rewarding and Motivating About Your Game. Rethinking Carrots: A New Method For Measuring What Players Find Most Rewarding and Motivating About Your Game Gameplay strategies for motivating players largely focus on reward paradigms (“carrots on sticks”) that dangle the sweet enticements of hidden levels, provocative content, and variations on the Sword of A Thousand Truths.

But like all of us, don’t games want to be loved for who they are deep down, and not what they have? Given the deep emotional engagement today’s games can elicit, it seems clear there are more meaningful motivational dynamics that lie at the heart of a player’s enjoyment. How Google Unified Its Products With A Humble Index Card. If you hadn’t noticed, every Google service has been trending toward a certain understated elegance. The company’s infamous era of championing 41 shades of blue is long over, as the company has learned to embrace clean lines, airy typography, and liberal white space across their platforms. But amidst implementing these long-established good design practices, Google rediscovered an old idea: index cards.

Just like index and business cards of yore (or at least the late '90s), Google’s cards are plain, white rectangles peppered with nothing more than a little bit of type and maybe a photo. Are cards the epitome of flat modernism, or are they subconscious skeuomorphism? Voyage-du-heros.jpg (JPEG Image, 1086 × 965 pixels) - Scaled (94%)

UX Crash Course: 31 Fundamentals

Junior Designers vs. Senior Designers — The Year of the Looking Glass. Understanding Video Games. Being invested in games. Bobby Ross's Blog - The Visual Guide to Multiplayer Level Design. The Visual Guide to Multiplayer Level Design The following blog post, unless otherwise noted, was written by a member of Gamasutra’s community. The thoughts and opinions expressed are those of the writer and not Gamasutra or its parent company. Applying the Three Levels of Design to Building Software Products — UX / UI Design. Death of the game design document. Jagex's James Sweatman on why central design documents don't always work, and the alternatives available It has been called many things over the years – GDD, Design Bible, Game Overview Document. Defining Gameplay: Between structure and chaos. Creative Spark: Dustin Lance Black. Ask a Game Dev — Getting up from the Armchair.

What makes a hero? - Matthew Winkler.

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Game Mechanic Explorer. Data vs Insight for UX Design. What Games Are: Is Formal Game Design Valuable? Bald guy full of hair » GDC 2014: 5 ans de Level Design in a day. Woolfe - Technical: Level design. Understanding Gameplay – Part two: Technique. In the previous article, we’ve looked at gameplay from the perspective of a symbolic system that proposes abstract problems to players, and that requires structuring norms while allowing for variation and uncertainty.

Understanding Gameplay – Part One: Definitions. Just like fun, gameplay is a word that always felt awkward to me. Comment Splash Damage utilise les statistiques sur les joueurs pour aider les designers. Au début, il n'y avait aucune statistique et lorsqu'il y en avait, personne ne les analysait. Malgré cela, Splash Damage a réussi plusieurs jeux ayant beaucoup de fans. Ils se concentrent sur l'aspect amusant et balancé de leurs jeux, mais cela reste une tâche compliquée. En effet, il n'est pas simple de correctement balancer le jeu et de trouver les problèmes liés au gameplay. Five Principles of Writing for Users. Writing for users is a deeply intuitive and technical trade. As with web design, digital writing needs to resolve the user’s existing knowledge and instincts with an interactive product. Digital writing encompasses elements of content strategy: building information architectures, determining content requirements, and finding ways to solve UX problems with things like videos and tools.

Our job is to model, structure, and create information. Joel Burgess: GDC 2011 Transcript: Motivating Players in Open World Games. Are basically useless on their own. Brice Morrison's Blog - Introduction to the Game Design Canvas. The following blog post, unless otherwise noted, was written by a member of Gamasutra’s community. The thoughts and opinions expressed are those of the writer and not Gamasutra or its parent company. Neil Sorens's Blog - God As Game Designer. Recent Work: Brutal Legend.

The myth of perfect design. Reaching Perfection: Forge Lessons. Spector: Go emergent - game design is not all about you. Design Principles FTW. A single game as a lifelong hobby. How to be a Better Game Designer.