And the pursuit of fun in interactive media like games is never ending. By Raph Koster A Theory of Fun for Game Design is not your typical how-to book. A Theory of Fun for Game Design is a book written and illustrated by Raph Koster . It is based upon a presentation Koster gave at the Austin Game Conference in. A Theory of Fun for Game Design is not your typical how-to book. It features a novel way of teaching interactive designers how to create and improve their.

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Koster does a great job of explaining what it is about games that eat up so many hours of our kids’ and students’ lives.

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The sense of achievement and ego flattering of completing something that is a bit challenging. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

I also don’t think that many would quarrel with the notion that stories have achieved far greater artistic heights than games have, despite the fact that play probably predates story after all, even animals play, whereas stories require some form of language.

The bare mechanics of the game do not determine its semantic freight. Nov 26, Xavier Rubio rated it did not like it Shelves: Used in dozens of university-level programs on game design all around the world.

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Why do we enjoy mastering certain activities and not others. They don’t really seem to have much purpose to it, except to draw attention to how educated and cultured the author is he frequently makes comparisons to classical music and other “classical” forms of art, as if to say, hey look at me, I’m a man of the world. To ask other readers questions about Theory of Fun for Game Designplease sign up.

Of course, the same can be said of mainstream AAA games — a different skin, but the core mechanics are usually recycled. It’s actually a bit limited and doesn’t really capture the breadth of different types of games and their appeal. Contrasting games and stories: His first job was as a designer working on persistent worlds at Origin Systems.

He’s been the lead designer and director of massive titles such as Ultima Online and Star Wars Galaxies; and he’s contributed writing, art, soundtrack music, and programming to many more titles ranging from Facebook games to single-player titles for handheld consoles. As they fall to the bottom, they grab onto each other and try to form human pyramids to get to the raphh of the wall. Why some games are boring and others are not. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Koster develops this basic idea in lots of different ways; for instance, that it is natural for players to seek loopholes and cheats since that’s the brain being efficient, so games need to account for those possibilities. His concluding exhortations about the potential of Ironically despite the title, reading this book wasn’t all that much fun.

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Games are not stories. It’s almost a bit surprising gamf it’s held up as a great book for computer game design. But the stakes are too high for gamw to want that sort of unpredictability fo normal circumstances. I found Koster’s development of ideas throughout the book to be engaging and fascinating. A manifesto for social responsibility and artistry in game design. The logic seems very flawed to me in this area. Stories teach us empathy, help us learn about and from other perspectives, and connect us to each other.


But no system should be in the game that does not contribute towards that lesson. To those who say the art of the game is purely that of the mechanics, I say that film is not solely the art of cinematography or scriptwriting or directing or acting.

Theory of Fun for Game Design, 2nd Edition

There are old ones and young ones, fat ones and tall ones. Fair enough – but that doesn’t help me design games. Gibson, David No preview available – Anyone who is interested in design will enjoy how the book works on two levels–as a quick inspiration guide to game design, or as an informative discussion that details the insightful thinking from a great mind in the game industry.

Feb 09, Mike rated it liked it Recommends it for: How players prefer to wander in their comfort zone: Open Preview See a Problem? Computer games offer such a variety of reasons that people play them.

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Fun is learning in a context where there is no pressure, and that gwme why games matter. A must-read for gamers, casual gamers and designers of interactive digital environments. References to this book Games and Simulations in Online Learning: Let’s try a thought experiment.

Just don’t expect to learn much that’s practical. Well-considered and should be on every game developer’s shelf.

I found annoying the somewhat irrelevant but constantly mentioned references to This book gets a bonus star for being about a topic I really want to read about, but I was somewhat disappointed.

Hay culturas que solo saben trabajar, entrenar y seriedad. Much of the information in the book I already knew, but desugn was nice to have it spelled out directly, including some new vocabulary.

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