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Revisiting the topic of ‘fun work’

by on May.28, 2007, under Uncategorized

“One of the dirty little secrets of gaming is that playing a game is work. Not hard work and, if we’ve done our jobs right, not unpleasant work. But compared with other media, playing a game is absolutely work. A story moment can serve as reward for successful in-game actions, pulling players along to the next part of the game.”
Warren Spector

2 comments for this entry:
  1. morbidcurious

    I think I may have to use that quote in a lecture. Thanks for sharing.
    *bookmarks the article for later perusal*

  2. johnevans

    I just read through it myself, he has a lot of interesting ideas. And of course a lot of places where he says “We need more work here but it’s insanely hard”, but that in itself is also quite useful.

    I got to the article from Brain Training, which itself was linked in the latest IGDA Newsletter…

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