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How Game Designers Protect Players From Themselves | Game Maker’s Toolkit

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A designer’s job often involves making sure players are experiencing the game in the most fun or interesting way. In this video, I look at examples of games that have tried to achieve this – sometimes with success, and sometimes with controversy.

Those World of Warcraft numbers are completely made up, for illustrative purposes.

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Sources

Sid The Psychology of Game Design | GDC Vault

Firaxis’ Jake Solomon On What Went Right And Wrong With XCOM 2| Rock Paper Shotgun

Water Finds a Crack | Designer Notes

Spelunky by Derek Yu | Boss Fight Books

Disable Timers | XCOM 2 Steam Workshop

Rest | WOWWiki

Designer Notes 15: Nels Anderson | Idle Thumbs

Further Reading / Viewing

Bloodborne Is Genius, And Here’s Why | hbomberguy

Nioh – Commanding Attention | Turbo Button

New Doom’s deceptively simple design | Gamasutra

How Hyper Light Drifter’s Ammo Recharges Its Combat | Rock Paper Shotgun

Games shown in this episode (in order of appearance)

Enemy Unknown (Firaxis Games, 2020)
Final Fantasy XV (Square Enix, 2020)
Dead Rising 2 (Capcom Vancouver, 2020)
Civilization IV (Firaxis Games, 2005)
Nioh (Team Ninja, 2020)
XCOM 2 (Firaxis, 2020)
Spelunky (Derek Yu, 2020)
World of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment, 2004)
Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac Games, 2020)
New Super Mario Bros. U (Nintendo, 2020)
Sonic Mania (Sega, 2020)
Vanquish (PlatinumGames, 2020)
DOOM (id Software, 2020)
Call of Infinite Warfare (Infinity Ward, 2020)
Bloodborne (From Software, 2020)
Burnout Revenge (Criterion Games, 2005)
Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine, 2020)
Sonic Generations (Sonic Team, 2020)
Bayonetta 2 (PlatinumGames, 2020)
Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening (Capcom, 2005)
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 (Neversoft, 2001)
Splinter Blacklist (Ubisoft Toronto, 2020)
The New Order (MachineGames, 2020)
Project Gotham Racing 4 (Bizarre Creations, 2007)
Bulletstorm (People Can Fly, 2020)
Sleeping Dogs (United Front Games, 2020)
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Naughty Dog, 2009)
The Last of Us (Naughty Dog, 2020)
The Lost Legacy (Naughty Dog, 2020)
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Naughty Dog, 2020)
Arkham Asylum (Rocksteady Studios, 2009)
Hitman (iO Interactive, 2020)
Metal Gear Solid The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions, 2020)
Mark of the Ninja (Klei Entertainment, 2020)
Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory, 2020)
The Legend of Breath of the Wild (Nintendo, 2020)
Dead Rising (Capcom, 2006)

Music used in this episode

Arcee on Soundcloud

Additional credits

Hellblade Development Diary 11: First Playable | Ninja Theory

World of Warcraft | YouTube

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