Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Raph Koster is a veteran game designer who has been professionally credited in almost every area of the game industry. Read "Theory of Fun for Game Design" by Raph Koster available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. Now in full color, the 10th . 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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North Sebastopol, California: O'Reilly Media, Now in full color, the 10th anniversary edition of this classic book takes you deep into the influences that underlie modern video games, and examines the elements they share with traditional games. Add tags for "A theory of fun. It's been a while since I had big news to post about the book! But here it is: A Theory of Fun is on Kindle finally. I am told that it took a while to do. Editorial Reviews. Review. "Does for games what Understanding Comics did for sequential art. Theory of Fun for Game Design 1st Edition, Kindle Edition. by.
Like McCloud, Koster feels like his medium of choice of course, he obfuscates this point - but more on that later is misunderstood, and that it deserves a cultural status akin to that of literature and art. To defend his position, he goes on in great detail about how video games function, and what they truly are about at their most basic level - learning patterns. Koster claims that the fact that games are basically pattern learning machines or pattern grokking as he might call it is generally ignored by society, and that this is the main reason that games are misunderstood. He goes on to rather bombastically propose that graphics look and feel of games are somewhat irrelevant to the actual game itself, and that this game aspect is basically just wrapping paper. He seems like a true purist in this sense, and his annoyance towards the trend of improving graphics rather than game mechanisms is very evident throughout the book. To prove his point, Koster further claims that there only are a few different types of games cartoon on page 71 , and that newer games just build on existing creations and just add a few new elements the cartoon on page 79 illustrates this point.
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Games are puzzles to teach patterns, in a safe environment with low risk Fun arises from learning and mastering Games teach calculation of odds, social power, teamwork, spacial relationships, memory, lateral thinking, and more. Good games have building blocks consisting of preparation, a core mechanic, a range of challenges, a range of abilities, skill required in using the abilities, and variable feedback. Games become un-fun when they are too trivial or too difficult.
Thus to increase fun, you must continuously push the boundary of skill Different people are suited for different games — e.
Games should evolve as a medium to teach more about ourselves, not just provide superficial power fantasies or operate as passive pure entertainment. On Cognition Thinking is mostly memory, pattern-matching against past experiences. Poems about trees force us to look at the majesty of bark and the subtlety of leaf.
Bebop sounds like noise until you understand the underlying patterns in tempo, chord progressions.
Chunking is part of this, where meaningfully linked items are grouped together. Example: break down how you got ready for bed.
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What's special about Shortform: The world's highest quality book summaries - comprehensive, concise, and everything you need to know Interactive exercises that teach you to apply what you've learned Discussion communities - get the best advice from other readers Get the world's best book summaries now Varied Definitions of Games Various definitions of games have been offered over decades.
Koster defines games as puzzles that teach underlying patterns for future use by providing live feedback to your actions, in lower stakes than reality. By defining formal systems, they exclude noise, and thus they are readily absorbed. However, games teach aspects of reality, like how to understand yourself, how to understand the actions of others, how to imagine. Games that rigidly define rules and situations are more susceptible to mathematical analysis.
The more rigidly constructed your game is, the more limited it will be. We receive dopamine when we learn something or master a task. We are evolutionarily programmed to enjoy this, just like we enjoy sex, because it improved our chances of survival. Fun from games arises out of learning, comprehension, and mastery. Games are learning in a context where there is no pressure from consequence. In normal life we like predictability — laws, pasteurized milk, lightning rods.
We like unpredictability only in the confines of predictability, like games or TV shows. Babies instinctively play games like hide-the-object in earnest. They are learning patterns, such as how physics of the world operate. Somewhere in adulthood, we stigmatize games as frivolity.