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Se7en Tidbits: “Video Games are Hard!” or “Benchmarking Bastardization”

Here are a few statements that caught my attention for one reason or another this week:

  • “Video games are hard.” – Emily Anthes, quoting Eric Klopfer, director of MIT’s Education Arcade, Boston Globe
  • “”Wow’, thought I, “this is going to be some serious character creation.’ I’ve never been so disappointed to see a bunch of sliders, stats and text dialogues, in all my life.” – Melmoth on the ESRB rating prior to the Dragon Age: Origins Character Creator, warning of violence, nudity and bloodshed, Killed in a Smiling Accident
  • “If too much emphasis is placed on our happiness in game then a really important part of the game is devalued:  The part of the game that is designed for when you’re not happy — to make you unhappy — or be the consequence.” – Keen, Keen and Graev’s Gaming Blog
  • “I came to this revelation not too long ago, myself, so I’ll give you a hint: Player versus Player.” – Amatera, on the tiered badge system in World of Warcraft, Project Lore
  • “But how do you benchmarks guilds that have done the encounter in different scales?” – Larísa, on why scaling encounters may be a bad idea, The Pink Pigtail Inn
  • “To me, Planetside Next means we get a chance to take the essence of everything that was fun in Planetside and make it a lot better.” – Smed, on Planetside’s sequelosity, Smed’s Blog
  • “Let’s find ways to make server choice work better for the new player.” – Evizaer, on how server selection shouldn’t be an arbitrary process, That’s a Terrible Idea
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