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ungaming : On Pilgrim in the Microworld
A great summation - and some choice quotations - from one of my favourite books about games, design, and play.
davidsudnow  games  interaction  pilgriminthemicroworld  books  quotations 
may 2016 by infovore
David Sudnow: Pilgrim in the Microworld | The Gameshelf
"He spends a chapter meditating on the nature of practice and mastery, both in general and in its application to Breakout. Eventually, and after much frustration, he concludes that Breakout doesn’t want to be played that way. Instead, he embraces what he calls the game’s “lucratively programmed caring,” the way its few but distinct design elements work together to guide the player into getting incrementally better at it, revealing more about its inner workings, bit by bit — but only for those who fulfill their end of its contract, who agree to approach the game on its own terms. Treating it like a piano exercise, it turns out, doesn’t work." I'm reading Pilgrim at the moment, and it's an incredible book for all manner of reasons. This lovely piece is something to return to when I finish it.
davidsudnow  games  breakout  writing 
august 2011 by infovore

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