8. Players & BalanceΒΆ

In previous levels, we have considered what makes games fun, but we have only briefly considered one of the essential ingredients of fun: players. Fun (hopefully!) is a product of a player interacting with a game; any attempt to understand what makes a game fun must take into account the player. You have probably have had the experience of playing a game with a family member or friend and realizing you have wildly different ideas of how fun the game is.

In this level, we seek to learn about ways to increase our understanding of players of games and some of the ways in which to make games “fun”.


Materials on this page adapted from:
Game Design Concepts by Ian Schreiber (CC BY-NC 3.0)