video games


I am the rat in the skinner box

Posted on 22 October 2012 by jose

I've been reading a number of articles recently concerning games, their reward systems, and addictive behavior. Some talk about classics like Everquest (Evercrack) or somewhat more recent games like World of Warcraft. Others discuss Facebook games like Farmville and Mafia Wars. Today, I read an article by a game developer about extrinsic vs. intrinsic rewards in a game, and how putting in quests in their game nearly ruined it.

Following up on books

Posted on 27 August 2012 by jose

Six more books since last update, so I'm a bit behind my projected curve. I'm getting Richard Kadrey's latest Sandman Slim tomorrow, and I've just started a book I acquired from my college roommate, but I've also got a nice list of books (and comics/graphic novels) I've culled from wandering through bookstores and pillaging my Wishlist that I hope to acquire from the library.

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