Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday Quotations: It Makes Games Sound Like a Whorehouse

"My friend Eric Zimmerman likes to say, 'Games are structures of desire.' I don’t like the phrase, for two reasons. Firstly, it’s pretty obscure; it needs to be explained before you ‘get’ it. Second, it makes games sound like a whorehouse.
"But Eric is on to something here. By 'desire,' he means that games have goals, and players mutually agree to behave as if the goal is important to them when they play – the game creates a desire to achieve the game’s own goals. By structure, he means that the interaction of the game’s rules, components, software, etc. create a structure within which people play." --Greg Costikyan

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