Who Gets to be Awesome in Games?

October 29, 2020 493764 Views

Many games come with the promise of letting the player live out some kind of awesome, aspirational fantasy. But the game’s design will dictate who gets to live the fantasy, and who might get left behind.

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[1] The Applied Value of Player Psychology: Putting Motivational Principles to Work | GDC Vault (Free Access)

[2] DOOM Eternal with id Software’s Hugo Martin and Marty Stratton | Game Maker’s Notebook

[3] Designing DOOM Eternal with Hugo Martin | Noclip

[4] Glued to Games: How Video Games Draw Us In and Hold Us Spellbound | Scott Rigby and Richard Ryan

Games shown in this episode (in order of appearance)

Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games, 2018)
Marvel’s Avengers (Crystal Dynamics, 2020)
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Respawn Entertainment, 2019)
Assassin’s Creed II (Ubisoft Montreal, 2009)
Rock Band 3 (Harmonix, 2010)
Ghost of Tsushima (Sucker Punch Productions, 2020)
Dirt Rally 2.0 (Codemasters, 2019)
Yakuza 0 (Sega, 2015)
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (FromSoftware, 2019)
Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios, 2011)
Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Studios, 2015)
Batman: Arkham Asylum (Rocksteady Studios, 2009)
DOOM Eternal (id Software, 2020)
Celeste (Matt Makes Games, 2018)
Dark Souls (From Software, 2011)
Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar North, 2013)
Planet Coaster (Frontier Developments, 2016)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions, 2015)
Devil May Cry 5 (Capcom, 2019)
Hades (Supergiant Games, 2020)
Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios, 2016)
Gears of War 4 (The Coalition, 2016)
Gears 5 (The Coalition, 2019)
Forza Horizon 4 (Playground Games, 2018)
Batman: Arkham Origins (WB Games Montreal, 2013)
Bayonetta (PlatinumGames, 2009)
Titanfall 2 (Respawn Entertainment, 2016)
Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Moon Studios, 2020)
DOOM (id Software, 2016)
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (Sega, 2016)
God of War (Santa Monica Studio, 2018)
Skate (EA Blackbox, 2007)
Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment, 2016)
Downwell (Moppin, 2015)

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