Thursday, July 7, 2005

Subtle difference

(Now-defunct) Westwood games were designed to make people want to play them and to make people have a good, often silly time while doing so. Blizzard games seem designed to make you not want to not play. Starcraft, Diablo II, World of Warcraft... one of the greatest things that they have in common is that they have their own extremely obsessive cultures. (They're also, you know, very well-designed games.) They're the type of games that can cause people to die of exhaustion in an internet café. I can imagine this scenario in which the Westwood employee goes home happy because a gamer had a good time with their product, and the Blizzard employee goes home happy because a gamer had such a good time with their product that they will call in sick tomorrow so that they can play more.

That's all imagination, but it almost seems plausible. World of Warcraft just feels like it's a game that demands more and more of you. It's designed to be addictive. That's not to say that there aren't a lot of addictive games... but Blizzard knows better than anyone how to craft games that are addictive right from the drawing board, rather than just creating something that it's so fun that you don't want to stop playing. It's now clear to me that they have subversive plans of worldwide mind control.

6 comments:

Henry Schimke said...

Although totally unrelated to your post, are you going to have a birthday party for your blog? You should, of course.

Travis said...

Hmmm, that's a good question. Well sorta. I guess I've got several weeks to think about it.

Britton Nielsen said...

Have you also noticed how all MMORPGs are created broken on purpose and how game developers always promise to fix the issues with the next patch? This continues for years and everytime you feel like quiting you stop yourself by saying something like, "this new feature is going to be sooo cool! then the game is going to be so much better!" This happens for months, years, however long it takes you to figure it out. ;P Somehow I never have. heheh. Anyways hope things are going well for you Travis!

Travis said...

Britton! Good to hear from you. Glad to know you're still alive.

Henry Schimke said...

He isn't, actually. It SEEMS like he's alive, but in reality he's been recodified into an internet worm beast. Sad, but true.

Travis said...

Ohh, I see. The posting was simply made by a soul echo by an avatar.