Monday, November 11, 2013

Game Over! Retry? Podcast: Episode 25 - Think of the Children!!

I've just realized that this really isn't a "word of the day", but this works just as well as a topic.

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On GOR025, Harold once again comes bearing gifts, which is likely a result of a motion-game driven endorphin high. In this episode, Harold shares his experience with Star Wars Kinect and Wii Fit U, Jon complains about the downsides of Battlefield 4, and Jason plays more online poker, but not the game Harold assigned him to play. We wax deeply on designing for younger audiences, and get into the thick of it. It’s a heady episode, but a great conversation all the same. Or to put it another way … it’s a long one, but a good one (that’s what she said). Special thanks to John Kooistra for submitting this topic!
A few addendum:

  • Star Wars Kinect is still pretty bad.
  • Wii Fit U is decent, but the quick swap of accessories have greatly changed my usage cases: I end up choosing whichever activities that have the same accessory setup as the previous game.
  • The end conclusion about kids games, or games and instructions in general, is that maybe perhaps, as an industry, we've been doing casual/mobile games all wrong.  Think about it, the bulk of games out there right now are just instructions and menus, telling you HOW to have fun.

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