Designing Fun

When designing games, never forget that they are supposed to be fun, that’s why they are a game, and that’s why people will be playing them.

You can try and make them fun in many different ways, from straight humour, to lots of player interaction, to providing satisfaction for playing perfectly, to the joy of winning.

It’s important to only try and make games that you will find fun to play, because you’ll have a better chance of making a fun game that way. If you try really hard to make a humorous game, but don’t really enjoy that game style, then the game will not be a good as a game created by someone who loves that style. Bear in mind that during the development you will probably play the game many times, so make it something you enjoy.

Design to your strengths and preferences, you’ll make better games and people will have more fun playing them.

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