005 : By Request! The Game Design of Squares, Circles, and Triangles

Game Design Zen : Episode 005

What should I talk about? When I asked my friend, there was no hesitation – “Squares, Circles, and Triangles.” I asked, “Really?” And he answered, “It was my favorite! You said it would change the way I saw the world, and it did.”

  • Definitely – Squares, Circles, and Triangles (01:50)
  • Interest Curve (03:08)
    • First Idea – 8, 8, 8, … (05:18)
    • Second Idea – 1, 2, 3, … 9, 10 (06:15)
    • Initial Spike (07:10)
    • God of War 3 – Kratos vs Poseidon (09:20)
  • Convexity (10:35)
    • Quests in World of Warcraft
  • Squares, Circles, and Triangles (14:36)
  • Zen Spot – J J Abrams – Mystery Box (25:50)

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The interest curve - initial spike, rising spikes, and a climax (ending immediately afterwards)

The interest curve – initial spike, rising spikes, and a climax (ending immediately afterwards)

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