007 : Not Your Average Joe – Difficulty, Engagement, and Cookie Clicker

Game Design Zen : Episode 007

Joe challenged me, “balanced difficulty is missing the mark.” And then, he pointed to games like Farmville, city simulators, and Cookie Clicker. He had some good points. He is not your average Joe.


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