012 : A Recipe for Simplicity? Rock Band 4, Civilization, and Bushnell’s Law

Game Design Zen : Episode 012

I’d waited months for Rock Band 4 to arrive. And when it did, the guitar didn’t work! Find out what happens as we explore the recipe for Simplicity in games.

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  • Rock Band 4 (01:00)
  • Ikea Effect – Dan Ariely (07:00)
  • A Recipe For Simplicity (09:10)
  • “100 ways to simplify life” (11:00)
  • Simplicity recipe (13:00)
    • Core – “Your garden is not complete until there’s nothing else you can remove” – Will Wright
    • Limited ChoiceBarry Schwartz – Paradox of Choice & Destiny (15:00)
    • Intuitive – Block 64. Hearthstone. (17:00)
    • Players’ Perspective (20:20)
      • Civilization – Sid Meier
    • CLIP (25:00)
  • Zen Moment – Bushnell’s Law – (29:00)
    • “Easy to Learn, Difficult to Master”

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