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12 December, 2006

Simplicity is simply not appreciated
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 7:03 PM

As regular readers know, I am not a big fan of oversimplification in games. Some games are meant to be hard, and that adds to the enjoyment. So, sometimes it’s nice to see someone else agree with this sentiment, even if it is in another discipline.

Don Norman, the author of the often recommended book The Design of Everyday Things, writes that simple isn’t really better to most people. In fact, most people actually prefer something more complicated because it means they are getting their money worth. If you pay more, then you want more options.

I think this can carry over into games as well.
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