think twice before using ingrained conventions

Game developers should think twice before including ingrained game conventions such as combat, death, and trial-and-error gameplay. Trial and error in games undermines emotional experiences and “keeps the machinery opaque.” It is un-immersive because it “chips away at the make-believe,” forcing the player to examine the game machinery to figure out how to beat the system.

and a really interesting blog post about Indie games as inspiration
http://www.theastronauts.com/2012/10/reboot-your-aaa-brain/

 

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