Self-determination theory at GDC

on Mar 29, 2013
In a previous article, I argued that theories of motivation that include a diverse range of motivators might be more useful to game designers than parsimonious theories that pick out a small handful of motivators as primary. Apparently, I have much...

Productivity and Replay Value

on Mar 18, 2013
One of the things that has captured my attention recently is the replay value of games. If you have already played through a game once (assuming it isn't a game with new released content), why play it again? Some players take joy in reliving a...

Sixteen ways to motivate

on Feb 22, 2013
7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The 8 Essential Steps to Conflict Resolution. I’ll be the first to agree that including an arbitrary number in a headline makes an article sound like something that you’d find in the bargain bin of your local...

The trouble with trolls

on Jan 31, 2013
I have been digesting the fascinating blog post by Whitney Phillips over at Ethnography Matters about her ethnography of trolling. Phillips studied trolling communities like 4chan's /b/ board, the Internet Hate Machine (Anonymous), and Facebook...

Intrinsic/extrinsic motivation: A false dichotomy?

on Jan 14, 2013
The impact of Deci & Ryan’s self-determination theory in social psychology is difficult to overstate. This is the source of the frequently argued point that intrinsic motivation (motivation to do something based on inherent properties of the...

Presence and Games – An interview with Paul Skalsk...

on Dec 5, 2012
Back in October I gave a talk at the 2012 conference for the International Society for Presence Researchers.  While there I sat in on a number of fascinating presentations, including several by Dr. Paul Skalski, professor and researcher in the...