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Ara Shirinian is a video game developer, writer, and co-host of Chatterbox Video Game Radio. Most recently he was design lead on Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion for the 3DS. His gameography also includes The Red Star, Cars: Mater-National, Dood's Big Adventure, and NightSky. His specialties are player psychology, mechanics design, and human-computer interaction. You can find out more about Ara at http://www.shirinian.net and http://chatterboxgameshow.com. Features Ara has written for Gamasutra include:

 

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In this talk I discuss some of the precise mechanisms by which F2P games are most successfully monetized, and the psychological tradeoffs and consequences involved.



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Comment In: [Blog - 07/17/2014 - 06:53]

I have found the following ...

I have found the following structure of categories useful to distinguish creative works: r n r n 1- art that is only observeable, not interact-able. r n 2- interactive art that is not a game, for the purpose of communicating a message exclusive to what is accomplished in 3. r ...

Comment In: [Blog - 06/16/2014 - 10:51]

One of the problems with ...

One of the problems with the way you argue your position is that you seem to assume that if the player base had not been divided by the inclusion of an option like no seeking arrows, that everybody in the total population would still play the game. r n r ...

Comment In: [Blog - 07/01/2014 - 03:32]

Keith, I get the impression ...

Keith, I get the impression that when the word 'perfect ' is thrown around in the way you describe at the beginning, it is less of a case of a strawman strictly speaking and more of a case of most people unintentionally conflating the term 'perfect ' with something that ...

Comment In: [Blog - 06/24/2014 - 04:41]

Thanks for the info Stephen. ...

Thanks for the info Stephen. I hope that these kinds of things are eventually considered as fair use. After all, the primary/unique value of such content is interest in the competition itself, and not the product that is being used as a stage for the action.

Comment In: [News - 05/15/2014 - 02:58]

Awareness of psychology does not ...

Awareness of psychology does not impart immunity to it. r n r nOutside of situations that psychologically exploit your engagement, you have no personal or professional obligation to titrate your media consumption by any pattern other than your own motivational whimsy. r n r nThe benefits of spending your time ...

Comment In: [Blog - 05/14/2014 - 04:49]

I did not find Markus ...

I did not find Markus Persson 's words smug, dismissive, or manipulative, I thought they voiced a worthwhile concern in 140 characters or less. Namely, that once certain negative cultural dynamics take hold upon younger generations, they accumulate a certain stickiness to their momentum that becomes increasingly difficult to reverse. ...