Neils Clark's Blog
Neils wrote In Play, co-wrote Game Addiction, and has taught psychology, media theory, and ethics at DigiPen. He likes libraries.
Designing to encourage balanced sessions.
What flow theory is, where it's problematic.
J.R.R. Tolkien on why we need, and love, escape.
The co-author of Game Addiction explores The Ding, B.F. Skinner, and the line between radical behaviorism and fun. An excerpt from his forthcoming In Play (hence the mentions of book).
Clark gives us a short, humorous look at defining the word "game," posted in response to Raph's recent "How I Analyze a Game"
Neils Clark's Comments
[Blog - 11/12/2015 - 12:20]
Twine was my turning point, ...
Twine was my turning point, for being able to sit down and code in different languages. r n r nThere 's something about fully grasping a system for complex backend stuff that 's extremely informative let alone satisfying on academic and creative levels.
[Blog - 07/14/2015 - 02:53]
What are the biggest, most ...
What are the biggest, most worrisome misconceptions we get by conflating internet addiction disorder with GAD, IGD, or whatever we 're calling problematic gaming
[Blog - 04/17/2015 - 02:06]
I 'm biased, but I ...
I 'm biased, but I think you 've put to words an important piece of game development history.
[Blog - 04/15/2015 - 02:28]
Being either a kept artist ...
Being either a kept artist or occupying the folks ' place might be good, for some, but I never liked either. Both came with emotionally unhealthy stuff, neither offered a good place to create. That s just me. But it wasn 't fully clear until after those were done. r ...
[Blog - 03/06/2014 - 05:07]
Thanks On Faerie Stories is ...
Thanks On Faerie Stories is definitely a recommended read for anyone interested in the nature of immersion. Tolkien is talking about the elves, but if you read between the lines it 's a really timeless piece.
[News - 03/06/2014 - 10:54]
I enjoy the pacing, though ...
I enjoy the pacing, though definitely see the conundrum. r n r nI had this really wonderful moment where I 'd forgotten about it, and suddenly felt really worried that the fire might have gone out. r n r nBut was ultimately delighted at what had happened instead.