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Neils wrote In Play, co-wrote Game Addiction, and has taught psychology, media theory, and ethics at DigiPen. He likes libraries. 


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Posted by Neils Clark on Thu, 06 Mar 2014 05:07:00 EST in Design, Console/PC, Indie, Social/Online
J.R.R. Tolkien on why we need, and love, escape.

Posted by Neils Clark on Sat, 08 Feb 2014 07:36:00 EST in Design
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).

Posted by Neils Clark on Wed, 29 Jan 2014 08:30:00 EST in Design
Clark gives us a short, humorous look at defining the word "game," posted in response to Raph's recent "How I Analyze a Game"

Being five languages of experience. By understanding languages of experience - for cultural challenge, human engagement, human manipulation, spatiality, and aesthetics - Clark asserts that we can better understand how and why games matter.

Posted by Neils Clark on Mon, 08 Apr 2013 07:51:00 EDT in Design, Art, Console/PC, Indie, Social/Online
Being a few encounters at the 2013 GDC. Cross-posted at

Neils Clark's Comments

Comment In: [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.

Comment In: [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.

Comment In: [Blog - 02/13/2014 - 09:04]

That 's awesome Hope you ...

That 's awesome Hope you like it

Comment In: [Blog - 02/08/2014 - 07:36]

Thanks for the comment, Katy, ...

Thanks for the comment, Katy, and for giving a broader perspective on how behaviorism developed out of the psychoanalytic tradition. r n r nSpecific is good. r n r nAnd this post, taken on its own, is even intentionally surfacy. Though when we get to Rogers and Maslow and Vaillant ...

Comment In: [Blog - 02/03/2014 - 01:46]

Really straightforward analysis, Dmitri. Thanks ...

Really straightforward analysis, Dmitri. Thanks for sharing it. r n r nOne of the things I wonder about, when I read about the application of epidemiology here, from Jesse Schell, from Will Wright is where you see the pressure points of ethics If we assume that the harried parents and ...

Comment In: [Blog - 01/29/2014 - 08:30]

Though, you know, light switch ...

Though, you know, light switch is an interesting example. Even though it seems intended as a snarky snipe. P r n r nTake any haunted house, that gets to be large enough. Some bloody clown might actually be sitting in the back, with their finger on the light switch, in ...