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Neils Clark's Blog   Expert Blogs

 

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 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 01:22:00 EDT in Design
What flow theory is, where it's problematic.


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.



Neils Clark's Comments

Comment In: [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.

Comment In: [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 ...

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 ...