"Social is not just about friends. Social is everything to do with other people, every time it matters that a character is a person, not an NPC."
In this free GDC Vault
video from GDC Online 2012, CCP Games's Matthew Woodward explained the three pillars that CCP relied on to make EVE Online
into a compelling sandbox MMO worth coming back to, in his talk 'The Other White Meat: Design Architecture for Sandbox Games'
Woodward later defines the meaning of sandbox in more detail in this Gamasutra interview
. He also refers to Scott Rigby's model of intrinsic motivators covered in this GDC Online 2009 talk
, available for those with paid GDC Vault subscriptions.
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