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Nils Pettersson's Blog


The science of games is a fascinating thing indeed. I have been playing them for a long time and now I find myself in a position to create them professionally.

It was a rocky road after taking my university degree in game design but I finally managed to land myself a job as a game designer. Never had I suspected that there was so much more to learn. This blog will put an academical perspective on games. It is an attempt to understand games, what makes them tick and above all, what makes them fun.

I believe that games have the potential to change players trough clever use of psychology and mechanics. I believe that games can be art, but most games are not. I believe that games have only just started their evolution to become something truly profound.

I am a relative newcomer to the business of game development. As such I have plenty of thoughts rushing through my head about game design and philosophy.


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Posted by Nils Pettersson on Wed, 16 Jan 2013 02:44:00 EST in Design, Serious
Let us start at the beginning. In order to understand games we must know their definition and what makes us play. This post is an attempt to answer those questions.

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Thank you for the comment and feedback. Allow me to retort. r n r nI have actually never observed a young animal or human that does not play or participate in behavior aimed towards learning useful skills in an organized and protected manner. Though I must admit that my knowledge ...