How do you design a game with innovative mechanics that teaches players how to play it, without confusing or frustrating them?
That's a question indie developer Asher Vollmer tangled with on-stage at GDC 2014, when -- a month after releasing his hit mobile puzzle game Threes -- he tried to help fellow devs try to make better game tutorials.
His talk covers the essential elements of a quality in-game teaching experience and the steps to take to empower your players without patronizing them. It's worth watching, because it deftly breaks down how to prime your players, how to help them internalize a game's mechanics, and the steps involved in iterating a game tutorial's design.
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