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|Session Name:||Great Expectations: Empowering Player Expression|
|Track / Format:||Game Design|
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|Overview:||As an industry, we are in constant reaction to what we perceive to be player's expectations. We build upon precedents avoiding player's alienation. This is helping us define industry standards and is essential to establish a common language. Unfortunately, our obsession with new mechanics sometimes compromises this language. Consequently, player's expression fades away and playing becomes more about learning and less about feeling. This lecture explores this problem from the ground up, identifies principles to understand it and progress towards possible design solutions. It provides freedom for players to express meaningful thoughts and liberate them from repetitive low level mechanic training.|