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Session Name: Designing for Multiple Minds: Crafting the Craft of Player Dynamics
Speaker(s): Kimberly Voll, Weszt Hart
Company Name(s): Stray Bombay, Riot Games
Track / Format: Design

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Overview: Over the last 40 years game design has largely focused on the mechanics of the game itself, rather than the complexity of human players, who bring their own needs, expectations, and interpretations into the game. This is especially apparent today with the dominance of online games and players' increasing social expectations as we struggle to foster healthy player-to-player interactions that bring out the best in our games vs. the worst in our players. To help this talk introduces "Player Dynamics", a design craft to address how player interactions and motivations create and enhance our in-game and meta-game experiences. Already an established part of Riot Games' design department and increasingly at other companies, the talk will focus on the how and why, give applied examples, and equip designers with tools and frameworks to intentionally design for healthier player dynamics, whether launching a new title or improving an old one.

GDC Summer 2020

Kimberly Voll

Stray Bombay

Weszt Hart

Riot Games

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