Elegance & Engagement

Posted by in Game Design

Extra Credits recently aired a great episode about depth and complexity in games. If you haven’t watched it yet, go do so. At the end of the video, the host made the statement that most designers hold elegance in design up as the Holy Grail of their craft (mostly true) when they should instead focus on player engagement. In this article, I hope to explain why these two concepts are in reality one and the same. I believe that elegance supports and protects the engagement level of the game. I argue that elegant…read more