>Game Design and Apple Design

23 Feb

>From a great article on metagaming at

The more fea­tures an appli­ca­tion has, the more uneasy a user can feel. This prin­ci­pal is one rea­son why Apple’s prod­ucts tend to be so sat­is­fy­ing to use. The more lim­ited a product’s func­tion­al­ity, the eas­ier one can mas­ter it. And feel­ing like a mas­ter of your tools is a won­der­ful thing.

I would even say it’s simpler than that: more simplicity = less stress. It’s not so much the feeling that I’ve accomplished everything I can with my iPhone and its apps, it’s that it’s so easy for me to figure out how to do things I’ve never even tried before.

The rest of the article is about creating challenges outside of games to accomplish in-game. It’s form also follows the topic of metagaming, allowing you to hide areas you’ve already read.

Another nugget:

And like per­fectly fit clothes, that feel­ing is
empow­er­ing. A para­dox, then: the less you enable peo­ple to
do, the more they will do.


Posted by on February 23, 2010 in Gadgets, Videogames


4 responses to “>Game Design and Apple Design

  1. Matt

    February 25, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    >Now, the sat­is­fac­tion of “com­ple­tion” isn’t quite the same as “whole­ness” but it’s related.I think it’s a sig­nif­i­cant rea­son why peo­ple get less out of read­ing for the web: there’s always more.Certainly. I haven't thought about it so much, but I will often avoid media that is long, tedious or difficult that I have little chance of completing…. I don't think it reflects well on me.

  2. eriK

    February 25, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    >I'm not sure about it being a poor quality, I think that's the reality of living in age of endless info. I definitely like the feeling of a completed issue of Wired, but I would sometimes avoid reading it knowing that I'd be sucked in and have to finish it cover-to-cover.

  3. Matt

    February 25, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    >Heh, I figure, I could be reading Dostoevsky or Nietzsche or the Bible, but no, I'm looking up message board forums. ;)

  4. Matt

    February 25, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    >This David fella has me nodding my head an awful lot.


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