The Theory of Fun
A theory of fun relates to my project in several important ways. First of all, it seems to me that good stories are more enjoyable than bad ones, and it would be nice if we could measure how enjoyable the stories in a game are (or how much fun the game is with a given set of stories). It also seems to me that there are two reasons people do things in their "free" time actual enjoyment and addiction, and I would like to figure out if the two things can be teased apart. It's quite clear that some game designs have managed to create highly addictive experience (e.g. Farmville, EverQuest); the question is whether by creating a compelling game one has done so by making it more fun or more addictive.
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