Everybody is always asking - where is the research? Um..here. One of the best sessions at the recent Game Developers Conference was "The Game Studies Download: Top 10 Research Findings." Ian Bogost, Mia Consalvo and Jane McGonigal presented their top ten game research findings for the year. You can download both the slides and handouts here.
My favorite finding:
The Question: “How do game events marking success vs. failure affect a player’s level of engagement?”
- More pleasure and excitement in active failure than in success
- However: passive experience of failure makes players disengage.
- Attaining a goal DECREASES player arousal and interest.
Let's just all ponder that for a minute.