GAMES: Historical truths [was Re: The games are all crap...]

From: Steve (
Date: Sun Jul 23 2000 - 09:14:28 MDT

Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2000 16:30:39 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Robert J. Bradbury" <>
Subject: GAMES: Historical truths [was Re: The games are all crap...]

>Regarding making "good" games. It is an interersting question as
>to what seduces people into games -- currently the paradigm would
>seem to suggest good graphics is a necessity -- in contrast the
>1970's games had *no* graphics -- you had to map the game entirely
>in your head. I wonder if there are two types of people -- those
>who can create mental images reflecting a reality and those who
>require the images to be painted for them who would be enrolled
>into very different game presentations.

Hi Robert,

There are more than two types I am sure! Building addiction into games
depends on things such as age group as well as the rest, since the bits of
games that 8 yr olds like best, adults like least &c. Things like ease to
set up, repeatability, and getting the skill to luck ration right are

As you say, graphics aren't the whole story, and are sometimes a substitute
for game play. If only the graphics were important, you might as well watch
a film.


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