I play D&D about once a week. A friend of mine is taking on the Games Master mantle again, and I’ve been discussing game mastering with him recently. One thing we agree on: don’t be too nice to your players.
I’m an avid gamer, D&D player, and I collect/paint wargaming miniatures. I also play the occasional board game.
If I review a specific game or setting, it’ll be in the reviews category, but general thoughts end up here.
I was at a neuromarketing presentation two weeks ago. When I saw some of the techniques used, I was immediately reminded of video games, specifically of a video Jim Sterling did on some of the practices in video game marketing. Then I read that the Dutch gambling authority is looking into possibly classifying loot boxes in video games as gambling, as is Belgium and Hawaii. Clearly, something is up.
Open-world video games are all the rage these days. The number of video games touting the label is huge, from Skyrim to Far Cry to the Witcher 3. They can be very fun to play, but they do have downsides, especially concerning storytelling.