Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2011 about Game Design on Tuesday 15th March

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  • Long After the Thrill: Sustaining Passionate Users

    by Stephen Anderson

    Suffering from "game fatigue" yet? While many sites have slapped on badges and points to make things more engaging, the companies that "get it" have a better understanding of the psychology behind motivation. They know how to design sites that keep people coming back again and again.

    So what are the secrets? What actually motivates people online? How do you create sustained interest in your product or service? We'll look at everything from game design to learning theories to neuroscience to understand what motivates--and demotivates--people over the long haul.

    NOTE: This is a follow-up to the 2010 SXSW presentation "Seductive Interactions" where I focused primarily on initial engagement. Where that presentation discussed "getting to first base" with our users, this one looks much farther out at how to create "lifelong love and devotion."

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Tuesday 15th March

    In Ballroom A, Austin Convention Center

    Coverage slide deck

  • Interactive Canon: Press Pick The Best Games Ever

    by Evan Lahti

    What videogames are canon? As game designers seek recognition for being more than swindlers of flashing color that produce violent youth, fashioning a definitive list of the most affecting, imaginative, and significant interactive experiences is a productive step toward gaming gaining some small amount of recognition on terms other than its own.

    Are games old enough to have an essential group of titles worthy of the Library of Congress? If an alien traveler arrived to earth and we only had videogames to share as a representation of our culture, would we sit them down in front of Mario or World of Warcraft? Halo or Half-Life? BioShock or Ms. Pac-Man?

    Gathering a team of gaming journalists from PC Gamer magazine, Gamesradar.com, PlayStation: The Official Magazine and Official Xbox Magazine, we'll carry the flag of our favorite titles to form a cumulative must-play list, modifying and reranking our canon as our discussion progresses, not without help from audience participation. Our panelists will argue and debate not for the sake of settling arguments suitable for an internet forum, but for creating a useful, definitive list of must-play experiences for gamers and gaming-interested consumers based on useful critical criteria. Our panel has a cumulative 40-year background of covering games.

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Tuesday 15th March

    In Room 12AB, Austin Convention Center

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