The best thing Patapon creator Hiroyuki Kotani says in his new interview with Gamasutra is a simple lesson I wish more developers would learn:
In my previous career as a teacher, what I learned is that if my students are happy, they would learn more; so, we had to praise them rather than scolding them. So, that’s the biggest hint I got for the creation of games: I have to make the users happier, so they would feel like they are encouraged to go to the next stage.
As an example: one of the keys to Rock Band‘s success compared to Harmonix’s earlier rhythm games like Amplitude and Frequency wasn’t just the real-world fantasy of its plastic peripherals, but the subtle but constant reinforcement of just how brilliant you’re doing, what a fantastic rock star you actually are, when the in-game audience cheers your star-power successes and sings along to ‘your’ vocals when the full band’s maxing out their meters.
Developers: do more of this.
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