Today’s video looks at the concept of Fun Pain, and what it means for hurting a game’s playability and design.

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We’ve talked about feedback loops before and how powerful they are to motivate someone to keep playing a game. Given their popularity, the F2P genre has been making use of their own feedback loop to ensnare people into spending money. For today’s post, we’re going to talk about why this works and the harm it can do to game balance.

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This is the recording from my live cast with Game Economist Ramin Shokrizade. For this week, we talked about what it means to introduce microtransactions into f2p games.

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For this week’s cast, I spoke with noted Game Economist Ramin Shokrizade on the growth of monetization in the game industry, and how it impacted MMOs, free to play games, games as a service, and a lot more.

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