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Empiricism in Gameplay

I needed a word that didn't explicitly tell the viewer what to look for. "Prey" or "Predator" would have made it too obvious, and I certainly didn't want to say "find the fox" or "find the animal".

I used the word "threat" because the act of finding the fox in the image represents our survival mechanisms being put to use, even if the animal is not a real threat, if you heard rustling in the foliage, the first instinct is to assume it's a threat.

Good point. Hmm. Maybe "You hear a rustling in the foliage. Find the source, lest you be eaten by a grue!"
Empiricism in Gameplay

You're criticism is welcome. We are certainly trying to make the game more than just a cheer, and I realize the information in my posts is a bit vague, but that's because I really, really don't want to spoil the game.

2011 Less Wrong Census / Survey

Hopefully this new survey will reveal more diversity and will be taken by more than ~160 users.

Rationality Quotes October 2011

"I can do parkour for the rest of my life without even moving. Just efficient thinking."

  • Ryan Doyle, parkour athlete
Gameplay Art

here's our website The game is still very much in development.

Gameplay Art

I would say that games are a medium for expression. It doesn't have to be artistic expression.

Rationality and Video Games

Puzzle games are everywhere, but they only make you better at solving those exact puzzles

On a previous article I posted here, a user asked me if it was going to be an educational game or just one that promotes rationality. For your reason above, we are designing the game mostly to promote the concept of rationality, rather than teach it.

Johnathan Blow had this to say about puzzles:

"A good puzzle to me is one that when you understand it, you not only understand the solution to the puzzle, but that also illuminates something else that you hadn't tho... (read more)

Gameplay Art

My plan is to make the first area a "playground" of game mechanics to make it feel like a "lived-in" place. You're essentially leaving your "home" to go on an adventure. Your example of Ender's Game is fascinating. Thanks for the advice.

As an experienced game player, my usual reaction to this kind of thing is to turn around and make sure I've exhausted all the content that comes before the Point of No Return [] - that cat's going to be waiting for me anyway, even if I do turn around and go back [], so why hurry?
I'm glad to hear this! With this explanation, the metaphor seems much more robust. And I'm totally with you on everything else in this entry, so I'm looking forward to seeing more about how you intend to convey concepts through gameplay. Also, the graphics (and/or mockup) look pretty cool. :)
You're welcome.
Rationality and Video Games

Well, what a coincidence, I'm making a game to promote rationality as well:

also an older post:

We are taking an "expression through gameplay" approach to ensure that the game remains fun. There won't be any text whatsoever outside of maybe titling the level when you enter it. It's a puzzle game, so it's going to ask the player to think in a variety of different ways. Thinking about how to solve problems is an important... (read more)

Oh, cool, I just posted a comment to your new article, not realizing you had a comment here. Puzzle games are everywhere, but they only make you better at solving those exact puzzles (or very similar ones). The player doesn't carry that knowledge out of the game and into the world. I want to make games that teach skills that the player can apply to the real world. I'll keep in touch, and let you know what my next project will be. May be we can pull our resources together and make it happen.
A Gameplay Exploration of Yudkowsky's "Twelve Virtues"

Right now it will be a direct download Windows game. We are exploring the possibility of a browser version as well.

A Gameplay Exploration of Yudkowsky's "Twelve Virtues"

Aside from telling the player how to play, our aim is to avoid telling the player what to do. Our belief is that the game mechanics in combination with the level design ought to be sufficient for guiding the player toward the objective.

We've discussed the 12th virtue extensively and I think we've settled on a very nice way of handling it.

My credence that this game will be awesome just went up by about three bits.

A Gameplay Exploration of Yudkowsky's "Twelve Virtues"

Like I said: any well-defined system can be turned into a game. I wonder how many more people would enjoy cooking if it were "gamified".

A Gameplay Exploration of Yudkowsky's "Twelve Virtues"

We are trying to make a fun game that promotes the concept, and I would say that is the best way to engage players, thus opening up their minds for learning.

Mini-camp on Rationality, Awesomeness, and Existential Risk (May 28 through June 4, 2011)

I'm making a game about rationality that could possibly serve as an activity for these kinds of camps. But I don't have enough Karma to post about it here. You can read a bit about it here:

and here:

The game is currently in the prototyping phase.

I think that game playing as well as game development can be powerful tools for learning in general, and my goal with this game is to craft a learning experience with ... (read more)

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