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In this classic GameTek, Geoff looks at semi-cooperative games, and the particular challenges they create for social dynamics.

Duration: 06:13

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Mike and Geoff discuss player motivations. What makes people want to play games? How do you design games to appeal to that type of player?

Duration: 1:16:16

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In this classic GameTek, Geoff discusses the smart design choices made by the designers of Cosmic Encounter.

Duration: 06:15

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Mike and Geoff interview a panoply of designers of designers at the Gathering of Friends to hear about what inspires them.

Duration: 46:36

 

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In this classic GameTek, Geoff talks about the psychological state called 'Flow'.

Duration: 6:41

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Mike and Geoff are thrilled to have special guest Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari games.  What were the game design considerations of the early video game industry? When you are inventing an entire new genre, where do you look for ideas?

Duration: 42:15

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In this classic GameTek Geoff discusses a study that looks at how much people enjoy just sitting with nothing to do.

Duration: 05:43

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Mike and Geoff present the third and final part of the game design checklist. You can download the full checklist from http://cardboardedison.com/, under the Featured Content link.

Duration: 1:08:30

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In this classic GameTek, Geoff takes a look at an 'interesting' game from the 1994 Caribbean Cup soccer tournament.

Duration: 06:58

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Mike and Geoff continue their discussion of the Game Design checklist, with questions about game mechanics.

Duration: 01:16:59

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