The Experience Points Podcast
A weekly video game podcast from the co-writers of
EXP Podcast #32: Wimping Out Trying to make a game simultaneously accessible and challenging while also retaining a cogent plot is a daunting task.  Inspired by Julian "rabbit" Murdoch's piece about his son's gaming habits and a recent Gamasutra post by Leigh Alexander, we discuss the nebulous subject of challenge in games.  Using the articles to focus the discussion, we explore the necessity of challenge, different ways of testing players' skills, and how we view the evolution of game difficulty.  Such a hard topic means we need your help to do it justice, so feel free to join the discussion in the comments.

Some discussion starters:

- Do you see a trajectory in terms of the games' difficulties over the years?  If so, how and why have they changed?
- Have you ever considered quitting a game due to its difficulty, but decided instead to fight through it?  Was this rewarding?
- To what extent do players and designers share the burden of accessibility?

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Show notes:

- Run time: 27 min 04 sec
- "Wimp," by Julian "rabbit" Murdoch, via Gamers With Jobs
- "Can Nintendo Take 'Accessibility' too Far?" by Leigh Alexander, via Gamasutra
- Music provided by Brad Sucks
Direct download: EXP_Podcast_32_Wimping_Out.mp3
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