- be intrinsically rewarding, and the player is up to play the game
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Imagine having our students being so engaged in a complex, goal directed activity, that self-consciousness disappears and time becomes distorted and they do it, not for external rewards but simply for the exhilaration of doing!
This is what can happen when we play well designed video games. I am sure many of us have either experienced it, or witnessed it in adults and children, that complete and energized focus on the game, the fun and fulfillment, the intense involvement, where nothing else matters but the game! What is it about playing good video games that enables this level of engagement?
This level of engagement has been referred to as ‘states of flow’ or being in 'the Zone'. Simply put, for this flow experience to occur, a game needs to: