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Balancing Challenge and Fun

Updated Mon, Feb 25, 2008 by Messiah

It’s a well known maxim that in life the harder something is to achieve the bigger the sense of accomplishment you get when you achieve it. To go along with this once you achieve large difficult goals, tasks or projects, most people feel the need to do something even bigger or harder the next time. Once faced with and having accomplished difficult tasks most people are not content with going back to ordinary or mundane tasks.

The above can also be applied in games. Remember your favourite board games as kids: Candy land, Operation, Sorry? Do you still play them? Likely not. But what’s the reason behind this? The reason is very simple, you have moved beyond them in your need for challenge. What is the purpose of playing a game that you can very easily beat, or one that comes down to luck to determine who the winner will be?

You can read all about it in our article about Balancing challenge and fun.
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