Delay: Paying Attention to Energy Mechanics
A downloadable book for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Android
Why do so many casual games tell you to stop playing them?
If you've ever run out of lives in Candy Crush Saga or played a Zynga game, you've encountered an energy mechanic – you run out of a resource, and have to stop playing while it regenerates or pay money to continue.
In this short collection of essays, Zoya Street explores energy mechanics. Each essay weaves in a new idea, and then applies those ideas to key examples from social and mobile gaming, bringing together game design theory with queer theory, anthropology and a study of the recent history of social game design.
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