Why Randomness in Games Should be Embraced — By Design

Pray to the RNG gods for a good pull, a critical hit, or a generously-laid dungeon — as the designers intended.

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Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

Your Brain is Wired to Enjoy Spontaneity

A randomly generated intricate Spelunky course
A randomly generated intricate Spelunky course
The random levels of Spelunky 2 are thoughtfully generated to be both challenging and fair. Source, https://www.igdb.com/games/spelunky-2

The Essential Balance of “Random” and “Planned”

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Game balance is difficult to get right! Photo by Jon Flobrant on Unsplash

Risk vs Reward — What’s Fair?

A Super Smash Bros player performing a “meteor spike”
A Super Smash Bros player performing a “meteor spike”
A Super Smash Bros player making a risky off-stage maneuver. Source, https://www.ssbwiki.com/Meteor_smash

The *sigh* Inevitable Loot Box Discussion

A loot box from the game “Overwatch”
A loot box from the game “Overwatch”
Will loot box mechanics continue to plague the gaming community?

Conclusion

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