Game Theory and Pigeons

Why compare mathematical studies with visual novels about pigeons, such as Hatoful Boyfriend (Mediatonic, 2014)? Because, surprisingly, they have something in common: game theory. Game theory is the mathematical study of decision-making, outlined by Morganstern and Von Neumann; game theory specifically looks at how the player plans their course, what information is available at every … Continue reading Game Theory and Pigeons

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Dark Souls and Flow

  Psychologist and theorist Csikszentmihalyi conducted decades of research to understand how certain pleasurable activities induced a phenomenon called “flow”, which he later defined as “a state of peak enjoyment, energetic focus, and creative concentration experienced by people engaged in adult play” (Csikszentmihalyi, 2000). As noted by Salen and Zimmerman (2004), flow is important to … Continue reading Dark Souls and Flow