Just Your Luck

February 17, 2008 at 4:14 pm (Game Balance, Game Design, Philosophy) (, , )

Though the phrase “games of chance” tends to refer to gambling, random elements show up to a greater or lesser degree in many other games.  In fact, in many genres, they are so ingrained that it is difficult to imagine playing the game without them.

On the face of it, this is rather odd.  Games are fundamentally about making decisions–whether strategizing or just “playing around”–and adding in random outcomes can only reduce the amount of control the player has.  Why would so many games engage in such an apparently self-defeating behavior?  Other than the ones that are doing it to get your money, I mean.

Well, I think there are three significant reasons a for game to include randomness…

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