Erin Hoffman notes
New theory of fun — fun is learning. depth hierarchy goes down to neuroscience.
Lesson 1: kids are smarter than you — games were fun but they weren’t learning anything. Deep affective state.
Fun is learning is the beginning, not the end
The emotion lens — seven universal emotions across all cultures
Fun isn’t one emotion, but a sequence or a process
Fun is Sophia, the game learn emotion, cognitive mechanical process converting fear into happiness through surprise
Sophia games: connected to real world, exploration, “ordered state”, fulfilling feeling
Meaningful games connect game to world
Each action creates an emotion
We know the effect we want to achieve, but trick is FINDING the emotion