Disempowerment Fantasies: How taking power away from players can create better games

Val Tamer

EnglishGame Design

Val Tamer, former Narrative Designer at Daedalic Entertainment is going to give us interesting insights about influencing player psychology through game mechanics.

Video games have often been regarded as power fantasies. Yet many releases contradict this assumption and center gameplay around powerlessness, like the survival horror genre. This talk seeks to deconstruct the role of power in video games, analyze the various mechanics of disempowerment and suggest how actively taking power from the player may serve as a tool for making better games.

Val Tamer
Hamburger Indie Treff #19 - 5. Juli 2018