Graphics vs Aesthetics & Playing to Win

A brief link drop:

I heard Prof. Fishman talking about the graphics and design in the pirate ship game (the one where the flag actually flew in the direction of the wind).  Unfortunately, I believe this careful attention to detail was misattributed as “great graphics” when it was in fact “careful aesthetics.”  This video is a great explanation about the differences (and why careful attention to design and detail is more important than higher polygon counts).

http://www.gametrailers.com/user-movie/extra-credits-graphics-v-aesthetics/357632

Also, if you ever find yourself bored and/or wanting to find out how to gain a master’s competitive mindset, I highly recommend David Sirlin’s Playing to Win, which is available in it’s entirety online at http://www.sirlin.net/ptw.  I particularly enjoyed the play styles sections and it’s comparisons to famous chess players.

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