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I have a question, but before I ask it, I want to make sure its on topic for this site. Is the following question acceptable for this site? If not, is there a way I can change it to make it acceptable?

Seth Priebatsch recently gave a tedtalk entitled “Building the game layer on top of the world.” In it, Seth described four “game dynamics,” techniques used by game designers to make games fun and addictive. The four dynamics that Priebtsch described were:

  1. Appointment dynamic-a dynamic in which to succeed, one must return at a predefined time to take a predetermined action. (Real life example: happy hour)
  2. Influence and status-the ability of one player to modify the behavior of another's actions through social pressure. (Example: different color credit cards as a reflection of status)
  3. Progression dynamic-a dynamic in which success is granularly displayed and measured through the process of completing itemized tasks. (Example: linkedin profile progress bar)
  4. Communal discovery-a dynamic wherein an entire community is rallied to work together to solve a challenge. (Example: finding interesting content on Digg)

Seth explained these four game dynamics in his talk and added that his company has an additional three. I'm curious if anyone has any guesses about what those other three game dynamics might be.

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It's about making games fun, therefore it's about game design, therefore it's about game development, therefore it's on-topic.

I figure pretty much anything game-specific that happens before the game is released is on-topic here.

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Question seems totally on topic to me. Broad Game design questions are cool here, and that seems like an answerable question as well.

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