Rampant Games - Positive and Negative Feedback Loops
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August 17th, 2009, 17:18
Simple positive feedback example - a side-scrolling shooter. You get levels which are insanely hard UNLESS you are good enough to get the power-ups… in which case, it's actually easy. Your power-ups have you shooting a zillion bullets per second, wiping out whole waves of enemies in moments - they hardly even have time to shoot.
So if you are fairly skilled, the game gets easier.
But woe betide the player who isn't good enough to get the pick-ups. The level is going to be much, much harder for the unskilled player. So the difficulty is always about the same regardless of your progress in the game.
Negative feedback example: Oblivion's scaling monsters. No matter how weak (or tough) you are, nearly every monster is right around your difficulty level.
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