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Al Gore on What Makes a Good Video Game

What qualities does the former vice president think games should have? Al Gore shared some of his thoughts on the subject

Want proof that video games have gone mainstream? Look no further than ex-vice president Al Gore, who called gaming "the new normal" at the Games for Change conference at New York University.

Gore touched on a number of topics during his discussion, including the concept of "gamification" and his own relationship with gaming (turns out the last game he played seriously was Pong).

"This is a very large, extremely significant industry, with a radically diverse and growing audience of players on all kinds of platforms," Gore said.

Gore also shared the four qualities that he thinks makes for a good videogame. They include the need to be immediately engaging ("Within the first five seconds," Gore said); make it possible to "win fast"; be visually consistent, and offer plenty of badges, levels and awards (as well as "major moments.")

An interesting take by the former vice president on games. Do you agree?


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