Atlas Games is doing this thing called “Reverb Gamers 2012″, with 31 question prompts to kick off 2012. I’m going to post one up each day, including weekends, throughout January. I invite you to do the same! And check out @ReverbGamers on Twitter or Facebook.
REVERB GAMERS 2012, #17: What was the best reward you’ve ever gotten in a game? What made it so great? How much do you need tangible rewards (loot, leveling, etc.) to enjoy a game?
As a dirty, hippie story gamer, the best reward I’ve gotten in a game in the game itself.
No, seriously. I cannot recall any item or treasure that I’ve gained in a game that has been memorable. That’s not what turns my gamer crank.
That said, the act of acquisition & progression are important psychological reinforcement cycles to reinforce a moment of accomplishment. Long, long ago, when I did Master Plan podcast, I did an episode on my personal theories on advancement. I should revisit that topic as a blog post.