The Witness is an adventure game “without the bad parts”

Jonathan Blow’s The Witness looks wonderful and it’s shaping up to be a great adventure game. According to Jonathan though, it won’t have all the bad parts plaguing the genre:

“I’m taking the structure of a classical adventure game, but getting rid of all the things that are terrible about adventure games. I think we can make games interesting in more ways than just challenge. We can make them interesting through what happens. There are a lot of psychological studies that say explicit rewards demotivate you from the rest of the game. If you have a game that’s about getting loot, and you’re fighting monsters to get loot, you end up not necessarily being interested in fighting monsters for its own sake, you just want loot. As a game designer, I’m very careful about that. With this game I’m trying to do a lot of things about communication, and about having these moments of epiphany, understanding the world you’re in.”


The Witness is an adventure game "without the bad parts"

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