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Submission + - Dealing with Fairness and Balance in Video Games

MarkN writes: "Video games are subject to a number of balance issues traditional games have largely stayed free from. It can be hard finding players of comparable skill-level to create even matchups, diverse gameplay options can quickly become irrelevant if someone finds a broken feature of gameplay that beats everything else, and some online games make your ability to play competitively a question of how much time and money you've invested in a game rather than the skill you possess. In this article, I talk about some of the issues relating to fairness and balance in games, in terms of the factors and strategies under the player's control, the game's role in potentially handicapping players, and the role a community of gamers plays in setting standards for how games are to be played. I'd be very interested in hearing the community's thoughts on managing a 'fair and balanced' gaming experience."
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Dealing with Fairness and Balance in Video Games

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