Why do so many casual games tell you to stop playing them?
If you've ever run out of lives in Candy Crush Saga or played a Zynga game, you've encountered an energy mechanic - you run out of a... More > resource, and have to stop playing while it regenerates or pay money to continue.
In this short collection of essays, Zoya Street explores energy mechanics. Each essay weaves in a new idea, and then applies those ideas to key examples from social and mobile gaming, bringing together game design theory with queer theory, anthropology and a study of the recent history of social game design.
NOTE: this is a mini-book of just over 12000 words.< Less