Column: ‘The Esoteric Beat: Psychology of the Sim’ (Via Gamasutra News.) I’ve been following Nick Yee’s work for some time, so it was great to see this appear on Gamasutra:
Today’s ‘The Esoteric Beat,’ regular columnist Jim Rossignol’s look at the esoteric side of game design, examines Standford University’s Nick Yee’s recent New Scientist article regarding the change in a player’s behavior based on the physical appearance of their avatar.
In this extract, Rossignol expands on Yee’s research with his own thoughts.
The article touches on issues of self, not unrelated to James Paul Gee’s interests in the development of identity through video games.