How to make the game “flow”

It feels good when you are in the flow. You feel like growing, but at the same time mastering the task at hand. It is not easy, but it feels good.

Teams have the flow as well. It is when they are achieving a lot, putting a lot of effort into it as well and getting rewards. To me it seems like Toyota Word Rally Team is in the flow at the moment, whatever they do they get the results and feel like winning!

The flow is also important  for game designers. When designing games you want to help players to feel the same. In my mind there are some specific things to keep in mind when designing event specific outdoor games.

a) Time is limited
You can train for days for computer games and become proficient enough to feel the flow. Playing basketball will take years to be proficient enough to enjoy it. Playing event based games will grant player only minutes to get reasonably good at it. So games cannot be overly complicated.

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