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June 19, 2007


I has a flavor. I'm best known for my writing, but few readers know that I'm also a shark attack survivor.

What does this have to do with videogames? Simple: videogames have to hook you right away. Of course that's true of any entertainment, including, say, blog writing. I wasn't actually attacked by a shark, but I once watched Finding Nemo, and I got you to start reading, didn't I?

Hooking gamers early on is more important than ever, since there are so many things competing for our attention these days. We have a zillion cable channels, an Internet full of crazy web pages, friends on instant-messenger, and hundreds of games to choose from. So unless something about a game grips you -- usually in the first minute or less -- then you might not invest any serious time in it. This is especially true since most of us decide to buy games after playing it for a bit at a friend's house, in a kiosk at the store, or through a downloadable demo.

Hooking gamers early is the subject of this feature on Next-Generation, which talks to some industry luminaries about how to make an impact. Designers particularly rave about God of War, which gives you a quick intro before you're in the game and fighting, then throws you into a boss fight before you hit the two-minute mark. Your eyes pop out, the drool falls... and you're sucked in for the rest of the game.

Got a gaming memory that grabbed you in the first minute? Tell me all about it!

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Edited on: June 19, 2007 4:09 PM PDT
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