Submitted by awesomeoutof 941d ago | opinion piece

Stop the clocks: Timers in game design

Inspired by the new year, writer David Chandler looks at timers and countdowns and the meaning behind their prevalence in game design, positing that a ticking clock can be "more dangerous than a horde of zombies or a legion of walking mushrooms." (Dev, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask)

hylandpad  +   942d ago
This was well written. The video game community lacks this sort of philosophical assessment of video games, especially much cherished ones such as Majora's Mask.

I never cross examined my actions when I was playing Majora's mask, never thought twice about going back in time and undoing al lthe hard work I did to ease the pains of those around me.

Now that I think about it, it is a bit of a sad catch 22 - you have to help these people to get the pieces of the puzzle you need to solve the game; but you also need to go back in time and erase the very fact that you helped them! Of course, in the end you're saving their lives, just without solving their "little" problems, even if you paradoxically, already have.
awesomeoutof  +   942d ago
Thanks for the compliment! I've always thought gaming journal could do with a bit of close analysis every now and again. Majora's Mask has spent a long time in Ocarina's shadow, but I find it so much richer in terms of clever game design.

Add comment

You need to be registered to add comments. Register here or login
New stories

Final Fantasy XV To Reveal Its “Dawn” Trailer Tomorrow At Gamescom

14m ago - Square Enix are going to reveal a new trailer for Final Fantasy XV tomorrow, titled the “Dawn.” T... | PS4

MGS V: Possible List of Chapter and Episode Names Leaked Online

14m ago - SegmentNext - With only a few weeks left until the official release of MGS V, a list of episodes... | PC

Filmwatch Contest Details

Now - Come celebrate Independence Day with us on Filmwatch and win cool prizes. | Promoted post

The Witcher 3 Broken Achievements Won’t Be Awarded Retroactively With Upcoming Patch

25m ago - The Witcher 3 broken achievements, such as the Card Collector achievement, won't be awarded retro... | PC

Xbox One Chat Pad Announced, Adds Clip Sharing and Screenshot Functionality to Game Pad

25m ago - Xbox One players will soon be able to purchase a nifty little add-on for their Xbox One consoles,... | Xbox One

Arkane Studios on Dishonored 2's Emily: A finesse character, differs from Corvo

25m ago - Back in 2012, Bethesda Softworks and Arkane Studios released a brand-new IP called Dishonored. Th... | PC