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Health Bars: An Overlooked Mechanic

A few days ago I (Andrew Otton) got into a discussion with a friend of mine about some mechanics that get glossed over / forgotten due to their ubiquity. While this was happening we happened to be bouncing back some videos to one another where a fighting game showed up and I noticed how much my eye was drawn to the health bars at the top. How fast my heart began to beat the lower they were and the sudden excitement and/or disappointment when they disappeared.

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