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Massaging the maths

While at GDC 2017 I put my focus on attending talks. Last year was very much about being in the press room looking at builds of games and doing interviews while the hubbub of the conference went on in the North and West halls of the Moscone. This year I wanted to hear as much as I could about the different bits of the industry. I wanted to be surprised and informed and to be told other people's stories.

I think, in doing so, one of the effects was to remind me how these strange and beautiful videogame worlds warp around the players. That might sound obvious because these are worlds built for people and if people don't want to be there then… that's bad news for the game in the vast majority of cases. But all of the little reminders were fascinating. Not least how there's a gap between stuff like what's mathematically truly random and what players perceive as being so.

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Philippa Warr: Pip wrote for Rock Paper Shotgun between 2014-2017, covering everything from MOBAs, hero brawlers and indie curios. She also had a keen interest in the artistry of video game creation, and was very partial to keeping us informed of the latest developments in British TV show Casualty.
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