- Physio – pleasures of the body and derived from the sensory organs.
- Socio – the enjoyment derived from relationships with others.
- Psycho – pleasure pertaining to people’s cognitive and emotional reactions.
- Ideo – pleasure from or relating to a person’s values.
As explained in the talk, these four categories of pleasure can be helpful in explaining the joy derived from games ranging from Candy Crush Saga to Call of Duty: Ghosts to Demon’s Souls.
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This Pecha Kucha style microtalk was given at the IGDA San Francisco meetup in April ’12. If you enjoyed the talk, check out some of the full length interviews on the “What is Game Design?” project page.