1. Humans are impatient

      written by Ray Benefield
      Some great comments so far over the course of the past week. Glad that I was able to start some conversation amongst the readers. From what I've heard many people were glad to see social networking covered in that sort of depth. While for some of us game designers, bloggers, and what-nots understand the power of networking, a lot of our readers and customers do not. I hope to change that with a lot of topics, offering more depth to the general public giving them a little incite into something that they have only seen the surface of. Next topic... humans are impatient by nature.

      No Proof Required


      I'm not going to provide direct proof at this moment. Over time if you pay attention to what I say both in this post and in future posts you will realize it if you don't already. "But Ray, I'm patient... what about me?" You, my friend, had to be taught patience. Remember when your parents used to tell you "Wait 'til after dinner and you can have your ice cream."? You cannot help but be anxious at first. Some of us can push that feeling aside after a few moments, but that want for ice cream NOW still hits you. Guess that was sort of proof, eh? Guess I lied about not giving you some ;).

      The Connection


      Humans being impatient is one of those few things that designers, developers, writers, magicians, musicians, and all other sorts of careers, can count on as a response to their material. This major detail can also be the reason for many other smaller details that help those of us who create things for human interaction. One example of those smaller details is the idea of a quick reward system. That's tomorrow's topic, so be patient my friends. You will get your info.

      That's all folks


      Today I just wanted all of you to fully accept that humans are impatient. This will be the basis for a lot of discussion for future topics when it comes to building maps, games, websites, blogs, etc for human consumption. If you are still reading at that time, I'll make sure to remind you about this article. Stay tuned tomorrow, when I show you guys one way people use YOUR impatience to THEIR advantage. That's right peepz... they are using that against you. I leave you with this:

      6 comments:

      Prod said...

      If you think about it. Where you touched upon using MY impatience, i see what you mean completely. No one wants a slow computer, or a slow download speed, or a long journey time.

      GodlyPerfection said...

      Definitely... think about how much games feed off of a player's impatience. Think of how players play impatiently. Naturally in Halo, players tend to take the shortest path possible until they are encouraged otherwise, either by dangers in the shortest path or a power weapon in a longer path.

      Prod said...

      Bungie punish players for betrayals by increasing the respawn time...

      GodlyPerfection said...

      Rofl... what a small but definitely true point. A player's patience is punished if they betray another player. Because it makes them wait so long people tend to stop doing it, cuz the more they betray the less they play. What other examples can you think of where impatience is used against you?

      Prod said...

      Rapidshare, and similar sites, give free users long download times and a 1m countdown before you can start downloading. They also make it so you can't have more than one download at a time. Making you want to buy the faster premium.

      GodlyPerfection said...

      Good, good. The world is filled with examples like that. Being aware of that kind of stuff will help you understand things just a bit more and help you make more educated decisions.