Game Dynamics and Learning

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What is the difference between gameplay and game mechanics?

Game mechanics are the aspects of the game design, or rules, in which the player follows within the game world. These dictate how the player acts within the game. For example, a game mechanic of having missions and objectives for that mission forces the player to adhere to those game mechanics.

Gameplay, on the other hand, is what actually takes place when a player plays the game. Missions are the game mechanics; completing and engaging with that mission is the gameplay.

Depth in gameplay and depth in learning experience.


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