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The Elder Game

There comes a point when players have advanced so far that they feel they have achieved everything that they set out to achieve. They are no longer interested in the activities that used to occupy their time: They feel they have “made it.” The question then arises: What can they do instead?

Who Plays the Elder Game?

The content that occupies players in advanced states of immersion is known as the elder game[101]. It deals with four types of player, each with differing needs. In hero's journey terms, these are those who are in the following states:

[101] The term was first coined by Raph Koster. Although he applied it to game-type virtual worlds (hence the name), it extends to non-game virtual worlds, too.


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