Social games like Destiny are based on a clever business model where the mode of participation is endless investment. … “ Social ” is as big a thing in video games as it is anywhere else in tech and digital media. … games are supposed to be about the player first and foremost; there is, developers say, “emergent storytelling” derived from the experiences players have in game fictions that is richer and more meaningful than any linear narrative an author could design .

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