6 Ways Grimm Forest Will Test Your Mettle (Part 02)
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Hi there to everyone and welcome to part 2 of our dev blog post dedicated to the reasons why people falter under stress and how that relates to the Grimm Forest gameplay. As you may remember what got us started on this blog post was an article by the sport psychologist Amanda Myhrberg.
So on to reason 4 – the Ego, or as the author of the article puts it – “performance is linked directly to a person’s ego or sense of self.” This one is really tightly interwoven into the Grimm Forest concept. One of the key dilemmas in Grimm Forest is “Me Vs Us”. The player’s limited resource of Stamina Points (the “fuel” in the game) always leaves him/her wondering. Should I spend this Stamina Point for own gain (up my Sanity, get better rest, replenish my food and water reserves), so I – personally – can survive longer? Or should I help the Village? Most of the times it’s not going to be an easy choice, even if the player is quite the altruist. We also integrated additional gameplay mechanics directly related to the ego of the player, such as Socialize, Romance, Befriend and quite a few others. So, yes, your Ego will most definitely affect your performance in Grimm Forest.
At number 5 in the list comes Stereotype and the threats it poses. According to the article, stereotype threat is a situation in which the person feels him/herself to be at risk of confirming negative stereotypes about his/her social group. In Grimm Forest the player is put in a situation in which he/she has to cooperate with bunch of total strangers. Trust is key here. This guy has a different idea about what we should do next, should I listen to him? He seems to know what he’s doing, but the plan sounds quite risky. Also – the Mayor we’ve elected behaves a bit strange, to me at least. Her priorities seem out of order. Do I simply take her word for it and follow her lead? Or – strange things have happened in the Village yesterday, is it just me or somebody’s plotting something? And so on and so forth. While playing Grimm Forest you’ll face some negative stereotypes on daily and sometimes even on hourly basis. How do you deal with them is up to you. We’ve put more than enough “tools” in your hands to cope with that challenge.
Last but not least is Analysis – “paralysis by analysis or overthinking.” Careful planning plays a huge role in Grimm Forest. But since the game runs at persistent time (1 game hour = 1 real time hour) and the daily cycle is something you simply can’t ignore, it’s of utmost importance to take action. Better sooner than later. There are simply too many things that can go wrong if you don’t act in a timely fashion. The player can often miss an opportunity window that could change the whole complexion of the situation. Being decisive and pro-active is vital for your survival in Grimm Forest. There are a lot of factors to be taken into consideration though, so don’t act in a rush. We made sure there are no easy choices in the game. After all, the easy choices are also the dull and the tiring ones.
This is it. We went through all 6 key reasons why, according the sport psychology, people falter under stress. Seems like we got it all covered. What do you think?