The Super Mario Effect
- The Super Mario Effect: Focusing on the Princess and not the pits, to stick with a task and learn more
- Learning firm but not being focusing on the failures
- Less failure leads to higher success rate
Nintendo is a great game company. They've built lots of great games with a kind of "magic". Under the effect of this "magic", players like myself would experience a true form of joy and enjoy the game more.
I think The Super Mario Effect aligns with the idea of Flow as well:
- The Flow theory says
- With a challenge that's a little bit higher than our current ability, we are more likely to get into the flow state and learn/work faster.
- In The Super Mario Effect:
- The Princess is our clear goal.
- The game was designed so that every challenge we face is slightly over our ability, or a little bit harder than the previous challenge.
- Then we are easier to get into the flow state, because the goal is clear and the challenge we are facing right now is a low-hanging fruit that requires us to jump to pick.