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What stand-up comedy can teach games

People love to laugh. Laughing is fun, it brings people together, some even say it’s medicinal. People love laughing so much that I’m often paid to stand up in a dark room telling jokes to strangers.

After a night attempting to make people laugh (and sometimes hideously failing) one of my favourite things to do is play video games. And I’ve started to think recently: why so serious? Wouldn’t a bit of humour liven things up, maybe even make things more believable and relatable?

It’s not that easy, of course. If all it took was someone saying ‘just be funnier’, then I’d be filling stadiums. But maybe some of the same rules that a lot of us use in stand up are transferable.

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