The writer of this article, John "Toast" Garcia, is one of the many contributors of this site who also double as talented level designers and world builders. As such, they will from time to time offer insight on topics such as game design and developer opinion pieces. This is one such article.
Immersion is one of the most important aspects in determining how good most games can be, but what is it? If you search the dictionary, you will find that immersion is "The state of being deeply engaged or involved", but when it comes to immersion in games, there is really so much more than that.
You can break game immersion down into its three core elements: realism, agency, and urgency. You do not need all three of these elements in order to have an immersive game, but by utilizing one or more of these concepts you can greatly increase the quality and value of the game. In today's installment, I want to discuss these core elements and examine their presence and impact in the game Fallout: New Vegas.