The Dangers of Positive Feedback

William Willing over at Casual Game Design has posted an interesting article on The dangers of positive feedback.

Positive feedback in games occurs when winners are rewarded and losers are punished. Being in the lead makes it easy to stay in the lead, being good makes it easier to become better. And those who follow have no chance of catching up. This can quickly ruin a game, at least for those that are left behind.