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Figure 4-6: Consumable power-ups in 5th Planet's Legacy of a Thousand Suns
Decorative items can also have an indirect functionality. For example, EA Playfish's The Sims Social clev-
erly merges the functional with the decorative by selling virtual goods that are mostly meant to furnish the play-
er's home (see Figure 4-7 ). Although these items allow players to customize their space, they also have func-
tional benefits that improve gameplay—an enhanced bed increases energy when used, for example. In addition,
buying enhanced items increases the stated, public value of the player's home, which acts as a game metric and
leaderboard. (Sims Social players who compete with each other and themselves have a higher home value.)
 
 
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