This paper looks into the relationship between players and longterm interaction with games, specificially open-world Action RPGs. It postulates the existence of an additional state of gameplay – the “routine state” that occurs after the flow state and involves less focused and meaningful, but consistent longterm interaction with a game.
The full text of the paper is available as a pdf on the bottom of this page.
”How do flow and routine play relate to each other in open world action RPGs?”
Anuraj Bhatnagar, under the guidance of Dr Ian Bogost.