Michael Mindes(DrMayhem)United States
Finally, we are at the end of the STARFOX anatomy of a hit series. We are now summing it up with the X-Factor.
If you have a unique game which has the X-Factor, then you know it. However, it is hard to build a game specifically to have the x-factor and have it work properly.
For example, Dominion has the X-Factor. It brought along a new and insanely popular game mechanic.
Another example, Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) also has the X-Factor, since it is a game with an insanely epic space empire scope.
Our final example, Magic: The Gathering has the X-Factor. With the mental competition, collectibility, and customization!
X-Factor Comes From Different Places
I think I named this the X-Factor, because it is so elusive, more so then obsession. How to make it happen is unclear. Certainly a new and popular game mechanic like Dominion, a new type of game like Magic, and a completely immersive game like TI3 result in the X-Factor.
Then again, if somebody really figure this out (I suspect that Fantasy Flight Games has) then the bar will be raise to a whole new level for what will bring X-Factor in a game.
What games for you have the X-Factor?