I found an interesting article on the NPR website: Why You Should Play Video Games.
Horizon: Zero Dawn sounds like the kind of game a friend of mine was talking about making: exploring, seeing interesting things, solving puzzles, fighting battles, and enough story to tie it all together.
I love the line: “All that matters is the enjoyment of the doing”. That’s something for all game designers to aspire to.
I hope you enjoy the article.