Here's a question: do you prefer to explore worlds that are traditionally designed, or do you prefer to play around in a world that has been procedurally generated?
I had this thought after watching the trailer for No Man's Sky.
My first instinct was to say, 'easy question you dolt, I like designed worlds'. Mainly because I like to feel as though my gaming experience has been authored. But then I had this revelation: sometimes the worlds that haven't been strictly 'designed' feel like the ones more worthy of exploration. These are worlds that create iterations that no designer could possibly imagine. These are the worlds that literally no-one has seen before. When you explore these worlds you are truly an explorer.
Just a thought.
What do you prefer?