"A power fantasy is a form of wish fulfillment for a powerless person.
It can be anything, from vast physical strength or invincibility (popular with adolescent boys), to wealth or political influence (popular with middle-aged men)."
Superheros are a teenage power fantasy, for example. Being a bad ass dragon or zombie slayer are others.
I didn't talk about design at all but it's much easier for games to simulate the power fantasy typically associated with a teenager than those of a grown man. Being really strong and causing havoc is a lot easier to do than some sort of sophisticated social interaction.
Last edited by Chris; 02-21-2013 at 11:41 AM..