A Game Design Vocabulary: Exploring the Foundational by Anna Anthropy, Naomi Clark

By Anna Anthropy, Naomi Clark

Video games have frequently taken a important function in pop culture; in truth, enterprises are even trying to 'gamify' conventional enterprise approaches. besides the fact that, our language for realizing, discussing, and designing video games has remained primitive - and this has made it more challenging to create nice video games or intelligently assessment them. this article fills this hole, supplying a whole shared framework for figuring out and comparing video game layout - as creators, as avid gamers, as scholars, as online game decision-makers.

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4). Even when the player is unable to use a verb to break through an obstacle, there’s still an observable effect that gives the player information about the relationship between the verb and the obstacle. The rule “Jane can’t dig through this” is taught or reinforced when the player uses her verb. 4 Jane attempting to dig through clay and through metal. 19 20 CHAPTER 2 VERBS AND OBJECTS In fact, the way the game introduces the rule is this: the player begins by having to dig through three different layers of clay blocks—one of each color in the game.

This isn’t because board games, card games, folk games, or other nondigital games aren’t worthy of interest or design. In fact, videogames share a history with this vast continuum of games, and we have a lot to learn from them. ) Because the human players of nondigital games are the ones required to keep, and internalize, the rules, there’s a stronger existing discourse about design among board game players and authors than digital games have ever possessed. What makes videogames so worthy of discussion is their capacity for ambiguity and, hence, storytelling.

Often, games use mouse motion for verbs like looking around: your eyes pan slowly along the sprawl of the mysterious city in the distance. What secrets does 27 28 CHAPTER 2 VERBS AND OBJECTS it hold? Suddenly in the corner of your vision, you spot a bird made of skulls and swing your eyes quickly after it. The mouse offers many more degrees of movement than, say, a keyboard key that is simply in a pressed or not pressed position. But binary keys have their moments, too. Take a game like Tetris (1986).

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