How can game studies support game design practice?

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  • How can game studies support game design practice?

    1. 1. How can game studies support game design practice? Petri Lankoski
    2. 2. One Answer• Theory exposes structures ➡ useful for designing certain kinds of features into a game Trial and error vs. theory Figure: Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)
    3. 3. Theory: Character Engagement • Player Character (PC) ‣ Goals Empathic Goal-RelatedEngagement Engagement PC ‣ Possible and impossible actions ‣ Predefined functions ‣ Cut-scenes
    4. 4. Practice: Character- Driven Gameplay• Goals, possible and impossible actions, predefined functions ‣ are designable aspects ‣ connect gameplay & storytelling Figures: Snap2Obejcts (CC BY 3.0), SadMonkey Design
    5. 5. Practice & Theory • Applying theory to design • can reveal missing understanding • can help to fill gapsLies and Seductions
    6. 6. Questions?

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