Games design elements

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  • Who plays games? Is there a storyline? Is there any games you think is a good storyline?
  • What is the most well known character? Are there any games that do not have character? *Video hyperlink on la noir explaining how it is done*
  • What games have complex levels or environments?
  • If games are from the same genre then do they tend to have similar game play and mechanics?
  • *picture of a user interface to look at and demonstrate* How much does the user interface differ between games of the same genre?
  • Task 1 above, Task 2 worksheet. (worksheet can be given as homework)
  • Games design elements

    1. 1. Games DesignElementsIn this lesson we are going toexplore Games Design Elementsand use what we will learn to startdesigning our own game.
    2. 2.  The areas which the Games Designers have to consider when designing a game.
    3. 3.  Narrative design Character design Level / environment design Gameplay and game mechanics design User interface design
    4. 4.  The Story behind the game. Is there someone to save? Somewhere to escape from?
    5. 5.  When we think of character design we think of the following things: • Main character / sidekick/ villain / shop owner (sprite) • Objects the player interacts with • ( for example the mushrooms from super mario!) • Players / Actors / avatars • ( xbox connect with augmented reality • or Miis in Wii console games, • LA Noir uses real actors first then • characters are developed)
    6. 6.  The level and the environment not only sets the scene for the player it can also set challenges. Things to consider: • Background, Lighting, weather, map, props etc.
    7. 7.  How the game works. Things to consider are: • Types of challenges, activities, rewards, progression, game rules, skill, chance.
    8. 8.  Design elements such as: • Control (input) devices • Output devices • Viewpoint • Heads up Display (HUD)
    9. 9.  Look at three games of your choice and tell me a little about: Narrative design Character design Level / environment design Gameplay and game mechanics design User interface design

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