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Conflict In Games

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The role of conflict in games

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Conflict In Games

  1. 1. Conflict in Games Opponents, Obstacles, and Dilemmas
  2. 2. Conflict in Games <ul><li>Conflict emerges when the players try to accomplish the goals of the game within its rules and boundaries. </li></ul><ul><li>Conflict is designed into the game by creating rules and procedures that prevent players from accomplishing their goals directly. </li></ul><ul><li>Procedures offer an inefficient means toward accomplishing the game objective. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Conflict in Games
  4. 4. Conflict in Games <ul><li>Conflict results when trying to meet objectives in the following ways: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Challenging the player by forcing them to employ a particular skill or range of skills. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating a sense of competition which is enjoyable so that players will submit themselves to the inefficient means of meeting objectives in order to gain a sense of achievement from game participation. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Examples of Game Conflict <ul><li>Pinball : Keep the ball from escaping the field of play using only the flippers or other devices provided. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Examples of Game Conflict <ul><li>Golf : Get the ball from the tee to the hole, past any obstacles on the course, in as few strokes as possible. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Examples of Game Conflict <ul><li>Monopoly : Manage your money and your properties to become the richest player in the game. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Examples of Game Conflict <ul><li>Quake : Stay alive while player and non-player opponents try to kill you. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Examples of Game Conflict <ul><li>WarCraft III : Maintain your forces and resources, while using them to command and control the map objectives. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Examples of Game Conflict <ul><li>Poker : Outbid opponents based on your hand or your ability to bluff. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Sources of Game Conflict <ul><li>Opponents </li></ul><ul><li>Obstacles </li></ul><ul><li>Dilemmas </li></ul>
  12. 12. Opponents <ul><li>In multiplayer games, other players are typically the main source of conflict. </li></ul><ul><li>Quake uses other players in addition to non-player opponents and physical obstacles to create conflict. </li></ul><ul><li>In Monopoly , conflict comes from interactions with other players. </li></ul>Spiderman III with non-player opponent
  13. 13. Obstacles <ul><li>Obstacles are a common source of conflict in both single and multiplayer games, though they play a more important role in single-player games. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes, as in Toy Story II , the characters try to maneuver around obstacles. </li></ul><ul><li>Obstacles may take a physical form, or may involve mental skills, such as puzzles in an adventure game. </li></ul>Toy Story II
  14. 14. Dilemmas <ul><li>Conflict from dilemmas arise from the choices players have to make. </li></ul><ul><li>The dilemma in Monopoly is the choice of whether to spend money to buy property or use the money to upgrade a property that is already owned. </li></ul><ul><li>One of the dilemmas in Poker is whether to stay or hold. </li></ul><ul><li>Players make choices that have good or bad potential consequences. </li></ul><ul><li>Dilemmas are a powerful source of conflict. </li></ul>

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