GAME 3400 - Player's Journey

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GAME 3400 - Player's Journey

  1. 1. The Player’s Journey
  2. 2. Summary• Hero’s Journey • What is the Hero’s Journey? • How does the Hero’s Journey work? • How is the Hero’s Journey used? • How does the Hero’s Journey apply to game stories?• Player’s Journey • What is the Player’s Journey? • How does the Player’s Journey apply to game structure? • How can we use the Player’s Journey?
  3. 3. What is the Hero’s Journey?
  4. 4. How does it work?
  5. 5. Star Wars: A New Hope
  6. 6. What is it about?TRANSFORMATION
  7. 7. Hero’s Journey (Abridged)The Call to AdventureThe Road of TrialsThe Vision QuestThe Meeting with the GoddessThe BoonThe Magic FlightThe Return ThresholdThe Master of Two Worlds
  8. 8. Three Act Structure Action Hero’s Journey Setup Departure Before the Action (Inciting Incident) (Threshold) Confrontation Initiation During the Action (Midpoint) (Ordeal) Resolution Return After the Action (Climax) (Resurrection)
  9. 9. Act 3 Act 1Act 2b Act 2a
  10. 10. Act 2b Ordeal Act 2a Overcome the Ordeal, Survive in get the Reward the Wilderness CrossingRoad Back the Threshold Return Home Escape the to Safety Ordinary World Act 3 Act 1
  11. 11. Four-ish Act Action Hero’s Journey Structure Explaining the Setup Departure Action Preparing for theConfrontation Initiation Action Climax During the Action Ordeal Resolution After the Action Return
  12. 12. Who uses the Hero’s Journey?
  13. 13. Summary• Hero’s Journey • What is the Hero’s Journey? • How does the Hero’s Journey work? • How is the Hero’s Journey used? • How does the Hero’s Journey apply to game stories?• Player’s Journey • What is the Player’s Journey? • How does the Player’s Journey apply to game structure? • How can we use the Player’s Journey?
  14. 14. Video Game Stories
  15. 15. Ocarina of Time• Ordinary World• Call to Adventure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbupiD5axgw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWilA49PwaI• Refusal of the Call https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge8zd1ZR-hc• Meeting with the Mentor• Crossing the Threshold• Test, Allies, Enemies• The Ordeal• The Reward• The Road Back/The Return
  16. 16. Super Mario Bros.• One day, the kingdom of the peaceful Mushroom Kingdom people was invaded by the Koopa, a tribe of turtles famous for their black magic. The quiet, peace-loving Mushroom People were turned into mere stones, bricks, and even field horsehair plants, and the Mushroom Kingdom fell into ruin.• The only one who can undo the magic spell on the Mushroom People and return them to their normal selves is the Princess Toadstool, the daughter of the Mushroom King. Unfortunately, she is presently in the hands of the great Koopa turtle king.• Mario, the hero of the story (maybe) hears about the Mushroom Peoples plight and sets out on a quest to free the Mushroom Princess from the evil Koopa and restore the fallen kingdom of the Mushroom People.• You are Mario! Its up to you to save the Mushroom People from the black magic of the Koopa! YOU!
  17. 17. Summary• Hero’s Journey • What is the Hero’s Journey? • How does the Hero’s Journey work? • How is the Hero’s Journey used? • How does the Hero’s Journey apply to game stories?• Player’s Journey • What is the Player’s Journey? • How does the Player’s Journey apply to game structure? • How can we use the Player’s Journey?
  18. 18. The Player’s JourneyNot about who the player is in the storyNot about what role the character has in the storyThe player’s role in the game
  19. 19. Act 3 Act 1Act 2b Act 2a
  20. 20. Playing Tetris Turn on your Gameboy Enter a world with new rules and rewards Challenge yourself and learn something new You reach glorious victory or bitter defeat Turn off you Gameboy
  21. 21. Act 3 Act 1Act 2b Act 2a
  22. 22. Game Structure1. Introduction (Tutorial)2. Levels (Mini-Bosses / Challenges)3. Final Boss4. Ending
  23. 23. Four-ish Act GAMES! Hero’s Journey Structure Setup Intro/Tutorial DepartureConfrontation Levels/Challenges Initiation Climax Final Boss Ordeal Resolution Ending Return
  24. 24. Ending TutorialFinal Levels +Battle Challenges
  25. 25. Games Player’s Journey Hero’s Journey Tutorial Become the Player DepartureLevels / Challenges Master the Player Initiation Final Boss Test the Player Ordeal Ending Leave the Player Return
  26. 26. The Mechanic CycleExplain the MechanicTeach the Mechanic (practice make perfect)Test the MechanicReward
  27. 27. Games Player’s Journey Hero’s Journey Tutorial Become the Player DepartureLevels / Challenges Master the Player Initiation Final Boss Test the Player Ordeal Ending Leave the Player Return
  28. 28. Become the Player• Does the player have a mentor/help?• Does the player understand their role/motivation?• Does the player understand the gameplay?• Does the player understand their goals?• Is this fun?
  29. 29. Master the Player• Is the player learning new skills/strategies?• Is the player acquiring new items/tools/abilities?• Does the player believe in the goals?• Is the player ready for the Ordeal?• Is this fun?
  30. 30. Test the Player• Is the Player challenged with all they know and have acquired?• Are the stakes high enough?• Has the player surpassed the mentor?
  31. 31. Leaving the Player• Was the Player satisfied?• Was it worth it?• Will the Player remember it?
  32. 32. Every game shouldTRANSFORM the player.
  33. 33. Send the Player on a JourneyExplain the rules and goalsBring the player to a new placeTrain them to survive in this worldGive them a chance to reach their goalSend them back with a reward
  34. 34. Link the Hero and thePlayerFinds ways for them to share phases in the journeyMap the Player’s emotions to the HeroMake the Hero as vulnerable as the PlayerAllow the Hero to grow stronger with the Player
  35. 35. Questions?
  36. 36. Fulfill the Player’s NeedsExplain the rules and goals (boundaries, structure)Bring the player to a new place (the spice of life)Train them to survive in this world (learn something)Give them a chance to reach their goal (judgement)Send them back with a reward (reward)
  37. 37. Voyage of the HeroMiraculous conception and birthInitiation of the hero-childWithdrawal from family or community for meditation andpreparationTrial and QuestDeathDescent into the underworldResurrection and rebirthAscension, apotheosis, and atonement

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