essay 7 – outline

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Cause 1 : challenge  :

“Games depend on the uncertainty of the outcome in every play for their dramatic tension. And players invest their emotions in that uncertainty, making it the job of the game designer to craft a satisfying resolution to the game, usually in the form of a measurable and unequal outcome.”

I decided to start with a challenge as it is a major element of most of gameplays. Games are filled with different types of obstacles and intellectually stimulating challenges and are the outstanding teachers of problem solving.  Conflicts, enemies and hazards challenge players creating tension while player strives to resolve the game in their own favour. There tend to be parallel challenges throught the game ending with a major challenge at the end with a major reward. enough Effects : New skills, feel a sense of achievement, frustration, too easy, too hard, can be solved by skill levels, other solution : in Skyrim most challenges are attuned to the main character’s current level



simplicity/complexity  : balance

” The conflict challenges the players creating tension as they work to resolve problems and varying levels of achievement or frustration. Increasing the challenge can cause a rising sense of tension and If the challenge is too great it can cause frustration”.

Connected with a challenge is balance and fairness. On the other hand If the challenge is not increasing player might feel bored.

Effects : New skills, feel a sense of achievement  Judgement, punishment, reward, fairness, chance vs skill, rewarding risk

Cause 6 : social/community  :’s

It is very impressive how deep can multiplayer connections be. It makes you able to interact with friends and family. You can choose cooperation or competition.

Effects :



Cause 2 : rules/functional  : ““Rules are respected because the players

understand that they are a key structural element of the game, and without them, the

game would not function”. what are the foundational rules? Laws, what enforces rules, how are they introduced?  Play – “The amount of movement allowed within

the system”, interface – intuitive, mechanics, time, constraints, functional space, forces/abilities, help ––feedback, accessibility, rules ,

Effects : confusion, frustration, easy to understand

Important in rules is obtaining information

“The hero is the player, and the game needs to give the player information, so the way some games go about this is to make the hero the dumbest character in the game…He doesn’t have the same knowledge as everyone else. “

„For us, we address this problem by first keeping the hero In character. Then, we make the hero proactive rather than reactive. Instead of asking for information, he demands it.

Our character grows if he moves from taking orders to making them,”

Perhaps he threatens the characters, or fools them, or overhears conversations, or offers something

of his own that gets him what he needs. The one thing that your hero can’t do is ask for the information.



Cause 4 : intimacy  : „ There is an intimacy to playing a game on your computer. You sit next to the monitor; you control the game with mouse and keyboard. Your mind is keyed-in to the space that you’ve created for your computer”  Personal values, love, friendship, emotion –“ How powerfully we can affect players on an emotional level. And I’m not only talking about excitement or fear, questions of friendship, loyalty, dread, tension, and exhilaration. The power of virtual touch-of the player holding the hand of the character he’s charged to protect” connect emotionally with the experience, passion, pass of time, freedom, pleasure, joy, fun, Maslovs hierarchy of needs

Other intimate thing is control and power (fantasy of being powerful

“Of course, as in real life, control is an illusion or at best, a temporary condition, but it is one that humans like.”

“In his book Why Don’t Zebras Get Ulcers, biologist Robert Sapolsky argues that the two things that create happiness are control and, if you can’t have control, predictability.

Predictability- language genres of games


Effects :


Cause 5 : flexible play and drama  : “each player in the game, became a CONTENT CREATOR within the context of the game. The game exists as much in the imagination of the players as it does in any physical reality.

“ let the player have control of key narrative moments, either by triggering them through their actions, or in fact, having the game reveal key story In other words, when dealing with your narrative, create a priority for telling your story as follows: play it, display it, say it.”  multiple ways of achieving goal  doesn’t make feel constrained encourage to explore and experiment without feeling frustrated, meaningful choices makes experience more powerful

Effects :

Cause 7 : flow  : Good example of a perfect flow are games made by Telltale studio which are extremely cinematic with convincing illusion of interactivity which makes action has a perfect flow.

“we often rely on the exact same techniques for time and location transitions as film, often in the form of cinematics or cut-scenes (no interactive story moments within the game).”

Action, visible progress, developing world and character, having impact on surrounding through the game

Effects :

Cause 8 : immersive experience  : anthropology, sociology behavioural psychology, elements corresponding to life- simulated reality, economics, technology, world, theme (objects, environment)

The Psychology of Immersion in Video Games



Effects :

Cause 9 : atmosphere  : special powers, secrets, weird elements, surprise – ” I went hiking and found a lake, it was quite a surprise for me to stumble upon it”, creativity and imagination – capture the imagination Inspiration, memorable moments, personalisation – “Sense of engagement comes from different things for different players”, atmosphere, theme, fantasy

Effects :

Effects : New skills, feel a sense of achievement

Cause 11 : character  : traits, transformation, “ agent through which dramatic stories are told”,

“We can allow you to walk in the shoes of anyone we can imagine. How powerful is that?” “Good dialogue and stories come from well conceived characters in exciting dramatic situations”

Home – “power of allowing players to leave a personal mark on the world-the narcissistic aspect of game playing.”

interaction with other characters NPC- conversation/dialogue, care for the party members, ally system

10 Reasons Why Roleplaying Games Are a Positive Force for Kids and Adults Alike

Using Role Play Simulations to Promote Active Learning


Effects :

Cause 12 : experience  : “exciting experiences we share and talk about. They can, and do, have an impact and leave an impression, often in ways that traditional entertainment can’t, because when we play a game, we are active participants in the process.” – interactivity

It is important to remember that your story is working in

unison with gameplay. The more your story can be told through gameplay, the better. Much like the film axiom “Don’t say it, show it,” “Don’t show it, play it.”  ” Interesting and unique situations in which you hope players will find themselves.”

Interest- interest curve, goals, curiosity, utopia, motivation – “”Desire to work towards the

objective is a measure for our involvement in the game.”, hero’s journey, novelty,

story-  “2. For most of us, it began when, at bedtime, somebody promised to tell you a story.” “epic stories and fairy tales” “adventure stories” unfold with the game”

Effects :

Cause 13 : visual :  design, aesthetics, elegance, beauty


” The cultural impact of digital games has grown to rival television and films as an industry has matured over the past three decades. Game industry revenues have been growing at a double-digit rate for years and have long eclipsed the domestic box office of the film industry, reaching 14.8 billion dollars in 2012. “  what shows how important player on a market game industry is.

other kind of challenge is puzzle (fun, tricky, not too easy not too hard, integrated into experience)

having a good amount of puzzle–gamedev-4828

Effect: make player stop and think, „puzzles take something familiar and give it a novel twist

good way to invite us to be playful, giving us permission

to do something not practical” , toy/interaction, New skills



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