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By George Skaff Elias, Richard Garfield, K. Robert Gutschera

ISBN-10: 026201713X

ISBN-13: 9780262017138

Contributor note: Peter Whitley (Illustrations), Eric Zimmerman (Forward)

Characteristics of Games bargains a brand new solution to comprehend video games: by means of targeting convinced traits--including variety of gamers, ideas, levels of good fortune and ability wanted, and reward/effort ratio--and utilizing those features as easy issues of comparability and research. those matters are usually mentioned by means of video game avid gamers and architects yet seldom written approximately in any formal means. This publication fills that hole.

By emphasizing those player-centric simple thoughts, the ebook offers a framework for online game research from the perspective of a online game fashion designer. The booklet indicates what all genres of games--board video games, card video games, desktop video games, and sports--have to coach one another. Today's video game designers might locate options to layout difficulties once they examine vintage video games that experience developed over years of enjoying.

Characteristics of Games--written through 3 of the main favourite online game designers operating today--will function a necessary reference for online game designers and online game gamers interested by the internal workings of video games. It contains routines (which may also function the root for discussions) and examples selected from a wide selection of video games. There are occasional mathematical digressions, yet those should be skipped with out lack of continuity.

Appendixes provide supplementary fabric, together with a short survey of the 2 major branches of mathematical video game thought and a descriptive directory of every online game mentioned within the textual content.

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The shorter the atomic length, the easier it is to achieve that, and incidentally to be tempted into playing just a bit more (“let’s play one more hand” in a card game is a lot more common than “let’s go on one more raid” in an MMO). Computer games with save points that you can’t reach before your session ends are one example of failure in this regard. Even if you can save anywhere, though, players will prefer to save at a point where they have reached a “logical stopping point” (finished a turn, killed a boss, completed a quest)—that is, finished an atom.

See Lakoff, Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things, 41. 24 Chapter 1 same way two-sided team games are similar to two-player games. ” Examples include Gauntlet, Knizia’s Lord of the Rings boardgame, fighting a raid boss in World of Warcraft, or playing Starcraft as a group against the AI. Although it may vary based on a particular group’s style of play, this is the most common way to think of paper role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons as well. The distinction between “one-player” and “one and a half player” applies here as well.

In particular, there are some issues (such as politics and kingmaking) that only arise in games with three or more sides. When we speak of a “multiplayer” game, we mean a game that has at least three sides (and hence at least three players) unless we say otherwise. In particular, we don’t use the term multiplayer for two-player games; this is standard usage for all games other than computer games (where multiplayer is sometimes taken to mean three or more players, but sometimes taken to mean two or more, in contrast to single-player games).

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