Week 11

This week I play tested the game and implimented changes from new research I had recently looked into. A Gamasutra Article …………. talks about Blizzards Diablo II and the resource management mechanics they’ve implimented. Their goals are similar to mine where they have the players balance mana, skill and health. The article states about those mechanics “Not only does managing these resources form a very natural pace to the combat, an attack-and-retreat flow that becomes more apparent the longer the game goes on, it also creates a constant feeling of “almost there”, such that players will always feel wanting for something, whether that’s more health, more mana to use a skill, or for a cooldown to end.  It’s an emotional state which is only ever resolved once battle is over and the enemies are dead, but resumes as soon as the player moves on.”

That comment had me thinking about how I can use the mechanic to achieve a similar effect.  To achieve this I manipulated the spwan times of the resources vs the regeneration of the players health. I wanted the player to experiance that ‘almost there’ feeling in play. So when the player is on one side of the area – they will be forced to move to the other side.  In doing so they have have to spend a certain amount of time being very vulnerable to death, and this is being designed to happen many times in one game. In doing this the player has to push and concentrate harder in the game every 5-10 seconds (roughly) and my goal in this is create less linear play.

To hopefully compliment these new ideas, this week I also worked on the visual feedback off the game. I added subtle colour changes, effects and animations to give the player a more satisfying attack and damage.

Hopefully over the next coulpe of weeks I can further develop these ideas further to help deliver my game with a strong feeling of sacrifice in the mechanics.

 

 

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Week 10 – Converting to Final Concept

 

  • I started by doing 2D plat former tutorials on YouTube to learn the difference between 3D and 2D scripts. Brackeys was the most helpful Channel, I stuck to these tutorials and used the provided assets for placeholders while I converted my scene to 2D.

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  • Then I created my own assets and built a simple game prototype (still using the character, enemy and pick-up Brackeys placeholders.

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  • Next I continuously play-tested and re-designed the game until it was up to a good play-testing standard. I’m still using the placeholder character and enemy’s for now – but the mechanics and game itself.

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Week 09

This week was a huge challenge. Somehow a computer corrupted my files and I kept opening my back up projects on that same computer (regrettably.) It affected my project settings and UI – and took hours to fix.

Now after creating millions of back-ups I have a completed working build (for real this time.) I plan to play-test next week, and kept updating the game so that it gets closer to answering my question about meaning and mechanics.

This week’s play-testing and build vid

Week 08

This week I developed a more detailed methodology on my Report, and made sure all the bugs were fixed in my mechanics. Now all these problems have been fixed and I can finally start testing

  • Health needs to regenerate 
  • Gun needs to stop firing when the player is out of resources 
  • Feedback and Art needs to be more presentable 
  • Spawn Points for enemy and resources

 

Week 07

Working 3D Prototype

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[Done] [Yet to Do]

Power A: Spacebar

  • High Damage is being made to the Enemy, and low damage to self.
  • Medium Damage is being made to the Enemy, and resources are being used.

Power B:  Left Mouse Click

  • Medium Damage is being made to the Enemy, and resources are being used.
  • Enemy is being forced backwards.

Power C: Right Mouse Click

  • High Damage being made to the Enemy, and low damage to self.
  • Enemy is being forced backwards.

Current Bugs:

  • Health needs to regenerate 
  • Gun needs to stop firing when the player is out of resources 
  • Feedback and Art needs to be more presentable 
  • Spawn Points for enemy and resources

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Things to consider when play-testing:

  • Amount of High Damage to the Enemy/Player
  • Player Health Increase over time
  • Amount of Player starting Health
  • Amount of Player starting Resources
  • Amount of Resources Available to the player
  • Environmental Factors
  • Amount of Medium Damage to Enemy/Player
  • Longer Fire Rate – Positives to game-play (stagger?)
  • Is there a cool down for the longer fire rate?

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^^ Prototype Video

Professional Practice

Quantum Break – The Facts and Fiction of Time Travel

Week 06

This week I opened Unity and started putting together a placeholder environment using tutorials  in order to test out the mechanic.

I completed Unity’s Survival Shooter tutorial in order to learn more about how multiple scripts work together in a project.

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After completing I tried to alter the scripts in order to work my mechanic into the game. The idea was that instead of having the player just shoot with one input, I would make the player shoot in the three different ways, each damaging the enemies and the player in their own unique way. It took a while of messy note-taking and focus but I eventually worked out a plan of action.

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At this stage, my primary focus was to add the ‘sacrifices’  to the shooting, which in hindsight seemed like an easy task that turned out to be at best a learning curve.

To briefly explain how it’s going to work:

Using your players Health will give you +20 attack damage

Using your players Resources will give you +10 attack damage

Using your players ‘Time’ will give you a longer attack time

Power A  will have:

  • +30 damage to enemies
  • -10 PlayerHealth
  • -20 PlayerResources
  • (no time bonus)

Power B will have:

  • +20 damage to enemies
  • + 10(ish) sec attack
  • – 10 PlayerHealth
  • (no resource bonus)

Power C will have:

  • +10 damage to enemies
  • + 10(ish) sec attack
  • – PlayerResources
  • (no strength bonus)

Starting with Power A I tried to implement a new line of code that when the player is shooting it will deduct a ‘SacrificeDamage’ to the players health.

It looks like this:

Public int SacrificeDamage = 10;

Void SacrificeDamage()

If  (playerHealth.currentHealth>0)

playerHealth.TakeDamage(SacrificeDamage);

I’m confident that I can put the mechanic together for testing, I just came across a large amount of compile errors while learning everything. My main obstruction in just physically intergrading the scripts properly. (Hopefully, on Friday I can make it all work together – i’m getting close)

This week  I also started to put together my literature review with a couple of paragraphs done.

Professional Practice

This week I attended the NZGDA meetup. The GDC talk was inspiring, and set forth my goals of going to it next year.

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Because of the talk, I went home and looked at the GDC vault watched three videos. Farah’s Diversity panel, A seminar about portfolio building and a woman in games seminar.

 

 

 

 

 

Week 5 Reflection

Discussing idea feedback:

User Interface:

Feedback on the mechanic was unanimous, from the three people I discussed the idea with – all said that User-Interface would be very important in  understanding the mechanic. One suggested that I try prototyping with and without User Interface and the effects on game play.

Controls:

It was suggested that using combined and multi-gesture button pushing might make the mechanic easier to comprehend.

Comprehension and Communication:

Initially I thought of the mechanic working as each button being represented as”A+B-C,” instead, it was recommended that I communicate each button/action as just “-C.” So instead of telling the player they have three resources minus one, its being told as you are not able to use this one thing. If that makes sense.. I’ll come back to this.

Object:

It was suggested that the object that the mechanic is interacting with should compliment the meaning portrayed. Looking into semiotics and representation in everyday objects can achieve this.

Conclusion:

Over-all the feedback suggested that the mechanic can work, but needs to be clearly and carefully communicated to the player. Through prototyping from now on, I can find the most effective and least intrusive way of presenting my mechanic and its meaning.

 

Week 05

 

This week involved a lot of brainstorming and reading, I designed and started to evaluate my idea. Hopefully, this class can give me and insight to whether I am on the right track. I also added all my sources to Zotero, and I’m ready to share.

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I decided I wanted to represent the idea of the ‘project triangle’ (example above) within a game mechanic.

My idea is that the player will have three resources, but can only use two at a time. The player must  decide based on the context which resources to sacrifice over the other.

This within the game will hopefully have the player thinking strongly about what they can afford to use, and of which they should savior.

For example time, currency, or strength.

 

Week 04

This week I started working towards collecting readings for this project, so far I have:

  • Fabricatore, C. (2007). Gameplay and Game Mechanics Design: A Key to Quality in Video Games. OECD Expert Meeting on Videogames and Education, 29–31.
  • Fabricatore, C., Nussbaum, M., & Rosas, R. (n.d.). Playability in Action Videogames: A Qualitative Design Model. Human–Computer Interaction, 17(4), 311–368.
  • Kress, G., & van Leeuwen, T. (2001). Multimodal discourse : the modes and media of contemporary communication. London: Arnold.
  • Malone, T. W., & Lepper, M. R. (1987). Making Learning Fun: A Taxonomy of Intrinsic Motivations for Learning. Aptitude, Learning and Instruction, 3, 223 – 249.
  • Salen, K., & Zimmerman, E. (2004). Rules of Play – Game Design Fundamentals. Massachusetts London, England: The MIT Press Cambridge. Retrieved from https://gamifique.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/1-rules-of-play-game-design-fundamentals.pdf
  • Swink, S. (2009). Game Feel: A Game Designers Guide to Visual Sensation. Burlington: Elsevier Inc. Retrieved from https://gamifique.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/2-game-feel.pdf

 

The plan was to write an annotated bibliography for each of them – but that fell through with the amount of reading I could do in a week.

In a summary of what I’ve found from reading through as much as I can:

‘Greater Meaning’ in games is shaped by not only what the player is physically doing or sees but also the context in which the player is provided. Also, prior beliefs and knowledge from the player themselves will shape the meaning.

Two of these readings (Making Learning Fun: A Taxonomy of Intrinsic Motivations for Learning. Aptitude and Playability in Action Videogames: A Qualitative Design Model)  are study-based researched conducted with educational goals and entertainment goals, their findings on communication with the player will be helpful to my research – although they more provide design guidelines rather than answer any questions.

Rules of Play was helpful in understanding meaningful play, and Game Feel gives examples of how communication can be most effectively be made with a player and why.

Multimodal discourse is a new finding, and one of the books outside of ludology that I want to explore for this project. That book in particular talks about semiotics.

Week 03 Reflection

By simplifying my slides I found when talking that the presentation can come across as lacking. In presentation (mostly due to my illness this week) and in content. I’m not entirely sure how to present the project as a whole, I have ideas on what mechanics I want to use and how to represent them but I can’t say what it’s going to look like as a whole until I’ve activity read through all the sources I possibly can in order to create the best possible result – to a point. This week I dove into play testing a random idea and I admit that may have been the messiest way of doing it.

For next week I plan to start with Zotero to collect, read and record ideas to send me on the right path. Then the following week I can start prototyping and play-testing while still activity reading.

I need more enthusiasm in my project as well. A system that is so strict and in a way a representation of a set of ‘rules’  like Mechanics to me at first seems un-appealing, but when adding the idea of greater meaning and almost being able to mold it into a type of Art-form is something i’m extremely interested in.

Week 03

This week to get an idea of how this project is sort of going to plan out I came up with a quick complicated mechanic that would be designed for a Video Game and tried to transform it into a paper prototype as a test. It went horribly, but I learnt why which can help me create a better approach or way of thinking for next time.

Basically I tried to make a multi choice mechanic about sacrifice of one type of resource. (I tested it out on a digital design student i’d never met before.) I found that because she couldn’t see the logic or relate to the logic behind it she became confused.So in future i’ll make sure that my representation is universal and not something only I’d be able to understand.

Here’s the link to the Paper Prototype:

https://popapp.in/projects/56e7a579e06fadee1a0fca27/preview

Presentation Reflection 01

Pecha Kucha Presentation Week 01 – 02

Week 01

Although initially I wanted to create an Art-Based Brief, after reading the assigned Rules of Play – the chapter about design and  the one about interactivity I was inspired to investigate Game Mechanics.

I found a couple readings that will help with research and added them to my slides with a quote from Rules and Play.

This update is late due not reading over the tasks efficiently, I plan to take more care in the Future.

Week 02

Reflection

In creating my presentation, I  developed ideas of a more academic based project for the semester. Although I was wary of heading in a more research based direction – after supportive feedback and revisiting the learning outcomes I found more confidence in my ideas. I also learnt the value of Academic Readings over analysis and found a better (/accurate) understanding of Methodology.

**Note** I investigated Zotero and watched the Video, I was unable to install and create an account due to severe headaches limiting the amount of work I could do this week.

To make my presentation more concise,

Context:

  • Inquiry in Game Mechanics
  • Representation in Game Mechanics
  • Adapting same Game Mechanic Representation for different mediums e.g. Video Games, Board Games, Paper prototype

I know my investigation forms around the investigation of game mechanics, specifically finding greater meaning in them – but is this context? (A question to investigate further) 

Content:

  • A developed  game mechanic representing greater meaning to players
  • A research poster exhibiting the research behind the Mechanic

Methodology:

  • High impact academic readings and research about Greater Meaning in Mechanics
  • Cross-disciplinary prototype play testing with University Students