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A Game Design Vocabulary: Exploring the Foundational by Anna Anthropy, Naomi Clark

By Anna Anthropy, Naomi Clark

Video games have frequently taken a crucial function in pop culture; in truth, agencies are even trying to 'gamify' conventional company strategies. notwithstanding, our language for knowing, discussing, and designing video games has remained primitive - and this has made it tougher to create nice video games or intelligently assessment them. this article fills this hole, providing a whole shared framework for realizing and comparing video game layout - as creators, as gamers, as scholars, as video game decision-makers.

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She takes a tentative step forward and sees that it’s not a robot—it’s another robot cage! Has she found another prisoner? Peering through the viewscreen in the cage, Janet sees the face not of a human prisoner, but a robot in storage! This is a cage Janet wisely decided to leave unopened. Suddenly a robot, taking advantage of Janet’s momentary distraction, lunges out of the darkness. Taken by surprise, she fires wildly—blasting open the cage and freeing its robot inhabitant, who immediately blinks to life and begins clambering toward Janet, alongside its compatriot.

What secrets does 27 28 CHAPTER 2 VERBS AND OBJECTS it hold? Suddenly in the corner of your vision, you spot a bird made of skulls and swing your eyes quickly after it. The mouse offers many more degrees of movement than, say, a keyboard key that is simply in a pressed or not pressed position. But binary keys have their moments, too. Take a game like Tetris (1986). The goal of Tetris is to position shapes, each made of four square blocks, such that they fill the horizontal space of the playing area with no holes.

So we wanted a cast of creatures that interact with that verb—that are affected by, and complicate, the player’s decision to plant a bomb. We also wanted them to interact with each other, so that they form relationships. Here are some of the inhabitants of our alien caverns. First, there is a simple, bouncing creature that moves at 45-degree angles (diagonally), slightly slower than the player, dumbly bouncing off any wall that it touches. Because its movements are predictable, it’s easy to avoid, except when it’s in great number.

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