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Understanding Computer Role-Playing Games: A Genre Analysis Based on Gameplay Features in Combat Systems
RISE, Swedish ICT, Interactive Institute. GAME.
Number of Authors: 2
2013 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A game genre as diverse as that of computer role-playing games is difficult to overview. This poses challenges or both developers and researchers to position their work clearly within the genre. We present an overview of the genre based on clustering games with similar gameplay features. This allows a tracing of relations between subgenres through their gameplay, and connecting this to concrete game examples. The analysis was done through using gameplay design patterns to identify gameplay features and focused upon the combat systems in the games. The resulting cluster structure makes use of 321 patterns to create 37 different subgenre classifications based solely on gameplay features. In addition to the clusters, we identify four categories of patterns that help designers and researchers understand the combat systems in computer role-playing games.

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2013, 6.
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Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-15441OAI: diva2:1036758
Second Workshop on Design Patterns in Games (FDG 2013)
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