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Play-Create-Share Gameplatform for the iPad: Exploring Game Creation Technique on a Touch Screen Platform
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, Department of Computer and Information Science.
2011 (English)MasteroppgaveStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This report presents the implementation and analysis of a simple create-andplay game for the iPad. The game is a platformer with a level editor, utilizing the iPad’s touchscreen and acceleration sensor. We believe the results are also applicable to games, that have level editors, for other types of post-PC tablet devices (Samsung Galaxy Tab, Motorola Xoom etc.). The analysis comprise a usability test with a questionnaire. 33 university students and 4 children attended the test. The attendants were given several opportunities to provide feedback as free text. The free text answers have also been categorized and summarized. The level editor provided a low entropy building scheme which was popular among the test population. Multiple mechanisms were provided for scrolling inside levels and controlling the game character. The population was divided in which mechanisms they learned to use, and which they preferred. We believe that this indicates that they did all contribute to a good game and editor experience. We also provide some general advice about GUI appearance on touch based devices. Many of our test attendants were dissatisfied with how well they could understand the meaning of the menu icons. Some attendants suggested that on-screen text should be used more extensively, but we do not conclude whether an improved set of icons, more text, a demonstration or information mode or some other, yet unknown strategy is the best way to handle the issue.

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Institutt for datateknikk og informasjonsvitenskap , 2011. , 99 p.
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ntnudaim:6149, MTDT datateknikk, Spillteknologi
URN: urn:nbn:no:ntnu:diva-13574Local ID: ntnudaim:6149OAI: diva2:440509
Available from: 2011-09-13 Created: 2011-09-13

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