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Digital Game Mechanics: to create an analog board game prototype
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Computing.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesisAlternative title
Digitala spelmekaniker : för att skapa en analog brädspels prototyp (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Analog games misses a lot of quick games in terms of game time and play time in the FPS genre. This genre often takes more time to play in an analog game. Could the game play become quicker by examining the different game mechanics in order to give the players a smoother game play by a reduction of downtime. Game mechanics that could be found in a digital FPS game such as Doom III, were converted to a prototype. These digital gameplay mechanics were converted so that an analog game could be played simultaneously. These game mechanics decrease the game time and down time in a way that a game using a turn based game order would not. The digital game Doom III was used to create the prototype and eight analog games of different types and genres were examined to collect more unique game mechanics. All were suited for a multiplayer type of gameplay. To get an understanding of what game elements were well liked in both digital and analog games, a questionnaire was created with twelve questions. The participants answered questions on the subjects of their favourite genre, missing game mechanics in both digital and analog games, well liked game mechanics, and also what the participants thought was impossible to create in a game in terms of game mechanics. The results of both the analysis of the eight analog games and the answers from the participants created the base plan for the development of the prototype focusing on low downtime, re-playability, and an average amount of luck. Several game mechanics were discussed and some of them were play tested. This resulted in keeping some game mechanics while others were removed because these game mechanics did not provide a rewarding gameplay. Several game mechanics were nearly impossible to implement without the use of a digital representation. An example on this type of issue was the first person view in the digital game. The perception of skill based game mechanics could be moved to an analog board game but would have to be determined by other game mechanics instead of the player’s physical capabilities. The conclusion lead to a prototype that could be played in an hour, which is a low game time for games in this genre. The FPS gameplay mechanics was converted to an analog game, but all game mechanics could not be transferred to the prototype without a conversion.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 74 p.
Keyword [en]
Digital games, Analog games, First person shooter, Board game, Game mechanics
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Human Computer Interaction Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-3282Local ID: diva2:830583
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Gränsvägen 29 372 37 Ronneby Phone +46(0)708 35 04 45Available from: 2015-04-22 Created: 2013-10-13 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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