During last year, I have been developing a way to evaluate embodiment experience in videogames. I will present the scale development study in the Academic Mindtrek ’16 (Tampere, Oct 17th to 19th, 2016).
Petri Lankoski & Staffan Björk
This volume is about methods in game research. In game research, wide variety of methods and research approaches are used. In many cases, researchers apply the method set from another discipline to study games or play because game research as discipline is not yet established as its own discipline and the researchers have been schooled in that other discipline. Although this may, in many cases, produce valuable research, we believe that game research qualifies as a research field in its own right. As such, it would benefit game researchers to have collections of relevant research methods described and developed specifically for this type of research. Two direct benefits of this would be to illustrate the variety of methods that are possible to apply in game research and to mitigate some of the problems; each new researchers has to reinvent how methods from other fields can or need to be adjusted to work for game research.
Our edited collection just came out from ETC Press.
Print and free pdf available: http://press.etc.cmu.edu/content/game-research-methods-overview
An overview presentation at slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/lankoski/game-research-methods-book-introduction
Direct link to Slide Share presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/lankoski/game-research-methods-book-introduction
A lecture about who to analyse (board) games using statistics, probability theory and simulations.
Link to the slides if Slide Share plugin does not work: http://www.slideshare.net/lankoski/analysis-for-design
Scripts used to analyse games and visualise data: http://www.mediafire.com/download/whucaos4v9chv40/AnalysisForDesignScripts.zip
Schröter & Thon, Video Game Characters: Theory and Analysis, Diegesis 3, 2014, https://diegesis.uni-wuppertal.de/index.php/diegesis/article/view/151/194
Abstract: This essay develops a method for the analysis of video game characters based on a theoretical understanding of their medium-specific representation and the mental processes involved in their intersubjective construction by video game players. We propose to distinguish, first, between narration, simulation, and communication as three modes of representation particularly salient for contemporary video games and the characters they represent, second, between narrative, ludic, and social experience as three ways in which players perceive video game characters and their representations, and, third, between three dimensions of video game characters as ‘intersubjective constructs’, which usually are to be analyzed not only as fictional beings with certain diegetic properties but also as game pieces with certain ludic properties and, in those cases in which they function as avatars in the social space of a multiplayer game, as representations of other players. Having established these basic distinctions, we proceed to analyze their realization and interrelation by reference to the character of Martin Walker from the third-person shooter Spec Ops: The Line (Yager Development 2012), the highly customizable player-controlled characters from the role-playing game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda 2011), and the complex multidimensional characters in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare 2011-2014).
Vella, Player and Figure: An Analysis of a Scene in Kentucky Route Zero in Nordic Digra 2014, http://www.digra.org/wp-content/uploads/digital-library/nordicdigra2014_submission_2.pdf
Abstract: Discussions of the relation between the player and the figure under her control have identified a duality between the figure as ‘avatar’ and ‘character’. This paper argues that two separate dualities are being conflated: an ontological duality in the figure, by which it is both self and other for the player, and a duality in the player’s relation to it, which can be both subjective and objective. This insight is used as the basis for developing a two-axis model that identifies four aspects to the player-figure relation. This model is then put to work on a close analysis of a scene in Kentucky Route Zero (Cardboard Computer 2013), which will serve to demonstrate the dimensions of the player-figure relation.
Johansson, Strååt, Warpefelt & Verhagen, Analyzing the Social Dynamics of Non-Player Characters, Frontiers in Gaming Simulation, http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-04954-0_21
Abstract: Much of the current research into artificial intelligence (AI) for computer games has been focused on simple actions performed by the characters in games (such as moving between points or shooting at a target, and other simple strategic actions), or on the overarching structure of the game story. However, we claim that these two separate approaches need to be bridged in order to fully realize the potential of enjoyment in computer games. As such, we have explored the middle ground between the individual action and the story – the type of behavior that occurs in a “scene” within the game. To this end we have established a new model for that can be used to discover in what ways a non-player character acts in ways that break the player’s feeling of immersion in the world.
- J. Tuomas Harviainen, Timo Lainema, Jaakko Suominen, and Erno Soinila. Development of a Finnish Community of Game Scholars (available free, DOI=10.1177/1046878113513533)
- Kimmo Oksanen. Subjective Experience and Sociability in a Collaborative Serious Game
- Janne Paavilainen, Juho Hamari, Jaakko Stenros, and Jani Kinnunen. Social Network Games: Players’ Perspectives
- Carolina Islas Sedano, Verona Leendertz, Mikko Vinni, Erkki Sutinen, and Suria Ellis. Hypercontextualized Learning Games: Fantasy, Motivation, and Engagement in Reality
- Lauri-Matti Palmunen, Elina Pelto, Anni Paalumäki, and Timo Lainema.
Formation of Novice Business Students’ Mental Models Through Simulation Gaming
- Simo Järvelä, J. Matias Kivikangas, Jari Kätsyri, and Niklas Ravaja. Physiological Linkage of Dyadic Gaming Experience
- Benjamin Cowley, Ilkka Kosunen, Petri Lankoski, J. Matias Kivikangas, Simo Järvelä, Inger Ekman, Jaakko Kemppainen, and Niklas Ravaja. Experience Assessment and Design in the Analysis of Gameplay
- Hanna Wirman. Gender and Identity in Game-Modifying Communities