Lectio Praecursoria 12.5.2010

Introductory speech at my defense: Honoured Custos, honoured opponent, ladies and gentlemen. My research is about designing single player character-based computer games. With character-based games, I mean games such as Thief II: The Metal Age, Fahrenheit, Ico, and Half-Life. From the design point of view the player character, the character controlled by a player, isContinue reading “Lectio Praecursoria 12.5.2010”

Character-Driven Game Design is Out

| Buy the book | Free PDF | Updated 14.5.2010: Added download link. Back cover says: In the Character-Driven Game Design, Petri Lankoski presents a theory that illuminates how game characters contribute to shaping the playing experience. Based on this theory he provides design tools for character-based games which utilize methods and theories derived fromContinue reading “Character-Driven Game Design is Out”

Characters in Computer Games: Toward Understanding Interpretation and Design

This is an old paper published in 2003 containing an early version of character recognition framework developed further for my thesis. This version contains some edits compared to version available in Digra Digital Library due to quick html conversion (no foot notes, tables are lists, etc.). Presented at Level Up Conference Proceedings, Utrech: University ofContinue reading “Characters in Computer Games: Toward Understanding Interpretation and Design”

Character-Driven Game Design: Characters, Conflict, and Gameplay

Petri Lankoski Staffan Björk In GDTW2008 Proceedings, Liverpool John Moores University, UK (12th – 13th Nov). ABSTRACT Contemporary computer and video games utilize characters in large extent. However, game research literature says only little about how to design gameplay so that it reflects characters’ personality; mainly focusing on the narration and graphical presentation of theContinue reading “Character-Driven Game Design: Characters, Conflict, and Gameplay”

Gameplay Design Patterns for Social Networks and Conflicts

Petri Lankoski Media Lab University of Art and Design Helsinki Staffan Björk Interaction Design Collegium Chalmers University of Technology & Göteborg University In GDTW2007 Proceedings Fifth International Game Design and Technology Workshop and Conference Liverpool John Moores University, UK 14–15 November 2007 ABSTRACT This paper explores how games can be designed to make the socialContinue reading “Gameplay Design Patterns for Social Networks and Conflicts”

Gameplay Design Patterns for Believable Non-Player Characters

Petri Lankoski Media Lab University of Art and Design Helsinki Staffan Björk Interaction Design Collegium Computer Science and Engineering Chalmers University of Technology and Göteborg University Situated Play, Proceedings of DiGRA 2007 Conference (c) 2007 Authors & Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA). Personal and educational classroom use of this paper is allowed, commercial use requiresContinue reading “Gameplay Design Patterns for Believable Non-Player Characters”