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Good Life Game Prototype - Designing Game Mechanics for Group Interaction

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.advisor Seppänen, Lasse
dc.contributor.author Lappalainen, Markku Kalevi
dc.date.accessioned 2014-02-12T14:25:43Z
dc.date.available 2014-02-12T14:25:43Z
dc.date.issued 2004
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/12536
dc.description.abstract In this final thesis I describe in detail the development of the board game prototype Good Life. Originating from my disillusionment with the overly hyped online gameplay of contemporary computer and video games, this design project aims to research and exploit the close group interaction of modern board games. Trying to find ways to use and improve the cohesive, communal qualities of board games, I also examine how the game mechanical findings and innovations could be transferred to online game environment. Before the detailed description of the game development phase there is a brief overview of the prototype, followed by theoretical background discussion about the history and cultural role of games and game playing in general. Building on the work of e.g. David Parlett, Johan Huizinga, Janet H. Murray and Espen J. Aarseth, I proceed to give an account of my game mechanical influences - more than 60 board games and numerous video, computer and online games were tested for the purposes of this thesis. To maximize the challenge and difficulty and thus hopefully game mechanical innovation, Good Life is a board game prototype based on the demanding subject of a human’s life arc from the cradle to the grave, with each player playing the whole life of a single character during a game session. Having long been fascinated by the concept of a life game, it was a natural choice for me to develop one for this final thesis; here I also provide an overview into this small game genre. The game development period is elaborately recounted and illustrated with my original pencil sketches. Along with the nitty-gritty of design choices, problems and other practicalities, I also give an account of various game mechanical concepts involved. For instance, I delineate cooperative gameplay elements, as well as my thematic aspirations, like how to make the game reflect actual everyday life by its mechanics and atmosphere. The playtesting phase is documented next after which I move on to reflections on how the game could be improved and streamlined. I conclude this thesis with bolder, more imaginative visions of the future possibilities of Good Life in various board, electronic and online game formats. The appendices of this final thesis are composed of the rules and the game pieces prepared for the Good Life prototype. en
dc.format.extent 112
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Good Life Game Prototype - Designing Game Mechanics for Group Interaction en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Arts, Design and Architecture en
dc.contributor.department Media Lab en
dc.contributor.department Medialaboratorio fi
dc.subject.keyword game development en
dc.subject.keyword game design en
dc.subject.keyword game mechanis en
dc.subject.keyword board games en
dc.subject.keyword group interaction en
dc.subject.keyword life games en
dc.subject.keyword cooperation en
dc.subject.keyword online games en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201312128120
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Maisterin opinnäyte fi
dc.contributor.supervisor Tikka, Heidi
dc.programme Uuden median maisteriohjelma fi

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