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Making Sense of a Game: A look into Tutorials and Character Mechanics
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Media Technology.
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Media Technology.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Att förstå sig på ett spel : En överblick på handledningar och karaktärsmekaniker (English)
Abstract [en]

This paper researches how information in game tutorials can be retained by the player. We use a teach-back framework to see what information the participants’ retained. The purpose of this study is to understand how a video game can communicate vital information about character mechanics and rules with the help of tutorials integrated through level design. This qualitative study was conducted with 15 participants, they played through a Third-Person Action Platformer game which the authors created for this study. The participants were all experienced in this game genre for the sake of the results’ consistency. The results showed that the most effective method is the one that presented most text and restricted player freedom, that being said it is not the preferred method by the participants. This resulted in suggestions that differed from what is presented to them, some of them including demonstrations in the game world and even some audio elements that could be implemented instead of having a text-based tutorial.

Abstract [sv]

I den här studien undersöker vi hur information i spelhandledning kan bibehållas av spelaren, vi använder en undervisningssammanfattning för att se vilken information deltagarna behöll. Syftet med denna studie är att förstå hur ett videospel kan kommunicera viktig information om karaktärsmekaniker och regler med hjälp av handledning integrerad genom nivådesign. Denna kvalitativa studie genomfördes med 15 deltagare, de spelade genom ett Tredje-Person action Platform spel som författarna skapade för denna studie. Alla deltagarna är erfarna i den här spelgenren för att hålla resultaten konsekventa. Den mest effektiva metoden är den som presenterade mest text och begränsade spelarens frihet men det var inte den föredragna metoden bland deltagarna. Det här resulterade i förslag som skilde sig från vad som presenterades för deltagarna, några av de förslagen inkluderade demonstrationer i spelvärlden och vissa ljudelement som kunde ha implementerats istället för att endast ha en textbaserad handledning.

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2019. , p. 38
Keywords [en]
tutorial, teach-back, level design, qualitative study
Keywords [sv]
tutorial, lära tillbaka, nivådesign, kvalitativ studie
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Media Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-38085OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-38085DiVA, id: diva2:1307960
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Media Technology
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Technology
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Available from: 2019-04-30 Created: 2019-04-30 Last updated: 2019-04-30Bibliographically approved

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