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Game Design Mashup. Games for ………. Inspiration. Design Challenges GDC ’04, ‘05 3 Designers – One Theme Romance Emily Dickenson. Goals. Approach a hard problem From a new perspective With a sense of humor Think big!. The Mashup. Old, New, Borrowed… Blue? Familiar but different

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game design mashup

Game Design Mashup

Games for ……….

inspiration
Inspiration
  • Design Challenges
  • GDC ’04, ‘05
  • 3 Designers – One Theme
    • Romance
    • Emily Dickenson
goals
Goals
  • Approach a hard problem
  • From a new perspective
  • With a sense of humor
  • Think big!
the mashup
The Mashup
  • Old, New, Borrowed… Blue?
  • Familiar but different
  • Grounded
  • Reflective
games for granny
Games for Granny
  • The Audience
    • Mainstream
    • Casual
    • Female
    • Gray
  • Who is really out there?
  • How can we reach them?
contestants
Contestants
  • Demis Hassabis
    • Republic, Evil Genius
  • Nick Davies*
    • Project Gotham Racing
  • Keita Takahashi
    • Katamari Damacy (1&2)
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Contestants
  • Demis Hassabis
    • Republic, Evil Genius
  • Nick Davies*
    • Project Gotham Racing
  • Keita Takahashi
    • Katamari Damacy (1&2)

*one day notice

contest
Contest
  • 15 minutes each…
  • Discussion…
  • Vote by applause…
  • Prizes!
approach
Approach
  • What do grannies like?
  • What can’t we do?
  • Some rejects
  • The idea
grannies like
Grannies like…
  • Hobbies: Knitting/reading/gardening
  • Reminiscing/telling stories
  • Playing bridge
  • Watching soap operas
  • Gossiping
  • Grandchildren
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Aims
  • Out are…
    • Complex controls
    • Anything too fantastical
    • Gratuitous violence/sex/language
  • Should be…
    • Familiar setting
    • Social/friendly
    • Simple
the hobby simulator
The Hobby Simulator
  • Real-time knitting guide
  • Landscape gardening program
  • Rejected due to:
    • Being too obvious
    • Not as good as the real thing
war story constructor
War Story Constructor
  • Use Half-Life 2 or Battlefield engine
  • Instructions via voice input
  • Unlimited add-on packs
  • Grandkids could actually play it
  • Rejected due to:
    • Difficult AI
    • Problematic making it simple enough
bridge online
Bridge Online
  • TV based
  • Voice input – dial in conference call
  • Simple interface same as poker sites
  • Social and competition
  • Rejected: a bit dry
the village
The Village
  • The world’s first MMO Gossip Simulator
  • Set in a present day city block or village
  • Grannies effectively play themselves
  • Aim is to gain as much info as possible
  • Missions:
    • Decimate reputations of those you dislike
    • Enhance reputations of those you like
    • Spread gossip to as many as possible
the village cont
The Village (cont.)
  • AI characters play key actors
  • Ongoing content released
  • Upgrades and ‘special’ abilities
  • Bonus points for needless interference
  • Daily TV show – new ‘missions’
  • Grandkids play in the same game world
summary
Summary
  • The world’s first MMO Gossip Simulator
  • Think Shenmue meets Sims Online meets Eastenders
  • Also includes:
    • Bridge online and real-time knitting 
what s different about granny
What’s different about Granny?
  • She has slower reaction time
  • She has weaker eyesight
  • She is harder of hearing
  • She has slower Hand Eye co-ordination
  • Conclusion – It sounds a bit like being drunk
what s the same about granny
What’s the same about Granny?
  • She wants to be entertained.
  • She wants to interact with like minded people.
  • She wants to be challenged.
  • Conclusion – Granny is just like you and me
what subject matter
What Subject Matter?
  • Relevant to their interests.
  • Relevant to a different moral era.
  • Relevant Licence.
  • Relevant Music
  • Conclusion – The subject matter already exists
the interface
The Interface
  • Simple Controller
    • Simple Button Layout
    • Large Buttons
    • Comfortable to Hold
  • Conclusion – The interface already exists
the gameplay ideas
The Gameplay Ideas
  • Simulators – Sim City, The Sims, Train Simulator.
  • Mental Games – Chess, Sudoku.
  • Unique Interface – Buzz!
  • Conclusion - The gameplay ideas already exists
the conclusion
The Conclusion
  • You can’t please all of the Grannys all of the Time.
  • There is no ‘Stereotypical Granny’
  • Games that Granny would like already exist in the market place.
  • Not a revolution in gameplay, more a revolution in marketing.
however
However…

Ballroom Dancing RevolutionTM:

It’s a popular past time

It’s the right pace

It has relevant music

It’s good exercise

It needs a partner

However:

  • It also needs a dance mat the size of a gymnasium
  • It will probably cause broken hips
discussion
Discussion
  • Similarities?
  • Differences?
  • Comments?
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By Applause….
  • Demis?
  • Nick?
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By Applause….
  • Demis?
  • Nick?
  • Keita?
prize
Prize!!
  • Something “remixed”
  • Inspire new ideas
  • Old-fashioned
  • Useful
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Prize!!

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and of course
And, of course…
  • Sharffen Berger Chocolates
  • Independent, Bay Area
  • Recently acquired by Hershey!
conclusions
Conclusions
  • Hard problems
  • New perspectives
  • Sense of humor

There are new audiences out there!

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