Something Jussi Holopainen and I have been working on: Lankoski, P. and Holopainen, J. forthcoming. Game design research: An Introduction to Theory & practice. ETC Press.
Table of contents of the book:
- Game design research: An overview / Petri Lankoski and Jussi Holopainen
- Epistemological underpinnings of game design research / Laureline Chiapello
- Multidisciplinary game design research: Ontologies and other remarks / Annakaisa Kultima
- De-coding games through historical research in art and design / Christopher W. Totten
- Investigating game design methods and models / Joris Dormans and Jussi Holopainen
- Games design research through game design practice / Paul Coulton and Alan Hook
- Game design mise-en-scène practice: Intention and means in JEU SERAI / Emmanuel Guardiola and Stéphane Natkin
- Gaps of uncertainty: A case for experimentation in serious game design frameworks / Niels Quinten, Steven Malliet and Karin Coninx
- Experimental game design / Annika Waern and Jon Back
- Going indie: Methods for understanding indie production / Alyea Sandovar
- Critical practices in game design / Jess Marcotte and Rilla Khaled
You can follow our new research group at the blog on http://www.blogg.sh.se/game_research/.
Research group currently consists of
- Mikolaj Dymek
- Kai-Mikael Jää-Aro
- Petri Lankoski
- Mirjam Palosaari Eladhari
I reread Brühlmann and Schmid’s (2015) article where they evaluate PENS scale and noticed that they found issues with the reversed worded (E1) and argued that the scale quality benefit removing or rephrasing the item. I used all presence scale items in my embodiment analysis published in MindTrek.
Here are some more (explorative) analyses from the embodiment data used the Embodiment in character-based video games.
I collected also workload data using raw Nasa TLX when gathering data for EFA and CFA, but then I did not use workload data in analyses. My assumption was that workload would correlate with the embodiment, but did not look at this.
This is author’s version of the paper. The authoritative version is available via ACM.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2994310.2994320.
The paper is presented at AcademicMindtrek’16, October 17-18, 2016, Tampere, Finland (c) 2016 ACM. ISBN978-1-4503-4367-1/16/10… and published in the conference proceedings.
Embodiment is used to denote the sense that something is a part of one’s body. The sense of own body is argued to relate to the sense of agency of one’s own actions and of the ownership of the body. In this sense of own body can incorporate something external to the body, such as simple tools or virtual hands. The premise of the study is that the player-characters and game controllers get embodied in a similar to a tool or a virtual hand. In order to study embodiment, a psychometric scale is developed using explorative factor analysis (n=104). The scale is evaluated with two sets of data (n=103 and n=89) using confirmatory factor analysis. The embodiment scale ended to having two dimensions: controller ownership and player-character embodiment. Finally, the embodiment scale is tested and put into action in two studies with hypotheses 1) embodiment and players’ skills correlate and 2) the sense of presence and embodiment correlate. The data (n=37 and n=31) analysed using mixed effects models support both hypotheses.
This is a note for me.
Confidence intervals: “Are the observed data x reasonable given the hypothesised values of θ?” == P(θ| x)
Credible intervals: “What values of θ are reasonable given the observed data x?” == P(x| θ)
Those are related as “P(θ| x) = P(θ)P(x| θ)”
Credible intervals are part of Bayesian approach.
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).
It is time to create a start menu for the game. For that, we need a scene. After creating the scene, rename the scene file to “start_screen” or something like that.
(Scroll down for the links to previous parts of this tutorial.)
Add the scene to the build settings (File->Build Settings…)
Make sure that start_screen scene is scene number zero (that scene will be loaded when the game starts).