I will present my paper Role-playing in single-player videogames at Role-playing in games seminar (April 10-11, 2012).
(The paper might be in the program with its old title Role-Playing in Single-Player Computer Role-Playing Games).
The paper present a small study set to investigate relation between role-playing and story. Following hypothesis are examined:
- Role-playing ones character makes game narrative more coherent and interesting
- When the game is too hard, role-playing will decrease.
I used a questionnaire to ask about role-playing and story in Fallout 3, Dragon Age: Origins, Red Dead Redemption, Dragon Age 2, Elder Scroll V: Skyrim, Grand Theft Auto IV, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Mass Effect 2, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and Batman: Arkham Asylum.
I write more about result later. This is a teaser.