Applied Ludology: A Comparison Between Practical Analysis Methodology

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In recent years there has been an increasing interest in the study of video games (ludology). In 2007 the video game industry was valued at $44.9 billion worldwide making it one of the largest entertainment industries(1). As a result of the popularity of video games, game reviews and review scores have become important for video game developers, publishers and potential game buyers. However, the analysis of a video game without a set of guidelines can create large inconsistencies between reviews. A reviewer could prioritize a certain aspect of a game while other aspects are left untouched. To create an universal method for analysing video games the core principles of ludology can be ...view middle of the document...

Besides these gameplay mechanics, Järvinen(2007) investigated the uncertainty factor while playing a game and a method for accessing the skill level of the player. When global game mechanics change the uncertainty factor also changes. Using all these different factors the games can be classified. A game, when using Järvinens(2007) framework, consist of global mechanics with an associated goal type. When global mechanics and modifier mechanics are combined with the aspect of uncertainty, a specific goal type is assigned to the game, which is named “glocal” (goal of core mechanics). The games were are also investigated using emotional responses. The factor “SUSPENSE” was used as an overall benchmark on the emotional level of the game. The “SUSPENSE” may be divided into hope, fear and uncertainty. There is hope that the player reaches the goal, while at the same time a possibility exist for the player to lose the game. Järvinens(2007) approach to video game analysis dissects the different game elements and uncertainty factors and assigns a goal type to the game, while also taking in account the skill set of the player.
The goal of Malliets(2007) framework is to make the analysis of video games quicker and more consistent and to look for...

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