Towards genre as a game design research approach

Goddard, W and Muscat, A 2017, 'Towards genre as a game design research approach', in José P. Zagal (ed.) Proceedings of the10th Digital Games Research Association International Conference (DiGRA 2017), Melbourne, Australia, 3-6 July 2017, pp. 1-14.

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Towards genre as a game design research approach
Author(s) Goddard, W
Muscat, A
Year 2017
Conference name DiGRA 2017
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 3-6 July 2017
Proceedings title Proceedings of the10th Digital Games Research Association International Conference (DiGRA 2017)
Editor(s) José P. Zagal
Publisher Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA)
Place of publication Tampere, Finland
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Abstract Game design research is a growing field within game studies. Design in research, however, raises new questions. What should game design research investigate? How generalizable should its claims be? Considering the 'ultimate particular' of design, this paper explores how design research should investigate particular demarcations of works. This paper suggests genre as an approach in game design research, arguing that genres meaningfully, albeit reflexively, demarcate 'likenesses' worth investigation. Genre demarcations can be used to ground and orient research; lists of genre-games and informal descriptions suggest, what to, and how to, investigate genre, respectively. However, scholarly propositions of genres are necessary to support research. These propositions must make explicit, contestable, and substantive designerly claims about that genre, such as design values, structural patterns, and aesthetics, laying a scholarly foundation for future claims. These foundations support scholarly tradition in game design research by providing a context to ground, situate and disseminate findings.
Subjects Computer Gaming and Animation
Keyword(s) Game design research
game design
genre analysis
game analysis
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