WORLD4: Designing Ambiguity for First-Person Exploration Games

Muscat, A and Duckworth, J 2018, 'WORLD4: Designing Ambiguity for First-Person Exploration Games', in CHI PLAY '18 The Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction, Melbourne, Australia, 28-31 October 2018, pp. 341-351.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title WORLD4: Designing Ambiguity for First-Person Exploration Games
Author(s) Muscat, A
Duckworth, J
Year 2018
Conference name CHI PLAY '18
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 28-31 October 2018
Proceedings title CHI PLAY '18 The Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction
Publisher ACM
Place of publication United States
Start page 341
End page 351
Total pages 11
Abstract In this paper we present the design and evaluation of a first-person walker digital game called WORLD4. Walkers are a sub-genre of 3D games that typically include minimal player interaction, slow paced game play, and ambiguous goals. Walking is the primary means of interaction in walker games, rather than prioritize 'skill-based' mechanics. However, the design of these game environments is not well understood and challenges many accepted game design conventions. We have designed WORLD4, a multi-dimensional first-person exploration game, to explore how ambiguity might support exploratory game play experiences in virtual environments. 14 participants playtest WORLD4 and analysis of the data identified three descriptive themes specific to the walker game player experience: 1) designing partial inscrutability; 2) shifting meaning; and 3) facilitating subversion of expectations. We use these themes to describe a set of prescriptive design strategies that may assist designers in designing for ambiguity in exploratory game environments.
Subjects Computer Gaming and Animation
Interactive Media
Keyword(s) Game Design
Ambiguity
Level Design
Virtual Environments
Interaction Design
Curiosity
DOI - identifier 10.1145/3242671.3242705
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ISBN 9781450356244
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