Pixelate – a 28 y.o Swedish guy has posted a series of 4 really interesting Flash based games on the Kongregate web site that explain the underlying concepts behind games. They are called Understanding Games and are an interesting mixture of multimedia presentation with gameplay aspects that really are well worth checking out.
Some of the core elements covered in the first game are:
- Rules define the possible actions of the players
- Rules apply to all players and have to be made clear and intelligible to them
- Rules are fixed and you cannot change them to your own advantage
- No game can be played without the interaction of the player
- The outcome of the game has to be uncertain otherwise it loses it’s appeal
- The way that game elements are represented (i.e realistic vs abstract) influences the way we think they should act
- A more realistic looking game (e.g Rockstar Table Tennis vs Pong) should allow for more realistic play
The main points of the game are summarised at the end and are all well worth considering when thinking about using games.