Toward a Unified Theory of Digital Games

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dc.contributor.author Ralph, David Paul en
dc.contributor.author Monu, K en
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-19T21:08:59Z en
dc.date.issued 2015-06 en
dc.identifier.citation Computer Games Journal, 2015, 4 (1-2), pp. 81 - 100 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/27518 en
dc.description.abstract Since digital games and their scientific study are quite new, many questions concerning the fundamental nature of these phenomena remain. Two often-cited attempts to clarify the fundamental components of games include the Mechanics–Dynamics–Aesthetics Framework and the Elemental Tetrad. This theory development paper attempts to reconcile these two frameworks into a single, clear and cohesive account of the kinds of elements that constitute games. The proposed theory not only includes all of the elements from its source frameworks but also introduces two refinements: (1) it differentiates game mechanics from narrative mechanics; (2) it distinguishes three types of narratives—stories told by the developers through the game, stories that emerge from gameplay and players’ interpretations of game stories. The proposed theory should be useful for teaching game design fundamentals, as a coding scheme for qualitative data analysis and to analyse game design challenges. Subject to further clarification and extension, the proposed model may provide a basis for a general theory of digital games. en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Computer Games Journal en
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dc.rights.uri https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/docs/uoa-docs/rights.htm en
dc.title Toward a Unified Theory of Digital Games en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s40869-015-0007-7 en
pubs.issue 1-2 en
pubs.begin-page 81 en
pubs.volume 4 en
dc.description.version AM - Accepted Manuscript en
pubs.end-page 100 en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/OpenAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 490355 en
dc.identifier.eissn 2052-773X en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2015-11-20 en


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