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Design and Evaluation of Parametrizable Multi-genre Game Mechanics

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Designing digital games is primarily interaction design. This interaction manifests as a meaningful change in the game world. An aspect of a game can only change dynamically with a parametric model of this aspect available. One aspect of digital games is yet missing such a systematic description: the genre of a game is currently only determined by its designer. This paper introduces a new approach that allows for dynamic blending between genres. We describe a set of game mechanics that express the characteristics of different game genres. We extract a parametric model from these mechanics to allow dynamic blending. The paper illustrates the possibilities of this approach with an implementation of a multi-genre-game. It also provides empiric evidence that the described model successfully generates different game genres.


  • multi-genre games
  • genre blending
  • parametrizable game mechanics
  • game mashups


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Apken, D., Landwehr, H., Herrlich, M., Krause, M., Paul, D., Malaka, R. (2012). Design and Evaluation of Parametrizable Multi-genre Game Mechanics. In: Herrlich, M., Malaka, R., Masuch, M. (eds) Entertainment Computing - ICEC 2012. ICEC 2012. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 7522. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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