Computer Games Design and Development Assignment
1.1 Difference between serious and entertainment games and types of platforms
Computer games are organized in a set of categories or they can be categorized under different genres. A brief explanation about the types of game genre is as follows:-
Action: Action games include challenges such as completing a task in a limited period of time with handful of resources. Every basic action game has a player and an enemy. Action games generally run at a fast pace and include a lot of reflexes. Action games use a combination of buttons to provide different functionality
Adventure: Adventure games generally include completing a task such as a rescue mission or to reach at a particular end. These games are mainly single player games and have a back story attached it with. Adventure games may start in flashback or use history for some information.
Puzzle: Puzzles introduces use of logical reasoning rather than much use of reflexes as in other games. These games usually have colored shapes or components and basically involve different levels. At each increasing level the difficulty related to logical reasoning is increased many folds.
Gaming platforms provide a base on which computer games run. Each computer game has its own minimum requirements which the hardware must meet on which the game is to be played. Some of these platforms are described below:-
Personal Computers: PC’s are the most common hardware on which we run our computer games. Games can be loaded on PC’s either using a CD-ROM or DVD’s or can be downloaded from the web. These games generally use keyboard keys and mouse as primary input. On personal computers multiplayer games can be played easily and users can communicate with each other via headsets.
Mobile Phone: Mobile phone or cell phone is one such platform on which games can be downloaded and played easily. As cell phones are mobile so gaming can be done anywhere anytime. No extra wires or external input interfaces are required. Due to so many advantages mobile phones are becoming the most popular platform for games.
1.2 Evaluate the user interaction
Every game made interacts with the user using its interface. The user interface is the most important part of a game. Based on certain characteristics of the user interface the likeness of the game is decided. Some of those characteristics are described as follows:-
Responsive:- Responsive means the game should not only be fast but it should also provide some feedback to user. No game should make the user wait too long or br sluggish. Feedback to user can be in the form some kind of message being displayed after a certain period of time.
Clearity:- User interface of any computer game should be clear. The designing should be done in such away that it becomes easier for the player to understand the game quickly. Clarity can be increased many folds by using correct color combinations, fonts and icons.
Attractive:-Attraction is one of the key characteristics of a good game. Besides being clear and responsive and easy to understand a game should be attractive too. Attraction can be achieved by using good colors and appealing images.
Efficient:- A good game should run the same ever time it is played. Efficiency can defined in terms of speed and memory. A good game is fast and uses minimum memory. A efficient games never lags during its execution.
1.3 Evaluate the impact of computer based gaming
Impact of serious games for social inclusion to improve lifestyles
Computer based gaming has both positive and negative effects on society. These effects would continue to grow as the level gaming increases.
Positive Effects of gaming
Improved thinking and strategy skills: Many of computer games involve completion of a task in a specific period of time and mostly it is achieved in a team. So in order to complete the task effectively in the given time and with the use of limited resources, the player needs to develop a efficient strategy so that the goal is achieved. This helps in developing the thinking skills.
Hand-Eye coordination: Computer games comprise simultaneous use of external devices like mouse and keyboard. Thus by playing computer games hand and eye coordination of the player increases as the player needs to take care of many things simultaneously like firing at the correct aim and simultaneously moving and jumping.
Mainstream application development: With new computer games coming in the market the makers now focus on making games which are easy to use and thus to achieve this goal new devices are developed which are mostly wireless and all the work is done mainly by the operating systems. The player does not need to enter instructions like the old days, only a click is enough to start the game. Thus computer games have helped in developing the technology.
Negative Effects of gaming
Social Isolation:Spending too much time on playing games makes the player isolate completely from the society. Users spend lots of recreational time in playing games and they decrease their ability of integrating with others. Due to computer games people start weighing virtual environment more than the real environment which leads a bad impact.
Education:Studies have shown that gamers that are indulge into gaming to a higher extent neglect studies to such an extent that they are dropped out from schools or colleges. Many students are not able to complete their education just because of computer games attraction.