How does the digitalization of atable top game affect gameplay? : How the technical aspects of theimplementation can affect the game and thegameplay

University essay from Södertörns högskola/Institutionen för naturvetenskap, miljö och teknik; Södertörns högskola/Institutionen för naturvetenskap, miljö och teknik

Abstract:

The goal of this study is to research how the digitalization of a table top gameaffects the game and its gameplay. We are researching this by first havingparticipants play chess, and online chess, and the interviewing them about theirexperiences with the both games. The main effects of digitalization are inputcontrols. When digitalizing a table top game, there is one thing that the designercannot control at all, which is, the necessity of input controls. However, thedesign for these controls is up to the designer. When digitalizing a game, therules ted to get enforced by the programming. Mistakes that could be committedin the table top version are no longer possible due to the rule enforcementcaused by the programming. It is also possible to use the digital realm to yourbenefit by adding features such as highlighting in chess, which is only possible inthe digital version. Immersion is also affected by the digitalization; the possiblelack of a visible and present opponent can alter how the players experience thegameplay.

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