A Parameter-Space Design Methodology for Casual Creators

Colton, Simon and Nelson, Mark and Powley, Edward and Gaudl, Swen and Saunders, Rob and Perez Ferrer, Blanca and Ivey, Peter and Cook, Michael (2018) A Parameter-Space Design Methodology for Casual Creators. In: International Conference on Computational Creativity, 25-29 Jun 2018, Salamanca, Spain. (In Press)

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Abstract / Summary

Casual creators are creativity support tools intended to be fun and easy to use for exploratory creation. We have built casual creators called fluidic games, which support exploratory game design on mobile devices without programming. These work by encoding games in a parameterised design space and enabling player/designers to create new games by varying the parameters in a design interface and seeing changes in their design instantly. A question largely unanswered by existing work is how to choose a suitable parameter space. We describe a methodology for specifying and implementing parameterised design spaces for casual creators, a context that requires balancing a large and expressive space against a manageable and fun user interface. This methodology was derived through investigating and generalising how the parameter spaces for three fluidic games were conceived. It suggests an iterative process whereby parameters are sourced in seven different ways, within a dynamic of incremental expansion and contraction of the parameter spaces.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Computer Science, Information & General Works
Technology > Digital Works > Digital Games
Courses by Department: The Games Academy > Computing for Games
The Games Academy > Digital Games
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Depositing User: Mark Nelson
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2018 10:06
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2018 10:06
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/2893

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