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1 Designing Educational Games using the RPG genre: Student-Gamer Involvement and RPG Affordances Sherry O'Sullivan & Dr. Colin Price

2 Role Playing Games (RPG) Student – Gamer Involvement Sherry O'Sullivan & Dr. Colin Price Student-Gamer Involvement and RPG Affordances

3 How can we use the motivational elements of video games to educate? Educational games so far Fun with a bit of educational content thrown in Educational tool with fun bolted on Lacks the essence of what motivates one to play games in the first place Fails to harness the potential Sherry O'Sullivan & Dr. Colin Price

4 Characteristics of an RPG Open World / Non linear / Quest Based Explore / Discover (Locations) Interactions (NPC & Environment) Storyline :Narrative / Dialogues / Books Music /Aesthetics / Graphics Verisimilitude Challenge / Flow Fairness / Rules / Goals Achievements / Rewards

5 The Student Research Group (Sep 2011 – Ongoing) The Participants 15 students from a 1 st year BTEC Game Design course (Media) Key Skills working together class The Tasks (Groups of 2-4) 3 quests Expansion of main storyline Starting Point (Weogorna Civitas) Basic world developed and in place Sherry O'Sullivan & Dr. Colin Price

6 What is Weogorna Civitas? A role playing educational game (RPG) Total Conversion of an existing game Oblivion Elder Scrolls Open World Quest Based Sherry O'Sullivan & Dr. Colin Price

7 Quests Main Quest and Sub – Quests Retrieve Rescue Solve Aims, Objectives and Feedback Fairness (and Consistency) Achievement Reward Challenge Sherry O'Sullivan & Dr. Colin Price

8 Cat on Fire Quest: Strange Happenings Initial Design Storyboard and script Design and Development Phase AbbiChris Village Quest Prototype Sherry O'Sullivan & Dr. Colin Price

9 Storyboard By Abigail Evans for Cat on Fire Cat on Fire Quest : Strange Happenings Rescue the heir and receive your reward Find the scientist Get information from the Cathedral Get the elemental ring to get to Earth Solve puzzles and negotiate the dungeons Talk to the Arch Mage to find out more Talk to Skye in the Cat on Fire Inn Strange happenings in AbbiChris Village

10 Cat on Fire Prototype Phase Jan -Apr 2012 Sherry O'Sullivan & Dr. Colin Price

11 Ethics Ethical issues Internal Validity and Causal Effects Bias and subjectivity Vested interest in the results Other Ethical considerations What students may come up with Sherry O'Sullivan & Dr. Colin Price


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