From Hunt the Wumpus to EverQuest: Introduction to Quest Theory

Espen J. Aarseth

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Abstract

The paper will explore how the landscape types and the quest types are used in various games, how they structure the gameplay, how they act as bones for the game-content (graphics, dialogue, sound) and how they sometimes form the base on which a story is imposed and related to the player. The question then becomes, how does the quest structure influence the story structure? How do the limitations of the quest combinations limit the kinds of story that are possible? How rich can the imposed story be, without breaking the gameplay? Are landscape and quest-structure the dominant factors in quest game design, to which the story-ambitions must defer? The main thesis of the paper is that if we understand the powerful but simple structure - the grammar - of quests (how they work, how they are used) we can understand both the limits and the potential of these kinds of games.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelEntertainment Computing - ICEC 2005
RedaktørerFumio Kishino, Yoshifumi Kitamura, Hirokazu Kato, Noriko Nagata
Antal sider11
ForlagSpringer
Publikationsdato2005
Sider496-506
StatusUdgivet - 2005
BegivenhedEntertainment Computing - ICEC 2005: 4th International Conference - Sanda, Japan
Varighed: 19 sep. 200521 sep. 2005

Konference

KonferenceEntertainment Computing - ICEC 2005
Land/OmrådeJapan
BySanda
Periode19/09/200521/09/2005
NavnLecture Notes in Computer Science
Vol/bind3711
ISSN0302-9743

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