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A Taxonomy of Game Engines and the Tools that Drive the Industry
University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre. (Interaction Lab (ILAB))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8291-1793
University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre. (Interaction Lab (ILAB))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9972-4716
2019 (English)In: DiGRA '19 - Proceedings of the 2019 DiGRA International Conference: Game, Play and the Emerging Ludo-Mix / [ed] Akinori Nakamura, 2019Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Game engines are a vital part of a game production pipeline, but there is a vagueness of definitions regarding the boundaries of components in a game engine and the rest of the production tools used in a game development pipeline. The aim of this paper is to nuance the use of the term game engine and to put it into the context of a game development pipeline. Based on data from the current state of game production, a proposed taxonomy for tools in game development is presented. A distinction is made between user facing tools and product facing tools. A defining characteristic of the production pipeline and game engines is their plasticity. One of the conclusions is that a “game engine” as a single entity containing the whole game production pipeline is not desirable due to the large number of competences and needs involved in a game development project.

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2019.
Keywords [en]
Game production, Game research, Game industry, Game engines, Game production tools
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Interaction Technologies
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Interaction Lab (ILAB)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-17706OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-17706DiVA, id: diva2:1352554
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DiGRA 2019, The 12th Digital Games Research Association Conference, Kyoto, Japan, August, 6-10, 2019
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Game Hub Scandinavia 2.0
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Interreg Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak, NYPS 20200428Available from: 2019-09-19 Created: 2019-09-19 Last updated: 2019-09-24Bibliographically approved

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