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“WHAT IS YOUR DPS, HERO?”: Ludonarrative dissonance and player perception of story and mechanics in MMORPGs.
University of Skövde, School of Informatics.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis studies the MMORPGs and the ludonarrative dissonance that exist in the complexity of their design. Given the massive multiplayer nature of these games, players of different ambitions and gameplay preference need to coexist, which is a massive challenge for both the players themselves and the designers of these worlds. The balance of these two major aspects of the game, what affects the players and this tension, is the focal point of this thesis. By conducting a survey through various MMORPG player bases, this thesis concludes that this tension is not only a balance between narrative and mechanics but of other aspect as well. These aspects, intertextuality and community, this thesis argues, are the extra aspects that are tight connected with the balancing of narrative and mechanics in a MMORPG and the creation of these complex games and world. All these aspects are affected by the design decisions and affecting of how the players perceive the game world.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 41 p.
Keyword [en]
MMORPG, Narrative, Ludonarrative Dissonance, Design
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Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-13420OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-13420DiVA: diva2:1080602
Subject / course
Informationsteknologi
Educational program
Serious Games - Master's Programme
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Available from: 2017-03-31 Created: 2017-03-10 Last updated: 2017-03-31Bibliographically approved

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