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Characters as Resources: How Players Relate to Characters in Crusader Kings II
University of Skövde, School of Informatics.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In this study, an overview is presented regarding how the mechanics in a resource-based game, specifically Crusader Kings II (Paradox Development Studio 2012), might affect the player's connection to the characters in the game. The study introduces conventions prevalent in grand strategy games, roleplaying games as well as literature theory. Participants of the study played two different versions of a mod for Crusader Kings II (2012), and were interviewed, to find indications for how different players related to characters in the game, what mechanics they valued, and their view on the characters themselves. The conclusions that are reached in the study indicated that there are mechanics in the game that influence the player’s connection to the characters, but that it is, to a certain degree, up to the player as to what extent they are used or employed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 37 p.
Keyword [en]
strategy game, role-playing game, continuity, personification, narrative, characters, parasocial relationships, resources
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Other Computer and Information Science Media and Communication Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-13746OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-13746DiVA: diva2:1111086
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Paradox Development Studio
Subject / course
Media, Aesthetics and Narration
Educational program
Computer Game Development - Game Writing
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Available from: 2017-08-18 Created: 2017-06-17 Last updated: 2017-08-18Bibliographically approved

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