GDC Vault is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC
This is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.
|Session Name:||Achievement Design: Lessons From an Xbox Live Community Study|
|Company Name(s):||Malmoe University|
|Track / Format:||Business & Management|
Did you know free users get access to 30% of content from the last 2 years?
Achievements have become an important part of Xbox 360 gaming and has played an important role in the success of the console. It has changed how gamers play, and which games they play. As a result, the way developers have chosen to integrate achievements has received a considerable amount of attention from the community, with discussions and even reviews of achievements. In some cases, the achievements have played a significant role in the popularity of a title, like the Pacifism achievement in Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved. Sometimes the achievements create obstacles to the gaming experience like the achievement for killing a team mate in multiplayer in Turok.
This presentation will focus on what is at stake when designing achievements. I will also offer some guidelines for how to design achievements to fit them into the gaming experiences. Attendees will learn about the role achievements play in the intricate socio-technical web of Xbox Live. Gamers take these things extremely seriously and therefore, designer should do so too. Attendees will also learn through examples what unexpected positive and negative consequences achievement designs can have when games go live. Apart from receiving general guidelines for successful achievement design, attendees will also get some more specific advice.