Aesthetics and Design for Game-based Learning

1st Edition

Michele D. Dickey

Routledge
Published March 5, 2015
Reference - 160 Pages - 6 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415720960 - CAT# Y156518
Series: Digital Games, Simulations, and Learning

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Summary

Aesthetics and Design for Game-based Learning provides learning designers with insight into how the different elements that comprise game aesthetics can inform the design of game-based learning. Regardless of the cognitive complexities involved, games are essentially entertainment media, and aesthetics play a large role in how they are experienced. Yet too often the role of aesthetics in the research about game-based learning has been relegated to a surface discussion of graphics or neglected altogether.

Aesthetics and Design for Game-based Learning begins by addressing the broad context of game aesthetics, then addresses specific elements with chapters focusing on:

  • player positioning
  • game mechanics
  • narrative design
  • environment design
  • character design.

Each chapter includes research and guidelines for design, and a conclusion addresses aesthetics in the research of game-based learning.

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