Friday, September 11, 2009

Player Models

Player models is a term given to a set of game design tools that describe game mechanics, play mechanics and/or play experience categorize by player type.  A common use of this tool helps the game designer to form generalities about the intended player and use these in both determining the game concept and game design.  The basic precepts include:
  • A list or visual model of player types
  • The model creates a link between a preferred gameplay and a player category

Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds, Spades: Players Who Suit Muds
A New Taxonomy of Gamers: Table of Contents
Player Types
The Taxonomy of Left 4 Dead
Muggles [Casual and Social Gamers]
Bartle Player Types Revisited
Introduction to Game Development, Second Edition
The Art of Game Design: A book of lenses
21st Century Game Design (Game Development Series)
Fundamentals of Game Design (2nd Edition)
Game Design Complete