Morrowind MDA analysis v1

Hello Everyone and happy Fall to you all,

I would like to share with everyone some stuff that I have been working on in one of my classes. In this class we were presented with the paper "MDA: A Formal Approach to Game Design and Game Research" and given the basics of what the MDA analysis actually is. I went beyond and did even more research into this and found it very helpful for future projects. For those who do not know, the MDA (Mechanics, Dynamics, Aesthetics) Analysis is a paper that was published by Robin Hunicke, Marc LeBlanc, Robert Zubek, in which they present the first truly objective process for analyzing whether a game is "good" or not. There have been refinements to this over the years, but the core principles remain the same. Over the course of the next three videos for this class, I will explain each core principle and show how it applies to each project I have done for this class. The project was to pick a game and analyze it from the MDA perspective. I chose The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. In the first paper I talk about Mechanics.

Below is a copy of the text from my mechanics response:

                                               The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind
                                                             Mechanics list

-Character base stat
-Character stat modifier system (potions, magic, racial, birth sign, )
-Character attributes (gender, race, )
-Character skills (lock picking, speech craft, weapon proficiency, )
-Character magic
-Weapon base stat
-Weapon stat modifier system (enchantment, potion buffs, )
-Crafting system (magic crafting, potion making, enchanting)
-Armor base stat
-Armor stat modifier system (enchantment)
-Character bounty system (crime, hostile faction actions, )
-Crime mechanics (theft, trespassing, murder, )
- “Faction” system (guilds, houses, vampires, race, )
-world economy
-Wandering enemy/creature
-Quest system
-Essential NPC system
-Stealth system
-combat system (modifiers, weapon stats, character stats, armor stats,

You can also click HERE to see the original MDA analysis paper


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