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Remix and Play: Lessons from Rule Variants in Texas Hold'em and Halo 2
 

Summary: Remix and Play: Lessons from Rule Variants in
Texas Hold'em and Halo 2
Gifford Cheung
Information School
University of Washington
giffordc@uw.edu
Jeff Huang
Information School
University of Washington
cscw@jeffhuang.com
ABSTRACT
Players can change the rules of a multi-person game to ex-
perience a different gameplay mechanic, add thematic color,
or fine-tune its balance. To better understand game variants,
we use a grounded approach to analyze 62 variants for Texas
Hold'em, a popular card game, and a follow-up case-study
of 91 variants of Halo 2, a popular video game. We study
their development and examine whether lessons from Texas
Hold'em apply to a constrained system such as Halo 2. We
discover video gamers' reliance on `honor rules', rules de-

  

Source: Anderson, Richard - Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington at Seattle

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences