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Final Project: V-RA Mass Effect 2 Virtual Research Assistant Revised and Finalized Designs ITGM 709 / Spring 2010 Professor David E. Meyers


Introduction

Background Mass Effect is a role-playing game set in the distant future. An integral part of the game is researching new technologies that improve the player’s stats, like new weapons, prototypes, and armor.

Concept The current in-game research terminal has a mediocre interface that presents the following problems: No clear overview of all the upgrades in the game Current “list” format hinders the player’s ability to determine which upgrades they can acquire next The current interface is lacking the polish and realistic feel that the rest of the game has

Solution

Current game interface

Provide a means for game players to keep track of all the available upgrades while they’re playing the game without interrupting their gaming experience.

Target Audience

V-RA will be an iPhone/iPod app that players will be able to use while they’re playing the game to guide them through their upgrade options.

Regular game players who are frustrated by the game’s upgrade interface, and require a handy tool to assist them in researching all the available upgrades.

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Sketches

Information The following information must be organized and made accessible through different search queries: Upgrades: Weapons, Armor, Ship Enhancements, Prototypes Resources: Iridium, Palladium, Platinum, Element Zero Relationships between the different upgrades.

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Sketches

Weapons

Intro

Armor

Overview

Prototypes

All upgrades

Ship Enhancements

Filter by

Resource

(platinum, iridium, etc.)

Type

(armor, weapon, etc.)

Acquired upgrades

Element Zero

Platinum

Palladium

Iridium

Some resources are used for several types of upgrades

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Type

Display: Slider

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Color Palette

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Look and feel

V-RA Assault Rifle

Submachine Gun

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Mass Effect 2 Virtual Research Assistant

Start

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Sitemap

Shotfun Sniper Rifle

Heavy Pistol

Shepard Heavy Weapon

Submac hine Gun Weapon s

Other

Assault Rifle

Prototyp es

Search by

Overvie w

Type

Ship Enhance ments

Home

Biotic Minerals

Palladiu m

Armor Acquired upgrade s

Tech

Iridium Element Zero

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Platinum MediGel

Damage Protectio n

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Wireframes

Home

Minerals Sub-page Search upgrades

V-RA

Search

Mass Effect 2 Virtual Research Assistant

Minerals

Search upgrades in minerals

Search

Iridium

50,000

Palladium

50,000

Platinum

50,000

Element Zero

50,000

Acquired Upgrades Type Overview Options

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Edit

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Direction 1: Utilitarian

Home

Minerals Sub-page Search for an upgrade

Search

V-RA Virtual Research Assistant Minerals

Back

Minerals

Iridium

50,000

Palladium

50,000

Platinum

50,000

Element Zero

50,000

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Search for an upgrade

Search

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Direction 2: Omni-Tool

Description The Omni-tool in Mass Effect serves the

Search upgrades

V-RA

Mass Effect 2 Virtual Research Assistant Minerals

same function as a PDA does (in addition to awesome alien-neutralizing capabilities). It would then make sense to adapt the omni-tool’s look to V-RA’s interface.

Minerals Palladium

50,000 50,000

Iridium

50,000 50,000

Platinum

50,000 50,000

Element Zero

50,000 50,000

Reference

Acquired Upgrades Type Overview V-RA

Edit

Options Options

Omni-tool in Mass Effect 2

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Revised Design

Homepage Search

V-RA Virtual Research Assistant Minerals Acquired Upgrades Type Overview

Design Revision Due to the iPhone’s limited screen size, and to maintain a utilitarian approach, the overview will remain a part of the program but only as a secondary option. The main

Options

functionality will be accessible through more conventional iPhone-like menus. I aim to combine the utilitarian simplicity of the first direction with the visual appeal of the second.

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Revised Design

Minerals Search

Iridium

50,000

Palladium

50,000

Platinum

50,000

Element Zero

50,000

Back

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V-RA

Edit

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Revised Design

Minerals > Iridium upgrades Search

Ship Enhancements Modular Probe Bay

50,000

Advanced Mineral Scanner

15,000

Prototypes ML-77 Missile Launcher M-622 Avalanche

15,000

M-920 Cain

25,000

Back

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5,000

V-RA

Iridium

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Revised Design

Type Search

Weapons Armor Prototypes Ship Enhancements

Back

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V-RA

Edit

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Revised Design

Type > Weapons Search

Assault Rifle Submachine Gun Heavy Pistol Sniper Rifle Shotgun

Back

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V-RA

Edit

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Revised Design

Type > Weapons > Submachine Gun

Search

Damage

Iridium

Submachine Gun Damage 1/5

2,500

Submachine Gun Damage 2/5

2,500

Submachine Gun Damage 3/5

2,500

Submachine Gun Damage 4/5

2,500

Submachine Gun Damage 5/5

2,500

Shield Piercing SMG Shield Piercing Back

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V-RA

Iridium 15,000

SMG

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Type > Weapons > Submachine Gun > SMG Damage 1/5

Search

Submachine Gun Damage 1/5 Iridium

2,500

Found in: Dossier / Archangel

Description: Squad bonus +10%

Back

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V-RA

SMG

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