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Ghaida Zahran

Final Project: V-RA Mass Effect 2 Virtual Research Assistant Design Brief 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.

ITGM 709 / Final Project Design Brief

Spring 2010 / Ghaida Zahran


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.

ITGM 709 / Final Project Design Brief

Spring 2010 / Ghaida Zahran


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

ITGM 709 / Final Project Design Brief

Spring 2010 / Ghaida Zahran

Final Project Design Brief  

V-RA: Mass Effect 2 Virtual Research Assistant