Decide on the inquiry focus and develop a question or statement to investigate.
It should also link to the larger idea of “What Game Should I Make?”
The question or statement should be one that you cannot search for and find the answer. You will have to carry out an investigation to obtain the results. Some findings might be subjective, you should find evidence to support or disprove your question or statement.
Start with a question or statement that evokes a response and makes you think. Some example questions and statements are listed below.
- Games don’t need a story
- Story > Gameplay
- There are no games for retired people
- Games should be accessible to people with disabilities
- Why are minority cultures not represented in video games?
- Game series and sequels stifle creativity
- Graphics are more important than Art style
- Violent video games make people violent
- Why do people like to be scared?
- Minecraft is the best game ever.
- Does a game have to look good to be good?
- How can the use of colour affect my game?
- Does violence in video games affect its success?
- There is no such thing as an ‘original’ game
- Do game ‘genres’ stifle creativity?
- 3D Games are better.
- First Person Shooters are dumb
- VR games will never be popular.
- Mobile Gaming is the future of gaming
All of these activities should be attempted.
Any evidence, notes, research or documents should be recorded and kept as part of this research stage.
You must use correct referencing of sources of research. You should have used at least five articles / websites from your research to support (back up) or contradict your own opinions or your question or statement.
You should use the Harvard style of referencing.
You need to include a bibliography listing all of your reference materials.
For referencing websites it is important that you record the date that you accessed the material as it can change.
The format is:
Author (or organisation responsible for the site) Year, Title, viewed Date (day month year), <URL>.
Andrew Thawley 2021, Stage 1 – Research, viewed 27 January 2021, <https://learnictnow.com/lesson/stage-1-research/>.