JP2005168890A - Entertainment system, and method for displaying play mode selection screen - Google Patents

Entertainment system, and method for displaying play mode selection screen Download PDF

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JP2005168890A
JP2005168890A JP2003414785A JP2003414785A JP2005168890A JP 2005168890 A JP2005168890 A JP 2005168890A JP 2003414785 A JP2003414785 A JP 2003414785A JP 2003414785 A JP2003414785 A JP 2003414785A JP 2005168890 A JP2005168890 A JP 2005168890A
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Takaki Kobayashi
Akira Koike
貴樹 小林
暁 小池
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PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To display a menu screen in a different display mode depending on a situation when displaying the menu screen.
When displaying a play mode selection screen in which any one of a plurality of play modes can be selected, there is data in a memory card (S1: Yes), and the total play time is a predetermined time. If not satisfied (S2: No), one play mode corresponding to the current day of the week is selected from a plurality of play modes (S3, S4). Then, the play mode selection screen is displayed on the display device in a state where the selected one play mode is selected (S5).
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  The present invention relates to a technique for displaying a menu screen of an entertainment system, and more particularly, to a technique for displaying in a different manner depending on time and case.
  An entertainment system represented by a game machine or the like displays various menu screens. The display mode of the menu screen is normally fixed for each screen, and the display mode is not different depending on the time and the case.
  For example, taking a game as an example, a plurality of modes may be prepared as game play modes. At this time, the player freely selects the play mode from the menu screen for selecting the play mode. However, the game creator may prepare each mode with a predetermined intention, and the game creator may want to recommend each mode to the player according to the intention.
  Therefore, an object of the present invention is to display the menu screen in a different display mode depending on the situation when the menu screen is displayed.
  The entertainment system according to one embodiment of the present invention comprises display control means for causing a display device to display a play mode selection screen in which any one play mode can be selected from a plurality of play modes, and the play mode selection screen Includes a plurality of selection areas for accepting selection for each of the plurality of play modes, and the display control means selects one play mode corresponding to the current day of the week from the plurality of play modes. The selected area corresponding to the selected one play mode is displayed in a selected state.
  When the entertainment system according to one embodiment of the present invention displays a play mode selection screen in which any one of the play modes can be selected from the plurality of play modes, the entertainment system selects the current day of the week from the plurality of play modes. One corresponding play mode is selected, and the play mode selection screen is displayed on the display device in a state where the selected one play mode is selected.
  Hereinafter, an entertainment system according to an embodiment of the present invention will be described with reference to the drawings.
  FIG. 1 is a diagram illustrating an example of a configuration of an entertainment system according to the present embodiment. This system provides data related to the progress of a game or the like to an entertainment device main body 1, a display device 2 such as a CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) and a liquid crystal display, an input device 3 such as a joystick or a keyboard, and a memory card 7. A card reader / writer 4 for storing or reading data and a disk reader 5 for reading data from a CD-ROM (Compact Disk Read Only Memory), a DVD (Digital Versatile Disk) or the like.
  The entertainment apparatus main body 1 is constituted by, for example, a computer system provided with a processor, a memory, and the like (not shown), and individual components or functions in the entertainment apparatus main body 1 described below are executed by executing a computer program, for example. Realized. This computer program may be read by the disk reader 5 from a CD-ROM or the like.
  Here, the present system causes the display device 2 to display a menu screen for the player to select a play mode. When the player inputs to this screen using the input device 3 and selects a play mode, the player can play a game or the like in the selected play mode. An entertainment system having such a function will be specifically described below.
  The entertainment apparatus body 1 includes a calendar unit 11, a menu screen control unit 12, and a menu table 13.
  The calendar unit 11 has a calendar function. Therefore, the current date and day of the week can be acquired by making an inquiry to the calendar unit 11.
  The menu table 13 stores recommended modes for each day of the week. The recommendation mode is a play mode that recommends selection to the user. On the menu screen provided by this system, a plurality of play modes are displayed as options. Among the multiple choices, one recommended play mode is the recommended mode.
  The menu screen control unit 12 causes the display device 2 to display a menu screen for selecting a play mode. For example, the menu screen control unit 12 acquires the current day of the week from the calendar unit 11 before displaying the menu screen on the display device 2. Then, by referring to the menu table 13 and acquiring the recommended mode of the day, one play mode is selected. Then, the menu screen is displayed on the display device 2 in such a display manner that the selected play mode (recommended mode) is a recommended play mode.
  Alternatively, the menu screen control unit 12 may select the recommended mode as follows regardless of the day of the week. For example, when the memory card 7 is not set in the card reader / writer 4 or when data is not stored in the memory card 7, a specific play mode may be selected and the mode may be set as the recommended mode. Here, this player is likely to be an introductory player who uses this game for the first time. Therefore, it is possible to recommend a play mode for beginners to introductory level players.
  Alternatively, when data stored in the memory card 7 is acquired and the total play time is equal to or longer than a predetermined time, a specific play mode may be selected and the mode may be set as the recommended mode. As a result, it is possible to recommend an advanced level play mode to skilled advanced players.
  Next, a specific example will be described. Here, there are four play modes of the game performed in this entertainment system: “board game mode”, “story mode”, “master game mode”, and “mini game mode”.
  At this time, an example of the menu table 13 is shown in FIG. In other words, “master game mode” on Monday and Wednesday, “mini game mode” on Tuesday and Thursday, “board game mode” on Friday and Saturday, and “story mode” on Sunday are recommended modes.
  For example, since it is considered that there are many cases of playing with friends or family on Fridays and Saturdays, the “board game mode” where everyone plays is a recommended mode. Also, on Sundays, “Story Mode” for playing alone is a recommended mode to practice secretly when a friend returns. On Thursday, the “Master Mode” is a recommended mode for special training in preparation for the next day's match.
  The “mini game mode” may be an introductory level, and the “story mode” may be an advanced level.
  After acquiring the day of the week from the calendar unit 11, the menu screen display control unit 12 refers to the menu table 13 and causes the display device 2 to display the menu screen 100 as shown in FIG. For example, the menu screen 100a shown in FIG. 3A is displayed on Friday and Saturday, and the menu screen 100b shown in FIG. 3B is displayed on Tuesday and Thursday. Each menu screen 100a, b includes selection areas 101-104 for each play mode.
  In any case, a recommendation mark 110 for notifying the player that the recommended mode is in the recommended mode is displayed. Further, in each menu screen 100a, 100b, the play mode selection areas 101, 104 in the recommended mode are selected, that is, the mode selection cursor 120 is set in the respective selection areas 101, 104. It has become. The mode selection cursor 120 can be moved to the selection area of each mode. Even if the mode selection cursor 120 moves, the recommendation mark 110 does not move.
  An example of a processing procedure for displaying the menu screen 100 (100a, 100b) on the display device 2 will be described with reference to the flowchart of FIG.
  The menu screen controller 12 determines whether data is stored in the memory card 7 set in the card reader / writer 4 (S1). If no data is stored in the memory card 7 (S1: No), the menu screen controller 12 selects the “mini game mode” for beginners as the recommended mode, and skips steps S2 to S4 (S6). .
  When data is stored in the memory card 7 (S1: Yes), the data is analyzed and the total play time is acquired. And it is determined whether total play time is more than predetermined time (S2). When the total play time is equal to or longer than the predetermined time (S2: Yes), the menu screen control unit 12 selects “story mode” for advanced users as the recommended mode, and skips steps S3 and S4 (S7).
  When the total play time of the data stored in the memory card 7 is less than the predetermined time (S2: No), the menu screen control unit 12 acquires the current day of the week from the calendar unit 11 (S3). Further, the menu screen control unit 12 refers to the menu table 13 and selects a play mode corresponding to the day of the week as a recommended mode (S4).
  Then, the menu screen control unit 12 displays the menu screen 100 on the display device 2 in a state where the recommended mode selection area determined by the above process is selected (S5).
  Thereby, the play mode according to the time and the case can be selected from a plurality of play modes and can be recommended to the player.
  The above-described embodiments of the present invention are examples for explaining the present invention, and are not intended to limit the scope of the present invention only to those embodiments. Those skilled in the art can implement the present invention in various other modes without departing from the gist of the present invention.
  For example, the flowchart shown in FIG. 4 is an example of a combination of the case where the presence / absence of data in the memory card 7 is determined, the case where the total play time is greater than or equal to a predetermined time, and the case where the day of the week is determined. In addition, any combination of the above-described determination criteria is possible.
  Even when the play mode corresponding to the day of the week is selected as the recommended mode, when the player frequently uses the selected mode, the recommended mode may be changed to another mode. For example, the play time for each play mode is obtained from the data read from the memory card 7 by the card reader / writer 4. When the play time in the play mode corresponding to the current day of the week is equal to or longer than a predetermined time, a play mode that is not frequently used by the user, such as a mode with the shortest play time, may be set as the recommended mode.
  Furthermore, a plurality of menu tables 13 may be prepared and used by switching according to the situation. For example, a menu table created assuming that the game is played on all days of the week is set to be usable, and thereafter, the menu table that matches the lifestyle of the player is switched to use. Thereby, it is possible to recommend an appropriate play mode even for a player who plays only on some days of the week such as Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday.
  In addition, a plurality of play modes may be defined for the same day of the week, and the recommended mode may be determined by randomly selecting from among them, selecting according to a predetermined order, or selecting based on time of day. .
  Thus, according to the present embodiment, the selection of the game mode can be guided so as to match the lifestyle of the player, and the intention of the game creator can be reflected in the player's play.
It is a block diagram of the entertainment system which concerns on one Embodiment of this invention. It is a figure which shows an example of a menu table. It is a figure which shows an example of a menu screen. It is a flowchart which shows an example of the display procedure of a menu screen.
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DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 1 ... Entertainment apparatus main body, 2 ... Display apparatus, 3 ... Input device, 4 ... Card reader / writer, 5 ... Disk reader, 7 ... Memory card.

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  1. Provided with a display control means for displaying on a display device a play mode selection screen in which any one of the play modes can be selected from a plurality of play modes,
    The play mode selection screen includes a plurality of selection areas for accepting selection for each of the plurality of play modes,
    The display control means selects one play mode corresponding to the current day of the week from the plurality of play modes, and the play area is selected with the selection area corresponding to the selected one play mode selected. An entertainment system characterized by displaying a mode selection screen.
  2. Entertainment system
    Select one play mode corresponding to the current day of the week from multiple play modes,
    A display method of a play mode selection screen, wherein a play mode selection screen in which any one of the plurality of play modes can be selected is displayed on a display device in a state where the selected one play mode is selected. .
  3. When executed on a computer,
    When displaying a play mode selection screen that allows you to select one of several play modes,
    Select one play mode corresponding to the current day of the week from the plurality of play modes,
    A computer program for an entertainment system for providing a play mode selection screen for displaying the play mode selection screen on a display device in a state where the selected one play mode is selected.
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