US20140295958A1 - Game control method and recording medium - Google Patents

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US20140295958A1
US20140295958A1 US13/852,054 US201313852054A US2014295958A1 US 20140295958 A1 US20140295958 A1 US 20140295958A1 US 201313852054 A US201313852054 A US 201313852054A US 2014295958 A1 US2014295958 A1 US 2014295958A1
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
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Abstract

A method of controlling a fighting game is provided by a controller of a game terminal including the controller and a touch screen panel. The controller receives a selection of any one from among a plurality of avatars through the touch screen panel, receives, from a game management server, information on an avatar technique set including a plurality of technique that is set by other player corresponding to the selected avatar, and starts a match-up between a character corresponding to a player of the game terminal and the selected avatar. The controller repeatedly performs a process including selecting any one technique from among the plurality of techniques included in the avatar technique set and actuating the selected technique on the character.

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    BACKGROUND
  • (a) Field
  • The present invention generally relates to a game control method and a recording medium.
  • (b) Description of the Related Art
  • Recently, game applications for terminals that use a touch screen panel as an input device are provided. Smart phones or tablets are examples of these terminals. The terminals access an application store, and download the game application from the application store. The terminals install the game application and execute the game application to perform a game of the game application.
  • A fighting game is a video game where the player controls an on-screen character and engages in close fight with an opponent character. A player of the fighting game can use techniques such as attacking, blocking, counter-attacking, and chaining together sequences of attacks. A conventional fighting game allows the player to execute various techniques by performing specific button combinations. However, it is difficult for the player to use the specific button combinations in the terminal using the touch screen panel.
  • SUMMARY
  • An aspect of the present invention provides a game control method and a recording medium for operating a fighting game in a game terminal having a touch screen panel.
  • According to an aspect of the present invention, a method of controlling a fighting game is provided by a controller of a game terminal including the controller and a touch screen panel. The method includes receiving a selection of any one from among a plurality of avatars through the touch screen panel, the plurality of avatars corresponding to a plurality of other players, receiving, from a game management server, information on an avatar technique set including a plurality of technique that is set by other player corresponding to the selected avatar, and starting a match-up between a character corresponding to a player of the game terminal and the selected avatar. The method further includes repeatedly performing a process including selecting any one technique from among the plurality of techniques included in the avatar technique set and actuating the selected technique on the character.
  • When selecting any one technique, the controller may randomly select any one technique based on selection probabilities that are assigned to the plurality of techniques respectively.
  • The process may further include determining whether the actuated technique succeeds, and reducing stamina of the character corresponding to the player when the actuated technique succeeds.
  • Each of the plurality of techniques may have a power for determining a reducing amount of the stamina. In this case, when selecting any one technique, the controller may randomly select any one technique based on selection probabilities corresponding to the plurality of techniques. Further, a selection probability of a first technique having a first power may be higher than a selection probability of a second technique having a second power higher than the first power when a remaining amount of the stamina is less than a predetermined amount, and a selection probability of the first technique may be lower than a selection probability of the second technique when the remaining amount of the stamina is greater than the predetermined amount.
  • Each of the plurality of techniques may have a hit distance and an action initiate time. The process may further include determining that the actuated technique succeeds if a distance between the character and the avatar is within the hit distance when the action initiate time is lapsed from a time when the selected technique is actuated.
  • The method may further include reducing stamina with lapse of time, and ending the match-up when the stamina reaches zero. The plurality of techniques may correspond to a plurality of remaining amounts of the stamina. When selecting any one technique, the controller may select a technique corresponding to a remaining amount of the stamina from among the plurality of techniques.
  • The method may further include providing a result of the match-up to the game management server.
  • The method may further include receiving information on a technique set including a plurality of techniques through the touch screen panel, and starting a match-up between the character and a second character. The method may further include repeatedly performing a second process including receiving a touch on a predetermined area of the touch screen panel, selecting any one technique from among the plurality of techniques included in the technique set in response to the touch, and actuating the selected technique on the second character.
  • The plurality of techniques may be arranged in sequence in the technique set, and the plurality of techniques included in the technique set may be selected in sequence when any one technique is selected from among the plurality of techniques in the technique set.
  • The method may further include receiving a selection of a mission to be accomplished in the match-up between the character and the second character, and providing the player with a profit when the selected mission is accomplished.
  • The method selected mission may include a predetermined number of combos. The second process may further include determining whether the actuated technique succeeds, determining whether the actuated technique is continuous to a previous successful technique when the actuated technique succeeds, and incrementing a number of combos by one when the actuated technique is continuous to the previous successful technique. The method may further include determining that the selected mission is accomplished when the number of combos is equal to or greater than the predetermined number when the match-up between the character and the second character ends.
  • According to yet another aspect of the present invention, a method of controlling a fighting game is provided by a game management server. The method includes receiving, from each of a plurality of other players, information on an avatar corresponding to each of a plurality of other players, receiving a selection of any one from among a plurality of avatars corresponding to the plurality of other players from a game terminal, and transmitting, to the game terminal, information to an avatar technique set including a plurality of technique that is set by other player corresponding to the selected avatar. When a match-up between a character corresponding to a player of the game terminal and the selected avatar is started, an operation in which any one technique selected from among the plurality of techniques included in the avatar technique set and is actuated on the character is repeated.
  • Any one technique may be randomly selected based on selection probabilities that are assigned to the plurality of techniques respectively.
  • Stamina of the character corresponding to the player may be reduced when the actuated technique succeeds.
  • Each of the plurality of techniques may have a power for determining a reducing amount of the stamina. Any one technique may be randomly selected based on selection probabilities corresponding to the plurality of techniques. Further, a selection probability of a first technique having a first power may be higher than a selection probability of a second technique having a second power higher than the first power when a remaining amount of the stamina is less than a predetermined amount, and a selection probability of the first technique may be lower than a selection probability of the second technique when the remaining amount of the stamina is greater than the predetermined amount.
  • Each of the plurality of techniques may have a hit distance and an action initiate time. The actuated technique may succeed if a distance between the character and the avatar is within the hit distance when the action initiate time is lapsed from a time when the selected technique is actuated.
  • Stamina may be reduced with lapse of time and the match-up ends when the stamina reaches zero. The plurality of techniques may correspond to a plurality of remaining amounts of the stamina, and any one technique corresponding to a remaining amount of the stamina may be selected from among the plurality of techniques.
  • The method may further include providing the selected avatar with an experience according to a result of the match-up.
  • According to yet another aspect of the present invention, a computer readable recording medium having recorded thereon a program executable by a computer for performing the above-described may be provided.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • FIG. 1 is a flowchart of a game control method according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 2 is a flowchart of a game control method according to another embodiment of the present invention
  • FIG. 3 is a schematic diagram showing a game system according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 4 is a schematic diagram showing a game management server and a game terminal according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 5 is a flowchart of an access process according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 6 is a flowchart of a gaming process according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 7 shows an example of a main menu displayed when a gaming process shown in FIG. 6 is executed.
  • FIG. 8 is a flowchart of a technique setting process of a gaming process according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 9 shows an example of a technique setting screen displayed when a technique setting process shown in FIG. 8 is executed.
  • FIG. 10 shows an example of a technique setting operation in a technique setting screen of FIG. 9.
  • FIG. 11 is a flowchart of a match-up process of a gaming process according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 12 shows an example of a submenu displayed when a match-up process shown in FIG. 11 is executed.
  • FIG. 13 shows an example of a sub-item in a submenu shown in FIG. 12.
  • FIG. 14 shows an example of a mission used in a game control method according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 15 shows an example of a match-up screen.
  • FIG. 16 shows an example of a player operation in a match-up screen shown in FIG. 15.
  • FIG. 17 is a flowchart of a gaming process according to another embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 18 is a flowchart of an avatar setting process of a gaming process according to another embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 19 shows an example of an avatar setting screen displayed when an avatar setting process shown in FIG. 18 is executed.
  • FIG. 20 shows an example of an avatar setting operation in an avatar setting screen shown in FIG. 19.
  • FIG. 21 is a flowchart of an avatar setting process of a gaming process according to yet another embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 22 shows an example of an avatar setting screen displayed when an avatar setting process shown in FIG. 21 is executed.
  • FIG. 23 shows a flowchart of a player-to-player match-up process of a gaming process according to another embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 24 shows an example of a submenu displayed when a player-to-player match-up process shown in FIG. 23 is executed.
  • FIG. 25 shows an example of a player-to-player match-up screen.
  • FIG. 26 is a flowchart of an avatar setting process of a gaming process according to yet another embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 27 shows an example of an avatar setting screen displayed when an avatar setting process shown in FIG. 26 is executed.
  • FIG. 28 shows an example of a player-to-player match-up screen according to yet another embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 29 shows a flowchart of a player-to-player match-up process of a gaming process according to yet another embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 30 is a flowchart of a technique select process according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 31 shows an example of a technique selection table.
  • FIG. 32 shows an attribute of a technique used in a game control method according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 33 is a flowchart an effective technique determination process according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 34A, FIG. 34B and FIG. 34C show examples of techniques.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION
  • In the following detailed description, only certain embodiments of the present invention have been shown and described, simply by way of illustration. As those skilled in the art would realize, the described embodiments may be modified in various different ways, all without departing from the spirit or scope of the present invention. Accordingly, the drawings and description are to be regarded as illustrative in nature and not restrictive. Like reference numerals designate like elements throughout the specification.
  • A game control method and a recording medium according to embodiments of the present invention are described in detail with reference to the accompanying drawings.
  • Overall Game Control Method
  • A game control method according to embodiments of the present invention is described with reference to FIG. 1 and FIG. 2.
  • FIG. 1 and FIG. 2 are flowcharts of a game control method according to embodiments of the present invention.
  • Avatar Operation
  • A player-to-player match-up process in which a character corresponding to a player of a game terminal fights an avatar corresponding to other player is executed in the game terminal. FIG. 1 describes an avatar operation of the player-to-player match-up process.
  • Referring to FIG. 1, the game terminal receives a selection of any one from among a plurality of avatars through a touch screen panel of the game terminal (S110). In this case, the plurality of avatars correspond to a plurality of other players, respectively. Next, the game terminal receives, from a game management server, an avatar technique set including a plurality of technique that is set by other player corresponding to the selected avatar (S120). Subsequently, the game terminal starts a player-to-player match-up between the character corresponding to the player of the game terminal and the selected avatar (S130).
  • When starting the player-to-player match-up, the game terminal selects any one technique from among the plurality of techniques included in the avatar technique set (S140), and actuates the selected technique on the character corresponding to the player (S150). Further, the game terminal repeatedly performs a process including selecting selects any one technique from among the plurality of techniques and actuating the selected technique (S140, S150), until the player-to-player match-up ends (S160). Accordingly, the avatar corresponding to the other player can fight the character corresponding to the player if the other player set the avatar technique set including the plurality of technique to be used in the player-to-player match-up even though the other player does not control the avatar.
  • In some embodiments, when selecting any one technique from among the plurality of techniques included in the avatar technique set, the game terminal may randomly select any one technique based on selection probabilities that are assigned to the plurality of techniques respectively. Further, stamina of the character corresponding to the player may be reduced when the actuated technique of the avatar succeeds.
  • In some embodiments, the plurality of techniques may correspond to a plurality of remaining amounts of stamina. In this case, selecting any one technique including selecting any one technique corresponding to a remaining amount of the stamina from among the plurality of techniques. Further, stamina may be reduced with the lapse of time.
  • In some embodiments, the game management server may select any one technique from among the plurality of techniques included in the avatar technique set. In this case, the game management server may provide information on the selected technique to the game terminal.
  • Player Operation
  • A match-up process in which a character corresponding to a player of a game terminal fights an opponent character controlled by a controller of the game terminal FIG. 2 describes a player operation of the match-up process or the player-to-player match-up process.
  • Referring to FIG. 2, the game terminal receives a technique set including a plurality of techniques through a touch screen panel of the game terminal (S210). Next, the game terminal starts a match-up between the character corresponding to the player of the game terminal and an opponent character (S220). The opponent character may be a character controlled by a controller of the game terminal or an avatar of other player.
  • When starting the player-to-player match-up, the game terminal receives a touch on a predetermined area of the touch screen panel (S230). The game terminal selects any one technique from among the plurality of techniques included in the technique set in response to the touch (S240), and actuates the selected technique on the opponent character (S250). Further, the game terminal repeatedly performs a process including receiving a touch on the predetermined area of the touch screen panel, selecting any one technique from among the plurality of techniques in response to the touch, and actuating the selected technique (S230, S240, S250), until the match-up ends (S260). Accordingly, the player can fight the opponent character by using various techniques only by touching the predetermined area, for example an action button, of the touch screen panel.
  • In some embodiments, the plurality of techniques may be arranged in sequence in the technique set. The plurality of techniques may be selected in sequence when any one technique is selected from among the plurality of techniques.
  • Overall Configuration of Game System
  • A game system according to embodiments of the present invention is described in detail with reference to FIG. 3 and FIG. 4.
  • FIG. 3 is a schematic diagram showing a game system according to an embodiment of the present invention, and FIG. 4 is a schematic diagram showing a game management server and a game terminal according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • Referring to FIG. 3, a game system includes a game management server 10 and a plurality of game terminals 20 connected to the game management server 10 via a network 30.
  • The game management server 10 manages games which are executed on the plurality of game terminals 20 and information on players of the game terminals 20.
  • The game terminal 20 executes a game, for example a fighting game, and may be a terminal having a touch panel, for example a smart phone or a tablet. The game terminal 20 can download and install a game application, and execute the game application to operate a game. The game application may be provided through an application store that is a type of digital distribution platform for application software.
  • Referring to FIG. 4, a game terminal 20 includes a controller 21, an internal memory 22, a storage device 23, a display unit 24, a touch screen panel 25, and a communication module 26. The internal memory 22 may include a read only memory (ROM) and a random access memory (RAM).
  • The controller 21 may be a central processing unit (CPU). The controller 21 loads applications including a game application stored in the storage device 23 into the internal memory 22, particularly the RAM, and executes the loaded applications. Further, the controller 21 controls the display unit 24 to display images from the loaded application, and controls the communication module 26 to communicate a game management server 10. The internal memory 22, particularly the ROM, stores a program to be executed by the controller 21 such as BIOS, along with another data to be maintained permanently. The internal memory 22, particularly the RAM stores data and programs or applications which are used during the operation of the controller 21, and further stores data such as tables used for operating the game application. The communication module 26 facilitates data communication of the controller 21 with an external controller of, for example, the game management server 10 through a communication channel.
  • The display unit 24 displays images that output from the executed applications. The touch screen panel 25 operates an input device, and detects a position touched by a player to provide the controller 21 with a position sense signal corresponding to the detected position. The controller 21 receives the position sense signal to detect an input. The display unit 24 and the touch screen panel 25 may be provided as a display device.
  • The game management server 10 includes a controller 11, an internal memory 12, a storage device 13, a display unit 14, and a communication module 15. The internal memory 12 may include a ROM and a RAM.
  • The controller 11 may be a CPU. The controller 11 loads programs including a game management program stored in the storage device 13 into the internal memory 12, particularly the RAM, and executes the loaded game management program. Further, the controller 11 controls the display unit 14 to display images from the loaded program, and controls the communication module 15 to communicate a plurality of game terminals 20. The internal memory 12, particularly the ROM, stores a program to be executed by the controller 11 such as BIOS, along with another data to be maintained permanently. The internal memory 12, particularly the RAM stores data and programs which are used during the operation of the controller 11, and further stores data used for operating the game management program and data used for authenticating the game terminal 20. The communication module 15 facilitates data communication of the controller 11 with the controller 21 of each of the plurality of game terminals 10 through a communication channel.
  • The storage unit 13 stores the game management program and other programs for authenticating and managing the games of the game terminals 20. Further, the storage unit 13 stores information on each of the game terminals 20, information on each of players using the game terminals 20, and information related to the game executed in each of the game terminals 20. The storage unit 13 may operate as a database. The display unit 14 displays images that output from the executed programs.
  • Gaming Operations
  • Hereinafter, gaming operations according to embodiments of the present invention are described in detail with reference to FIG. 5 to FIG. 34C.
  • Example of Access Process
  • FIG. 5 is a flowchart of an access process according to an embodiment of the present invention.
  • Referring to FIG. 5, a game terminal executes a game application and accesses a game management server (S510). In this case, the game terminal may receive identification information of a player through an input device, and transmit the identification information to the game management server to request an access. The input device may include a touch screen, and the player may input the identification information on the touch screen. The game management server, upon receiving the access request from the game terminal, authenticates the player (S520). When succeeding in authenticating the player (S530: Yes), the game terminal and the game management server performs a gaming process (S540).
  • When the game terminal receives a game termination input from the player through the input device (S550: Yes), the game terminal transmits a game termination signal to the game management server (S555). Then, the game terminal and the game management server terminates the gaming process (S560). The input device may include a touch screen, and the player may touch an area for indicating a game termination, a logout, or a logoff on the touch screen. The game terminal and the game management server disconnect the connection between the game terminal and the game management server (S570), and store a game history of the player (S580).
  • Example of Gaming Process for Match-up
  • FIG. 6 is a flowchart of a gaming process according to an embodiment of the present invention, and FIG. 7 shows an example of a main menu displayed when a gaming process of FIG. 6 is executed.
  • Referring to FIG. 6, when the gaming process is executed, a controller of the game terminal displays a main menu on a display device of the game terminal (S610). As shown in FIG. 7, the main menu includes a plurality of items to be selected by the player. The plurality of items includes a match-up item 710 for fighting a character controlled by the controller, a training item 720 for training character of the player, and a technique setting item 730 for setting a sequence of techniques. The training item 720 provides a screen for training the character of the player, and the player can increase his or her experience through training.
  • The plurality of items may further a technique development item 740, a costume item 750, a shopping item 760, and a team item 770. The technique development item 740 may provide a screen for allowing the player to develop a technique, and the costume item 750 may provide a screen for allowing the player to change a costume. The shopping item 760 may provide a screen for allowing the player to buy credits or techniques, and the team item 770 may provide a screen for allowing the player to interact with members of the same team.
  • When the player selects the technique setting item 730 using an input device (S620), the controller executes a technique setting process (S630). The input device may include a touch screen, and the player may touch a desired item on the touch screen to select the time.
  • Example of Technique Setting Process
  • FIG. 8 is a flowchart of a technique setting process of a gaming process according to an embodiment of the present invention, FIG. 9 shows an example of a technique setting screen displayed when a technique setting process of FIG. 8 is executed, and FIG. 10 shows a an example of a technique setting operation in a technique setting screen of FIG. 9.
  • Referring to FIG. 8, in the technique setting process, the controller displays a technique setting screen on the display device (S810). Referring to FIG. 9, the technique setting screen includes an available technique area 910 and a technique set area 920. The available technique area 910 includes a plurality of technique icons corresponding to a plurality of techniques that can be used by the player. The technique set area 910 includes a sequence of technique icons that are selected from the available technique area 910 by the player. For example, the plurality of techniques may include attacking techniques, a blocking technique and/or a throwing technique. The attacking techniques may include various first attacks, elbow attacks, body attacks, shoulder attacks, grappling attacks, leg attacks, and/or head attacks.
  • Next, the controller receives a selection of a technique icon to be set and a sequence position of the selected technique icon in the technique set area 920 by the input device (S820). As shown in FIG. 10, the player may touch and drag the technique icon 930 to be selected from the available technique area 910, and drop the selected technique icon 930 on the sequence position 940 to be selected in the technique set area 920. The sequence position may be the beginning of the technique sequence, the end of the technique sequence, or a position between two adjacent techniques in the technique sequence. Next, the controller determines whether the setting of the technique sequence is completed (S830). When the setting of the technique sequence is not completed (S830: No), the controller receives other technique icon and a sequence position of the other technique icon by the input device (S820). When the setting of the technique sequence is completed (S830: Yes), the controller stores the technique sequence that has been set (S840). The setting of technique sequence may be completed by touch of a return button on the technique set screen. Further, the controller may transmit information on the technique sequence to the game management server (S850). The game management server may store information on the technique sequence for the player. As a result, the technique sequence includes a plurality of techniques that are sequentially arranged.
  • In a certain embodiment, plural types of technique sequences may be set. The player may select any one of the plural types of technique sequences when performing a match-up.
  • Example of Match-up Process
  • FIG. 11 is a flowchart of a match-up process of a gaming process according to an embodiment of the present invention, FIG. 12 shows an example of a submenu displayed when a match-up process shown in FIG. 11 is executed, FIG. 13 shows an example of a sub-item in a submenu shown in FIG. 12, FIG. 14 shows an example of a mission, FIG. 15 shows an example of a match-up screen, and FIG. 16 shows an example of a player operation in a match-up screen shown in FIG. 15.
  • Referring to FIG. 6 again, when the match-up item 710 is selected by the input device (S640), the controller executes a match-up process (S650). Referring to FIG. 11, in the match-up process, the controller displays a submenu for selecting an opponent character on the display device (S1110). As shown in FIG. 12, the submenu may list a plurality of sub-items that correspond to a plurality of countries or cities, respectively. As shown in FIG. 13, the sub-item may include at least one mission item. The mission item may include a credit value required to perform a mission provided in the mission item and a profit provided when the mission is cleared. The profit may include a credit value provided in the mission, an increase of a player experience, and/or a technique provided in the mission. When a certain mission item is selected, the player fights an opponent character provided in the mission item.
  • When the mission item is selected by the input device (S1115), the controller displays a mission of the mission item on the display device as shown in FIG. 14 and reduces the credits of the user by the credit value required in the mission item (S1120). In this case, the controller may transmit the reduced credits to the game management server, and the game management server may update the credits of the user according to the reduced credits. The mission may include the number of attack combinations (hereinafter referred to as “combos”) that should be accomplished. The combos are a term that designates a set of actions performed in sequence, with timing limitations, that yield a decrease of stamina of the opponent character. Next, the controller displays a match-up screen on the display device as shown in FIG. 15 and starts the match-up (S1130). The match-up screen includes an action button 1510 and a stamina meter 1520. The stamina meter 1520 indicates a remaining amount of stamina. The match-up screen may further include a plurality of technique buttons 1530 corresponding to a plurality of techniques. The match-up screen may further include the number of combos to be accomplished (1540). Further, the match-up screen displays the character 1550 corresponding to the player and the opponent character 1560 controlled by the controller.
  • Next, the controller receives an action from the player by using the input device (S1140). The player may input the action by touching the action button 1510 on the display device as shown in FIG. 16. Each time the action button 1510 is touched, the plurality of techniques are sequentially performed in the order of the sequence of techniques set in the technique set area 920. For example, it is assumed that the technique sequence is a sequence of a straight, a body jab, an uppercut, a left middle kick, and an elbow. The first touch of the action button 1510 allows a character of the user to use the right high kick on the opponent character, the second touch of the action button 1510 allows the character to use the body jab on the opponent character, the third touch of the action button 1510 allows the character to use the uppercut on the opponent character, the fourth touch of the action button 1510 allows the character to use the left middle kick on the opponent character, and the fifth touch of the action button 1510 allows the character to use the elbow on the opponent character. If all of the techniques of the sequences, the technique is performed again from the beginning of the sequence. That is, the sixth touch of the action button 1510 allows the character to use the right high kick. Instead of touching the action button 1510, the use may directly touch the technique button 1530 corresponding to a desired technique.
  • Next, the controller determines whether the attack according to the technique used by the player succeeds (S1150). In this case, an action of the opponent character is performed by the controller according to a predetermined rule. That is, the opponent character may block the attack from the user, may counter-attack the user on the attack from the user, or may attack the user. When the attack from the user succeeds (S1150: Yes), the controller determines whether the successful attack is continuous to a previous successful attack (S1152). When the successful attack is continuous (S1152: Yes), the controller increments the number of combos by one (S1154). The controller displays on the display device a combo meter 1540 representing the number of combos that are succeeded (S1156). When the continuous attack fails (S1152: No), the controller does not increment the number of combos.
  • Next, the controller determines whether the remaining amount of the stamina meter 520 reaches zero (S1160). The stamina of the stamina meter 1520 may decrease with the lapse of time. Alternatively, the stamina may decrease each time the attack from the player succeeds. When the stamina of the stamina meter 1520 remains (S1160: No), the controller receives the action from the player again (S1140). When the stamina of the stamina meter 1520 reaches zero (S1160: Yes), the controller determines whether the mission is accomplished (S1170). That is, the controller determines whether the number of combos that are succeeded is equal to or greater than the number of combos required in the mission (S1170). When the mission is accomplished, that is, the number of combos that are succeeded is equal to or greater than the number of combos required in the mission (S1170: Yes), the controller provides the player with the profit of the mission (S1175). According to the profit, the controller updates information of the player (S1180), and ends the match-up. The information may include the player experience, the credits of the player, and/or the available technique of the player. That is, according to the profit, the player experience and/or the credits of the player may be increased, and/or the player may obtain a new technique provided in the mission. In this case, the controller may transmit the updated information to the game management server (S1180), and the game management server may update the information of the player according to the updated information. When the mission is not accomplished (S1170: No), the controller ends the match-up without providing the profit and update the information of the player. Even though the mission is not accomplished, the player experience may be increased. When the player experience increases to a predetermined value, a level of the player may be incremented by one.
  • Example of Gaming Process for Player-to-Player Match-up
  • FIG. 17 is a flowchart of a gaming process according to another embodiment of the present invention.
  • Referring to FIG. 17, when the gaming process is executed, a controller of the game terminal displays a main menu on a display device of the game terminal (S1710). The main menu includes a plurality of items to be selected by the user. The plurality of items include a player-to-player match-up item for fighting a character of the other player as well as a technique setting item and a match-up item. That is, a game application in an embodiment shown in FIG. 17 supports an option for fighting the other player. Further, the game application provides an avatar corresponding to the player for the user match-up. Accordingly, the plurality of items further include an avatar setting item. The plurality of items may further include a training item for training character of the user. Operations when the technique setting item and the match-up item are selected may be substantially the same as the operations (S620, S630, S640, and S650) described with reference FIG. 6 to FIG. 16.
  • When the player selects the avatar setting item using an input device (S1760), the controller executes an avatar setting process (S1770). An avatar corresponds to the player, and the avatar can be identified by an identifier (ID) of the player.
  • Example of Avatar Setting Process
  • FIG. 18 is a flowchart of an avatar setting process of a gaming process according to another embodiment of the present invention, FIG. 19 shows an example of an avatar setting screen displayed when a avatar setting process shown in FIG. 18 is executed, and FIG. 20 shows an example of an avatar setting operation in an avatar setting screen shown in FIG. 19.
  • Referring to FIG. 18, in the avatar setting process, the controller displays an avatar set screen on the display device (S1810). Referring to FIG. 19, the avatar setting screen includes an available technique area 1910 and a technique set area 1920. The available technique area 1910 includes a plurality of technique icons corresponding to a plurality of techniques that can be used by the player. The technique set area 1920 includes a stamina bar 1922 indicating a gauge of stamina.
  • Next, the controller receives a technique icon selected by the player and a position of the selected technique icon at the stamina bar 1922 by the input device (S1820). As shown in FIG. 19 and FIG. 20, the user may touch and drag the technique icon from the available technique area 1910, and drop the dragged technique icon on a certain position of the stamina bar 1922. In this case, when the stamina of the opponent player is reduced to reach a certain position of the stamina bar, a technique corresponding to the technique icon dropped on the certain position is actuated. That is, a technique corresponding to remaining amount of the stamina is actuated according to the remaining amount of the stamina.
  • Next, the controller determines whether setting techniques of an avatar is completed (S1830). When setting the techniques of the avatar is not completed (S1830: No), the controller receives other technique icon and a position of the other technique icon by the input device (S1820). When setting of the avatar technique set is completed (S1830: Yes), the controller stores the avatar technique set that has been set (S1840). Setting of the avatar technique set may be completed by touch of a return button on the avatar set screen. Further, the controller may transmit information on the avatar technique set to the game management server (S1850). The game management server may store information on the avatar technique set for the player. As a result, the avatar technique set includes a plurality of techniques that are located at selected positions at the stamina bar, respectively. Accordingly, the avatar can actuate the predetermined technique in accordance with remaining amount of the stamina of the opponent player, thereby fighting a character of the opponent player.
  • On the other hand, the opponent player can fight the avatar of the player during a plurality of stages. In a certain embodiment, the player may set the techniques of the avatar for each of a plurality of stages or some of the plurality of stages. This embodiment is described with reference to FIG. 21 and FIG. 22.
  • FIG. 21 is a flowchart of an avatar setting process of a gaming process according to yet another embodiment of the present invention, and FIG. 22 shows an example of an avatar setting screen displayed when a avatar setting process shown in FIG. 21 is executed.
  • Referring to FIG. 21, in the avatar setting process, the controller displays an avatar set screen on the display device (S2110). Referring to FIG. 22, the avatar set screen includes a stage set area 2230 as well as an available technique area 2210 and a technique set area 2220. The stage set area 2230 includes a plurality of stage items corresponding to a plurality of stages.
  • Next, the controller receives a selection of a stage to be set from among the plurality of stages by the input device (S2113). The player may touch a stage item corresponding to the stage to be set from among the plurality of stage items. Then, the controller displays a technique set area 2220 corresponding to the selected stage on the display device (S2116). Next, the controller sets the avatar technique set for the selected stage (S2120 to S2140) as described in the steps S1820 to S1840. When setting of the avatar technique set for the selected stage is completed (S2145: Yes), the controller determines whether the other stage is selected by the input device (S2145). When the other stage is selected (S2140: Yes), the controller displays a technique set area 2220 corresponding to the other stage on the display device (S2116) and sets the avatar technique set for the other stage (S2120 to S2140). When the other stage is not selected by the input device (S2145: No), the controller terminates the avatar set screen and returns to the main menu. Further, the controller may transmit information on the avatar technique sets for all of the selected stages to the game management server (S2150). The game management server may store information on the avatar technique sets for the player. As a result, the techniques of the avatar can be set for each of the plurality of stages.
  • Example of Player-to-Player Match-up Process
  • FIG. 23 shows a flowchart of a player-to-player match-up process of a gaming process according to another embodiment of the present invention, FIG. 24 shows an example of a submenu displayed when a player-to-player match-up process shown in FIG. 23 is executed, and FIG. 25 shows an example of a player-to-player match-up screen.
  • Referring to FIG. 17 again, when the player-to-player match-up item is selected by the input device (S1780), the controller executes a player-to-player match-up process (S1790). Referring to FIG. 23, in the player-to-player match-up process, the controller displays a submenu for selecting an avatar on the display device (S2310). As shown in FIG. 24, the submenu includes a plurality of avatar item corresponding to a plurality of avatars. Each avatar item may include identification information of a player corresponding to the avatar, and the identification information may include at least one of an ID and a name of the player corresponding to the avatar. Each avatar item may display a level of the player corresponding to the avatar together with the identification information such that the player can select the avatar having the similar level to the player. In addition, each avatar item may further include a mission, a credit value required to perform the mission, and a profit provided when the mission is completed. The mission may include acquiring a predetermined number of combos or winning a fight with the opponent player.
  • When the avatar is selected by the input device (S2315), the controller displays a mission on the display device and reduces the credits of the player by the credit value required in the mission (S2320). In this case, the controller may transmit the reduced credits to the game management server, and the game management server may update the credits of the player according to the reduced credits. Further, the controller receives information on the avatar from the game management server (S2325). The information on the avatar includes the avatar technique set of the player corresponding to the avatar. Next, the controller displays a match-up screen on the display device as shown in FIG. 25 and starts the player-to-player match-up (S2330). The match-up screen includes an action button 2510 and a stamina meter 2520. The match-up screen may further include a plurality of technique buttons 2530 corresponding to a plurality of techniques. The match-up screen may further include the number of combos to be accomplished (2540). Further, the match-up screen displays the character 2550 corresponding to the player and the avatar 2560 of the other player.
  • Next, the controller receives an action from the player by using the input device (S2340). The player may input the action by touching the action button 2510 on the display device. Each time the action button 2510 is touched, the plurality of techniques are sequentially performed in the order of the sequence of techniques set in the technique set area 720. Instead of touching the action button 2510, the player may directly touch the technique button 2330 corresponding to a desired technique.
  • Next, the controller determines whether the attack according to the technique used by the user succeeds (S2350). When the attack from the user succeeds (S2350: Yes), the controller determines whether the successful attack is continuous to a previous successful attack (S2354). When the successful attack is continuous (S2354: Yes), the controller increments the number of combos by one (S2356). The controller displays on the display device a combo meter representing the number of combos that are succeeded (S2358). When the continuous attack fails (S2354: No), the controller does not increment the number of combos.
  • Next, the controller determines whether the remaining amount of the stamina meter 2520 reaches zero (S2360). The stamina of the stamina meter 2520 may decrease with the lapse of time. When the stamina of the stamina meter 2520 remains (S2360: No), the controller receives the action from the player again (S2340). When the stamina of the stamina meter 2520 reaches zero (S2360: Yes), the controller determines whether the mission is accomplished (S2370). That is, the controller may determine whether the number of combos that are succeeded is equal to or greater than the number of combos required in the mission (S2370). When the mission is accomplished, that is, the number of combos that are succeeded is equal to or greater than the number of combos required in the mission (S2370: Yes), the controller provides the player with the profit of the mission (S2375). According to the profit, the controller updates information of the player (S2380), and ends the match-up. Further, the controller may transmit the updated information to the game management server (S2380), and the game management server may update the information of the player according to the updated information. When the mission is not accomplished (S2370: No), the controller ends the match-up without providing the profit and update the information of the player.
  • On the other hand, the controller controls the avatar of the opponent player according to the avatar setting when the player uses techniques. That is, the controller determines whether the remaining amount of the stamina of the player corresponds to any one of positions where techniques are set in the avatar technique set (S2390). When the remaining amount of the stamina corresponds to a certain position of the position (S2390: Yes), the controller controls the avatar to actuate the technique that is set in the certain position (S2391). Next, the controller determines whether the attack according to the technique actuated by the avatar succeeds (S2392). When the attack from the avatar succeeds (S2392: Yes), the controller determines whether the successful attack is continuous to a previous successful attack (S2393). When the successful attack is continuous (S2393: Yes), the controller increments the number of combos of the avatar by one (S2394). The controller displays on the display device a combo meter representing the number of combos that are succeeded (S2395). When the continuous attack fails (S2393: No), the controller does not increment the number of combos.
  • When the remaining amount of the stamina does not correspond to any of the position (S2390: No), the avatar actuates no technique. Further, when the match-up ends, that is, the remaining amount of the stamina reaches zero (S2396: Yes), the game management server provides the avatar with the experience according to the result of the match-up (S2397). That is, the controller transmits a result of the match-up to the game management server, and the game management server provides the avatar with the experience. For example, when the avatar defeats the player, succeeds to prevent the player from accomplishing the mission in the match-up, or acquire a predetermined number of combos, the avatar may acquire a high experience. When the avatar loses or fails to prevent the player from accomplishing the mission in the match-up, the avatar may acquire a low experience. Next, the game management server updates information on the avatar (S2398). That is, the game management server increases the experience of the avatar, and may increment a level of the avatar by one when the experience of the avatar increases to a predetermined value. As such, a player can set his or her own avatar to allow the avatar to fight other players. As a result, the avatar can acquire the experience such that the level of the avatar can increase.
  • Another Example of Avatar Setting Process
  • FIG. 26 is a flowchart of an avatar setting process of a gaming process according to yet another embodiment of the present invention, and FIG. 27 shows an example of an avatar setting screen displayed when a avatar setting process shown in FIG. 26 is executed.
  • Referring to FIG. 26, in an avatar setting process according to another embodiment, the controller displays an avatar set screen on the display device (S2610). Referring to FIG. 27, the avatar set screen includes an available technique area 2710 and a technique set area 2720. The available technique area 2710 includes a plurality of technique icons corresponding to a plurality of techniques that can be used by the player.
  • Next, the controller receives a technique icon selected by the player by the input device (S2620). As shown in FIG. 27, the user may touch and drag the technique icon from the available technique area 2710, and drop the dragged technique icon on the technique set area 2720.
  • Next, the controller determines whether setting techniques of an avatar is completed (S2630). When setting the techniques of the avatar is not completed (S2630: No), the controller receives other technique icon by the input device (S2620). When setting of the avatar technique set is completed (S2630: Yes), the controller stores the avatar technique set that has been set (S2640). Setting of the avatar technique set may be completed by touch of a return button on the avatar set screen. Further, the controller may transmit information on the avatar technique set to the game management server (S2650). The game management server may store information on the avatar technique set for the player. In this case, the avatar technique set includes a plurality of techniques, and the plurality of techniques may be randomly selected when the match-up is performed.
  • On the other hand, the player may set the techniques of the avatar for each of a plurality of stages or some of the plurality of stages as described with reference to FIG. 20 and FIG. 21.
  • Another Example of Player-to-Player Match-up Process
  • FIG. 28 shows an example of a player-to-player match-up screen according to yet another embodiment of the present invention, and FIG. 29 shows a flowchart of a player-to-player match-up process of a gaming process according to yet another embodiment of the present invention.
  • As shown in FIG. 28, a match-up screen for a player-to-player match-up may include an action button 2810, a stamina meter 2820 of a player, and a stamina meter 2830 of an avatar corresponding to an opponent player. In this case, the stamina of the stamina meter 2820 may be reduced according to damage by an attack of the opponent character, and the stamina of the stamina meter 2830 may be reduced according to damage by an attack of the player. The match-up screen may further include a plurality of technique buttons 2840 corresponding to a plurality of techniques. The match-up screen may further include the number of combos to be accomplished (2850). Further, the match-up screen displays the character 2860 corresponding to the player and the avatar 2870 of the other player.
  • Referring to FIG. 29, as described in steps S2310, S2315, S2320, S2325, and S2330, the controller displays a match-up screen on the display device and starts the player-to-player match-up with a selected avatar (S2910, S2915, S2920, S2925, and S2930).
  • Next, the controller receives an action from the player by using the input device (S2940), and determines whether the attack according to the technique used by the user succeeds (S2950). When the attack from the user succeeds (S2950: Yes), the controller reduces the stamina of the stamina bar of the avatar by damage corresponding to the successful attack (S2952). Next, the controller determines whether the successful attack is continuous to a previous successful attack (S2954). When the successful attack is continuous (S2954: Yes), the controller increments the number of combos by one (S2956). The controller displays on the display device a combo meter representing the number of combos that are succeeded (S2958). When the continuous attack fails (S2954: No), the controller does not increment the number of combos.
  • Next, the controller determines whether the remaining amount of the stamina meter of the player 2820 or the stamina meter of the avatar 2830 reaches zero (S2960). When the stamina of the stamina meter 2820 or 2830 remains (S2960: No), the controller receives the action from the player again (S2940). When the stamina of the stamina meter 2820 or 2830 reaches zero (S2960: Yes), the controller determines whether the mission is accomplished (S2970). When the mission is accomplished (S2970: Yes), the controller provides the player with the profit of the mission (S2975). According to the profit, the controller updates information of the player (S2980), and ends the match-up. Further, the controller may transmit the updated information to the game management server (S2980), and the game management server may update the information of the player according to the updated information. When the mission is not accomplished (S2970: No), the controller ends the match-up without providing the profit and update the information of the player.
  • On the other hand, the controller or the game management server controls the avatar of the opponent player according to the avatar technique set when the player uses techniques. In this case, the controller or the game management server performs a technique select process (S2990). That is, the controller or the game management server randomly selects any one technique from among the plurality of techniques included in the avatar technique set. The controller or the game management server may randomly select any one technique based on the remaining amount of the stamina meter 2620 of the player. Next, the controller controls the avatar to actuate the selected technique (S2991). The controller determines whether the attack according to the technique actuated by the avatar succeeds (S2992). When the attack from the avatar succeeds (S2992: Yes), the controller determines whether the successful attack is continuous to a previous successful attack (S2993). When the successful attack is continuous (S2993: Yes), the controller increments the number of combos of the avatar by one (S2994). The controller displays on the display device a combo meter representing the number of combos that are succeeded (S2995). When the continuous attack fails (S2993: No), the controller does not increment the number of combos.
  • Further, when the match-up ends, that is, the remaining amount of the stamina meter 2820 or 2830 reaches zero (S2996: Yes), the controller or the game management server provides the avatar with the experience according to the result of the match-up (S2997). Next, the game management server updates information on the avatar (S2998).
  • Technique Select Process
  • FIG. 30 is a flowchart of a technique select process according to an embodiment of the present invention, and FIG. 31 shows an example of a technique selection table.
  • Referring to FIG. 30, when the game management server receives information on an avatar technique set for a certain player (S26650 of FIG. 26), the game management server assigns a plurality of selection probabilities to a plurality of techniques included in the avatar technique set (S3010). As shown in FIG. 31, the game management server may assign higher selection probability to a technique having lower power (Case 1), or may assign higher selection probability to a technique having higher power (Case 2). It is assumed in FIG. 31 that the plurality of techniques include technique 1, technique 2, technique 3, technique 4, and technique 5 in descending order of power. The selection probability may be mapped to a range of random numbers. The game management server stores mappings between the selection probabilities and the techniques to a memory as a technique selection table (S3020). The technique selection table may be included in the information on the avatar when the information on the avatar is provided in the game terminal (S2925 of FIG. 29).
  • When the technique select process is performed (S2990 of FIG. 29), the controller or the game management server determines whether to select or not a technique of the avatar from among the plurality of techniques included in the avatar technique set at a current time (S3030). The controller or the game management server may select the technique of the avatar each time a predetermined time is lapsed. When determining to select the technique of the avatar (S3030: Yes), the controller or the game management server determines whether the remaining amount of the stamina meter 2820 is greater than a predetermined amount (S3040). When the remaining amount of the stamina meter 2820 is not greater than the predetermined amount (S3040: No), the controller or the game management server randomly selects any one technique from among the plurality of techniques based on the case 1 of the technique selection table (S3050). When the remaining amount of the stamina meter 2820 is greater than the predetermined amount (S3040: Yes), the controller or the game management server randomly selects any one technique from among the plurality of techniques based on the case 2 of the technique selection table (S3060). On the other hand, when determining to not select the technique of the avatar (S3030: No), the controller or the game management server determines waits until the predetermined time is lapsed.
  • As such, even though the player does not control his or her own avatar, the avatar can actuate a selected technique to fight an opponent character each time the technique is selected. Accordingly, the player can allow the avatar to fight the opponent character by selecting a plurality of techniques from among a plurality of available techniques. Further, because a technique having a relatively high power is selected with a high probability when the stamina of the opponent character is consumed enough, it can be easy to turn a match-up around.
  • Effective Technique
  • Next, an effective technique determination process for determining whether an actuated technique is effect or not is described with reference to FIG. 32, FIG. 33, FIG. 34A, FIG. 34B, and FIG. 34C.
  • FIG. 32 shows an attribute of a technique used in a game control method according to an embodiment of the present invention, FIG. 33 is a flowchart an effective technique determination process according to an embodiment of the present invention, and FIG. 34A, FIG. 34B and FIG. 34C show examples of techniques.
  • The controller determines whether the technique actuated by a player or an avatar succeeds or not in step S1150, S2350, S2392, S2950, or S2992 of FIG. 10, FIG. 22, or FIG. 29. In this case, as shown in FIG. 32, a technique has a hit distance, a reaction width, an action initiate time, and a power according to its type. Further, when a character actuates the technique, the technique is initiated after the action initiate time is lapsed from a time when the technique is actuated. If the technique of the character is initiated when a distance between the character and an opponent character is within the hit distance, the technique succeeds. Further, when the character actuates the technique, the technique is initiated after the action initiate time is lapsed from a time when the technique is actuated. When the actuated technique succeeds, the opponent character reacts by the reaction width and is damaged by the power of actuated technique.
  • Referring to FIG. 33, when a technique of a character is actuated by an input device (S3310), a controller determines whether an action initiate time of the technique is lapsed (S3320). When the action initiate time of the technique is lapsed (S3320: Yes), the controller determines whether a distance between the character and an opponent character is within a hit distance of the technique (S3330). When the distance between the character and the opponent character is within the hit distance of the technique (S3330: Yes), the controller determines that the technique succeeds (S3340). Further, the controller displays an image that the opponent character steps back by a reaction width of the technique (S3350). The controller reduces stamina of the opponent character by a damage corresponding to a power of the technique (S3360). If the stamina is reduced with the lapse of time, the step S3360 may be omitted.
  • Referring to FIG. 34A, FIG. 34B, and FIG. 34C, a technique icon corresponding to each technique may include an image for indicating a type of the technique and an indicator (time) for indicating an action initiate time of the technique.
  • When the type of the technique is an attack technique, the technique icon may further include an indicator (power) for indicating a power of the technique as shown in FIG. 34A. Further, the technique icon may be an icon for indicating any one of a first for a first attack or an elbow attack, a body for a body attack, a shoulder attack, or a grappling attack, a leg for a leg attack, and/or a head for a head attack. FIG. 34B shows that the type of the technique is a guard technique for blocking the attack from the opponent character, and FIG. 34C shows that the type of the technique is a backstep technique for avoiding the attack from the opponent character. In this case, the power of the technique may be increased according to a level of the player.
  • In some embodiments, a game application may provide a social network service for allowing a player to join a team.
  • Embodiments of the present invention can also be embodied as a computer readable program on a computer-readable recording medium. The computer readable recording medium is any data storage device that can store data that can be read thereafter by a computer. Examples of the computer readable recording medium include ROMs, RAMs, CD-ROMs, magnetic tapes, floppy disks, and optical data storage devices. The computer readable recording medium can also be distributed over a network coupled computer system so that the computer readable code is stored and executed in a distributed fashion.
  • While this invention has been described in connection with what is presently considered to be practical embodiments, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited to the disclosed embodiments, but, on the contrary, is intended to cover various modifications and equivalent arrangements included within the spirit and scope of the appended claims.

Claims (20)

What is claimed is:
1. A method of controlling a fighting game by a controller of a game terminal including the controller and a touch screen panel, the method comprising:
receiving a selection of any one from among a plurality of avatars through the touch screen panel, the plurality of avatars corresponding to a plurality of other players;
receiving, from a game management server, information on an avatar technique set including a plurality of technique that is set by other player corresponding to the selected avatar;
starting a match-up between a character corresponding to a player of the game terminal and the selected avatar;
repeatedly performing a process comprising
selecting any one technique from among the plurality of techniques included in the avatar technique set, and
actuating the selected technique on the character.
2. The method of claim 1, wherein selecting any one technique including randomly selecting any one technique based on selection probabilities that are assigned to the plurality of techniques respectively.
3. The method of claim 1, wherein the process further comprising:
determining whether the actuated technique succeeds; and
reducing stamina of the character corresponding to the player when the actuated technique succeeds.
4. The method of claim 3, wherein each of the plurality of techniques has a power for determining a reducing amount of the stamina,
wherein selecting any one technique includes randomly selecting any one technique based on selection probabilities corresponding to the plurality of techniques, and
wherein a selection probability of a first technique having a first power is higher than a selection probability of a second technique having a second power higher than the first power when a remaining amount of the stamina is less than a predetermined amount, and
wherein a selection probability of the first technique is lower than a selection probability of the second technique when the remaining amount of the stamina is greater than the predetermined amount.
5. The method of claim 3, wherein each of the plurality of techniques has a hit distance and an action initiate time, and
wherein the process further comprises determining that the actuated technique succeeds if a distance between the character and the avatar is within the hit distance when the action initiate time is lapsed from a time when the selected technique is actuated.
6. The method of claim 3, further comprising:
reducing stamina with lapse of time; and
ending the match-up when the stamina reaches zero,
wherein the plurality of techniques correspond to a plurality of remaining amounts of the stamina, and
selecting any one technique including selecting a technique corresponding to a remaining amount of the stamina from among the plurality of techniques.
7. The method claim 1, further comprising providing a result of the match-up to the game management server.
8. The method claim 1, further comprising:
receiving information on a technique set including a plurality of techniques through the touch screen panel;
starting a match-up between the character and a second character; and
repeatedly performing a second process comprising
receiving a touch on a predetermined area of the touch screen panel,
selecting any one technique from among the plurality of techniques included in the technique set in response to the touch, and
actuating the selected technique on the second character.
9. The method of claim 8, wherein the plurality of techniques are arranged in sequence in the technique set, and
the plurality of techniques included in the technique set are selected in sequence when any one technique is selected from among the plurality of techniques in the technique set.
10. The method of claim 8, further comprising:
receiving a selection of a mission to be accomplished in the match-up between the character and the second character; and
providing the player with a profit when the selected mission is accomplished.
11. The method of claim 8, wherein the selected mission includes a predetermined number of combos, and
wherein the second process further comprises:
determining whether the actuated technique succeeds;
determining whether the actuated technique is continuous to a previous successful technique when the actuated technique succeeds; and
incrementing a number of combos by one when the actuated technique is continuous to the previous successful technique,
wherein the method further comprises:
determining that the selected mission is accomplished when the number of combos is equal to or greater than the predetermined number when the match-up between the character and the second character ends.
12. A method of controlling a fighting game by a game management server, the method comprising:
receiving, from each of a plurality of other players, information on an avatar corresponding to each of a plurality of other players;
receiving a selection of any one from among a plurality of avatars corresponding to the plurality of other players from a game terminal; and
transmitting, to the game terminal, information to an avatar technique set including a plurality of technique that is set by other player corresponding to the selected avatar,
wherein, when a match-up between a character corresponding to a player of the game terminal and the selected avatar is started, an operation in which any one technique selected from among the plurality of techniques included in the avatar technique set and is actuated on the character is repeated.
13. The method of claim 12, wherein any one technique is randomly selected based on selection probabilities that are assigned to the plurality of techniques respectively.
14. The method of claim 12, wherein stamina of the character corresponding to the player is reduced when the actuated technique succeeds.
15. The method of claim 14, wherein each of the plurality of techniques has a power for determining a reducing amount of the stamina,
wherein any one technique is randomly selected based on selection probabilities corresponding to the plurality of techniques, and
wherein a selection probability of a first technique having a first power is higher than a selection probability of a second technique having a second power higher than the first power when a remaining amount of the stamina is less than a predetermined amount, and
wherein a selection probability of the first technique is lower than a selection probability of the second technique when the remaining amount of the stamina is greater than the predetermined amount.
16. The method of claim 14, wherein each of the plurality of techniques has a hit distance and an action initiate time, and
wherein the actuated technique succeeds if a distance between the character and the avatar is within the hit distance when the action initiate time is lapsed from a time when the selected technique is actuated.
17. The method of claim 14, wherein stamina is reduced with lapse of time and the match-up ends when the stamina reaches zero, and
wherein the plurality of techniques correspond to a plurality of remaining amounts of the stamina, and
any one technique corresponding to a remaining amount of the stamina is selected from among the plurality of techniques.
18. The method of claim 12, further comprising providing the selected avatar with an experience according to a result of the match-up.
19. A computer readable recording medium having recorded thereon a program executable by a computer for performing the method of claim 1.
20. A computer readable recording medium having recorded thereon a program executable by a computer for performing the method of claim 12.
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