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Patent Application Titled "Data Processing Apparatus and Recording Medium" Published Online

June 24, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews journalists, a patent application by the inventor Ninjouji, Takashi (Tokyo, JP), filed on October 22, 2013, was made available online on June 12, 2014.

The assignee for this patent application is DeNA Co., Ltd.

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to a data processing apparatus and a recording medium.

"There are games in which a character is positioned in a virtual game space to fight against an enemy character, such as a game called 'Valkyries in the Twilight' by DeNA Co. Ltd. (http://www.mbga.jp/pc/html/sg_valk/index.html), for example.

"However, in this kind of game, the player can only control positioning of the character in the virtual game space and there is a problem in that the player cannot become sufficiently interested.

"Further, there are games in which a special effect is generated by a gesture composed of a trace of a pointing operation of a player, such as 'Pokemon (registered trademark) ranger optical trace' by Nintendo Co. Ltd. (http://www.pokemon.co.jp/special/ranger3/), for example).

"However, in this kind of game, the operation content only relies on the shape of the trace composing the gesture so that there is not enough variation for the player to become sufficiently interested.

"Further, a function called a 'mouse gesture' is known by which an application operation of a user is assisted by a gesture composed of a trace of a pointing operation.

"However, in this kind of game as well, similar to the above described 'Pokemon (registered trademark) ranger optical trace', the operation content only relies on the shape of the trace composing the gesture and there is a problem in that a response cannot be flexibly changed in accordance with a context of application.

"Further, conventionally, in a battle scene in a role-playing game (RPG) or the like, a player (user) may select in advance characters to participate in a battle from a character list of characters possessed by the player, or may select characters to participate in the battle for each battle (or each battle turn in the battle) (see Patent Document 1, for example).

"However, there is a problem in that a response cannot be flexibly changed in accordance with a context of application.

"Patent Document

"[Patent Document 1] Japanese Laid-open Patent Publication No. 2012-040059"

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "The present invention is made in light of the above problems, and provides a data processing apparatus and a recording medium by which an effect is flexibly generated in accordance with an operation input by a player.

"According to an embodiment, there is provided a data processing apparatus including an operation definition management unit that manages definition data in which a pattern of a predetermined operation input including a specification of an object to which an effect is generated is corresponded with an effect; an operation input accepting unit that accepts an operation input by a user; an operation input recognizing processing unit that recognizes the operation input accepted by the operation input accepting unit by referring to the definition data; and an effect control unit that performs the effect of the definition data corresponding to the operation input recognized by the operation input recognizing processing unit.

"Note that also arbitrary combinations of the above-described elements, and any changes of expressions in the present invention, made among methods, devices, systems, recording media, computer programs and so forth, are valid as embodiments of the present invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"Other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will become more apparent from the following detailed description when read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.

"FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating an example of a structure of a system of an embodiment;

"FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating an example of a hardware structure of a terminal device;

"FIG. 3 is a block diagram illustrating an example of a hardware structure of a game processing server;

"FIG. 4 is a block diagram illustrating an example of a functional structure of the terminal device and the game processing server of the embodiment;

"FIG. 5 is a view illustrating an example of boxes of a matrix at which characters are positioned;

"FIG. 6 is a view illustrating an example of a data structure of operation/effect definition data;

"FIG. 7 is a view illustrating another example of a data structure of the operation/effect definition data;

"FIG. 8 is a view illustrating an example of a data structure of the position setting data;

"FIG. 9 is a view illustrating an example of a data structure of player information;

"FIG. 10 is a view illustrating an example of a data structure of character information;

"FIG. 11 is a sequence diagram illustrating an example of a process of the embodiment;

"FIG. 12 is a view illustrating an example of a character positioned screen;

"FIG. 13 is a view illustrating another example of the character positioned screen;

"FIG. 14 is a view illustrating another example of the character positioned screen;

"FIG. 15 is a view illustrating another example of the character positioned screen;

"FIG. 16A and FIG. 16B are respective views illustrating an example of an operation by a player;

"FIG. 17A and FIG. 17B are respective views illustrating another example of an operation by a player;

"FIG. 18A and FIG. 18B are respective views illustrating another example of an operation by a player;

"FIG. 19A and FIG. 19B are respective views illustrating another example of an operation by a player;

"FIG. 20A and FIG. 203 are respective views illustrating another example of an operation by a player;

"FIG. 21A and FIG. 21B are respective views illustrating another example of an operation by a player; and

"FIG. 22 is a sequence diagram illustrating another example of a process of the embodiment."

For more information, see this patent application: Ninjouji, Takashi. Data Processing Apparatus and Recording Medium. Filed October 22, 2013 and posted June 12, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=4924&p=99&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140605.PD.&OS=PD/20140605&RS=PD/20140605

Keywords for this news article include: DeNA Co. Ltd., Information Technology, Information and Data Processing, Information and Data Architecture.

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