Game Prototype and Abstraction

For my game this week I will be discussing Abstraction and whether my game has concepts of it, my progress with the prototype and an example of the rules which are being used in the playtesting.

Abstraction in games can be defined as:

The conceptual process that is a series of mental activities where rules are derived from literal signifiers. 

Abstraction occurs when a concept provides the framework for a body of subordinate concepts.

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Applying Research and Development

This week I ended up needing to get away from the main tutorial space and find a place to sit down and try to get my ideas for this project straight. This week I felt a bit overwhelmed and directionless with my idea and I was a bit confused.

I was found this week by one of the tutors and he sat down and discussed my ideas with me and helped me find a direction to work in and go forward with. I found this talk to be valuable and it really helped me find a path to go down and forget about the finished product and how it will look and just play around with my ideas. I knew the last few weeks that I wanted to work with man vs manmade sounds in space and found that my project over the weeks has involved much testing of ideas which is why I felt a bit overwhelmed with the number of ideas that I had running through my head.Read More »

Game Prototype and Materials

It For the prototype of the game Meme-ery only a few material components are being used to experiment with. These material components are the analogue playing cards which are the basis for the game playing. Due to the materials of this game being very limited, one could say that the price of creating, distributing and marketing will be quite low which is good.

I started my prototype for the game by using paper as my cards in order to set it up and be able to see it physically and test run the game. Overall the paper was annoying to use for this but it served its purpose as examples of the real thing that might be created. This would definitely work better on proper playing cards.Read More »

Iterative Process

This week was based around the groups that we were placed into during week 5 and were asked to fill out some information based on our projects. This included:

A Working title of the project, key materials the project might consist of, a significant idea or theory that the project relates to, identify a tradition of the genre the project responds to, an aim or goal of the project, the personal motivation or personal relevance behind the project

  • Circle or underline the two most important aspects of the project or two areas you are having trouble with
  • Outline a single experiment/model to undertake today that will develop the project – detail on the sheet of paper
  • Spend 10 mins discussing projects by the way of two significant features identifies in step 2 and the activity of step 3
  • Discuss how you want to spend the next two hours (and weeks) and if you require assistance or wish to work with others and their project experimentation

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Live Tweeting

Over the last 7 weeks, I have been engaging in a number of screenings while also participating in something called ‘Live tweeting‘. During the screening of these movies and series, my peers and I have been engaging in discussions on Twitter through the #BCM325 which provided a fantastic medium to unpack thoughts and concepts. Live tweeting on Twitter allowed for quite a lot of discussion to happen between my peers while the screening was happening but also created somewhat of a community as we all became connected through the hashtag while talking about the screenings each week. Twitter definitely allowed for a lot more discussion to happen between my peers which was highlighted at the end of some screenings where we were prompted to talk about a theory, but no one wanted to say anything out loud. Quite interesting.Read More »

Brainstorming Game Ideas

During the class, we brainstormed ideas that we could potentially use for our final game concept. The brainstorming session in class was a great way to start thinking about the game and concepts that could be further expanded and developed. In this 5 minute brainstorm, there were a few good ideas but most of them were unusable and not something that I wanted to do. These ideas are listed below.

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Further Researching the IoT

In my previous blog post, I talked about the IoT and my interest in further researching the topic to further understand it. To grasp the ideas of the IoT and answer the questions that I have about it, I will need to build on my knowledge from my first blog post. To recap, in my last post I chose a number of questions that I wanted to explore. These included the following questions:

  • The IoT and it’s place in social and personal environments.
  • Looking into the current technologies on the market that makes the IoT’s a reality.
  • The representations and ideas of these technologies through utopian and dystopian mediums like cinema, television and fiction. – Are we close to this viewpoint? How are these technologies being represented/sold by marketing to us now?
  • Privacy of the IoT and the way in which these sociable objects collect and store data and how it could potentially be used.
  • How are these IoT technologies being currently presented? are there fears, tensions or anxieties towards the technology and their capabilities?

So for this blog post, I will be providing an overview of the sources that I have chosen to help me further answer the questions that I have. I have found some interesting sourced which have helped me enhance my knowledge and gain a better insight into the topic, these are included below.Read More »

Gemeinschaft

This week was dedicated to group work and discussing our project ideas. My group members had some great ideas of things that they wanted to accomplish in the next few weeks and I felt like I had a good idea to start off with. I know that I want to create something like Leah Barclay and her project ‘Rainforest Listening’ and create an experience of arguments reality by using layers of rainforest soundscapes in urban environments. I think this work is something that I will use as inspiration for my end product as I think the idea and intentions behind the piece are really interesting and something that I would like to re-create.Read More »

Project Proposal

Taking elements from my research in these blog posts (1 & 2), I have come to the conclusion that playing with the elements of natural vs man-made and the idea of these being put in places they arent from would be an interesting concept to explore.

When discussing and brainstorming my ideas with my group some ideas and examples were pitched. Ideas that were suggested included showing the physicality of sound, so working with waveforms and the differences that are found between them in environments by using spectrograms (like Bernie Krause explored in his TEDTalk) or even using elements like water or rice to highlight these.

spectrogram
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