Games! Apptivism. First game, Kore: The Mysteries in development. Follow our progress by subscribing to You Big Talker (see right) and by following our blogs (below).
This week I had the good fortune to attend the Games for Change festival at the New School’s Parsons School of Design. The festival opened with two statistics: over half of the presenters were women, and there was more diversity among presenters than ever before. Games, many said, are at the center of the tech universe, making up a $90 billion + market. And we are just at the start of the game revolution. Over two days at the festival, I was able to catch a variety of presenters, from an Italian protest artist to a virtual reality demo involving … Keep goin’
Over the past two months I’ve been devoting most of my game development time to fleshing out the story of Kore. The game has morphed into an odd textured autobiography, which I’m not sure is legal in a game — so we will see how this plays out. Since the last post, I’ve been continuing my research including taking game design courses, reading relevant books, talking to other app builders, testing out paper prototypes, and assessing the pros/cons of online game builders. As I move forward to create the first digital prototype, I thought more about whether or not I … Keep goin’
Based on the myth of Persephone (Kore) and Demeter, Kore: The Mysteries takes the player through a series of trials inspired by the ancient Eleusinian mysteries. The artwork will come later, but for now I’m finding free images online, like this one of the game’s guide / mentor Ekati (Hecate — the ancient goddess of the crossroads, also known as the “bitch goddess”). I’ve started to build out wireframes to test the idea (for the first level) and I will be seeking playtesters soon. As can be expected, the wireframes are very crude — but I’m having a blast putting … Keep goin’
Back in college, I worked full-time to pay for my tuition and books, my apartment, and everything else life charges you (food, clothes, cupcakes). My daily commute from the University of Washington to my job in Seattle’s industrial area did not allow much time between classes and work to worry about finding (or paying for) parking. Until then I would bicycle commute about 20 miles round trip, which wasn’t that fast (or pleasant behind semi-trucks for roughly half of the trip). So, I did the only logical thing: I signed up for motorcycle school, a one-day intensive training. Then, I … Keep goin’
I was riding right along with Jesse Schell in his book The Art of Game Design, right until about page 102, when he started exploring the relation of player demographics to game design. For instance, is this statement, from page 102, true or false? “The majority of videogames are played by boys and men.” BZZT! (That means, no — not true.) Just to set the stage, the version of this book I’m reading was from 2008. Not the dark ages, but almost a decade ago. New research and ideas about how women play games has emerged since that time. As … Keep goin’
You’ve seen your Facebook feed. It ain’t all fun and games out there. Could Gamification be applied to topple the oligarch? Defeat the mortal enemy? Can gamification solve our problems? Well, let’s see. What is gamification, anyway? According to Merriam Webster (sorry Wikipedia — I’ve moved up) gamification is “the process of adding games or game-like elements to something (as a task) so as to encourage participation.” What are game-like elements? Game-like elements include PBLs (points, badges, and leaderboards), a collection of things (coins, fake cash/gold, etc), and customization (making something uniquely yours) among other things. Certainly the newly emerged … Keep goin’
I worked my way through college at an armored car company. [You may react/gasp here in this space.] As part of the job, I screened potential armored car drivers and other employees responsible for cash processing. As you can imagine, the screening process intended to weed out those who should not have guns, money, and your armored vehicle simultaneously. One of the tools we used to avoid hiring potential hijackers was a personality assessment. If you haven’t seen one, they generally ask a long list of questions, often the same questions with different wording. I would score the test, which … Keep goin’