Monthly Archives: November 2015

Network Aesthetics – Week 8

This week was all about our presentations. It was a nervous day and as the hours counted down till the lesson was due the nerves really began to take over. Matt helped with an email in the morning giving us some settling thoughts so I just had to keep reminding myself of this and persevere with the thought that the presentations were going to go ahead no matter what, so I might as well get in the right head space.

I was quite confident that I had covered the criteria of the assignment in my presentation but was wondering if it might have been too much information. I had a games presentation last week and did not have enough detail so did not want to make that mistake again. Trying to create the right balance of having the criteria fulfilled I think I had all the relevant information plus a little more. Even though I wrote up the power point with references and quotes when I presented I had simplified a lot of the words for me to say because with a deaf voice I really struggle to say most words and talk for a long time consistently and continuously.

We were also recorded and were told that we would get our individual videos for our own reference. Facing the camera was even more nerve racking but I have learnt that you have to do whatever you have to do.

All the presentations were very interesting. There was a lot of variety of website ideas and most people seemed to have strong ideas the direction they wanted their websites to take. The question and answer sessions after each presentation helped clarify everyones ideas.

I was quite nervous about my presentation but it went ok. I felt I messed up a few words here and there but I stuck with the script and managed my presentation within about 10 minutes. The questions asked were simple enough to answer but I did struggle to hear what was being asked so was not sure if I answered correctly.

All in all it seemed to be quite a successful day for most students and we were all glad it was over. Just waiting for feedback now….

 

 

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Interactive Gameplay – Week 8

We continued this week to learn about Unreal Engine. I enjoyed this lesson but it is quite a lot of new things to learn and I have never used this software before. Haris has said practice, practice and more practice. We learnt how to make objects move up and down and Light switch on and off, how to add texture into wall. We learnt how to use Blueprint.

I have to transfer this knowledge into a 2d level design as our game is 2d.

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2D Game Research in Unreal Engine 4

I have done research and tried to practice how to use unreal engine 4 for our 2d game for the module. I spent about five hours over two days trying to figure things out. Did manage to finally use the template, default, new level ,tile set in 2d side scroller. I have decided to use the side scroller template to create the game. I am trying to make level design in 2D Side Scroller.

Default

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Default and Empty Level

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Default

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I have imported the 2d grass platform into default to make 2D Side Scroller.

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But it is nothing.

Empty Level

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I have imported grass texture into cube in the empty level to make it look like 2D Side Scroller.

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But it is not there so I did this about 3 times and again nothing.

Tile Set

 

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I have imported the 2D grass platform into tile set but it is not doing anything to make the 2d flat paper side scroller.

So

Side Scroller

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I have used the Side Scroller in Unreal Engine 4 and I have used in template and changed into our 2D game and added texture blue sky and green grass platform.

Here is video of 2D game prototype

So I am trying to make game if I can. (Hopefully, but it is not easy)

Half Life 2

Half Life 2

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Haris told us to play Half Life 2. I downloaded it on my PC through Steam.

The game started with a long cut scene explaining the setting of the game. This cut scene was interesting and because I had not played Half Life 1 it was well explained to be able to understand what the game was about.

I started running around aimlessly not sure what was expected from me but once I slowed down and looked around the environment I realised there were clues in the world that would help move me through. For example boxes needing stacking to climb up and someone calling me in their direction to give me the crowbar.

I loved smashing the boxes and doors.

Experimental 3D – Week 7

This lecture was about ‘The ghost in the Machine.’ A concept of having dual personalities and in a technical sense how there are ghosts in machines such as computers which can have a mind of their own.

Collective Madness

This describes how our brains are split and how this can create different personalities within ourselves. Jekyll and Hyde is a good example to how humans can have two very different sides to their personalities. Collective madness is an organized pattern within the world today. Our brains are split in different ways and different parts work for different things.

Andrew Koestler, author and journalist from mid twentieth century believed humans have some built-in error or deficiency,” or, more vividly, “a screw loose in the human mind.” He takes us on a long journey through psychology and evolution to conclude: man’s difficulty is his proneness to delusion; he suffers from “an endemic form of paranoia” which dominates his entire history and which is “built into the wiring circuits of the human brain.”

https://www.nytimes.com/books/00/01/02/specials/koestler-ghost.html

For example in politics an enormous amount of money is spent on weapons but the same politicians actually only want peace. This is the contradiction Koestler talks about where he says humans say one thing but do another.

Paul Maclean, an American neurophysiologist believes our brains are similar to the foundations of an old building where old parts of our brain are built upon with what we learn and experience. He created the famous Triune brain theory which was to understand the brain in terms of its evolutionary history. He believed that three brains which exist and work together have developed in our skulls throughout our evolution. These are:

  • Primitive Brain: used for self preservation and animal instincts.
  • Limbic Systems: used for emotions
  • Rational Brain: used for intelligence

After,  We also worked with Harris on some more Maya after effects tutorials.

We handed in our group essays.

We have created something in after effects.

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Research for website

This is an email I wrote to various companies. The original idea was that I wanted to create an employment link on my website for university students. I received some replies. They thought the idea of my website was a good one but they all used other methods to find employees so were not willing to register on my website. In the end decided to scrap this idea.

I am a second year university student. I am working on an assignment to create a social networking site for university students in the creative field. They will be able to upload their work, give feedback to each other and maybe even collaborate to further their creative minds.

I would also like to involve potential employers and have them upload their details and register on the site. This would enable them to view work from the next generation of creative minds and maybe find suitable employees.

I would be grateful to have your feedback on this and if you would be interested in registering for free on the site when I have it up and running. This is an assignment and there are no costs involved. (The assignment is still being finalised by the lecturers and this might only ever be a prototype).

Thank you for taking the time to read my email and hope to hear from you soon.

Thank you

Sa’ad Chaudhry

Replies

Dear Sa’ad, 

Thank you for contacting BBC recruitment services. 

Although you’ve stated this service is free of charge, you would still need to go through BBC Supplying.

Please see our ‘Supplying the BBC’ website for details on how you can work alongside us:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/supplying/

It sounds like a very interesting concept and we’d like to wish you the best of luck with it!

Kind regards,

BBC Recruitment Team
Email: recruitment@bbc.co.uk
Ext Phone: 0370 333 1330
Int Phone: 0800 082 8080
Text Phone: 028 9032 8478
www.bbc.co.uk/careers

 BBC Recruitment is committed to continuous improvement, so we would welcome your feedback on our service.If you are internal to the BBC, please leave your comments at http:home.gateway.bbc.co.uk/bbcpeople/hrdirect.shtml

Sounds like a good idea, but we have a small, stable staff of 6 so it would not be useful for us—best wishes, Steve

 
Stephen Mooser
4727 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 301
Los Angeles CA 90010
 (323) 782-1010
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