I had a brilliant excuse to play some video games, needed research to come up with a game idea.
BioShock is a first person shooter game. It has a very narrative introductory cut scene.It seems a simple enough game but once you get going the moral choices that have to be made eg killing littel girls bring in exciting gameplay. The graphics are exciting as you navigate your way through the underwater city. To be honest I kept losing blood and kept going round in circles. Spent a couple of hours playing before giving up. Would liked to have seen how my choices would play out but no time….Need to play the game and get my brain rocking with ideas.
Deus Ex is a first person, role playing game. Loved the constant shooting and moving around the futuristic environment. Good gameplay and worked myself up at a steady pace. Again needed longer to play but like the graphics and the inside of the building. Might use a similar idea for the setting for my game.
Dishonored is a stealth action adventure game. Loved the assassination aspect of this game especially the sword which felt so real like. The setting of the old city added to the atmosphere of the game. Need to play this more.
Call of Duty, a game I have played many times and which never bores. Every time I have the controller in my hand I feel like the best soldier in the world with all the power in my hands. Love running around the different settings and the noise and sound effects are brilliant. Will definitely have shootouts in my game idea.
I have played a variety of games over the years including racing, wrestling, simulations and especially FIFA Series. Never looked at them with so much detail before but now the module is game design I have started to break down each piece of the game and I think that’s why it is taking a lot longer to pass each level as I am continuously analysing.
These are images I photoshopped to show in my game idea presentation. They represent the introductory cut scene and a level challenge through a portal.
This is my social network website and it is called Uniarts. University Students can upload their work, get feedback on their work and ask for help such as how to use photoshop.
Here is the link to my website:
I needed some help initially with the plug ins but once shown how to activate them I got the hang of it and continued adding other plug ins.
I have changed the theme for my site three times. I wanted to experiment till I found one that I really liked and feel meets all the requirements for the type of site I want to create.
This theme was too fussy. I did like the background picture but didn’t like the way you had to keep scrolling up and down.
This theme was slightly better but it didn’t seem to run very smoothly with the plugins I was trying to add.
This theme I really liked. It was modern and easy to add plugins and easy to navigate. Have to figure out how to change the green highlight and the image.
Unreal Engine 4
After the lecture in week 7 we learnt how to use Unreal Engine 4 to create a room and light. In my independent time I have followed tutorials from dropbox on how to use unreal engine. I followed them twice and then without looking at the tutorials because it would help me to understand how to use it.
Firstly it was tricky because it was new to me. I experimented and it took me about 2-3 hours to understand it.
I wondered how to save this project and I thought you could save it like saving a file into desktop. When I was trying and it didn’t work I panicked because I couldn’t find my project. I had to start again twice but it was a good experience. I researched how to save the project on a website and youtube. It said you can save the link of the data in Events graph.
Here is how to save it but I am not sure I am doing the right things or not. This is only a prototype save events graph and I need to take more time to understand this (hopefully).
But It was a good learning experience.
Here is how I made the room and light in 3D shooting game.:
Here is the video I have made.
We were given feedback for assignment 1 for the presentation and game concept. It was good feedback but not as good as I wanted. I got 56% which is a pass but I was aiming for 60% plus.
I discussed with Steven about creating his game. Unfortunately no Michael (annoying). We discussed and changed the game schedule as a back up for me and Steven and just in case if Michael does not do anything because he hardly comes to the lectures. We have spoken to Harris about this and were told to see how it goes for a couple of weeks and if after trying to contact Michael he does not respond then we should do as much as we can and ask Haris for help if and when required.
We also learnt about unreal engine 4 and how to create room and light in 3d.
Matt explained in detail as to what was expected in our presentation. He broke down the criteria point for point. He explained that the more we followed the criteria and used academic references the better would be our grade.
We then further discussed the handout from last week. ‘The transmediated self: life between the digital and analog.’
Thoughts from the class:
Karl: Online and offline identity is becoming blurred. We have to upload our real identities now on more websites than ever before so can not create a different persona.
Dylan: We are hidden behind the real world behind our online devices. Newspapers and books can be read on our devices. Socialising is done online anytime anywhere.
Harry: Elwell says that we are inviting people into our worlds. We invite others to contribute to our lives. We are very aware of being liked.
Thea: We are now asked to put our correct, real information and identity online. Mac address is unique to one person.
Sa’ad: The idea of privacy does not exist anymore. All information seems to be uploaded all the time now on social networks. The idea of look at me, me me!!!
Ryan: Customer identity. You can be judged before you are seen. The real you can be hidden on line.
Steven: Audience participation and engagement required for social networking sites.
Max: Artists and actors upload untrue images of themselves.
Andrew: Everything that we do online has an audience.
Dante: Identities can be changed online by others.
Feedback on my website
Looking good but don’t get to involved in creating and making it look perfect yet. Spend the time working on assignment 1.
We were given handouts in this lecture.
What happens when networks are without a cause? Geert Lovink Answers in his last book
Convergence: The international journal of research into new media tecghnologies
The articles give the names of some academics and prominent people writing about networks.
Lovink wrote ‘Once the internet changed the world; now the world is changing the internet’ As a class we discussed this quote. Mass communication has changed,new jobs have been created in digital industries, mobile devices have changed the way the internet is used, websites need to be more responsive and there is also a demand for fast speeds.
‘The internet of things’ refers to everything being connected. Elwell says that there is no difference between being online and offline anymore because we are almost constantly online. Elwell suggests our identities are being moulded in fake worlds. Is being anonymous on the internet more difficult today? We felt that is was very hard today to stay invisible now because we spend as much time in the virtual world as the real world.
We then discussed Web 2.0 and how this is known as the second generation of the world wide web. Web 1.0, the first generation was only readable. Web 2.0 allowed people to write, comment, upload, download, play games etc. This started social networking where people could engage. The next question is if, when and what will be Web 3.0?
Matt explained that we had to choose academics and reference them in our website presentation. We also had to give a reason for why we had chosen a particular idea for our social networking sites.
We logged into a website that Matt had created. He showed us how our websites should look. We participated in his site and saw what is expected from our own sites.
Here are some plugins that I have downloaded into wordpress:
Buddypress is easy to use and is there to make the wordpress site into a social networking site.
bbPress plug in creates a discussion forum.
BuddyPress Activity Plus
BuddyPress Activity Plus plug in uploads your images, videos and links with web.
Friends for bbPress
Friends for bbPress adds your friend button into your social network website.
iFlyChat is real time chat in your social network.
Today, It was a very important day to complete assignment 1 and it is presentation day!!!!! (OMG). I did a pitch for my game concept and I think I did well and I was pleased with my performance. I struggle to talk continuously with a deaf voice and struggle to have the words understood. I practised so many times with a timer to try to get it right. I had to use simpler words as I can not say all words clearly.
After that we had to choose the game in our groups for assignment 2. We chose Steven’s game because it was the simplest and a 2D game. His game called Gary the Geeky Golfer and it is inspired by Super Mario games and sonic game.
We discussed the game concept and characters, software, location, rules.
We also planned the Game Production Schedule.