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Find 5 Educational Games (Task)
We will start off by comparing last week’s works by you. What definitions did everybody find?
Game genres are different from film genres. While film genres are related to a style of a film or an era a plot is set in, game genres relate more to the way a game is played. This is the actions a gamer needs to perform to succeed in a game. These actions are also called Game Mechanics. Game genres can also be classified by a viewpoint (eg First Person Shooter = FPS and Third Person Shooter = TPS or 3PS) or the style.
Fast paced, player needs to be accurate and quick (eg shooting)
Competitive games that revolve around vehicles of all sorts racing against each other. Can be single player or multiplayer.
Example: Need for Speed
Anything about sports, either action of playing the sport with a character or simulation of making a team succeed. Most current sport games are hybrids of Action/RPG or Action/Simulation.
Examples: Fifa, Pro Evolution Soccer, Tiger Woods Golf, Football Manager.
A genre that requires planning and thinking to succeed. There is real-time and turn-based strategy. Real-time that the game runs to a clock and that every players actions take place straight away. Turn-based strategy is more of a stop and go experience, players decide on their turns and then the game advances per turn.
Examples: League of Legends, Total War Series, Risk
This genre is about solving problems, there may be puzzles, exploring, memorisation and twists along the way. Levels play a part, often there are areas that need to be explored. Most adventure games are hybrids with other games.
Examples: Tombraider, Myth
FPS – First Person Shooter
3PS/TPS – Third Person Shooter
Party, Dance , Rhythm
Edugames or Educational Games
Find 5 Educational Games
Research Educational Games!
Use the internet to find 5 games (including Ubisoft’s Rocksmith) that are current.
Describe the platform,
game mechanics and
target audience as well as
Upload in form of a comment to this post with a link to game images and and info online!
Game mechanics are a topic that has created a fair bit of controversy over the years. People vary in their definition of what should be a game mecahnic. Below is a definition that we will use for this class:
A simple division between mechanics and rules breaks down into two things:
Mechanics are the actions you can perform
Rules determine the outcome and
gameplay is derived by balancing these two things.
So, to take a Tetris example:
The mechanics of Tetris are:
Turn a block
Drop a block fast
Destroy blocks by creating a line
The rules of Tetris are
Gravity, which accelerates in a stepped fashion according to score
Score, which increases in a stepped fashion according to created lines
Pile reformation, which determines the effects of a destroyed line on the blocks above.
The lose condition of whether the pieces reach the top
The next piece determinant, which selects what new piece will show after the previous one has landed.
ICAWEB424A Evaluate and Select a Web Hosting Service
Last week we discussed aspects of social networking and how we relate to it. Let us look at the class discussion in the Forum on MyKangan. (The link requires for you to be signed into MyKangan).
Some of the discussion points and evaluations:
How interactive is the site?The site is very interactive as a user can communicate with others through many ways (e.g messaging, chat, comments, statuses, posts, sharing media) 9/10
How intuitive is the navigation? Facebook isnt very inituitive, especially for beginners new users, there isnt really much of a tutorial on how to connect with friends, upload images, posts, etc. And the navigation is a little bit hard to use. 6/10
How responsive is the site (speed)? Facebook loads very fast on a desktop/laptop but i find it tends to be slow and laggy on a smart phone and can take awhile to load/refresh. 7/10
Advertisments: are there frequent ads, pop-ups or spam? The ads are all interesting to the user and related to a user’s “likes” (which could be books, movies, games, etc). 7/10
Visuals, layout and graphics: Facebook has a boring blue and white colour scheme, although the layout may be modern and clean it isnt very appealing, its too simple and boring. The website is very text based (especially if you have a lot of “friends” that post alot of statuses, etc), but it does have some images if someone has uploaded them. 4/10
How interactive is the site? Facebook is very interactive when it comes to interacting with other users. You can engage them in different ways from chatting to posting on their ‘wall’. I find the wall feature a bit corny and there is no wall anyway, so it is just a page in a text editing software. The fact that you can communicate with others, post songs, documents, videos, photos, graphics and links is excellent. Interactivity:9/10
How intuitive is the site? Facebook is not very intuitive. When you are new to Facebook you do not quite know what to do. It is rather boring to look at and you cannot understand the navigation easily. You get better at it through experience. I would rate it: 5/10
How responsive is the site? It is pretty fast. Mostly happy: 9/10
Advertisements? I do not like ads, I hate pop-ups and that goes even more for spam. Facebook is good in regards to ads, their ads are targeted and generally of interest to me.8/10
Visuals? What visuals? It looks like a text editor! Very boring in layout, in use of images and in colours: 2/10
Federico’s verdict: 6.7/10!
Linked In is not very interactive because the site is now dated and the only interactions are when you email someone or they contact you. The topics of interest are not very regular and there is not alot of activity on a daily basis. 6/10
The navigation is also dated and like many SNS sites it takes time to navigate around the site to get used to it. 5/10
Linked In site speed is fast and there is not a page load time problem. 8/10
Linked In doesn’t have ads although I have noticed that they are promoting ads like facebook style ads to appear in the near future. All members have the ability to advertise their own business. 3/10
The visuals and graphics of Linked In are also dated and in need of an upgrade. You cannot edit your own images to how you want them to look and the whole page layout is boring. 4/10
On Linked In you cannot search for a person unless you are logged in. This makes it good for privacy reasons although if you want to use the paid version you can see who has been searching for you which seems to contradict the privacy aspects of Linked In. 5/10
Linked In is 80% text based and 20% images. 2/10
Paul’s verdict: 33/70!
Social Web in HTML
We will look at ways to include content in a Social Networking website and how to incorporate content from your website on another site.
You can use HTML to embed sound, video, websites and other objects.
Iframe is a command that allows you to embed a website or a video into a frame. Example for code:
We will read through this task together please click on the link to download the file. Follow the in-class discussion and make sure that you understand each question or ask the teacher in the presentation!
We will commence Dreamweaver training. We will use the video tutorials provided on Adobe TV’s Webdesign Channel, but I would like you to open this online PDF to get you started: A Beginner’s Cookbook to Dreamweaver.
To be able to provide good customer service you need to know what the needs of your customers are.
This ability to understand is central to customer service and shows how customer service should commence with and ear rather than a mouth. Listen to your customers!So, let us have a look at customers.
Industries vary in customers and customer interaction. Some industries can be quite casual and friendly while other industries may have a more professional or even reserved level of contact. Your local hairdresser or many cafes are relaxed in the way they interact with clients.
Below is a list of customer groups. Try to relate these groups to multimedia design. So, brainstorm what these clients may be for a multimedia designer. I will post the brainstorm from class.
‘Purchasers of services’
Suppliers of goods and services
Contractors providing goods and services
Members of the general public who make contact with the organisation, such as prospective purchasers of services
Potential funding bodies
Co‑workers, peers and fellow frontline managers
Let us look at customer needs. Customer needs can be looked at in a context. They may be related to:
Accuracy of information
Advice or general information
Making an appointment
Purchasing organisation’s products and services
Returning organisation’s products and services
Write down a context this may happen in, a location or point of contact (online, in a shop in person).
Please create examples of customer needs attached to each. Example: Complaints – A customer wants to be listened to , wants to reach a certain outcome and a customer would like an apology or explanation.
Discuss in class.
If you look at the diagram above you can see that customer needs can be classified further into value needs, psychological needs and performance needs.
Once you understand the customer needs of your target audience you will be able to respond to these.
Analysing Your Customers
What options do you have as a business owner or service provider to learn about the needs of your target audience? Below are some suggestions on how to receive the information:
customer feedback form
customer satisfaction surveys
quality assurance data
obtaining management decisions
questioning and asking directly
seeking feedback to confirm understanding
summarising and paraphrasing.
A multimedia business can, as part of their quality control, make a feedback question or survey a recommended procedure for their staff. ‘Before a project is complete you need to ask the client for specific feedback.’
See my comment at the bottom of every post as another example.
Customer Service Standards
A business needs to plan to meet customer requirements. When you have a contract with a client most aspect of customer needs will be specifically stated (eg: ‘design a website that allows sales and promotion of sport equipment… due date:…).
The delivery of products and services needs to be aligned with the business plan of an organisation. You need to clarify what standard of product and service quality you want to reach.
The larger the organisation the harder it is to inform everyone of the customer service standards. A good way to set customer service standards and to make sure everyone in the organisation is well aware of it is to make it part of the culture of the business.
It helps to discuss the customer service standards at every meeting. Posters are another great way to ensure that staff know about them. See example below:
Complete the questions in the attached assignment sheet and create a basic Customer Service Standard list or poster for a café in the CBD or a multimedia business that specialises in Web Design and Instructional Videos, and online resources.
Include 10 points in the poster that that business should focus on. Make it all up!
Milk Poster – Swiss International Style Reference – by Annabel Stephen Salip
Concept for Gallery Screnshot
Screenshot from What’s Your Story by Joyce Hostyn
Illustrator unknown – found at: Ephemera – World of Rare Books
Photo by mcconnors on morgueFile
Experimental Photomontage by Robert Heinecken
Illustration by Gary Neill found on Dzineblog.com – http://garyneill.com/ http://garyneill.tumblr.com/
Based on image by hotblack on morgueFile.com – F.Viola
Found at Inc.com
Free Transform and Ctrl – I am loving it!!!
Photo by agathabrown on morgueFile
The grass layer has been turned into a clipping mask with the shape of the rabbit below.
The Face by drfranken found on ChromoArt.de
‘For Great Road Trips: Switzerland’ Poster by Herbert Matter in (Swiss) International Style – Source: http://swisstype.wordpress.com/work/
From ‘Henri’s Walk to Paris’ 1962 – children’s book by Saul Bass Found at: Brainpickings.org
Fruity Design – This is great for a menu, very appetizing thumbnails – found at: WeddingPhotography.com
Work by Egon Schiele, found at Mom.org
Poppies – Vector art Federico Viola based on photo by hotblack from morgueFile
Photo by omdur on morgueFile
Based on a photo by delboysafa from morgueFile.com
Swiss International Style – Joseph Müller-Brockmann – Beethoven – found at www.designhistory.com
Illustration by Gary Neill found on P.A.P.-Blog – http://garyneill.com/ http://garyneill.tumblr.com/
Britons, Lord Kitchener Wants You! Propaganda poster design from WWI by Alfred Leere. Image: courtesy of WorldWarEra.com
Text and Shapes – This design lends itself to an interactive use – found at: Klafferty.com
Steel Curves, Image: courtesy of flickr.com, photographer: Margeois.
Illustration: Tavis Coburn – Illustration for for an article predicting trends in Apple’s mobile strategy. Found on: TavisCoburn.com
A Beautiful Piece by Aerosol found on his Facebook
Illustration by Tavis Coburn found on DzineBlog.com
This is a template for a business website found at TemplateMonster. It is interesting in the sense that it breaks up the main image as part of the navigation. The sound it comes with is annoying.
Jenga, photo courtesy of: Design-Crit.com
Example of applied changes
Using the Reflect tool (o) to reflect the i downwards as if it has collapsed in front.
I Want You – Emily Strange, The lovable Emily Strange came to life in 1991, designed by Nathan Carrico for Santa Cruz Skateboards. She is referred to as a counterculture icon. I would just call her a sceptic. Image found at: Kollectable Kaos
He loves OHS! – Photo by Karpati Gabor on morgueFile
Screenshot of Endless Alphabet 2, courtesy of AppsPlayground.com
Typographic with Colours and Photos – The use of large numbers is effective and the low opacity of the boxes works, personally, I find it looks a bit dated- found at: JuxtaPost.com
The gentle curve of the river and the light green tones of the grass give this image a calming feel. The montains and the clouds have a less calming effect. Image: courtesy of Icon Photography School – http://www.photographyicon.com/line/
Photo by ariadna on morgueFile
Peace- Swiss International Style Reference – by Maryam Chananeh
Finding the Right Candidate for a Job… – Photo AdamRiley from www.projectnoah.org
Image source: Data Center Knowledge
Light Streaks – Courtesy of: PhotoshopEssentials
Good Morning! Photo: wallyir, from: morgueFile.com
Text-based Table of Content – Very Graphic and Black and White- found at: Smashing Magazine (click image for inspiring article on table of content design)
Work by Jo W
Outlined text changed in size and colours dropped into the individual letters with Eyedropper tool using LMB + Alt
Photo by dharder on morgueFiles.com
Constructivism Reference – by Lylah Livingston
Photo Montage by SGlider12 on Webdesign.org – Click image for great Gimp tutorial
Based on photo by hotblack from morgueFile.com
Layers in Photoshop are like a Collage of images stuck on top of each other…