Each day working on a project brings new accomplishments and challenges. On November 30th, the class started to work on creating each groups’ different game manual. We learned how to create folders on Google Drive and share them so that everyone in the group can be working on the same document at once. The majority of the groups got through one or two sections in the game manual, some of the groups even started to design their sprites.
While some groups kept working without a hitch, others experienced many setbacks. Some of the many browsers that were being used unexpectedly shut down and we had to log back in all over again. Others had trouble getting their documents to share with the other group members. However, the most challenging thing was getting everyone in the group to agree on an addition or change to the game.
Monday in class, everyone will be at a different point in the process. Some will be finishing the Google Doc and starting on their sprites, and others will be finishing their sprites and starting on the document. Either way, the finish line is getting closer by the day. The majority of the groups’ goals for Monday is to be at least if not more than halfway done with the sprites and manual.
During our class today, we made some major decisions about which games out of our rough drafts we created yesterday we would continue working on for the final game. We also decided the setting our class would take on for all of our games. After voting on which games we want to create, we ran into a problem; 1/2 hour had already taken the setting for the game with the most votes. Working together, we decided we could make some changes to the setting and the objective, but keep most of the game the same. After a discussion and a vote, we decided to create all our games with the setting either near Aunt Polly’s house or the graveyard.
One of the problems that my group experienced was being left without a game after the decision for the setting was made. Both of our games we had brainstormed didn’t have the setting of Aunt Polly’s house or the graveyard. But luckily, another group had both of their games with the right setting, so we compromised by taking the task of creating their extra game. Along with creating a fun game, we must also added elements where the user can learn reading skills or learn about elements of the novel while playing. This problem has been occurring the past two days as we were creating the outline of the games. In my group, we discovered that if we have a trivia sort of theme, where you have to answer questions correctly in order to play the game, it will be better than just having facts pop up. This will insure that the person playing the game is more likely to read and understand the information we’re teaching them.
Tomorrow, we will start to make the game come to life. After we finish our sketches of the game board, we will start to work on our artwork to make the sprites, or objects, that go into our video games.
Today in Mrs. Smoke’s 3rd and 4th hour class we brainstormed ideas for video games as a group. We are working as a class to make a website all about Mark Twain’s book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. As a table group we collectively thought of original ideas that would be both beneficial to the players, and within our ability to make. Our goal is to teach about the book in a relaxed, non-stressful way. A lot of good ideas were presented and we did an excellent job listening to groups present their games, and then making suggestions as to how we could improve them. Some challenges we faced today were mainly relating the games to the book, and making sure a player would learn about the book. Although we did a very good job coming up with new ideas, we had to make sure we were expanding on good ideas from 1st/ 2nd hour, and not just repeating the same thing over again. In all, we didn’t have many problems except for our skills when it came to counting fingers! Tomorrow our class hopes to fine tune the ideas we brainstormed today and maybe decide which ideas we want to keep. We also plan to have some lessons over the gaming software we will use to create our games.