Success is one of the many things we experienced today. We completed all of the drawings. We had some more artists in the class, which helped to complete the rest of characters; we also started the programming. We had help from Stacey; she gave us a more tips on how to make our game more realistic.

            There were many challenges and difficulties that we faced today. We tried to keep on task; a few people were talking and getting distracted. There some people who were not involved and helping out their groups. Some of the people did not have jobs to do. To fix that they should have taken charge by, going to a group member and helping them out. But over all there were a select few students who did this.

            What we hope to do tomorrow is get further into the programming. Since the semester is coming to an end, it would help to speed up the programming. Another thing is to create more of a plot into the game, and try to prefect it. The last thing is to finish the sprites; they take a lot of time to get them programmed into the software.
- Lauren.
Today, we had a lot of successes, such as: Jordan, Colin, Sam and my team are almost finished with the Inkscape sprites. I learned how to use Inkscape. I think it is very hard and confusing. Emily’s team finally figured out how to work Inkscape. They are defiantly excited about that. Lauren’s team finished with their Aunt Polly sprite. Throughout today we also had some challenges. All of us have to reconstruct our games so that they are either platform of maize type of games. Something that really has us on a rush is to finish our games. The due date for this is January, 6th. On Monday, I really hope to get a lot of these games almost done. I also hope that Stacy’s tutorial is easy and not very difficult to understand. What we need to get almost done is to get the programming done. I know that these are very difficult tasks but; if we all stay focused; not very likely to happen, I know we can get this project done in time.
On Friday December 7, we worked on programming a game just for fun on the program that we would use to make our final Tom Sawyer games.  Mrs. Stacy came in to help us make a maze game, where you would have to maneuver a raindrop through a maze without getting hit by the smog.  Some of the successes of the day were that we completed all of the programming that she had planned for us!  It was helpful that everybody’s computer was cooperating and working properly.  Whenever someone was having a problem or got lost, someone would always swoop in and try to help them get back on track.

On the other hand, there were a couple of glitches.  A few of the issues were with people staying on task, this could have been caused because programming is always a little confusing, very tedious, and at some times boring.  This did not affect the class as a whole, but it did affect certain individuals.  Another tiny hiccup in the day was making our mazes challenging enough to be fun, but not too challenging that it was impossible!

The next step on our projects is going to be finishing up all of the drawings that need to be converted into sprites.  Our detailed background drawings need to be completed.  Many of us need to begin working on our sounds.  On Tuesday, my group hopes to finish up our background drawing, and begin recording our sound files using a trombone.
Today a multitude of beneficial events occurred that helped the class in getting finished with the Tom Sawyer video game. A few things that worked out today was that every group got most, if not the entire checklist done. Another successful event was that Abby and Abree drew all but a couple sprites for the cave game. The last successful event that occurred was that the Google Doc for the school yard is completely done. Along with the good events that took place today, there were also some challenges along the way.

The first challenge was the Inkscape program. Connor and Will tried to figure out how it worked, but for the life of them, could not figure it out. Towards the end of trying to figuring it out, Delaney decided to try to lend a hand, but also got substantially confused. Another challenge was trying to tie learning into the game. Jack, Kaitlyn, Blake, and Audrey’s group had difficult with trying incorporate teaching throughout their game. The last challenge was group conflict. In Colin, Hadley, Sam and Jordan’s group, Sam just would not cooperated, according to Colin and Jordan, and he would not stay on task and kept messing around.

What we hope to do tomorrow is finish the art, and start plugging it into the game. We also want to start making the sounds with garage band and other methods of making sound. Lastly we want to start programming the actual game and figure out how Inkscape works.
The day’s status would probably be frustrating. We all worked on our own individual game chosen with our group and picked all the tactics for the video game.  Everyone started with a poster and outlined what they want on their video game.  Then they decide the rules and the object of the game. As the group made the video game, they drew the picture of what it would probably look like when finished.

My group, as well as all the other groups, had to create a document in Google Docs. We had to add the group members so they everyone could work on it together and add and delete different things if we all didn’t agree on it. Then we had to, as well the rest of the class, copy and paste the rules and order of how it needs to be “set up”. With the order came questions, and we all broke them apart and each worked on a different topic. Then getting all the topics done was a challenge. There were a lot of things to be filled in, but because the questions were fairly easy and we knew everything we wanted with our video game, we got it done.

We did have some challenges though. Getting into the Google Docs after you haven’t gone in there after a while, is hard to remember how to do. I’m sure it wasn’t just me when I forgot exactly how to get into my “e-mail” sort of thing. Then the groups and my group had to make it so that everyone could get into it. After we did that, then we had to get all the information onto the Google Docs. You have to first press on Shared with me to get into it. Then you click on the link that takes you to the document where everyone is working.

By tomorrow we are hoping to be able to finish answering all the remaining questions and getting everything we need about the video game done. There are a lot of details, that if forgotten, the video game might not be as good quality as it could have been. You have to remember that since it is the “building block” almost of setting up your video game, you need to be very specific.  We also need to make sure that everyone has perfected their topic and completed it. Then by tomorrow everything should be done and we can start adding more detail!