PAC MAN – FORTNITE

Welcome back!

Winter break is over and it´s time to come back to school and blog posts again! In this week’s lecture the subject was about video games. We are going to learn about Video Games, something that I don´t know much about so this will be exciting. I wouldn’t say I’m a gamer, but I have been playing games as The Sims since I was a little girl, and games on my phone. So, I’m looking forward to learn more about this subject.
What Is a Game?

It´s hard to define what a game is, but I found a definition from Salen & Zimmerman (Rules of Play) that I think defines what a game is quite well; A game is a system in which players engage in artificial conflict, defined by rules, that results in a quantifiable outcome. 
When we talk about games there are different theories that communicate with each other that will help us understand what a game includes, I will go into some of them. Johan Huizinga´s ´´The magic circle´´ is one of the theories; The space in which the normal rules and reality of the world are suspended and replaced by the artificial reality of a game world. But, isn’t there a more fluid relationship between virtual worlds and the real world? Another theory is that games are tied to the culture from which they emerge, and they reflect that culture (Marshall McCluhan, Media Theory). There are many other theories, but I feel like these explains well.
3 Dimensions of Games:

  1. Mechanics: Rules and basic code of a game; the information that goes into constructing the world of the game, the coding and the algorithms.
  2. Dynamics: The way the game plays based on the mechanics, the functions and the end experience.
  3. Aesthetics: The elements combined that attracts us so the game, our feelings such as fantasy, sensation, expression etc.

I thought I could talk quickly about the differences between the one of a kind pac-man one of the first game and fortnite which is a popular game at the moment.

Pac-Man was a popular game and is considered a classic game and became a symbol of the 1980s popular culture. In the game you control a yellow circle with a mouth and eyes. It moves around in a maze and eats dots and prizes as it comes across them, while four ghosts try to catch it. Pac-Man became the bestselling game, and it´s still a game people play!

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Fortnite is a battle royal game, which means that it´s all against everyone until the last man stands alive. You land on a path optionally on a map, and you can choose different skins depend on who you want to be. The game is basically that you must be the last one alive, and you do this by shooting the other players. You look for weapons and health kits etc. while playing to help you survive until the end.

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Differences:

As you may know Pac-Man was made in the 1980s and Fortnite made I 2017. There are BIG differences in how the games are made, graphics, sound, experience etc. and of course between 2D and 3D. Before the games had a heart beat as sound, and the graphic was pixels, now it´s so developed that it feels like real life! Not just the sound but the image as well. The gaming industry has come a long way!

 

This blog post turned out to be longer than I expected but I still hope you enjoy it! Have a nice weekend. And see mu k

It’s all fun and games

This week we began on the gaming part of DIKULT103. Really looking forward to this. As the gamer I am, it will be exciting to learn a lot about the gaming history and the other things that this subject will bring us. I have learned a lot this week, like how Pac-man was born. I think it is funny how the shape of Pac-man came from a pizza. The documentary we watched about video games explained really good what had happened through the years of gaming. Definitely a documentary I will have to watch again. On thing that I was really shocked about was the idea behind Space Invaders. I did not know that the maker got his inspiration from the bombing of Japan after the war. This is something that catches my interests. When games are inspired by historic events like the war for example, it becomes a lot more interesting.

Me myself is a casual/social gamer. I like to play games where I have to work with other players and where it is important to cooperate. When I was younger I played Counter Strike: Global Offensive a lot. My life was basically gaming. CS:GO is a game that I really enjoy and I played it a lot. In the beginning I was really bad, but I played a lot with my friends in a team, and I slowly climbed and became a decent player. Unfortunately, the gaming community changed, the players changed and I got other priorities. Nowadays I don’t play CS:GO as much as I used to, but I hope that the interest will rise again. I will consider myself as an overall gamer. I like to play all kinds of games. It’s all based on my mod and the weather (yes, believe it or not). The games I use to play is Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Battlefield 1, GTAV, FIFA, G-mod, Fortnite and Assassins Creed. As you can see, it’s a lot of different games. It’s both games for console and games for PC.

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One thing that really irritates me when it comes to gaming is bad internet connection. Before I moved away from home, the internet was really bad (I’m from the countryside). Bad internet connection and slow internet speed was terrible. Sometimes it destroyed the joy of gaming. When I played with my friends it was always serious, and it was hard to play good and concentrate when lagged. I remember how it suddenly started to lag and I jumped from one side of the map to another. Luckily the internet home on the countryside is a lot better today. Another thing I hate about gaming is all the hackers and cheaters. It has been a problem as long as I can remember. The gaming developers and organizations always find methods to catch the hackers, but it does not help. The hackers always find a way to trick the system, and this is kind of sad. But I guess that there always will be hackers in a game.
God helg!

#SelfieUNselfie

Not so long ago we had about Net Art and #SelfieUnselfie. The theme is further reflection on the issue of self-representation in the digital age.

This is my #dda for the week:

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This is random art, where I should put my name in a column and then it came up a random art. How cool is that?!

 

A selfie is a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media. One day I probably see twenty selfies while skimming social media, and other days I’m sure that I see hundreds. I have been noticing that selfies are supposed to be ´´perfect´´. There are so many different selfies on for example Instagram; slim, well trained, pretty selfies. Selfies for women and men are often perceived in this way. I feel like it has become a thing to appear perfect on social media, not only in terms of selfies but also images around a perfect life. I think many of the popular women and men on Instagram try to hide their ´not so perfect´ side, by creating perfect selfies and images around their lives. This ´trend´ might confuse people with what really separates a selfie from a portrait. What separates a selfie from any self-portrait taken with a phone or a camera is that it´s shared via social media Young people post pictures from everyday situations, and it´s become more popular for older to follow the trend. The ever-present selfie is at once an individual performance, but it also is a communal and public activity. There are different opinions between different cultures what selfies claims to be. Some claim selfies are a mark of our narcissistic culture. And some see the selfie more positively; as a confirmation of self-love. Yet others consider selfies simply a new version of the old idea of a self-portrait.
This is my #SelfieUnselfie:

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The first picture is a selfie of myself that I have posted on Instagram. There is no specific reason why I wanted to post this exact selfie. It´s just a simple selfie with a smile and edited with a grey filter. This picture doesn’t reveal much, but it shows that I am happy. It doesn’t reveal who I am, just a picture of myself. There are many things it doesn’t reveal, such as my personality.

The other picture is the unselfie, it´s an image of the sea in Greece and as you can see it´s not a selfie but it still represents a part of me even if I’m not in the picture. I love to travel, and I love the sea – something that shows a part of me, and that’s the reason why I wanted to post this exact picture.
Have a nice weekend!

 

#NetNarr Game On!

Welcome Back

We are back #NetNarr! …and we are building some momentum now that we have moved on to the game phase of the #NetNarr experience. I have enjoyed getting back into the swing of things this week, and opening up a thoughtful discussion.  We kicked off our game unit with an informal poll of what kind of gamers we might be?

Our 1st week discussing Video Games

We have also thought about why it might be an important undertaking to study games, and we have considered who might be studying games, and for what reasons.  As Espen Aarseth has claimed, “2001 Can be seen as the Year One of Computer Games Studies as an emerging, viable, international, academic field.”  This week we have also looked at the the concept of play (nod to Ian Bogost); everyday game discourse; and we have taken a brief glimpse at the game industry (looking into the value chain of game development, revenue trends, and currents that are shaping game development (from the AAA enterprise to diverse indie game contexts).  In addition, we began a consideration of what makes a game?, and we have looked at many theoretical approaches to this question.  In addition, we took a look at early video game history.  This timeline/infographic is particularly helpful in pin-pointing formative moments in the history of the video game. I am including here the slides from my lectures on March 6th and March 8th here.

Peer Game Showcase

I am most excited to hear from all of you, and we have launched the Peer Game Showcase that will last for the month of March (up through our Easter Break).  Kudos to Patrick (#NetNarr student and game developer) who kicked off our peer presentations with a glimpse into the game developer world.  So many thoughtful insights.  I especially enjoyed his discussion of ludo-narrative dissonance, which I imagine is a significant challenge when designing a great game in a team context.

Patrick has been very kind in arranging a #NetNarr field trip, set for April 3rd.  (On that date, I will be in California giving a talk at Berkeley Center for New Media at UC Berkeley).  It is wonderful that you will all have the opportunity that day to visit the game development studio Rain Games here in Bergen (with Patrick as host).  Rain Games AS is a Norwegian independent video game developer forged from a cooperative community of local artists and programmers.  I can’t think of more intriguing field trip to add to our game phase of the course, and my only regret is that I won’t be able to visit with all of you that day.  That said, I will make a separate visit for sure.  Since there are so many of you in class, not everyone can attend this outing, so by first-come-first-serve basis, please sign up here if you are interested in attending that day during class time that day (3/4).

Some Reminders

Some reminders for keeping up with our #NetNarr journey:

-This week you should be completing your 5th blog by Sunday.  As always, your reflection should pick up on some aspect of this week’s material.

-For next week, we will be continuing our discussion of game history, and thinking about game aesthetics and culture (covering Understanding Video Games, Chps 5 & 6).

-Remember to participate in our active #Netnarr backchannel on twitter.  There have been some pretty exciting spin-off activities there and plenty of resources shared.  Not too mention…the #ddas that are always clever and fun to check out and share out!

We will continue our Peer Game Showcase this coming week, hearing some thoughts on specifics games from Thomas, Daniel, Eirik on Tuesday March 13th, and Elias & Rikke on Thursday March 15th.  Really looking forward to this!

Oh…and the week after next we have a special #NetNarr date ;)!

God helg…  See you Tuesday 😉

Mia

 

 

 

Me, a gamer?

This week we started a new theme in class “Gaming”. I am not a gamer at all, many of my friends are, but not me.  I used to play Sims when I was younger and I could play it for hours, everyday. I was my life basically. Now, I play it very rare because I don’t find it as fun as I did. I was really obsessed, haha.. I lecture I learned that there are different types of gamers, and now I cant really relate to any of them, but maybe past me will, although I just played on game.

Here is an explanation of all the types of gamers:  http://www.vgchartz.com/article/256049/the-four-types-of-gamer/

I would call past me a casual gamer. I didn’t really know much about gaming at all, I only played sims, I didn’t think any other game existed, I was so into Sims.

I was kind of a social gamer. You can’t play Sims online or as a mulitplayer game. But me and some of my friends often played it together. I would bring my laptop and walk over to a friend next door and we would play on two different laptops or we would have sleepover and just play all night.

A specialist gamer I was definitely. Like I said, Sims was my jam, the only game I played, and would buy all the expantion packages to get the full experience.

An expert gamer I was was not at all. I didn’t like to read about games or research it or something like that. The only other games I played besides Sims, was Spyro, and I didn’t really played it so much, and it was really before I discoverd Sims.

As of now. I am not a any type of gamer at all. I don’t play anymore and whenver I watch someone play a game, I find it really boring, even if I get to try to play. Many of my friends are gamer, which makes me feel kind of left out when they talk about gaming. They all really love to play and know a lot about it. So their conversations bores me so much. I would rather talk about other things, and we do of course. But whenever their talk about gaming, I have nothing to contribute with.  How are we even friends? haha

 

Wohoo! A picture of Sims 2, my favorite game! Brings back so many memories!!

Sims2

Me, a gamer?

This week we started a new theme in class “Gaming”. I am not a gamer at all, many of my friends are, but not me.  I used to play Sims when I was younger and I could play it for hours, everyday. I was my life basically. Now, I play it very rare because I don’t find it as fun as I did. I was really obsessed, haha.. I lecture I learned that there are different types of gamers, and now I cant really relate to any of them, but maybe past me will, although I just played on game.

Here is an explanation of all the types of gamers:  http://www.vgchartz.com/article/256049/the-four-types-of-gamer/

I would call past me a casual gamer. I didn’t really know much about gaming at all, I only played sims, I didn’t think any other game existed, I was so into Sims.

I was kind of a social gamer. You can’t play Sims online or as a mulitplayer game. But me and some of my friends often played it together. I would bring my laptop and walk over to a friend next door and we would play on two different laptops or we would have sleepover and just play all night.

A specialist gamer I was definitely. Like I said, Sims was my jam, the only game I played, and would buy all the expantion packages to get the full experience.

An expert gamer I was was not at all. I didn’t like to read about games or research it or something like that. The only other games I played besides Sims, was Spyro, and I didn’t really played it so much, and it was really before I discoverd Sims.

As of now. I am not a any type of gamer at all. I don’t play anymore and whenver I watch someone play a game, I find it really boring, even if I get to try to play. Many of my friends are gamer, which makes me feel kind of left out when they talk about gaming. They all really love to play and know a lot about it. So their conversations bores me so much. I would rather talk about other things, and we do of course. But whenever their talk about gaming, I have nothing to contribute with.  How are we even friends? haha

 

Wohoo! A picture of Sims 2, my favorite game! Brings back so many memories!!

Sims2

Newbie

Winter break is over and its time to get back to the everyday life. It was nice with a winter break and now I am back loaded with energy and motivation. During the holidays it has been very cold in Bergen, but despite the cold weather, it has been sunny and beautiful. I have been skiing, relaxing and just enjoyed the winter break.

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In this weeks lecture we started with a new subject. We are going to learn about Video Games. I am no gamer myself, therefore I know little about video games and the gaming industry. Well, I have played “The Sims” and some games like “Pacman” when I was younger and I have heard about the popular games like “Call of Duty” and World of Warcraft”, but I don’t know much more than that. I think it is exiting to learn about video games and the industry, it exists a whole world out there for gamers. One thing that caught my interest was all the abbreviations for words and expressions in the gaming world. That is interesting to learn. Some of the abbreviations I have learned is ”Indie Game” which is independent games, developed outside of the large studios often published without traditional publishers. And ”AAA” which is the term used for video games with the highest development budgets.

This week I have learned that the industry involves console games, handheld, pc games, online games, smart phone games, tablet games and TV games. The industry is enormous, console games has annual global revenue with 35.000 million EUR and in 2014 consoles sales of units shipped was13, 5 million for PS4.

The structure of the big game industry: Hardware manufacturer –> Game developer –> Publisher –> Distributor –> Retail –> Consumer

 

What is a game?

A video game is an electronic game that involves interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a video device such as a TV screen or computer monitor. 

There are 3 dimensions of games:

  1. Mechanics: Rules & basic code of a game
  2. Dynamics: The way the game actually plays base don the mechanics
  3. Aesthetics: The elements that attracts us to the game

From this week I have gained some knowledge about video games. I have learned a little about the game industry and what a game is. It will be exciting to dive deeper into the subject of video games.

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I wish you a great Weekend!