#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?

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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!!

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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!!

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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!

What type of gamer am I?

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Wich one are you?

This question is not so simple to answer. I’m not just one of the four different gamer types Mia mentioned in class, I’m several. I will categorize myself as a Social Gamer, Specialist Gamer and Expert gamer. In some periods one type of gamer more than another.

I’m not a Casual Gamer because:

Gaming is to me not just a casual hobby, it’s more of a passion. I really care about gaming and the culture around it, which the Casual Gamer is known to not really be bothered by. For a casual gamer it’s more about relaxing with a “random” game they heard was good, without giving it too much thought. That’s not me at all!

I’m a Social Gamer because:

From time to time I enjoy playing games with my friends, such as Leauge og Legends, Fortnite and so on. It’s a good way to keep in contact with friends from my hometown, as well as getting new acquaintances. As I have mention earlier, I’m part of The Bergen Student Radio and the gaming program Hardcore. The Hardcore-gang have live gaming-streams every Sundays, which I’m frequently a part of.

Also regarding social events like parties and hangouts when we are a group of people gathered, we often play games together such as Street fighter, Injustice (and other type of fighting games), Jackbox, Mario Kart etc.

I`m a Specialist  Gamer because:

I have my absolute favorite genre (most of the time) and that’s RPG (roleplaying game), especially the sub-genre (not the literal definition) JRPG’s (stands for Japanese roleplaying games), like the Final Fantasy-series, Tales-series, Persona ++. But even so, I love other types of RPG´s that’s totally different from the JRPG-genre such as Bloodborne, Dark Souls, Diablo, Nioh, and so on. RPG’s are totally my jam. I know what I love to play, but even so I’m open to other type of games and genres, because I know there are other stuff I might enjoy. For example, I’m generally not super found of FPS (first person shooters) games, but even here there are exceptions. I LOVE the Bioshock games and The Last of Us, which are standard FPS-games.

Even if a have a main preference, it does vary from time to time, and sometimes I’m hung up on a specific type of games and/or genre. I also love to play retro games either on my Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, GameCube etc.

I’m an Expert Gamer because:

I don’t just love games, I also love the culture around it. I find the gaming industry, culture and the different aspects regarding this very interesting. I like to be updated on releases and news. This is one of the main reasons I joined the radio program Hardcore. We are a diverse gang, with different preferences and knowledge. I love that I learn so much from them, and it helps me being updated on games, companies etc. I in the first place didn’t knew much about. I like to be updated and to discuss different aspects of gaming with other gamers. I like to try out (even if it’s just for a little bit) games that I’m not necessarily found of, just to know what it’s about.

I do enjoy watching E-sport (electronic sport), the same way other enjoy to watch soccer, baseball, basketball etc. I like to pay attention to E3 (The Electronic Entertainment Expo, a premier trade event for the video game industry) when that’s going on. I like to watch YouTubers who plays and reviews games, and I also enjoy game-award shows +++.

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So, one could say that gaming is a huge part of my life. Instead of watching TV I rather play a video game. When I’m social, we often play games together and when I’m not gaming, I still pay attention to the gaming culture and industry.

It’s so much more to gaming than just playing a game.

 

What type of gamer are you?

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#SelfieUnselfie

This is kind of intimidating which is also why it’s awesome to do. And GO!

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I posted this selfie on my private Instagram account with a caption that said that I am very happy about being in Norway. I liked it because it is crooked, fun, I thought my hand was hilarious and it shows that I am happy — the photo captured it pretty nicely.

That being said, I am not this happy all the time. It is difficult being abroad and being away from family and friends and this photo definitely doesn’t show that. The selfie neither shows that I’m a very social person, hardworking and very engaged in student organizations here. But those aspects of my life makes me happy which is all the selfie reflects.

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This is my unselfie. I chose this because, not having my own room with my regular things, I found that everything on this table shows something of me because this is the only table I’ve got and, therefore, it has all the things I use most on it.

I have my computer which I use all the time — both for school work and for watching series (it’s my favorite thing to do when I don’t have work to do). A coffee cup is always there because I get up early every day and need my coffee to start the day. I have lights because I’m very dependent on hygge and these lights are very hyggelige. I have my university books and I (actually) love them — I really enjoy reading them and learning new things. I have my to-do list on an old envelope because I need to keep track of things, I’m always afraid I forget something. Underneath that some student magazines published by the magazine I’ll be writing for myself this semester. My makeup-bag because some days I choose to look a little more alive — the mirror to check that I do so before walking out the door. A power bank because I’m dependent on my phone (mostly to take pictures) and post-it-notes that I just got in a course where I challenged myself. Lastly, the view. I absolutely love nature and the mountains here!

This was probably a bit long, but I tinker well when I write it down. So here it is.

#SelfieUnselfie

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#SELFIEUNSELFIE

This week was winter break so we haven’t had any lectures for our NetNarr module. So we were set some home assignments to do instead, including the #selfieunselfie project. Mia has designed this project as an installation to be featured in the Bergen Public Library from Spring 2018. First, we had to take a selfie that we would be comfortable posting on social media and explain why. This is my response:

‘I’m not normally someone who would post a selfie just of my face. If it’s a selfie with me and friend that’s different because I see it as a nice memory of us. But I don’t like the focus to be entirely on my face. I would post this selfie online as I like the way my hair has been styled and think that the angle of the lighting gives my face a nice shape. I like the way my make up looks, plus the pose I’m pulling gives off a slightly mysterious vibe!
All these reasons, however, sound very superficial to me so I still wouldn’t actually post this on my social media!’

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The next part of the project is to deconstruct the selfie and talk about what is missing from it, parts of my identity that is not present in the selfie:

‘Of course, selfies are based entirely on aesthetics, so my selfie doesn’t show anything beyond what you would see by looking at my face. My passion for singing and my love for music is missing from the picture. The selfie doesn’t demonstrate how much I love nature and Norwegian mountains, or my love for dogs (especially my own two back at home in England). Or how much I love food and cooking and baking when I’m feeling adventurous. This raises a question as to the first impression you get by looking at someone for the first time. By looking at someone’s face (or a picture of it; a selfie) all you see are their facial features and nothing beyond that. The ability to know things about that person stops at the barrier of the selfie.’

The last part of the project is to post an ‘unselfie’; something that represents a different aspect of yourself, without showing any part of the self:

‘Since coming to Norway almost 8 months ago now, nature has become such a big part of my life. Before arriving here in August 2017, I had never even set foot on a mountain, never mind about climbing one. But within a week of coming to Bergen I had already hiked the tallest mountain in Bergen, Ulriken. Since then I haven’t stopped.
Hiking, sunsets and incredible views have become such an important part of my life that I hope to carry with me when I go back to England. This is one of my favourite photos I took from a hike in Bergen.’UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_49d8.jpg

 

I think that this project is a very thoughtful comment on what society consider’s ‘acceptable’ for social media and why. The standards that people compare themselves against when posting selfies are photos of celebrities that have usually been significantly edited and photoshopped. These goals are unattainable as they aren’t real!
I think people need to be reminded of that more often when being critical of themselves and other people.

Deleting lightning bolts

A couple of weeks ago, I started making a font that I am using for the game that I am working on, ‘Fear the Reaper’. I wanted the letters to look like they were chipped and eroded, sort of like metal armor and weapons that have been left to rust after a battle. Quite early in the process, I found out that the best way to do this (in paint.net, the program that i am using) was to first paint the rough shape of the letters, and then create versions of the default lightning bolt shape, overlapping a part of the letter with it, and finally deleting the selection shape of the thunder bolt.

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This highlights something i think is really cool when creating art; utilizing the negative versions of objects on top of already existing shapes. I also used some more basic shapes like ellipses and squares, but the majority consisted of these lightning bolts. It is quite funny that you can’t recognize this unless you know it beforehand.

Later, I used the magic wand selection tool on the letters (with low tolerance) and copied and pasted them onto a black background. Using the low tolerance selection meant that small pieces of the letters were excluded, giving them a frizzy and rugged outline, which further contributed to the battle-worn and eroded look i tried to achieve.

This is the final result, which I am quite satisfied with:titleWithSigil