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My body, a wunderkammer and twitter bot – My last post

Electronic Literature Review – My Body, A Wunderkammer

My body, a wunderkammer, is a hypertext fiction created by Shelley Jackson, with help from John Wesley Harding and Ken Fricklas. The hypertext combines text and image, and the author claims it’s a semi-autographical piece.

The electronic literature is about a woman’s body, and this is the first thing we see when opening the piece, except from the very start where we hear heavy breathing being played. The piece is a mix of the multimodal elements of image, text, sound and links. Certain parts of the woman’s body is highlighted with boxes and names, and all the boxes are clickable. The artwork is monochrome, with black background and white lineart. The highlighted parts/boxes of the drawing has detail while the other parts does not.

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As we interact with different parts of her body, like for example her shoulder, we get re-directed to another site with text and a small illustration of what we just clicked, in this case an upper body with shoulders. The text we find describes something the woman associates with the body part, and words in the text is highlighted and clickable by hyperlink. When we’re done reading about the shoulder, we can click one of the links and read about a different body part. There does not seem to be any distinct linear order in which you have to read the texts, all you do is click around and see where it takes you. The different pieces of text are all individual stories, which seeminly no connection to eachother except the author itself.

As we explore the links, we learn quite a bit about the woman. She does apparently have a tail, thick eyebrows and a nose piercing. There does not appear to be any symbolic language used in the text, it’s all very descriptive and like a small story with each click. The meaning you must take from the text is literal, as it seems, because of what the woman wants to tell with each story. It is however unclear if the story is fictional or not, considering her «tail», but at the same time the author has said that it’s a semi-autographical piece. This can perhaps mean that the stories told is how the author sees her body?

 

Tinkering with elit – Twitter bot

I was looking forward to learning how to set up a twitter bot, and to be honest it surprised me how simple it was. I decided to create a bot for one of my favorite characters from the game Overwatch, Zenyatta.

Zenyatta is an omnic/a robot, so making him into a «bot» seems fitting. I put 100 of his lines into the bot thing so every 2 hours he will post one of his quotes from the game! I honestly love him so much, he is my child hahaha.

 

It’s over, isn’t it? 

Upon writing this blog I realized it’s the last one I’m going to write for this course. It feels like a bittersweet victory, like I managed to climb my way to the top of a mountain but I enjoyed the climb so much the top disappoints me. The view is gorgeous though – and I’ve learned a lot during the journey.

While admittedly I did not have a lot to learn about gaming or digital art – as both are one of my interests already I knew a lot, but learning about electronic literature made me happy! It opened a new world to me, a world I did not know existed even though I had stumbled upon it before (facade). It was interesting seeing how literature has evolved until something that’s not just words on paper or a screen, but words that can move, blink, disappear, re-appear and so on. I will probably be spending some more time exploring electronic literature even after this course, and since I have an interest within HTML, art and writing I could make something of my own one day? Netnarr has certainly inspired me.

Mia, thank you so much for teaching us and for being such a lovely human. And to this blog… I will visit you once in a while, I promise.

Goodbye!

Electronic Literature #Elit

Before going into class for the 9th week of #Netnarr, my boyfriend and I discussed what we believed Electronic literature was. We had the misconception that electronic literature was simple – just all literature that can be found on the web. I’m happy to say that we were corrected in class and that in fact, electronic literature is way more complicated and interesting than so.

Electronic literature is not simply e-books or any written text online, it is actually literature that is created by taking advantage of computers and it’s capabilities, like coding, animation, music and interactivity. I was pleased to learn that one of the games I’ve played before, called Facade, is actually considered to be a piece of Electronic Literature. It facinates me how the past can catch up on me like this. What I thought was simply a silly game is acrually a complex piece of #Elit! How thrilling~

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Facade is a game on the PC that I originally discovered through PewDiePie back in 2011. It is based on artificial intelligence, is in first person and about a couple named Trip and Grace. The game is about you visiting their apartment after a long time of seeing them, and you can write whatever you want to them and get their responses. The game begins by you standing in front of their door, hearing them argue through the walls. The game is very much about saying the correct things, and often ends with the player being kicked out of their house, but sometimes if you say the right thing you can make them give their relationship a second chance. Grace and Trip often get into arguments during your visit, as their relationship is not going very well. They are however trying to hide this by putting up a facade. Below is an example of PewDiePie playing the game!

 

Studio Visit with Remi Kalir and Keegan Long-Wheeler

On the 8th week of #Netnarr Mia was travelling so we did not have lectures this week. Therefore, in my difficulties to find content to write about, I chose to watch the Studio Visit recording with Remi Kalir and Keegan Long-Wheeler. We were asked what our last played game were, and my last game was Overwatch, which is a multiplayer fps published by Blizzard Entertainment. It’s my favorite game in the entire world, and I’ve met a lot of new friends playing the game.

Keegan was playing Fortnite, which I find interesting. I’ve personally never liked Fortnite, or any Battle Royale games because they do not fit me or my playing style. I prefer playing supports/healers, and therefore killing people and hunting them is not something for me. The same goes for Pubg (Player Unknown’s Battle Grounds) which basically is the same, just with a more realistic artstyle. I do admit that I enjoy the looting part of both games, but the actual shooting and aiming – not so much.

 

Video Games and Violence

Mia mentioned this during the visit, and as a gamer, of course it hits close to home and I have to address it. «If a game is violent, does that necessarily mean that a person playing that game and experiencing that form of navigation will take those behaviors into real life situations?» is a question that Mia asked, and that I would like to answer. First of, I want you to think about the H U G E amount of gamers that exist in this world. Imagine how many of them are playing overwatch, pubg, fortnite or counter strike, which all are essensially games about killing other people/players. Do people actually believe that people playing games like this, will think that it is okay to kill people in real life? No. If that was the case, we would have a lot more violence in this world than we already do. It is ridiculous to me that people believe violence in video games will transfer over to the players.

This was all I wanted to write about the Studio Visit, so I’ll see you next week!

 

Empathy & Games

On the 7th week for #Netnarr we talked about Serious Games and Empathy and Games. I am personally a very empathic person, and I always immerse myself in the feelings or story of the character I am playing, and become very attached. I often see myself as the character I am controlling, and I guess I am therefore using the cognitive method when it comes to empathic gaming. I find myself having a better exerience when I do this, because it makes me «feel» the story and what’s going on a bit more.

An example of a really empathic game is Life is Strange.

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In the first game of Life is Strange you play as Max Caulfield, an 18 year old who loves photographing and has the ability to turn back time. She takes it upon herself to make things right, changing things that has happened and face the consequences of the things she has changed. This game is a decision-based game, and therefore your decisions change how the game plays, and what happens. For example, there is a scene where one of Alex’ friends, Kate Marsh, tries to kill herself by jumping off a building. If she jumps, she will die. Alex then tries to talk her out of it, and it is your job as the player to choose the correct things for Alex to say. If you say the wrong things, Kate will jump and die, and you, as the player cannot turn time back if she does, you must live with it.

 

 

 

Games I enjoy

On the 6th week of Netnarr we continued learning about games, and the topic of game genres were brought up. I zoned out debating what my favorite genres are, and realize I enjoy a mix of genres. For example, I love platform games that also are adventure games, like Trine 1 and 2, which has beautiful visuals and a great story, and every character in it is fun to play as (Although Amadeus is my favorite). I also enjoy terraria and starbound, which also are platformers and adventure games. In the past I’ve played World of Warcraft a lot, which is a process-oriented game according to our lecture on Tuesday, and that is certainly not a platformer. Writing about this makes me realize that I might currently prefer games I see as adventure games over shooter games/auction games overall, but I’ve been addicted to a big variety of games within different genres.. I’ll include a picture of my most played games on steam at the moment, where you can see an example of this, and also see how many hours / «timer» I have on the games.

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This list doesn’t include games outside of steam, like minecraft (which I’m addicted to recently, especially modded minecraft, and if minecraft had a way of recording how many hours you’ve spent in the game, I believe my hours would be in the thousands) and Overwatch, which I have over 600 hours on.

It’s a bit scary looking at the numbers above, although these are hours I’ve built up over a long time, many years, and a lot of gamers have more hours than I do (it’s because I’m addicted to Overwatch!!!!!!!! help) I also have the habit of playing the same games over and over without trying new games, which is a bit sad because I have a lot of unplayed games in my library. Y U NO TRY THE GAMES?

I do not enjoy FPS games at all (exluding Overwatch of course, though it’s not a pure fps game), and although I’ve played games like tomb raider (which I loved, but I was rly frustrated sometimes because I had to shoot people and I cant aim LMAO) I don’t think I’d enjoy a shooter game that’s also an online game. I’m fine with it as long as it’s just me alone and I can die and respawn and try again, but being shot my people online, who’s got a lot more experience than me, is just something I don’t want to do, and don’t really enjoy.

Finally moving over to the fun stuff

 

On the 5th week of #Netnarr we finally moved away from art and over to gaming!

Gaming has always been a big part of me, and the thing I’ve spent a huge amount of time on over the years. I started of with the PS2 (my family never gave me a PS1 or any other consoles, which I kind of hate them for to be honest) and then moved on to a huge stationary potato computer. I can’t say I miss that thing, but at the time it was the best thing in my life.

On the lecture on Tuesday I found out that I am, apparently, a «social gamer?» Though I find it difficult to connect to any of the terms, the «social gamer» is the closest one for me. I love multiplayer games, playing with my friends and adventuring with them, building memories and just having fun. I don’t really have a circle of friends I play with, only one or two, but sometimes I don’t want to play unless they join me. I suppose I’m a social gamer in that way, even though I enjoy a lot of single-player games as well. I don’t believe it’s possible to fit perfectly into one specific term though, and I do personally relate to all of them.

Through the lectures on Tuesday I also learned that the history of gaming is incredibly interesting. Well of course, why wouldn’t it be? I suppose I’ve always taken games for granted, as they’ve always been in my life, and therefore I’ve never bothered to research. That’s something I want to change. I want to learn!

Thursday was interesting as well. Learning about how the games grew in popularity and especially how pac-man was born made me happy and made me want to learn even more, especially about the early history of gaming.

I wonder if we’re going to discuss the topic of gender and gaming in class. To me, the topic doesn’t matter at all, games are for everyone and women should not be discriminated when playing games (the sad reality is that they do, though). As a human with womanly features (lol) I experience this a lot. My voice is feminine, so the minute I try to speak in game some dude has to point out my gender. He’ll ask «are you a 12 year old boy or a just girl?» and I’ll turn the mic off and feel too insecure to proceed. If we’re losing a team fight, I’m often the one to blame because I’m «a girl», and «girls are bad and belong in the kitchen».

I’ve managed to upset myself so I’ll end this

BYE~

Weekly DDAs:

#SelfieUnselfie and Internet Art

We are already halfway throught this course, time flies so quickly. I’m struggling writing this blog though, as writing things for everyone to see makes me extremely uncomfortable and nervous. I have some critique for you, Mia. How come you don’t post your power-points? And if you do, where? I find it difficult to reflect upon the cource without having your power-point to look at, as a source of brainstorming and refreshing the memories from the classes.

On tuesday we learned about Internet Art, a topic I’m especially interested in. As much as I’m looking forward to us moving on to the gaming part of this course, I can’t stop myself appreciating this particular topic even more. I spend a lot of my free time looking at art on the internet, specifically on deviantart.com. I sometimes even commission people to draw for me, as you can see around this blog, who’s decorated with art of my characters. I don’t find the art pieces Mia showed us particularly interesting, and I wish she touched upon other sides of digital art, like the one created by young artists on sites as for example deviantart or furaffinity. Deviantart is a place where artists of all types public their work – writers, painters, all kinds of artists in general. Perhaps exploring such a site would be a good part of the course?

We also learned about Mia’s project called SelfieUnselfie, an interesting project where one is supposed to take a selfie and then take another «selfie», but this time instead of taking a picture of yourself, you’ll take a picture of something that represents you well. By taking a photo of something that’s not you, people learn things about you that they normally wouldnt learn by simply looking at a picture of you, unless you wore a band t-shirt or geek merch of some sort. I like this idea. I’d personally love to participate in this project, however I’d prefer to hide my identity to some extent on this blog and during this course, as sharing myself and my thoughts publically on the internet makes me very uncomfortable. One could argue that stepping out of my comfort zones would be a good thing, but I’d rather stay anonumous. Sorry.

If I were to take a picture of what represents me well, I’d take a picture of my computer playing a game or something familiar, I’m not that interesting of a person, really.

 

Street Art

In the fourth week of #Netnarr I had a difficult time. I wasn’t feeling well and was struggling with some personal issues, so this is posted on a Monday instead of the Sunday it’s supposed to be posted on. Instead of posting nothing, I felt inspired the video of the week and went out with my boyfriend (who’s stealing this idea too by the way) and found some of Bergen’s street art I wanted to share.

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Memes!!

In the third week of #Netnarr we were given the task of making memes! I spilled my tea to everyone and made a meme telling a dirty secret;

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Okay. It was my boyfriend’s idea but still! Smart, isnt it? I also made another memabout e but I deleted it cus yeah… It wasnt great.

Anyway. This week I misunderstood completely and skipped the class on Tuesday. Turns out the lecture on Thursday was actually cancelled, and not Tuesday… The downside of not being a native speaker of English and also being a flop in general! (I’M SORRY!!)

Therefore I don’t have a lot of things to reflect upon this week. We did however have a special lecture on Wednesday that was quite interesting. Dr. Leonardo Flores spoke «Third Generation Electronic Literature» and went though some of the first digital literary art pieces throughout history, as well as explaining what the differences were between first, secound and third generation. I enjoyed learning about that. Especially being introduced to the terms «pre-web», «text-heavy» and «hypertexts» (about the first generation) really intruiged me. We’ve really come a long way since then!

This was my DDA for this week:

See you next week! Hopefully I’ll have more to write about. I should also start reflecting right after class and not at the end of the week where I’ve forgotten most of what we’ve learned… I’ll do that for next week.

An alchemist is born

This is the first out of 10 blog entries on this student blog. Every week I’m supposed to submit a blog entry reflecting on what I’ve learned that week during this specific course. The course I’m taking is called «Networked Narratives» #netnarr. So far I’ve had a positive first impression and experience and I’m finding myself being quite interested in its topics, and can relate to most, if not all of them. This week we’ve learned about and discussed digital art, which is a topic I’ve always adored. Lately I’ve been trying to get into digital art myself. Some can look at me as a collector of art – or characters as we call them. I’m part of a community which loves creativity and creating different stories and personalities, and we do so through our dear characters we’ve achieved or purchased. If you’re interested in viewing my characters and perhaps reading about them, you can find them here. There are various folders you can look through. And just a simple disclaimer: All the art on this site belongs to me and me only, none of it is stolen or taken without permission. https://toyhou.se/Silent/characters

Networked Narratives is a very digital course, and I, like most young people nowadays spend most of my days on the internet. Playing videogames (mostly Overwatch, mercy main btw), writing stories, viewing art on deviantArt or watching my favorite YouTubers. As a part of the course we have to publish daily digital alchemies with their hashtag #dda. This is the one I did for this week.

I don’t have much else to write about this week. I’m excited for the next weeks as I’ll probably have more things in mind when writing my blog! Thanks for reading, alchemists.