December 2008 Archives

Something old, something blue, something gold, something new...

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And no, I'm not talking about weddings. I'm writing about my final project in my Writing for the Internet course. I created an interaction fiction (IF) game that's set in a dreamscape of sorts.

I really enjoyed creating it, even if parts of it drove me straight up the wall. My user-tests really showed me the places where directions were less than clear or where I had small spelling errors and the like. Some of my testers often wanted to examine items that I hadn't actually written into the game, so I went ahead and wrote little diddies for them. I even had a few testers who wanted to do "silly" things like touching or petting statues or even wearing skeletons! So can they do all of that in the final game? You bet! In my mind, if I can give the player what they want within the confines of my game, I'd like to do everything in y power to do so.

My testers also encountered a bit of confusion as to how unlock certain doors. I've done my best to go back and make the keys more obvious, but I'll give you players a hint: X DOOR. It works like a charm. There were some things that I felt that I could only make so easily seen because my mind, and therefore my game, seems to be hardwired differently than others. So I've done my best to correct these issues and can only hope that playing my game brings you at least a small smile before you're through.

Dreams Mean This, This, and...Wow! Look at the bunnies!

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Yes, that's sometimes how dreams go. Lots of scientists and new-age folks can spout off to you the hidden meanings behind what goes in your dreams. Me? I've dreamt a lot lately, (probably due to running myself ragged over tests and projects for the end of the semester!) so I've decided to set my final project for my Writing for the Internet class in a dream.

I've nearly finished creating an interactive fiction (IF) game. I was greatly inspired by my professor, Dr. Jerz, and his drive to formulate an IF game. (If you have no idea what I'm talking about or even how to play this type of game, take a gander at Dr. Jerz's How-To page to IF games.)

The player starts off in a dreamscape, but I've tried to write things so that they seem at least mildly plausible, just to give it the feel of one of those dreams that you would swear they felt real. The beginning is all fluff and fun before it becomes darker in theme. I've included various puzzles throughout, but the real key is to play the game as if you were really in in the game. It's time to use your imagination people! Look at the doors 'n the floors, 'n all the wondrous galores!

I also borrowed a theme element from Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Masque of the Read Death." There are three rooms that I've tried to place moral significance upon, but I'd be happy if you just found them of plain ol' interest. In response to these three rooms, the player can also choose three options of ending the game by drinking one of three drinks. Each ending relates to one of the three moral rooms and hopefully gives the player something to think on...if only for a moment.

I've still a bit to go, but my course mates and friends have been excellent in offering me new ideas and better user-friendly ways of playing the game.

Now, go check out what my classmates are typing on their blogs.

Look Behind to See Forward

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This past semester has certainly filled me with more knowledge than I can recount in a blog. But I won't forget my experiences in my Writing for the Internet course. This fall's blogging has been dedicated to this class and I now know more than I ever hoped to learn (at least while still a student) about creating websites, interactive fiction games, and what is and what's not a good idea when making said websites. Below you'll find my last few blogs for the end of this semester along with a link to a general overview of my term project, an interactive fiction game.

Progress Makes Perfect

If at first you don't succeed...

Feel free to check out some of my past blogging portfolios as well:

My how time flies...

No footprints on the internet beach!

This course has given me confidence when dealing with the internet and its various technologies. I really did enjoy learning all of the technical aspects of it, even if I never actually expected to gather that knowledge at this time. This class has fostered in me such a love of interactive fiction games that I'd like to take the time to create a few more when I have the time in the future...and my father's already enlisted my help in making him a website. (That might be a little scary. Watch for a giant explosion in the near future! lol) Anyways, take a look at my last blog below for a sneak peek at my term project.

Dreams Mean This, This, and...Wow! Look at the bunnies!

So ends a semester of classes and I've grown in knowledge and maturity a little more. But I'll come back...students always do!