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My little bug game

Here’s a mini game I am working on. The spider catches the bugs in its web and you score points. Use the arrow keys to move the spider.

Games I would like to design

October 20, 2009

Proposal for two game ideas

1) Genre 1 Kids game: Flashlight Tag

This is a game for a young child, (4-8 years old) with simple navigation and animation. The idea is the child has to find who’s hiding using a flashlight in the dark, virtually that is. The screen is black but the mouse reveals things. What the child will learn is what nocturnal animals are doing and where they can be found.

It’s based on the real game where kids play hide and seek at night with flashlights. According to Rayovac (http://ca.rayovac.com/promo/tag.htm)

How to Play Flashlight Tag:

1. Play this game in a dark house at night or in a safe place outdoors when it’s dark.
2. Find a place to be base.
3. Choose one player to be “IT”.
4. The person who is “IT” waits at the base and counts while everyone else hides. Hiders can move around during the game.
5. “IT” searches for the hidden players with the flashlight. The flashlight must stay on at all time and cannot be covered.
6. Meanwhile, players try to run to the base without getting caught.
7. Players are tagged if “IT” spots them with the flashlight and calls out a player’s name.
8. Each tagged player is sent to the base to wait until the very last player is caught.
9. The last person tagged is “IT” for the next game.
10. Set a time limit for the game, if no one is tagged during that time frame, switch the person who is “IT.

2) Genera 2 Environmental message game: Growing Food Sustainably

This is a game for teens and adults who are interested in gardening. The message/moral of the game is to learn how to grow things in harmony with nature instead of poisoning ourselves and the planet. An example would be the player chooses something off the shelf to help their garden grow. The plants will respond to what the player puts on them, and the user will get a message about the impact of their choice by seeing what happens next, like when a bird comes along or when it rains. I want it to be kind of cute and soft-sell about environmental stewardship.

The Pesticide Action Network has developed a new campaign called “Whats on my Food”, http://www.whatsonmyfood.org/

Their opening statement is at the heart of what I want to reveal in this game:

“Pesticides
…on our food, even after washing;
…in our bodies, for years;
…& in our environment, traveling many miles on wind, water and dust.”

Educational Games for Kids and Games for Social Change

Educational Games for Kids

I am really new at playing internet games but because I am a multi-media design student it is now part of my training. The games on http://www.nickjr.com are nicely done. One game in particular, Kai-Lans Super Apple Surprise, is good clean fun. http://www.nickjr.com/playtime/cats/games/all_games/niha_apple_surprise.jhtml? It teaches little kids how to recognize colors and numbers as they accumulate a quantity of apples. The other nice thing I notice is the cultural diversity element (she is Hawiian?) The prize is a recipe they can print and make in the kitchen with parents. The graphics are cute and pretty basic, but the character voice is a little shrill.

Interactive Game Designs for Social Change

Darfur is Dying is a role playing game. You can find it at http://www.darfurisdying.com “Darfur is Dying” game is a great example of how games can teach. The game is kind of tragic because even though it’s a cartoon, you face the reality of what people actually endure every day. You have to move fast and be a quick thinker. // The game looks “fun” even though the subject matter is grim. Navigation is pretty simple to follow. You enter the game as a child or a young adult that has to forge for water and face down a jeep full of thugs that you have to hide from or be killed. The graphics are done very well in a 2-d vector animation style.// Background: The Sudanese government and it’s gorilla malitia, Janjeweed are raping and murdering thousands of people–women and children. // You also can link to sites that have information about the tragety. Amnesty International is one of them. There are many articles about the violence against women in Darfur, and how their culture stigmatizes rape victims instead of supporting them. // Here’s where I get kind of upset because why are the Darfur men demonizing their wives and daughters who have been raped and beaten by the Janjaweed? Why aren’t the Darfur men protecting their women? For most folks in the free world this is a no-brainer. An oppressed society that oppresses and subjugates its women will not advance.//

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