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VR Colorblind Art Gallery

Posted in Serious Game Project with tags , , on February 18, 2017 by sierraphantom

For this week, our group selected to expand upon an idea about a trippy VR game. At first we were comparing the game to LSD Dream Emulator on the original Playstation, but this idea has evolved into something kinda cool and original. This game focuses on an art gallery and the player has to look through it, but they are colorblind. You have to go into the paintings themselves as well and explore the 3D rendered environments to find a painting of the art gallery the player just came from. Once the player exits that painting scene, the type of color blindness they have changes. So, the player can go from monochromacy, seeing in black and white, to protanopia, confusing black with shades of red. You have to go through every painting in a section to move onto the next one with that one having a different theme from the last.

In terms of participating in the group this week, I set up the formatting for the powerpoint and covered the sections for objectives and obstacles. I formatted the powerpoint so it looked as if it was all made by one person. I wrote that, for the objective, the goal was to get through and experience the entire gallery. In terms of the win and lose conditions, there really is not a way to lose the game, but you can “win” by finishing it. For the obstacles, there are not many. The main one is that the player cannot leave the painting scene until they find the painting of the art gallery inside. Once they find it, they can go back into the gallery and look at another painting. The other obstacle would be that the player cannot move onto the next section of the gallery until all of the painting environments are viewed.

 

Brief: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18oEFhC0BccVJxAxA0jzpdIBglSXFvPBagZUMn7FF2SE/edit?usp=sharing

Group Members:

Luke Carpentier – https://lukecarpentier.wordpress.com/

Kevin Larson – https://kevinlarsonblog.wordpress.com/

Nolan Aldridge – https://noiceguy.wordpress.com/ 

Khuong Truong – https://dysfunctionalthinking.wordpress.com/

 

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Art Game Research

Posted in Serious Game Project with tags , , on February 12, 2017 by sierraphantom

Sometimes called an “art house” game, art games are created with the intention of being art. It is also said that the PC is one of the best places for art games to be on and flourish as it is the easiest platform to access from a programming and publishing viewpoint. One example of an art game on PC is an obscure title called The Path. Based on Little Red Riding Hood, the game focuses on girls of different ages battling their own metaphorical “wolves.” The game is a little clunky, but gets it’s messages across well.

An art game that was more successful in the mainstream market was Flower. Thatgamecompany’s president, Kellee Santiago, actually described the game as a poem, but in video game form. She elaborated further with this quote: “film is a work of art, [but] it alone shouldn’t be the basis of comparison when it comes to developing video games. We examine all manner of art and expression during our development process; especially when we are starting on a new idea.”

When trying to compare art games to other forms of art, critics and everyone else tend to default to comparing them to film. Depending on the game, that doesn’t always work. Jonathan Blow, the creator of Braid, wonders why games can’t be compared to visual art or sculptures since they move people in a similar way.

There are not that many art games that have achieved major commercial success, but one good example of one that has is the Bioshock series. The games were made with being an art game in mind and the first one specifically draws influence from philosophy and even the book Atlas Shrugged. All of the games are extremely popular which is almost unheard of for many art games. Luckily, that list of success is growing with games like Limbo, Inside,  Journey, and more.

 

Group Members:

Luke Carpentier – https://lukecarpentier.wordpress.com/

Kevin Larson – https://kevinlarsonblog.wordpress.com/

Nolan Aldridge – https://noiceguy.wordpress.com/ 

Khuong Truong – https://dysfunctionalthinking.wordpress.com/

 

Sources:

Art House Video Games: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/video-games/5893530/Art-house-video-games.html