Welcome to Interaction, Games and Learning

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Mattias' and Wolmet's e-mail

If you need to get in touch with us, for example regarding questions about the report or the presentation, you can send an e-mail to both of us, mattias.von.feilitzen@ait.gu.se and wolmet.barendregt@ait.gu.se

Game presentations an final report

Next week on Monday between 10 and 12 we will have the final presentations of the games. Daniel Solving will join us to give you some feedback as well.

You will have to prepare a presentation of about 20 minutes after which we will have time for a discussion. In this presentation you will describe the aims of the game, the measurable outcomes and the design rationale to reach these outcomes, as well as show your game. You are expected to give constructive feedback on the design of the other group.

Do not put too much effort in making your game very robust and bug free; this is not what will be graded. The grading will mostly be based on how well you are able to explain the purpose of your game and how the design decisions support this purpose (during the presentation and in the report). You will also have to describe in your report what other games in the same area you have looked at and how your game should be evaluated. If you have done some playtesting you are encouraged to describe this as well.

As a reminder, you are supposed to write a paper that could be submitted to the CHI Student Game Competition, Games for a Purpose: http://chi2013.acm.org/authors/call-for-participation/student-competitio...
I will send you an example of such a paper by email

Supervision next week

Next week we will have a possibility to book supervision on Monday (9-10, 10-11, and 11-12) and Thursday (9-10, 10-11, and 11-12). You can as a group decide whether you would like to come once, twice or never in that week. Mail wolmet@ituniv.se to book a time, preferably at least a day before the supervision. It is also good to mention if you would like help with a specific question so we can prepare us and maybe already look for some relevant information.

Wolmet's lecture on Game testing and ethics

You can watch a recording of Wolmet's lecture on Game testing and ethics at http://real.it.gu.se/ituniv/Kurs/ciu240/Game_testing_and_ethics_Wolmet_B...


Yesterday, the 26th of November, we talked about statistics to test whether your game has any effect. This is always tricky stuff if you don't work with it on a daily basis, and unfortunately I have misinformed you about regression analysis. The basic idea of the regression analysis is still that you try to find an equation that fits your observations, but I chose the wrong axes in my explanation. For those who are interested in this there are numerous online resources. Here is one of them: http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/faculty/weber/emp/_Session_2/Regress.... Sorry about the confusion!

Links from the lecture on persuasive games

Erik Fagerholt's presentation on Persuasive Games can be found under Files

You can find Jane McGonigal's TED-talk at http://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_gaming_can_make_a_better_world.html

Watch a presentation from Jesse Schell about games as part of our lives and especially the part from 17.27 and forward regarding games as part of everyday life in the future. http://www.g4tv.com/videos/44277/dice-2010-design-outside-the-box-presen...

Daniel Solving's presentation on marketing

You can find Daniel Solving's presentation on marketing here: http://www.slideshare.net/dsolving

Wolmet's lecture on Games, Rules and Learning

You can watch a recording of Wolmet's lecture on Games, Rules and Learning at http://real.it.gu.se/ituniv/Kurs/ciu240/Games_rules_learning_Wolmet_Bare...

Some links to articles


Forming of groups for course assignments

Since many of you didn't attend the introduction this Monday you have to form groups on your own. Each group should consist of 3 or 4 students. Please send an e-mail to wolmet@ituniv.se with info about the group composition. You will work in the same group throughout the course, starting right away with the first assignment that is to be discussed on Thursday.

Change in schedule 1/11

We will have the seminar about the pedagogical perspectives in the five games from 13:00-15:00 in High

Important information

Bring your laptop on Monday the 29th of October! We will be playing some games


Now there is a course schedule and a study guide. Look under Files to the right.

This is the first time this course will be held, so make sure you check this portal regularly because changes may occur now and then.

Links to programming environments

You are allowed to use any programming language and environment you like. For those who do not have any programming experience the following (free) environments are also available:

Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu/)
Kodu Game Lab (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=10056)
The Games Factory 2 (http://www.newgrounds.com/wiki/creator-resources/game-dev-resources/the-...