“State of Play” A non-gamers interpretation

The documentary “State of Play” 2013 (not to be confused with the box office hit “State of Play” 2009 starring famous actor Russell Crowe) gives insight into the world of competitive e-sport gaming. Specifically looking at StarCraft in Korea. The documentary follows the lives of a team of South Korean professional gamers as they travel around competing against other gamers. Continue reading ““State of Play” A non-gamers interpretation”

Veganism (Misconceptions and Experiences)

These last couple of weeks have been so insightful. I went Vegan for two weeks and have learnt so much about nutrition and what we consume.

Let me start right here, there are many misconceptions of veganism out there that we are completely oblivious too. Number 1 being DAIRY. At what point in time did we decide, “hey…do you know what could be fun to drink? Cows milk because obviously the calves don’t need it, so we’ll just give it a little try” (*Insert sarcastic tone here*).  Continue reading “Veganism (Misconceptions and Experiences)”

Fruit Salad: Play-Testing

Play Test I:

IMG_3151.jpgI conducted my first play-test in class on 12th May 2017. I had whipped up a prototype of my board game that was made out of butchers paper and playdoh.

Many of my classmates had expressed interest in playing my board game and I soon found out why…PLAYDOH! They all were mesmerised by the playdoh and they kept playing with it after the play test was finished.

The playdoh really adds a nice touch of ludic play to my board game with the ability to create any fruit you want to.

Even though Fruit Salad uses mostly padic play, it was good to have the creative touch of the playdoh. Continue reading “Fruit Salad: Play-Testing”

Thoughts In A Cracked Bottle (MEDA101 Final Project)

“Thoughts In A Cracked Bottle” is a piece that reflects on the anxious mind. Nothing is as simple as it seems. Tasks that seem simple are always more complicated when you look at the raw mechanics of them. This film captures the natural human instinct and thought process of attempting to solve everyday problems focusing on how we constantly think about ways to improve things. Continue reading “Thoughts In A Cracked Bottle (MEDA101 Final Project)”

personas, fame and the mask

People are influenced by personality. We tend to follow and look-up-to personalities we can relate to. The internet and social media has given us means to create a “bio” which is a snippet of who we are and what we do. By creating an online persona we are presenting ourselves to other people in a way that can be very influential. Micro celebrities have emerged and they hold a great deal of power and influence over their followers.

An example of a well-established micro-celebrity is “Chase Eagleson”.
Screen Shot 2017-05-18 at 11.30.27 AMChase is a musician and he covers popular songs. He has quite a hefty following and has established himself across multiple platforms (twitch, youtube, instagram, twitter, facebook). Each online persona he has created across these platforms is consistent and they are all interconnected. People send in song requests to Chase and he plays them for his audience.

The question is, are these micro-celebs narcissistic or lonely? Are they honest or deceitful? Are they just wearing a mask?

Food for thought.

The android and the apple…

Now I know I’ve written about this before, but I’m more than happy to do it again.

A modern day mobile phone is capable of so much. It is mind blowing that a device so small can hold so much power. The fact is mobile phones are our interface to the Internet. We are always connected to the Internet wherever we go as long as we have our phones with us. We need to find a new name for phones because “calling someone” is not the primary purpose of them anymore.

The focus now, is not on the power of the device, but the control of the user. How much control do we have over our mobile phones?

Apple phones are a closed source; everything is done for you so you don’t have to worry about it. Whereas, Android is open source; you are free to experiment with settings, software and other utilities.

There will always be a conflict between Apple and Android. Which one do you think is better in the long term?